Need a web presence for your club that isn't a Facebook group, but don't want the expense or complex administrative burden that comes with a full website hosting service (e.g. WordPress)? Try Curling I/O's basic website hosting option!
For clubs that lack a web presence, Curling I/O includes a basic integrated website hosting option, allowing you to publish simple pages and articles with image and textual content within your I/O environment. This content hosting does not include custom domains (e.g. www.yourclub.ca vs. yourclub.curling.io), navigation menu customization, or advanced styling options.
This basic content hosting option is disabled by default, since most clubs already have their own web presence (e.g. Wordpress, Wix, Squarespace, Weebly, etc.).
Visit https://demo.curling.io/ to see what basic content can look like.
This website hosting option remains limited to basic text/image content for several reasons:
- We are not in the business of competing with established industry-leading website hosting platforms, nor do we think clubs necessarily need most of their extensive features to establish an effective web presence. Avoiding that market space allows us to keep our focus on curling specific features.
- Clubs with complex websites can often lose tech expertise (due to staff/volunteer churn) and wind up with a monolith no one knows how to update or maintain. I/O's basic website hosting option is simple, easy to learn and maintain, secure, and is perpetually supported.
- Fewers bells & whisltes means less to break or ditract your curlers from what they're really ultimately looking for: club announcements, league schedules/scores/standings, self-registration, prices, etc. Our basic pages, articles, leagues, competitions, and products encompass that efficiently and effectively.
Turn On / Off Website Hosting
To enable website hosting. Within your admin area, click on the Club dropdown menu in the top bar and then click on Settings.
On your settings screen, check the "Are we hosting your website?" option, then save it.
Once enabled you will see "Pages" and "Articles" in the top navigation.
You can disable this at any time simply by unchecking the same checkbox.
You can also change the landing page for your Curling I/O to have it point to your pages (the first page in your pages collection).
Each page has a title, a position (order), whether or not it's published (or a draft), an optional image, and the body content.
You can restrict individual pages so that they can only be seen by members. You can even specify the product or fee they must have purchased in order to see a page. By default pages are unrestricted.
Similar to event and product descriptions, the body content of your page is entered using markdown or HTML.
Articles / News
Each article has a title, the date when it should be published, an optional image, and the body content. The order in which articles appear is based on the published date (most recent first)
You can restrict individual articles so that they can only be seen by members. You can even specify the product or fee they must have purchased in order to see an article. By default articles are unrestricted.
Similar to event and product descriptions, the body content of your article is entered using markdown or HTML.
SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
Any pages and articles you create will be published in your sitemap.xml (used by search engines like Google) and have appropriate meta tags and titles for better search indexing and discoverability on the web.