Being a software guy I did a semi-custom site, paid for the hosting and did the pages. I went with MacHighway as the host, paid a monthly fee ($6) and an annual registration fee ($11). Had a domain name which included 20 email addresses that I gave to the coaches. You can go from a simple site to a full blown store or company site.
I used the site for info that wasn't going to change that often, about the school, contact info, team, calendar, schedule, fund raisers, things like that. Changed it every couple of months. One of the items that worked well was I used Google Calendar for the team calendar, all the events, practices, physicals, everything was on there. Google provides a way to get the http code that allows you to link to the calendar from other pages. I did that on the website so the calendar was always updated and accurate without having to maintain it on the site and in Google. Very effective.
I used Twitter for more immediate communications to the world at large, posting game graphics, quotes, updates, player/team/game images, etc.
I used 8to18 to bulk call the players and parents and coaches. That was my primary non-face-to-face communication method. It could also text them. That way I could generate a single message that went to everyone at the same time. And it showed me who got what when so I knew who got the message. That was pay as you go.
I never got into the Facebook world. I have an account but didn't want to be that much on social media. Twitter was enough.
I used groupme to setup group text accounts, one for the captains, one for the coaches.
You need to define what you want to do, and why, so you can figure out the best way to achieve what you want. That will be the easy part after you figure out what/why. What do you want from a website, why do you want to do that, and how much time/effort are you willing to put in for it? I found that constantly trying to update a website was a good intention but I'd rather be watching video at 10PM rather than working a website.
I'm happy to help out if you need anything.
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Post by groundchuck on Jun 18, 2020 5:01:11 GMT -6
At a prior stop I used the district platform and was able to get the information out that I needed to. We mostly used it for strength and conditioning information. After I discovered Twitter I let the website fade away. Currently my school uses a Facebook page and Twitter as opposed to hosting a football website.