This was a quick and easy project with a low budget. The website was created to support a new ultra marathon running event starting in 2016. One website destination for all event info that can be easily edited by the race director is a must for all race events, so using Weebly.com as the CMS was an obvious choice. The Weebly WYSIWYG editor is very easy to use and they have many design templates to choose from. Most of the time/effort "building" this site was pulling together the content, which is the most important part of any website.
Other key features of the website included:
- Integration with Online Registration System
Instead of building something from scratch, we used Eventbrite, a third party registration platform. Why reinvent the wheel right? We configured the system to 'pass on' registration fees to the registrants which makes it free for the race director which resulted in significant cost savings.
- Integration with Facebook Page
The race director already had a Facebook page and are using it to post updates and key information about the race. Including a feed on the website ties the two nicely together and gives the race director an easy way to post "latest news" on the site without having to log into the CMS.
- Volunteer Sign-up Form
We used the built-in form feature in Weebly which captures the basic info and emails the race director with each sign up. Closer to race day, they can log in and export all sign-ups into MS Excel.
We also purchased the domain and are working on phase II of the project: SEO and social media marketing. What good is a website if nobody visits it right? Stay tuned for updates.