Using a chorus member provides
easier access to the webmaster but not always more reliable website
maintenance. In either case having two webmasters with at least one
from your group as maintenance backup might be helpful.
thinking of using a chorus member as webmaster their level of expertise
will be a big part in determining the website features. For just a
Contact page a simple documents program can be used. Most computer
users are familiar with document programs like Microsoft Word which may
already be available on their system. Word is not only good for
composing letters but for flyers as well, just like in a Contact page.
It's saved as an html file for a web page instead of doc file as a
The Calendar page level can be added in
the same way and Word can produce web links connecting the two pages.
Some sites also combine the two pages on one.
If your using
a group member for a webmaster then going much beyond the Contact and
Calendar pages they will need to be VERY computer savvy and prepared
for the steep learning curve and time. I have to say when I made the
leap from simple blogging to webmaster it was a lot of work but
rewarding. The exposure it has provided the group and access to the
public has proven to be a significant contribution. Many of these
features do require considerable maintenance, updates, and time. A
photo album can be very time consuming so if this duty can be split
between the group's webmaster and a photographer that would be helpful
but in my experience they are often the same person.
Server. The IP/ISP (Internet Service Provider) is the company you use
to get online using your cable tv lines, phone lines, or some area
wireless provider. But a SERVER is the company that hosts your
website, allowing internet users to access your website online which is
stored on the server's own computer system.
and quartets are using the server Harmonize.com
It's a fairly basic setup with a few
feature limitations. It's generously provided for free to any
barbershop music group by Steve DiNino from the 2002 Silver Medalist
quartet Uptown Sound out of Ohio.
For a server with
additional services like email, running of certain software for music
or forms, and to pick or reuse your own domain name Harmonize.com/services.html
recommends Virtual Creations, "A web development and
hosting company run by Mark Virtue, a Barbershopper singing with Sydney
Harmony and Ignition quartet, and provides commercial hosting solutions
for many Barbershop groups." I believe Virtual Creations' prices start
around $60 per year.
chorus website is using the server ipower.com
The cost is $70 a year and
comes with many usefull features but their tech support right now is
spotty at best.
The Pioneer District website and online
Troubadour publication are using server space donated by Matthew Tipton,
the Pioneer District Director of Music & Performance, lead with
Macomb County Chapter's Guardians of Harmony Chorus and the quartet
Pioneer District website was designed and is managed by District
Webmaster Steve Sutherland, Musical Director of the Detroit-Oakland
Gentlemen Songsters and baritone for the quartet Night Shift.
Name. This is your web address, your url, what you type into your
browser to get to the website, like PioneerDistrict.org for the PioD
website. Many server websites have a search feature allowing you to
type in a domain name you would like and it will tell you if it's