I wanted to provide some clarification on this notice:
- This notice does not affect any Optimist Clubs outside of Canada. U.S. clubs can disregard this announcement.
- This notice is about the generic club websites that were built for each Canadian Optimist club. Those websites were typically hosted as http://clubname.optimistcanada.ca. That announcement has no affect on any club websites that you have built on your own.
- Clubs can continue to use their existing websites and facebook pages ... you do not have to make any changes to what you already have.
If you are depending on a club website hosted by optimistcanada.ca, they are recommending that clubs create their own website. There are several options that clubs can choose:
- Use blogger.com - it is easier to use and does not require a lot of expertise to make it work. Our District blog is hosted on blogger.com. Some good examples of club websites hosted on Blogger include:
- Edmonton Dinner Optimist Club
- Edmonton Brailtone College Optimist Club
- Leduc Black Gold Optimist Club
- Use wordpress.com - this requires some WordPress expertise to configure it and use it.
- Build a Weebly.com website - this is a hosted website builder and hosting service. We recently moved the District website to weebly.com and have a lot of experience working with it. It allows you to build some terrific looking websites that include a blog. Take a look at the following examples:
Clubs can use our "Contact Us" form if you need help or have questions on building a club website.