In this post I want to talk about wordpress.com as a place to host a web site for a petanque club.
WordPress is free, well-established, and easy to use. It is powerful and offers many sophisticated features— but it doesn’t force you to use them if you don’t want to.
- If all you want to do is to put up a single cover page with information about when and where you play, you can do it.
- If you want to allow people to send you email — but NOT to expose your email address to spammers at the same time — you can do it.
- If you want to be able to request confirmation of members’ plans to attend the next get-together, you can do it.
- If you want to be able to post (and automatically send email) with notifications of upcoming events, or notifications of sudden cancellation of events due to bad weather, you can do it.
- If you want to be able to post pictures of your club’s last tournament or picnic, you can do it.
If you are considering creating a WordPress web site for your petanque club, here is a small collection of links to the WordPress pages of other clubs. Skim through the collection, see what other clubs are doing, and see if this is something that might work for your own club. (Some clubs pay a small annual fee for a web address that omits “wordpress” and ends with .just
Clubs in the United States
- http://milehighpetanque.wordpress.com in Denver, Colorado
- http://tucsonpetanqueclub.wordpress.com in Tucson, Arizona
- http://lasvegaspetanque.wordpress.com in Las Vegas, Nevada
- http://heartoftexas.wordpress.com in Austin, Texas
- http://sarasotapetanque.wordpress.com in Sarasota, Florida
- http://boulefrogs.com in Richmond, Virginia
Clubs in other countries
- http://bhpetanque.org in Brighton, England
- http://frankfieldpetanque.com in Cork, Ireland
- http://monmouthpetanqueclub.com in Monmouth, Wales
- http://mansfieldpetanque.wordpress.com in England
- http://norwichpetanque.wordpress.com in England