A step in the right direction…

A message from co-founder and ‘dev guy’, Morgan McLellan.

Previously we were reliant on clubs following one of our step-by-step ‘Help’/FAQ guides or actively reaching out to us. Our mission is to streamline the way our webmasters update their club websites. A brand new feature is a step in the right direction…

First of all, I have some exciting news to share with you. On 25 June 2018, co-founder Nick Brown stepped down from his business development role upon his shares being acquired by grassroots football enthusiast, Paul Kirton. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Nick for the time and efforts that he invested into the project whilst also welcoming Paul to the team. Paul’s passion for the game and his wealth of contacts were two key factors in approving the successful sale.

I will also be handing over the support element of the business to our new support specialist, Mandy. This will allow me to focus on the technical side of the website product, where I’ll hopefully be starting a new full-time job within the upcoming couple of weeks.

New social media cover photo

Team Websites - New Logo 2018To mark the start of a new era and chapter in our journey growing Team Websites, I was delighted to work in conjunction with both Paul and Somerset FA’s marketing officer, Conor Ogilvie-Davidson to redesign and redefine our logo. At the same time, I reviewed the current branding, content and graphics that we publish on different mediums; consistent branding is key, moving forward. Last week, we started a refereeing column on our website’s Grassroots Football Blog. Level six ref Dylan Grego was the first to feature in this unique, new column. Our second instalment is now live and comes from someone who is going through the motions of becoming a referee. If any referees would like to get involved and send in an article to be potentially featured on our Blog, feel free to do so.

New Fixtures & Results filtering feature – feature now rolled out

A few days ago I spent three hours concentrating on building a new feature. Ideally, this would greatly improve the product we provide, making it even easier and accessible to those who may be less tech-savvy. Since launching our website product in early 2017, we have been reliant on clubs understanding the concept of shortcodes. Until now, shortcodes have been used to add certain elements to different pages, such as a fixtures and results table, or a grid of player profiles. Users can now find all fixtures and results from all available seasons all on one page. Two handy filters have also been added, so users can filter matches by team and season. Webmasters can now select the “Fixtures & Results” page layout within their admin panel when creating or editing an existing page. The new feature has been rolled out immediately for your website’s users to utilise. Be sure to associate each fixture with a season and a specific team to avoid the fixture being hidden or not correctly displaying on your site.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our clubs for supporting us during the last 15 months since officially launching Team Websites. We are looking forward to an exciting future, with lots of ideas floating around to improve the product we provide to grassroots football clubs. We always welcome any ideas and feedback you may have about our service. Our users are instrumental to our future success. We have recently set up a feedback board which we use to log and track features from receiving an idea and planning, right through to implementation.

My attention now turns to rewriting the FAQ guides found on the ‘Help’ section of this website. The next feature to build will work and function similar to the new fixtures page layout, instead featuring a grid of players by team and season – incorporating the same two filters.

This is an exciting time to be part of Team Websites. We have seen a spike in the number of new website signups since the start of 2018, partly thanks to our partnership with Somerset FA, as well as the recent cross-promoting done by my new Team Websites colleague.

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