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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 12-05-2011, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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Prospective Schutzhund Peoples...

The other newbie thread got me thinking about this, and I've been asked to re-vamp my club's web site so before I do so I'd like to know what sorts of info you are looking for on a web site? Yes yes I know a web site is not the be-all and end-all but these days, people *do* make decisions on whether or not to pursue options based on the web site so we might as well accept that and use it to our advantage.

I know one thing that the web site will not contain will be the address(es) and times for training. Had issues in the past with people just showing up. We don't own the facilities we use and are lucky to have the access that we do, so we just can't have that.
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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 12-05-2011, 06:20 PM
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I am both a new guy, and in the process of trying to put together a website for our club. So I will be watching this thread.

For what its worth, my idea so far was to have a home page explaining who we are, a page explaining schutzhund, an events page, a member page, a pictures page, and a links page...

I know, real simple... But I am both new to the club and new to making web pages.

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post #3 of 28 (permalink) Old 12-05-2011, 06:23 PM
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I really want to learn more about it, and would like to know that I am welcome to visit and observe. I have looked at several websites in my area, and get the feeling I am supposed to already be an expert before I can join. Can I ask "newbie" questions, and can I make mistakes without feeling like I am being eye rolled by the long standing members?
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Funny, I'm in the middle of redoing our site

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Would you not feel welcome if it were clear that visitors are allowed by invitation (we've always had a link where they send an e-mail answering some specific questions) once a month? We're just not in a position to accommodate visitors at any time especially those who are coming to observe rather than bring a dog and be evaluated (not just the dog but we like to see how the owner interacts with the dog and evaluate for an overall club fit).
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I wouldn't be offended by the invitation only thing..

I also like to see, members,their dogs, what they've accomplished, what they hope to accomplish..

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We entertain all visitors, but half the time we are training on a city field so we can't really tell people to leave

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We entertain all visitors, but half the time we are training on a city field so we can't really tell people to leave
We train indoors at a private facility that the owner lets us use or outdoors at a police/fire dept. Parking has to be considered at both - at the indoor place because there's just not enough for infinite people and the kennel workers need to come while we're there, and at the police/fire dept b/c we park along the back of the lot and have to park so the fire engines can actually get out. So, like I said, we just can't allow any visitors at any time. It's not that we don't want to, but we have to abide by the conditions of those allowing us to use the facilities. Plus personally, as the one who usually coordinates the visits, I would just feel weird about someone letting me use their facilities and then me having an open invitation for anyone to drop in.
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Would you not feel welcome if it were clear that visitors are allowed by invitation (we've always had a link where they send an e-mail answering some specific questions) once a month? We're just not in a position to accommodate visitors at any time especially those who are coming to observe rather than bring a dog and be evaluated (not just the dog but we like to see how the owner interacts with the dog and evaluate for an overall club fit).
I would feel welcome if I understood why I would have to be invited, as you described above..that makes sense to me. A "how to get started in our club" tab would be what I would look for, and the more information the better.
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Be specific on the accomplishments of the members. It shows attention to detail and shows people at all levels.

In addition, it removes the vagueness seen on some sites. People that claim experience, levels of competition when there is no detail/specifics To me, that is misleading. Most newbies will not research to verify.


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