Upgrading Your Club Website from Bronze to Silver

Introduction

If your club website was previously subscribed to the bronze hosting package and you have recently upgraded to Silver, this page will help you to set up your club website to make use of the new features available to you.

Although many of the new features will have been automatically implemented during the upgrade, there are some which need to be configured manually.

This tutorial is made of three parts:

Creating a calendar page for club events

First of all, go into the administration dashboard for your club website, then click on 'Pages' -> 'Add New'.
(Alternatively visit:
http://yourdomain.clubmesh.com/wp-admin/post-new.php?post_type=page
replacing yourdomain with your own domain name).

Enter a title for the club’s calendar page, such as 'Events Calendar':

Create a new calendar page

Create a new calendar page

Copy and paste the text below into the page editor:

[fullcalendar /]
Search Events
[event_search_form /]

Enter the Calendar Shortcode

Enter the Calendar Shortcode

In the 'Page Attributes', change the 'Parent' dropdown to 'Events'.

Update the Page Attribute

Update the Page Attribute

And then publish your page by clicking on the 'Publish' button.

Publish the Calendar Page

Publish the Calendar Page

Once you receive the 'Page Published' confirmation, you can go ahead and click on 'View Page' to see the calendar in action.

View the Calendar Page

View the Calendar Page

You can customize the design of your calendar by visiting your club’s administration dashboard and going to 'Events' -> 'FullCalendar Settings'.

Choose a Calendar Design

Choose a Calendar Design

A preview of different designs can be found here: Club Calendar Designs

With the Calendar page created, we're now going to create the members' albums page.

Creating a Gallery Page to Display all of the Club Members’ Photo Albums

Just as we did above, visit your club’s administration dashboard, and create a new page by visiting 'Pages' -> 'Add New'.

Give the page a title such as 'Member Albums'.

Copy and paste this shortcode into the text editor:

[rtmedia_gallery global="true" media_type="album" /]

In the 'Page Attributes', change the 'Parent' dropdown to 'Gallery'.

Update the Albums Page Attributes

Update the Albums Page Attributes

Once you receive the 'Page Published' confirmation, you can go ahead and click on 'View Page'. If the example user Joe Bloggs is still a member of your site, his photo album will be displayed here. If Joe Bloggs has been removed, then this page will be empty until your club members start uploading photos.

Publish and View the Page

Publish and View the Page

Finally, we’re going to update the club’s navigation menu to give club members the ability to view your new calendar, create and upload their own photo albums, and view the gallery of all club members’ albums.

Open your club’s administration dashboard, and go to 'Appearance' -> 'Menus'.

Select the 'Default Silver Menu' from the drop down and click 'Select'.

Select the Default Silver Menu

Select the Default Silver Menu

If you scroll down and have a look at the menu, you will see it already has menu items called 'Member Albums' and 'Events Calendar'. At the moment these don’t do anything because when that menu was created, those pages didn’t exist. Go ahead and remove both of the 'Member Albums' and 'Events Calendar' menu items.

Remove the Menu Items

Remove the Menu Items

Once removed, your menu should look like this:

Menu with Removed Items

Menu with Removed Items

We're now going to add new menu items which link to your new pages. In the 'Pages' widget, select your Events Calendar, and Member Albums pages, then click on 'Add to Menu'.

Insert New Menu Items

Insert New Menu Items

Scroll to the bottom of the page, and you will see that two menu items have been added to the menu.

Drag the 'Member Albums' menu item up so that it sits between the 'Club Gallery' and 'My Albums' menu items, like this:

Reposition Member Albums

Reposition Member Albums

Drag the 'Events Calendar' menu item so that it sits above the 'Events List' menu item, like this:

Reposition Calendar

Reposition Calendar

Scroll to the bottom of the page, make sure the 'Primary Menu' option is checked, then click on 'Save Menu'.

Save the Menu

Save the Menu

Now that we've created the menu, we need to make it active on the front-end of the website. To do this, go to 'Appearance' -> 'Widgets'.

Open the widget holder called 'Navigation Bar' which can be found on the right hand side. In the 'jQuery Mega Menu' options, select the 'Default Silver Menu' from the drop down and click on Save.

Make the Menu Active

Make the Menu Active

Finishing up

The next time you visit your club website, you will see that the navigation bar has been updated and both you and other club members have access to the new calendar, as well as being able to upload photos.

Now that you're using the silver hosting package, you can adopt the methods learnt above to create multiple forums, such as:

  • Meets & Outings
  • News & Social
  • For Sale & Wanted
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