The Website Competition was suspended from 2017 through 2019 due to a lack of interest and participation. With the growth of other Social Media such as Facebook for communicating with regional club members and the public, websites are not as significant as they once were. However, they remain important and I am reviving the competition for 2020 with the addition of an evaluation of how the clubs use social media in conjunction with their websites
WINNERS OF THE REGIONAL CLUB WEBSITE COMPETITION
• 1st Place: GSDC of San Gabriel Valley
• 1st Place: German Shepherd Dog Club of Austin – Webmaster, Petre Monfre
• 2nd Place: German Shepherd Dog Club of Atlanta – Webmaster, Stacey H. Pollio
• 3rd Place: German Shepherd Dog Club of Minneapolis/St. Paul – Webmaster, Roberta Moore
• 4th Place: German Shepherd Dog Club of the San Gabriel Valley – Webmaster, Dream Builders
1. Organization and structure.
Good websites are well organized and not cluttered; they are clean and make it easy to find information.
2. Simple navigation.
Good websites offer simple, obvious and user-friendly navigation so visitors can find what they are looking for quickly and easily.
3. Original content about your club, shows, training, meetings, events, etc.
Quality and fresh content about what your club is doing invites people to get involved.
4. Attractive & clean design.
Beautiful & clean design makes a site memorable.
5. Easy to read.
Most people don’t read websites; they scan them.
6. Key information should be obvious.
Make the most important information the most important thing when the visitor arrives on the home page.
7. Keep the website navigation consistent.
8. Focus the website on your visitors, not you.
9. Make it easy for your visitors to ask for more information.
10. Utilize social media such as Facebook to communicate.
Since visitors must make an effort to periodically visit your site to find new information, utilized social media that reaches your audience with less effort on their part to keep them up to date and drive them to your site for more information.