Step 1 - Deciding what to put on your page
Plan what information you want to put on your page.
- The Full name of your Lions Club.
- The President, Secretary and Treasurer.
- Your Community Projects.
- Your Club's meeting place, date and time.
- Where your club is situated in relation to the rest of the world, Country, State and maybe the
proximity to the nearest recognizable city.
Step 2 - Download a Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) editing tool
You should download an appropriate HTML editing tool. We recommend some editors such as Homesite, Hot Dog & Web Wizard. Trial versions of these programs can be found at TUCOWS
If you're new to page design, there are a number of application programs,
available to download for free evaluation, that let you create an entire website
without knowing any HTML programming. e.g. Netscape Gold
and Microsoft FrontPage
These tools often provide basic HTML page templates and help on the various 'tags' used to create pages.
Step 3 - Writing the page in Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML)
Now you need to design the club page.
LionNet International administrators have designed a prototype club page that you can edit and use as a template for your own club.
We also provide an annotated guide to the HTML code used on that page, explaining it section by section.
Step 4 - Adding graphics and links to your page
You can download or create your own graphics for your page. Many images can be found at LionNet's image archive and may only be used by Lions Clubs according to the Copyright Notice. Alternatively you may wish to scan a copy of your own Clubs' logo and use that.
You may also add links on your page to your district if they have a page, to Lions Clubs International and LionNet International if you wish.
Step 5 - Testing your page
Open your web browser and tell it to open the file you have just constructed. If you don't like what you see then simple go through steps 3 and 4 again.
Step 6 - Finding a site
The next thing that you will need is somewhere to put your site so that it is accessible
on the World Wide Web. This is commonly done using server space at an Internet
Service Provider (server or ISP). There are several ways to get server space for your club.
Firstly, you may be entitled to some server space with your Internet
access account either at a commercial service provider or at an educational
institution, alternatively you could contact the commercial service providers in your
area and ask them to donate space, explaining about Lionism and the good
works a club does in the community. Many clubs have successfully done this
and in exchange for the public relations value of having the donation attributed on
Alternatively, you can apply at Geocities
for free space. Many Lions Clubs have their web pages located there and the only
requirement is to post the Geocities logo and slogan at the bottom of your page.
Here are some other servers on the Internet that offer free web space:
Step 7 - Letting people know about your site
We will be glad to list you club's website at LionNet International once it is
online, just fill in our comments form and select new link.
Finally, here are some general things to keep in mind when starting a club homepage:
Contact your local paper and Lions magazine. Send then a clean printout of your new web page and don't forget to
include your new web address: http://www.your_isp.com/your_site.html
You may also wish to visit some of the Internet's search engines and inform them of your new webpage details. Some major search engines are:
- It's very helpful to have links
to sections of your home page, or to your other pages, at the beginning
of the home page. That lets both new *and* repeat visitors go where they
want. As you become more experienced in page design and see this type of
layout on other pages, you might want to set up your page that way too.
- Pictures are very nice but it is better
to keep them separate from the main body of your text because they can
take a long time to load and some viewers have browsers that don't
read them at all. Same thing with graphics. Make the page attractive for
sure but don't get carried away with clever animation's or zillion-color
- Visit a bunch of other sites and get - and borrow - ideas on page composition,
reference to district or LionNet node, etc.
- As you work on your page, you might
want to ask for advice or suggestions as you try out different ideas. Please
feel free to contact the LionNet NodeMaster in your area;
it is part of the LionNet mandate to encourage and assist Lions Clubs to join the Internet.
- If you are not in a LionNet area,
we urge you again to read more about LionNet
and consider becoming a node yourself. Please contact the
a LionNet International administrators
for advice and information.
- Good luck, Keep in touch and let us know how you are doing.