Tell the story of your chapter.
Think of a website as a book or brochure where the
content can be changed frequently to fit the situation.
It can and should be a news source of what is currently
going on. It makes
sense to put calendar items on the home page rather than try to
squeeze one into a small space in a monthly calendar.
I gleaned ideas from other websites
before creating this one.
It is not intellectual property.
You are welcome to use the basic format ideas on
all, copying is the greatest form of flattery.
There is even a slide show with the group and scenes from
around town. Easy to
Start by putting links to national SBE
and its programs.
Then add the NAB, the FCC and anything handy to broadcast
engineers. Be sure
to code them so anyone clicking there will be opening a new tab
in their browser.
Otherwise, the visitor will leave the site and may not find a
Images are what makes a website
interesting. The file size (bytes) of images is important.
You want to keep each one down to less than 400 kB.
Even that is a little big for those viewing on a slow
Photos straight from a camera are typically 2 MB, which is way
too big! You will
want to use photo editing software, like Photoshop or Lightroom,
to fix that. Do not
use photos you find on the internet unless they are listed as
free or you pay for them.
Do your own photography.
Remember, it is about your chapter and what you are
As broadcast engineers, we
understand the value of maintaining what we have.
Every chapter website needs to be updated at least twice
a month. There
should be a meeting notice with time and date.
Then, put on a short story about the meeting under the
Stories menu. Those
who did not attend will see what they missed and are less likely
to skip the next one.
It might even attract new members.
A worst-case scenario is where a website
has outdated information.
It gives the organization a black eye.
Do not let that happen to your chapter.
It is worse than not having a website.
Do your chapter proud by telling the
world that we are members of an organization of broadcast
engineers. It can
help change our public image for the better.