You may have noticed that Twin Cities Chapter 17 website took
top honors from the SBE in 2021 for Best Chapter Communication,
which includes the chapter website. The truth is that web
writing is not difficult. Anyone with a willingness and desire
to learn can do it. It can even be fun.
I took on the volunteer job of writing sbe17.org after
the chapterís 2019 summer picnic. It started out with basic HTML
code, which was difficult to write. The site looked fine on
desktops but did not display well on smartphones and tablets.
This got me to looking at Wix, Webflow, Godaddy and even
Wordpress. I settled on weebly.com.
There are better tools, but I thought they were more difficult
to learn and use.
With Weebly, there is no software on the webmasterís computer.
The writing is all cloud-based. Almost any non-technical person
can make it work. Text boxes, photos, and other elements are
drag-and-drop from a menu onto a page. That includes a search
box, which is very convenient for web visitors. The Weebly theme
I picked keeps menu choices at the top of the screen, regardless
of how far a web visitor has scrolled down a page.
The Chapter 17 website has stories from past meetings for those
who could not attend. Everyone loves a story. Think of the
website as storytelling about the organization and what it does.
Websites are information resources for members and the world.
One catch is that websites need to be updated frequently by a
chapter member. It is a job just like chapter chairman and other
chapter roles. A site with outdated information can be a black
eye for an organization.
As an SBE mentor, Iíll be glad to help
others wanting to do this for their chapter.
Seven Easy Steps to Maintain Your Website:
Choose the right website builder. Success starts with the
Update Regularly. Maintain the website so visitors know
your chapter is up and running.
Give it a Makeover. Visitors will quickly exit if the
site is outdated or poorly formatted.
Review your content. Donít publish without editing and
reviewing a couple of times.
Optimize the Website for SEO. Search engine optimization
will help deliver a consistent flow of traffic to your site.
Create a Sense of Community. Commenting systems increase
traffic. Chapter leaders should participate in the commenting.
Use Social Media. Social media
is a top traffic source for many websites.
If your chapter needs assistance with SBE logos or other
media for the chapter website, contact SBE Member
Communications Director Chriss Scherer, CPBE, CBNT.
Persons, WōMH is an SBE Certified Professional Broadcast
Engineer and is now retired after more than 60 years in radio
broadcast engineering, including 44 years in business. He
started by turning the dials of broadcast transmitters at age 11
and stays active by mentoring four radio broadcast engineers.
Mark is also a member of the National Radio Systems
Committee. His website is