How To

Documentation for this software is being added a little at a time via the blog.

For a thorough overview (current as of January 2016), see this webinar replay. The webinar covers:

  • What WordPress is and why it is a better foundation.
  • How to use the WordPress editing tools to publish blogs, images, and video.
  • How to tie your club website into a broader social media marketing and online recruiting strategy.
  • How to create a free club website.
  • How to set up and customize the agenda and online role signup form.

For WordPress basics, you can also consult books about WordPress or the support site for WordPress.com (a few details may be different, but the tutorials on writing and editing posts and pages still apply). Also worth checking out is the Easy WP Guide, which you can either download or view online. Some of other online tutorials you will find are more geared to developers and will tell you a lot of things you don’t need to know if you just want to run a club website.

The more specific documentation for Toastmasters is below. Since we’re all friends and all communicators in Toastmasters, you’re welcome to provide me with an evaluation: what here is not as clear as it needs to be? Post your feedback in the comments on these posts or write me with your thoughts.

Getting Started

Video: Sign Up and Setup a Free Toastmasters Club Website – directions for setting up a club website, hosted for free by the WordPress for Toastmasters project. The free and easy option.

Video: Create Your Own WordPress-powered Toastmasters Website – get the same functionality with your own WordPress website. Requires you to pay for your own web hosting (or get a friendly techie to sponsor you). Gives you more control and the ability to have the site at your own domain, independent of wp4toastmasters.com.

Member Orientation

The basic member experience of changing your password, setting up your profile, and starting to sign up for meeting roles is covered in this new member video.

Public Website vs. Member’s Dashboard

When you are logged in, you will have access to both the same public website everyone else sees and a “backstage” Dashboard area that only logged in users have access to. You can navigate between one and the other using the black menu bar that appears at the top of the screen when you are logged in.

How to navigate from the public website to the Dashboard.
How to navigate from the public website to the Dashboard.

Regular club members will only be able to access a few functions from the dashboard, such as the screen for updating their own member profile (name, email, phone number, etc.). It also includes links to other members-only content, such as the member directory.

member-dashboardAs site administrator, you will have access to a longer menu, including both Toastmasters-specific functions and general website management functions such as customizing the theme of the website, posting blog entries, or editing the home page.

Setup and Customization

How to Customize the Agenda and Signup Form (Updated)

Toastmasters Member Import/Sync Routine

Changing the Design of Your WordPress for Toastmasters Site

Meeting and Member Management

Video: Organizing Meetings and Promoting Your Club with WordPress for Toastmasters

Email Reminders Help Keep Members Showing Up

Tracking Member Performance with WordPress for Toastmasters

Making Your Toastmasters Website VP Education-Friendly

Available Plugins

See the list of Plugins available to add features such as social media sharing buttons at the bottom of posts.

Free Versus Custom Options

Free Toastmasters Club Websites vs. Custom Websites

WordPress.org vs. WordPress.com vs. WordPress for Toastmasters