Welcome to the Free Toast Host Club (FTH) Website Tutorial Series. This series has been developed by Division E to assist Toastmaster clubs around the Division – and everyone else struggling with their club websites – with starting and developing their websites. Before you start working through the tutorial series, here is a quick breakdown of how the tutorial works.
There are 22 articles in this series, each of which tackles a certain topic or function within the Free Toast Host (FTH) platform. We have tried our best to follow the logical order of the Administration Dashboard, but some articles have been placed in a different order than the Administration Panel based on functionality. For example, you can’t manage emails and contact forms without addressing your membership first.
Each article – except the first one – has a “Previous” button. Click on this one if you want to return to the previous step. Once you are done with all of the steps in a single article, you can click the “Next” button to move forward to the next step. If you want a full overview of the 22 articles to find something specific, click here.
This first step involves setting up your Toastmasters club website on a toastmastersclubs.org domain. If you already have a club website registered with FTH, you can scroll down to the bottom and click “Next” to start learning about menus.
1. Applying for club domain
Before you start applying for a Toastmasters club website, make sure that your club isn’t unchartered. If your club hasn’t chartered yet, you may still be able to get a FreeToastHost website. The club must have filed the Application to Organize, PAID the Charter Fee, and received a Club Number. Applying for a website with FTH will give you the domain of yourclubname.toastmastersclubs.org. To apply, fill out the form found on http://www.toastmastersclubs.org/welcome at the bottom.
2. Getting started
Once you have filled out the form, click “Submit Request.” Once your request has been confirmed, you will receive an email with the details of your new website. This email includes log-in information for the web administrator and a link to your website. If you are looking to get the administrator information from someone who may have left the club, you can apply for a “Change of Administrator” via FTH on http://www.toastmastersclubs.org/. There is only one official administrator and one password. Your club can choose to share that password with more than one person. There is also no requirement for the administrator to be a member of the club.
3. Logging as admin
You will find the login button in the left-hand sidebar on your new club website. It will be directly under the “Member Login.”
To access the administrator’s dashboard, enter your club number and temporary password as listed in your welcome e-mail, or as given to you by the previous administrator. To change the password, please access the “Administrator Info” when you are logged in, and enter a new password. When you are ready, click “Next” to learn more about the menus.