WordPress for Toastmasters allows a Toastmasters club to take advantage of everything the WordPress blogging community has created for an easy-to-use yet powerful platform for marketing and social networking, along with Toastmasters-specific functions like managing meeting agendas and member role signups.
If you are a club officer, this is a tool that can help save you time and bring in new members. You will find yourself doing less manual work in spreadsheets and back-of-the-envelope calculations of how members are progressing through the Toastmasters educational program.
2 Ways to Get Access
- More control, get your own domain
- More complex setup, more tech responsibility for you
- Hosting and domain registration expenses
The Toastmost.org service provides a convenient way to create a club website that has all the required software preinstalled.
- Simpler setup, less tech responsibility for you
- Subdomains like myclub.toastmost.org (see also: domain hosting beta)
- Free for 6 months, then $30 per year, per club
For a club that wants to attract new members, you get the advantage of access to a professional quality web publishing and marketing platform. With a little imagination, you can also dramatize what makes your club special and tell those learning about Toastmasters for the first time why they should visit and join.
This video demo uses the example of Online Presenters Toastmasters, which has grown into the largest of the online-only clubs partly by using these tools effectively.
Try It Out
You can do some basic testing of the member experience at demo.toastmost.org by clicking on one of the Weekly Meeting or Contest links and logging in as:
You can sign up for a site on the Toastmost.org service (which will have a web address like myclub.toastmost.org). Test it and decide whether it makes sense for your club. If so, you can either keep your toastmost.org site or create your own website using the same software on any web hosting service that supports WordPress.
I have been a Toastmasters for over 4 years, and one of the biggest headaches of running a club is managing the meetings. Toastmost.org and “WordPress for Toastmasters” are some fantastic tools to help you run your toastmasters club efficiently. I have setup now for 3 Toastmasters clubs in London using toastmost, and the clubs love it. Whilst you do need to put some effort in to learn how to setup meetings / run the club, compared to easy-Speak this is much easier to learn.Mark Wiltshire
For background on how this project started, see The Origin Story (no radioactive spiders involved).