Welcome to WordPress for Toastmasters

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, member role signups, and new member applications. You can collect dues using PayPal or Stripe (or offer both options).

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.

Watch recorded how-to lessons from our video course or request a presentation at a Toastmasters training event.

2 Ways to Get Access

Independent Website

If you are comfortable setting up your own WordPress website, the software is available for free in the wordpress.org repository (details). Recommended host: SiteGround

Tradeoffs:

  • More control, get your own domain
  • More freedom to add custom code, for those with programming talents
  • More complex setup, more tech responsibility for you
  • Hosting and domain registration expenses

Toastmost.org

The Toastmost.org service provides a convenient way to create a club website that has all the required software preinstalled.

Tradeoffs:

  • Simpler setup, less tech responsibility
  • Free subdomains like myclub.toastmost.org
  • Or add a domain you purchase through a service like GoDaddy or Google Domains.
  • Hosting is free for 3 months, then $50 per year, per club. Discounts for bulk purchases by districts
  • Support for district websites also available

Why You Should Upgrade Your Toastmasters Website

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.

Here’s the “sales pitch” for what you get with Toastmost or another website that incorporates the software. For a more detailed “how to,” review the video course just updated for 2023.

Why Switch Away from Free Toast Host?

The first objection many Toastmasters have to embracing the WordPress alternative is that Toastmasters offers a free club website hosting platform, known as Free Toast Host (toastmastersclubs.org) — so why invest in something different? In this video, Toastmaster and professional digital marketer Loni Huff explains why Free Toast Host is not really “good enough” if you’re ambitious about online marketing and recruiting.

Having a non-standard web presence is one of the best ways you can immediately differentiate yourself from any one of the other thousands of clubs around the world — or maybe in your local area — that are still using Free Toast Host. I am so grateful for the assistance that it’s provided in making my club stand out, and I hope you’ll consider giving it a try yourself.

Loni Huff, President, Dungeons & Toast

More Testimonials

Tragicomedy Toastmasters is the club I established to complete my DTM. This website was the key piece in in that whole process from getting people as guests, to getting members, to ultimately getting club officers, and finding my own personal successor as club president. It has saved me so much time.

Joseph Esler, founder, Tragicomedy Toastmasters

“This allows us to step our game to the next level of professionalism”

Carol Prahinski, Past International Director, on the value of the WordPress-powered Toastmost club website hosting service.

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:

user: member
password: Ralph C. Smedley

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.

For background on how this project started, see The Origin Story (no radioactive spiders involved).

Test Drive

Test the member experience at
demo.toastmost.org

User Name: member

Password: Ralph C. Smedley

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Blog Posts

  • New, More Flexible WordPress for Toastmasters Design Tools for 2024
    Six new club and district website design themes for WordPress are now available on Toastmost.org or for download from this page. (Update: a few more have been added). As variations on the Twenty Twenty Four default theme recently released by the creators of WordPress, these themes allow for more customization than ever before. You can [Read More]
  • Club Directory Plugin Available for Use on District Websites
    As part of my work with Founders District on a conversion of their website to WordPress, I recently created a Club Directory for Toastmasters plugin that is available to any district that would like to try it and provide feedback. You can see a demo here. Website visitors can use the form to search for [Read More]
  • New Member Signups and Suggestions Tool
    Here’s a new tool created partly out of necessity, given that I’m working with the leadership of Online Presenters Toastmasters to drive up attendance and participation — and do a better job of getting members to sign up for roles a couple of weeks in advance. (We’d also love to see you as a guest [Read More]
  • Replay: Webinar #2 at District 62 Toastmasters
    Following a previous introductory session, this second webinar hosted by District 62 was a more in-depth tour of WordPress administration and Toastmasters-specific options. Part of the point of embracing WordPress is to take advantage of a modern web development platform that is widely used and continually updated. While we covered club website details specific to [Read More]
  • Replay: Workshop @ District 62, Plus a Bonus Lesson
    Thanks to District 62 for allowing me to present a workshop on the Toastmost.org club website hosting service and the underlying software. This was a quick tour through the advantages of WordPress, how to work with the WordPress editor, and how to create and modify your agenda using my extensions for Toastmasters. I’ve been invited [Read More]

* This software is offered "for Toastmasters" but not is provided by or endorsed by Toastmasters International. The use of Toastmasters brand assets (with proper disclaimers) in website designs has been reviewed by the Toastmasters International brand compliance team.