How to Build a Fantasy Football Website

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Fantasy football is a popular competition for football fans. Many join online leagues, while others create private leagues for friends or co-workers. If you would like to take your league online, you will need to create a website. Building your own fantasy football website will take considerable time and effort. However, you can dictate how it is run and even make a profit.

  • Register a domain name for your website. The name should be something catchy and short. Ideally, it should have some relevance to football. Check the availability of a domain name at online registrars such as Yahoo.com or GoDaddy.com. After you have picked the website's name, register it with one of these online registrars.

  • Develop a concept for your website. There are numerous fantasy football websites. Each has its own unique style and organization. Research the various styles to determine which you think is most effective and professional. Then develop your own vision for a website to make it different from the others. Determine a clear design for the site, including color and layout. Your fantasy football website should be easy to use and attractive to visitors.

  • Create your website. Use popular programs, such as Dreamweaver, to create the site or learn HTML and JavaScript. However, writing the code for a fantasy football website is a very complex process. The site will need a database to store all user and group information. It would be most effective to hire a web designer for the job. By writing code manually through HTML or JavaScript, the website will be easier to modify and run more efficiently.

  • Find a web host. There are many web hosts, and each is tailored to a different type of site. A fantasy football website will need a host that can support a site with high traffic and constant changes to the database. Users of fantasy football sites update their rosters regularly and visit the site daily. The web host also should have reliable technical support and customer service if any issues arise.

  • Upload the code to the web host. Each host provides its customers with easy instructions to upload the site. Before you launch your fantasy football website, test it several times by inviting friends to try all of the features. Glitches in the code can deter users from continuing to use your service.

  • Invite people to your website. Use sites such as Facebook and MySpace to invite friends to join your fantasy football league. Fantasy football leagues depend on the number of people who join. The more users your site receives, the more popular it will become.

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