It was just a couple of days ago that I announced the Planet Kubb Network capability to host Kubb sites for teams, clubs and events. A number of people have requested sites and we already have a great cadre of teams with sites setup or in the process of getting setup!
In addition to great adoption I have also installed language packs for Swedish and Dutch. If any teams, clubs or events outside of the US would like to try a Planet Kubb site I’d love to set one up!
Would you like a website for your Kubb team? Need a blog for your Kubb club or tournament? Planet Kubb is now able to host sites for any Kubb team, club, tournament or individual Kubb blogger! Want one? Go to the site request form!
For a while now I have wanted to make it easier for people to create blogs about Kubb, particularly around their Kubb teams. I thought about writing up something on the Planet Kubb Wiki, sort of a “How To” but nothing seemed easy enough. On the way back from the Dallas Kubb Tournament I wondered if this is something Planet Kubb could do.
The first place to start was my own team, the Kubbchucks. We had our own website using WordPress. Planet Kubb Pitch also was a standalone WordPress site. WordPress supports networks of sites so I changed how Planet Kubb is setup to take advantage of this network capability. We’ve already got Kubbchucks, Sweden’s Sons and the Crooked Lake Trolls on the network with sites! I also reached out to the last three US National Champions, teams with their names on the Stapp King, and they are setting up sites as well! The Ringers are up and running and Team Knockerheads and Kubbsicles are getting setup as well!
Why is Planet Kubb doing this? A big reason is so to make it easier for people to share information about Kubb on the web. We want to get more exposure for the great Kubb teams, clubs and events on the web. To that end, all the Planet Kubb Network sites will be added to the Planet Kubb World feed and distributed via @PlanetKubb and the Planet Kubb Facebook page.
I also think that there is something to Kubb teams. Eric Anderson recently blogged on What’s in a Team Name?. We have an entire section of the Planet Kubb Wiki for teams. Having teams have a presence off the pitch is a great way to develop teams and the sport as a whole.
Some details about the network:
- The Planet Kubb Network is run using WordPress. If you are familiar with WordPress you will be right at home. If not, it’s pretty easy to learn to use. You can even use WordPress apps on iOS and Android to blog from your mobile.
- Planet Kubb hosts all of the sites, and the site URL must be pickyourname.planetkubb.com.
- All of Planet Kubb is backed up nightly and weekly.
- You have the ability to export from your site. If in the future you would like to move it somewhere else, you are able to do that with ease.
- All Planet Kubb sites have sitemaps and proper indexes for search engines. This is managed by me for the whole network. See Planet Kubb’s robots.txt.
- All Planet Kubb sites use Piwik for site analytics. Piwik is hosted by me for the network (running at stats.thingelstad.com). You can see traffic stats right in the dashboard, and if you want full stats I can setup a Piwik account for you as well. This way Google doesn’t get to spy on visitors to all the sites.
Would you like to start a site for your team? Would you like to start a site for your event? Would you like to start a site for your club? There is a site request form that will get you started!