Wednesday, April 24, 2013

What Blue Sombrero Has to Offer

Blue Sombrero is a web platform that is specially designed for sporting groups. They are owned by Dick’s Sporting Goods, so they already have a foothold in the sports industry.

Their websites come with a content management system (CMS) that allows you to choose a layout and easily edit the content for that layout. They have a wide variety of themes to choose from, which makes each page consistent across the board. All of their templates are designed to work on all browsers, so you don’t need to worry about cross-browser functionality. Their free-flowing design adapts to screen sizes so it works well on mobile platforms also.

If you decide you want something more customized than what they offer, you can ask for a custom design (for a price, of course) and still utilize their site functionality.

Their websites offer some modules that could be useful to a Region, including scheduling and reporting. To utilize the scheduling module, all you need to do is upload your schedule from an excel file. With a few steps, your schedule is available on your website. As for reporting, they have a bunch of stock reports available for whatever kind of data you need, including player stats!

There is also a module available for volunteer sign-ups. All you do is add it to your site and direct parents to fill out the form. You will have all of their contact information and will make it easy for volunteers to sign up.

Support is always an important topic, because what good Customer Support if no one is there to help you? Blue Sombrero’s support hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET and they promise a prompt response to your inquiry. They also have an email support form, so if you’d rather not talk to someone, you can send them an email at your convenience. They also have a vast online support page with answers to almost everything you need. They even have video tutorials in case their instructions are not understood.

Blue Sombrero is free to use. If you would like to upgrade to SombreroWEB Gold (the custom designs), it will cost you some money. They didn’t have much information on their website except an image with a $5,000 price tag. I would assume the custom websites are fairly expensive.

If you have any questions about Blue Sombrero, let us know!

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