The gym website is the first contact point with many potential visitors. The information and content you have on the website could make the difference between someone visiting your gym or looking for another place to train at. The most important questions a visitor will have are the following (not necessarily in that order):
- What kind of training does the gym provide?
- Who are the instructors?
- What is the schedule?
- Where is the location?
We provide you with specific sections on the site to answer those questions. In addition, you can create any kind of free-form content using our content system, to provide more information about seminars, events, write articles about training and techniques, and so forth.
Click on any of the following links if you're looking for help on a specific part of the website, or just keep scrolling down for more information.
- General website settings
- Setting up the site homepage
- Setting up the gym location
- Managing the gym schedule
- Website contact information and social media profiles
- Adding images to the gallery
- Adding custom content pages
Before we add any information, we need to pick a web address (URL) for the site. We do that by visiting the website settings, and filling out the Subdomain field. You can use an address under our main maonrails.com domain (a subdomain), or your own custom full domain, if you have one.
The subdomain address needs to be unique to your site, so if the name you want is already taken, the system will let you know. If you want to use your own domain, read this handy guide we wrote about it.
You can also connect Google Analytics to the gym website in the settings. Google Analytics is a set of tools from Google for tracking and analyzing traffic to your site. You can learn how people find your site, where they are located, what content on your site is being seen and much more.
To connect Google Analytics to your site, you need to sign-in to Google Analytics using your Google account (or open one, if you don't have it). Create a new property, filling in the web address for your gym website, and find your tracking ID. Read this handy guide from Google to learn how to find your tracking ID.
Aside from Google Analytics, you can add other tracking scripts and pixels if needed. Those are a bit more technical, so please make sure you know what you are doing before attempting it.
You can always go back to the website settings and finish setting up those options later.
The Website Homepage
The website homepage is typically the first page visitors will see. We've designed it to include all the basic information in a condensed format, with links to more information in separate pages.
In the website homepage settings, you can change the homepage main heading, add a short description, and upload a background image. We recommend using a high quality photo of your gym - a good photo can make a strong initial impression.
Don't put too much text in the short description, a paragraph or two introducing your gym should be enough.
The gym address as it appears on the website is the address you inputted when you created the account. You can edit that at any time by visiting the gym settings.
You can adjust the exact location on the map that appears on the website, in the website location settings. Drag the pin on the map to place it in the exact location, if needed.
You can also add additional text directions to help visitors find the place.
Contact Information and social media profiles
You can change the contact Email and phone that appear on your website in the website contact settings, if those are different than the contact information for your account.
You can also add links to your social media profiles on the same page - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube. Those links will be shown in the footer of the website.
Managing the gym schedule
The gym schedule appears on the gym website, and is also used to track attendance. You can change the schedule from the schedule settings, and add additional information about the schedule for the website, in the website schedule settings.
Adding images to the gallery
The website gallery allows you to give a taste of what is training like at your gym to website visitors. In the gallery settings, you can upload additional photos of your facilities, of events you hosted, of gym members in competition and more.
To upload images, click on the "Upload Photos" button, or drag images into the area inside the dashed border.
You can add an unlimited number of content pages to your gym website, covering anything from seminar information, to articles on training, gym announcements and more.
Visit the website content management to create website pages. When you create a page, you can pick a web address for it, otherwise it will be automatically generated based on the title.
A newly created page starts off as Unpublished. You can keep editing it until it's ready, and then click on Publish from the page listing to make the page available on the website. Content pages can be reached on the website from "More..." dropdown in the main menu, and you can also link to them directly from other pages you create.