You may want to consider registering a special event domain for your event. This has several advantages and makes planning easier and more effective. Whatever it is – your big wedding, any other big family event, a festival, a course/training event, a celebration event in your local community, an international seminar or conference event, a campaign event/promotion event, a school class event – it is much easier to find a proper domain name for an event website than for a permanent website. In many cases you can use the formula: [http://www.EVENTNAME2016.com] or .net, .co.uk, etc.
You can use the formula: [http://www.magicfestival2016.com] or [http://www.magic-festival-2016.com] or for your wedding event [http://www.maryANDpeter.com] or [http://www.wedding-mary-peter.com] You can use this formula or similar ideas for domain registration for events of any kind, whether special events, annual events, or more frequent events. Think of: A course day for training: [http://www.MarketingTraining2016.com], A sports day: [http://www.Soccer-championship-2016.com], and so on for all events. If your event is an ongoing event, year after year (don’t think of your wedding!) and you can get a really good domain name, then register this domain name, and use it year after year for the annual event. This is fine for the branding of the domain name, as well as for the re-use of printed material, internet links etc.
Note that you can write the domain name of the event in different ways, using capital letters to make the domain name more readable (the capitalization of the letters in the domain name doesn’t matter). Only if you refer to specific pages other than the home page you need to have an exact match for the letters. This is one of the good reasons, too, to go for a completely new domain name. You only get help from the domain name registration if you also set up a website.
In the big picture to register a domain and to have it hosted is a very small part of the expense for all events. If you are really on a shoestring budget, consider a service like Wix or https://directnic.com/. The registration costs as little as $15 per year and you can set up a free website without any extra costs. This web hosting company allows you to upload 20 MB of web pages on the free account just for your cost of the domain name registration. That is more than enough for most event websites. Just be careful with the graphics, including pictures. All the graphics have to be optimized for web use for the lowest possible file size. This shouldn’t give you any problems.
So what do you use event domains and event websites for? In your event planning make use of your event website to tell about: What is the background of the event? If it is a special event, then why is it a special event? Where, when and for whom is this event? Will it cost something and how will people register to participate in the event? Are you expecting presents or are there other things guests have to prepare for?
The website after the event should also be a part of your event planning. Most visitors will use the event website after the event, so remember that in your planning. You can post photos from the event – this is a very popular aspect of any modern event, so plan for that. You can incorporate the photos on your event website or you can link to a special service that makes it easier for you to upload the event pictures after the big day. I have put some of the best offers together here and some services are free https://www.pinterest.com/alexandergreat1.
You can highlight special messages, lessons learned, info for further work, cooperation and event planning; maybe even try to coordinate all events after the common big event. I am sure you have many more ideas already to be included in your event planning. Just remember for all events: plan in time, that makes everything much easier for yourself and for other event participants.
And please, don’t close down your successful event website just a few months after the event. Visitors will first arrive in numbers to websites after some time. If possible, include in your event planning some years of hosting of your event website and keep your event domain as long as you can.