Creating your own website for you Twitch team overcomes all these obstacles, allowing you to showcase your group in the way you want. This post will give you step-by-step instructions on how you can build an optimized website for your team.
How To Create Your Own Twitch Website
Creating your website is easier than you think. There are many available tools that will simplify the process so that you can get back to your main passion, streaming. Here is a step-by-step guide to what you should do.
Step 1 – Select a Platform for Your Twitch Team Website
We highly recommend using WordPress as your platform. It is free and very customizable. Other sites like Weebly and Wix generally cost money and don’t offer the same level of freedom.
Step 2 – Choose a Host for Your Twitch Team Website
Your first task in building a website is to find a host. A hosting company is what stores your website’s files, allowing people from across the globe to access it. A good host will ensure that your site is quick and secure. Here are two hosting companies that we believe are the best in the industry:
Here at StreamScheme, we use Siteground as our host. We have been very pleased with their service, which often goes beyond what we expected. Several times, I’ve gone to them with a question or problem and they have fixed things with a fast turnaround.
Siteground offers daily malware scanning to ensure your website is secure. They make it easy for you to create a staging site (if you choose to make an overhaul on your design later on) and they maximize speed by incorporating Cloudflare CDN into all their plans.
You can also host more than one website on your Siteground account, so if you choose to create a site for your personal channel or Esports Team in the future, you won’t need a second host.
Hostgator is a very affordable option, offering some plans that are less than $1 per month for the first year. The company has been operational since 2004 and has worked with clients from over 170 countries.
Hostgator offers several services (though some will come at an added cost) including a dedicated IP, regular back-ups for your site, and SSD performance.
You should know, however, that Hostgator did have a security breach in August 2019. They acted right away and helped their clients change the leaked passwords.
Step 3 – Choose a Domain Name
You can usually purchase a domain name through your hosting company. Try to get one that is based on your Twitch Team name.
Step 4 – Select a Theme for Your Twitch Team Site
Once your site is hosted, you need to select a WordPress theme to build your site. We will cover two great options for you.
There are several theme options listed on Code Canyon that can be used for a Twitch Team webpage. You can create group pages and individual pages for every member.
Most of these themes have a “Drag and drop” option if you use a builder such as Elementor, which will streamline the creation of your website and keep it easy to maintain in the future.
StreamWeasels designs and publishes WordPress themes and plugins specifically for streamers (on Twitch and YouTube). Their themes and plugins pull from Twitch’s Helix API which allows you to seamlessly add information about your teams’ channels onto the website, including:
- Individual channel status (whether a streamer is online or offline)
- The games each live streamer is playing
- Total viewer counts
StreamWeasels’ themes and plug-ins are simple to use and as you integrate them on your site, you can see updates live, allowing you to make quick adjustments that fit it into your team’s branding. Additionally, the themes and plugins are mobile-friendly, allowing your site to reach a greater audience from any device.
The StreamWeasels plugins that work great for Twitch Teams are Twitch Wall, Twitch Wall Branded, Twitch Wall Player, and Twitch Rail.
The company’s flagship theme, Broadcast, comes in two packages.
Even if you choose to go with another theme or already have a website with a theme, StreamWeasels offers several plugins that will help you integrate your Twitch stats on to your website.
Step 5 – Upload Your Team’s Twitch Media and Graphics
Gather any images or graphics that you want to use on your websites. Ask your teammates for their logos and any images they want to submit to their page. You can also contact a designer (or have one of your teammates design) a few panels for you specifically for your website.
Ask each member to submit one of their best clips for a page that will highlight the team’s best content. This will help fans find other streamers they will personally enjoy watching. Do your best to make your site simple, but visually appealing.
Step 6 – Create an “About Us” Page
Build out a page specifically about the team. Explain its origin story and the overall concept of the team. What type of streamers do you host? What goals brought you together? Let your readers know what makes your team different than others. Make sure that you also post contact information to help sponsors find you and other team leaders.
You should also make individual pages for each streamer on your team. Have them add personal tidbits about themselves. If they collaborate with other teammates, link those pages together to keep things simple for your readers. Format these in a “questions and answers” style to make it easy to find information. Post a few individual pictures to personalize them further.
Make sure to add links to their Twitch channels and socials near the top of each page or in your sidebar.
Step 7 – Set Up Plug-Ins and Merch
Sync your StreamWeasels plugins to automatically broadcast your team’s streams live. The ability to showcase more than one streamer at a time will let new viewers see the strength your team has to offer.
If you choose to sell team merchandise, add a section for those items. Include links for all other affiliates you work with as a team.
Reasons Why You Should Have a Twitch Team Website
Here are a few reasons why you should have a website for your Twitch Team:
A Twitch Team Website Creates Unity
One of the major complaints of Twitch’s team pages is that there is a hierarchy of importance within the group. As only one member can be showcased at a time on the main page, newer or “less valued” members feel overlooked and, therefore, feel a smaller desire to contribute toward building the community.
Your own team website can fix this by showing all live teammates in the same place and giving each streamer their own personalized page where they can explain what they do to add value to the team. If they have specialized skills (such as editing or graphic design), they can show that too.
A Twitch Team Website Makes Your Group More Desirable
There are many Twitch teams that range in amounts of professionalism. Some do a great job of promoting each other, while others are little more than a name, a graphic, and a slogan. The best teams attract better streamers, which boosts the team overall. If you are interested in growing a strong community of streamers, a personalized Team website is a good tool.
From your website, you can create a contact page for potential teammates. You can create forms that have them input their relevant information to give you an overall idea of the metrics you find valuable. This will make it easier for you to sort through applications when and if space opens up on your team.
Create Pages for Special Events
Is your team hosting a charity event? Are members or your team entering a tournament? A personalized website allows you to showcase these events and drive viewers to participating streamers.
Websites Appeal to Potential Sponsors
If you are looking for a sponsor for your team, having a decent website will make your group more presentable. It opens up new avenues on how you can work with the sponsor (such as ad space on the site) and shows that you are looking at Twitch in a professional way.
Actively Maintain Your Site
Add web maintenance as part of your channel’s workflow. Split up tasks among team leaders to keep things simple. Update it frequently with your latest projects and schedule. If done well, a Twitch Team website can be a huge boost to your overall brand.