4 listings of free and open-source Clan CMS software
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A clan CMS or clan script allows you to build a website that acts as a headquarters and organization system for your gaming clan. It’s a communal website that enables clan member interactions, communication, and engagement with one another. It also offers administrational features that can be useful for clan founders, as well as content that clan members can find value in.
Clan scripts provide many benefits over alternatives such as blog content management systems. It typically organizes some of the aspects of a gaming clan that are difficult to achieve in-game, offering a centralized location for all members. Many clans feel as if in-game features such as friend lists, platforms such as Steam, and consoles such as Xbox or Playstation, simply don’t provide a strong level of cohesion for their clan. A clan script or clan CMS creates that unified experience that is so desperately needed in a competitive organization.
While some games, platforms, and consoles do provide internal ranking systems, it’s not as effective as being able to create your own custom ranks and categories. An online system that provides military style rankings is ideal for a competitive gaming clan. With the ability to assign member privileges and individually adjust promotions and demotions, ranking systems offer clans structure and professionalism. Automatic promotions and website privileges based off ranks can be assigned.
As clans grow, the ability to create smaller squads is very important. A clan CMS allow squads to be created and maintained by clan members individually. Based off rank, members will be able to create and organize custom squads with individually assigned privileges for squad members. There is often even a new system and messaging channel allowing squad members to stay in touch. This allows members to create a more tightknit community and group of players within your clan.
Part of what keeps a competitive gaming clan going is the ability to create and organize tournaments with opportunities for awards and promotions. Tournaments are often the lifeblood of clans and it’s what unifies members and creates a brotherhood. Clan scripts and content management systems make managing tournaments easier with options for pools, random, and custom seeding. Tournaments can be performed within squads or individually.
Clan members want to feel as if they are working towards something that is bigger than themselves. The ability to compete for medals is very important and as the founder of the clan and website administrator, your CMS should offer this functionality. Medals can often be auto awarded based on the specific criteria you specify, such as number of days in the clan or number of recruits.
One of the most important features of a clan script or clan CMS is its communication enablement. Fortunately, most content management systems for clients provide public and clan-only news sections, forums, site-wide shout boxes, private messaging, and more. Communication is essential to any organization, especially competitive gaming environments. Clans benefit from the immense feature-set of clan scripts.
One of the best parts about a clan CMS is its ability to promote new member recruitment. Current members will feel far more obligated to benefit the clan by recruiting new members when they are rewarded for doing so. The medals and promotion system help to create an environment that encourages action. Members can easily recruit and add new members (at a rank below them) to the system. You as the founder get to decide what rank will enable this recruitment ability and you can create sign-up forms with automatic or admin-only approval. With custom profile options, members will feel appreciated and valued to be a part of the organization.
Of course, every great content management system should provide the ability to create custom pages. This allows you to use a WYSIWYG style page editor to create and format pages however you want. Pages can be created to accept user input with submission forms, as well as traditional pages with text and other media such as videos, infographics, images, and more.
Clan scripts and content management systems ultimately help you as the founder administer the website. Many clan CMS’ allow you to view website audit logs, customize specific functions and features of the website, set up member-only pages, and even access the HTML and CSS that powers the pages. These are features that should come standard with any open source script, as well as paid scripts and content management systems.