Monday, August 18, 2008

Updating Information and Content on the GTS Website

The members’ database has been upgraded to allow GTS members to increase substantially the amount of information published on the GTS website about their business. All members can now input their own contact details, descriptions, news, events, contacts and even job vacancies onto the website. We would request that members update this information as soon as possible.

Each member's administration panel is now live on the new Golf Tourism Scotland database and you can access your data by clicking on and entering your unique user name and password.
If you've forgotten or mislaid your log in details email a request to us at

The new members section is powered by The Claymore Project tourism database and the content inputted into the GTS website will also feature in an increasing number of other tourism related websites.

There is a full online help facility which you can access immediately. Your system will only be set to Administration at this stage and the room availability will not be live on your site until you are happy with your rates and availability.

Key Content
All members with UK addresses have full access to entering their data into the system. For different categories there are different fields. Golf courses and accommodation providers therefore have additional fields which they can update. As new information fields are added however members will be updated.

Details Page
Please complete all fields in this page including full postal address, principla business email and website addresses

There are two fields here; one is a description of about forty words to describe the business in short. The fuller description can include more details about what you do as a business and promote specific specialities and niche markets.

These will be used on your web page to assist your page in being found by the search engines. The following information should help.

  • Title Tag: Write the title tag based on your most important words and phrases in a sentence that describes effectively what you are offering.
  • Description Meta Tag: The description Meta tag should give an insight into the content but it should also contain a couple of the most important keywords.
  • Keywords Meta Tag: Include all of your keywords in the keyword meta tag but you must not include any words that don't appear in the page text. Keywords are decreasing in importance and are the least importnat of the tags

Of you have any stories of note – and they needn’t be earthbreaking – please publish them. This is the easiest way to get your information out to other GTS members and the wider target audience. New pricing, personnel starting, refurbishments – anything related to the industry should be published. This will then feed directly into the news sections of your pages and the GTS website.

This is driven in exactly the same way as the news feed and if you have any golf events, or entertainments or any type of event this is where it should be added. Remember it will populate other websites as well so is worth taking ten minutes a week over.

This is a Google map and will be used in your entry on the GTS website to locate your offices.

Image Bank, File Manager and Gallery
These are not currently active on the GTS website and can therefore be left fo0r the time being. When linked up we will advise on how to make use of them

The new contacts section allows you to add the contact details of your team and their individual titles and email addresses. This will show only on the GTS site currently

This is a new feature and allows accommodation providers, golf courses and operators to advertise their staffing needs. The detailed section will allow for the publication if required of full job descriptions and specifications in a systematic manner and the vacancies will be listed on the GTS website. Once again this is a very powerful and totally free benefit for members and we ask that you advise your personnel people of its existence.

Golf Courses and Accommodation Members
These categories have a number of additional fields that can be content managed including Scorecards, room descriptions and other useful information such as special offers. There is a full description available to download from the help section when you enter the database area.

Help and Assistance
Please in the first instance address all enquiries by email to and we will come back to you as soon as possible with any advice. Please do not phone regarding website updates as we will then refer you to an email request.

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