Motorsport Website Design

Motorsport Website Design

Targa Web Design

A passion for motorsport, which started way back as a kid when visits to Brands Hatch, Silverstone and Mallory Park to watch Barry Sheene, Ron Haslam, Mick Grant and Steve Parrish tearing up the tarmac, left an indelible imprint on me for the speed and sound of racing.

These guys became my childhood motor cycle racing heroes, and I later took to a different kind of track myself with a few years in motocross. The passion doesn't fade, and I try to convey this in the websites I build for racing drivers, motor cycle racers and race teams.

Responsive website design by Targa Web Design

Websites for racing drivers

Showcase your profile, your history in motor racing, promote your sponsors, share your news and victories, and let your followers know what’s coming up in your race calendar.

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Websites for motorcycle racers

Showcase your profile, your history in motor cycle racing, promote your sponsors, share your news and victories, and let your followers know what’s coming up in your race calendar.

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Need a motorsport website?

Luckily you have plenty of options, but I will avoid recommending website builders, for several reasons documented throughout this website. By all means still consider them as an option, but do a little research first or spend a couple of minutes looking through this brief article on website builders

How can Targa help?

Get in Touch

If you would like to discuss anything further, I can be reached by email or phone as follows:

    Email: daron@targaweb.com
    Phone: 01406 373511

Motorsport Website Design

Motorcycle Racing Web Design

Web design for racing drivers

Racing Drivers

Showcase your profile, your history in motor racing, promote your sponsors, share your news and victories, and let your followers know what’s coming up in your race calendar.

Web design for motorcycle racing

Motor Cycle Racers

Showcase your profile, your history in motor cycle racing, promote your sponsors, share your news and victories, and let your followers know what’s coming up in your race calendar.

Web design for motorsports

Motor Racing Teams

Showcase your team's profile, personnel, history, victories, drivers, and sponsors.

Why I build websites for motorsports

My passion for motorsport started as a kid with visits to Brands Hatch, Silverstone and Mallory Park to watch Barry Sheene, Ron Haslam, Mick Grant and Steve Parrish tearing up the tarmac. This left an indelible imprint on me for the speed and sound of racing, as did the endless motor racing carnage from the banks of Brafield Stadium in Northamptonshire, where many Sundays were spent watching banger racing, stock cars, mini-rods and other 4-wheeled craziness!

These guys became childhood motor sport heroes to me, and I later took to a different kind of track myself with a few years in motocross. The passion doesn't fade, and I try to convey this in the websites I build for racing drivers and motor cycle racers.

How can you get a motorsport website built?

Luckily you have plenty of options, but I'll leave the best (in my professional opinion) to last: Option 3

Option 1: Do It Yourself website builders

The Pros

  • You can download a website builder for free. Popular examples of these include WordPress, Wix and Squarespace.
  • You don't need to know any code.
  • They can be great if you want a cheap website, and if you are prepared to put in the time to learn how to use them, and then the ongoing time to maintain your website.

The Cons

  • Many website builders tend to produce websites which are very slow to load due to the huge data files they use. This can especially be a problem when viewing websites on a mobile, even over a good network connection.
  • I explain these concerns in more detail on my article on Website Builders.
  • You will need to figure out your own SEO strategy if you want your website to appear in search results. This may include working with Google Search Console and Google Analytics, for which you'll need to provide DNS verification, and implement an ID into your pages.
  • You will need to register your domain name and set up your hosting space.

Worth knowing

  • Although you don't need to know any code, some knowledge can help, especially if you hit a snag as you may need to try and explain it to someone to help get you back on track. It could be easy to dig yourself into a hole which you might not be able to get out of without professional help.
  • How professional do you want your website to be? This is a key question to ask when you need a platform to build your brand and attract sponsors to enable you to compete in a very expensive sport.
  • Before you commit to using a website builder to produce your website, I would advise spending a couple of minutes looking through this brief article on website builders, and even more detail real life examples can found in my article on Page Speed and Website Builders

Cost?

  • Free, plus...
  • Cost of domain name and hosting
  • Possible development or consultation costs to fix problems
Option 2: Agency produced website using website builders

The Pros

  • You won't need to worry about learning the skills you would need if you were to build a website yourself, as in Option 1.
  • You can leave the work to someone else, whilst you spend your time and efforts more productively elsewhere.
  • The agency should be able to register your domain name and set up your hosting space.

The Cons

  • Even when designed by an agency which uses website builders, the code and images are still likely to be vastly excessive, like I have explained above. I make this claim having viewed a large number of examples, which include many existing motorsport websites.
  • Even though the website may be built by a professional, some are certainly better than others when it comes to not only the styling, but also in their attempts to overcome the large code-bloated nature of website builders.

Worth knowing

  • As with Option 1, you should ask yourself How professional do I want my website to be?
  • The growth in the number of people offering to build websites cheaply is largely due to website builders such as WordPress, Wix and Squarespace. Many people jumped on the bandwagon as, despite knowing very little, if anything, about how code works, they could quickly be turned into so called web designers and bypass the years of knowledge and experience most web designers have acquired.
  • In many cases their skills and knowledge are limited to drag and drop, copy and paste, and inserting images, but this lack of knowledge can lead to problems (some costly) further down the line.
  • Before you commit to having an agency produce your site with a website builder, I would advise spending a few minutes looking through my article on Page Speed and Website Builders and then decide.

Cost?

  • They ought to be cheap considering the drag and drop nature of the tools the agencies use to build the websites.
  • You won't know until you ask, but you might be surprised at how cost effective a custom built motorsport websites designed by Targa can be. See Option 3 below.
  • Be aware of any add-ons, up-sells or ongoing costs, such as domain name and hosting, updates, ongoing development, maintenance and SEO costs.

Be sure to ask what will be included in the price. For example:

  • Will you get a long single page which the use has to be scroll up and down to find different sections, or will you get pages dedicated to specific subject matter?
  • Will you get a contact form?
  • Will your website be secure (SSL)?
  • Will there be a privacy Policy page?
  • Will you get an XML sitemap which would be submitted to Google through the Google Search Console?
  • Will you get OG Tags to make your website look more professional when your web address is entered in emails or social media posts?
  • Will you get 404 redirects to handle any instance in the future when a page on your website cannot be reached.
  • Will you get a Favicon which is a little customised symbol to make your web pages more easily identifiable in web browser tabs?
  • Will the design agency hand search engine submissions and provide any level of analytics service?

Option 3: Agency designed custom and bespoke websites

The Pros

  • If designed and built correctly, a custom or bespoke website can be much faster and more flexible than those built with a website builder.
  • Page load speeds can be much faster as the designer has more control over the code and how images are prepared and implemented.
  • The design, the sizes, positioning, colours, borders, backgrounds, buttons, transitions, etc., can be made with greater flexibility. This applies to all screensize, as it may be necessary to use a selection of styles, images, sizes and layouts for different devices and orientations.
  • The agency should be able to register your domain name and set up your hosting space, including registering an SSL certificate so that your website is secure.
  • The agency should be able to provide you with a cost effective (maybe even free) method of getting content added or updated. Examples could typically include pre and post race reports, and news items.
  • You can leave the work to someone else, whilst you spend your time and efforts more productively elsewhere.
  • A professional, sleek, fast loading and attractive website will help boost your profile and attract sponsors far better than a slow and clunky website.

The Cons

  • A bespoke website can be expected to cost more than a website built by an agency which uses website builders such as WordPress or Wix. But I have compared pricing, and in many cases they're no cheaper than services we at Targa offer, especially when taking into account all of the additional features, benefits and services provide.

Worth knowing

  • At Targa we have already spent months developing a platform which is flexible enough to allow custom motorsport websites to be built efficiently, and optimised to avoid the excessive code and images sizes typical of website builders.
  • All of our motorsport websites are designed to display correctly on all screen sizes and devices, and we even go to great lengths to ensure that only code and images required for a specific screen size are used for that specific purpose.
  • Many web designers and website builders will use the same code and images for all screensizes, meaning that even a mobile phone will need to download far more data than it needs to display a page. And that can be the case for each page on that website.
  • Motorsport websites built by Targa are designed to be efficient and quick loading, without compromising on style and visual appeal.

Cost?

  • It is true that bespoke websites can be expensive, but because Targa focus on specific market segments such as motorsport, and have developed an efficient flexible platform to build with, our costs are comparable to those agencies who use website builders especially when taking into account the benefits of having a streamlined fast loading website.
  • Cost of domain name and hosting is included, as will the SSL certificate to make your website secure.
  • As it is important to keep fresh content coming through to your motorsports website, we can also take care of some of the regular content updates you'll have, such as results, news, dates, etc.

Why Targa?

  • 25 years experience in web design.
  • A passion for motorsport, and reflecting that passion in your website.
  • Responsive websites designed and optimised to work on all platform, without just being scaled down.
  • Graphic design skills which can make the best use of any images you provide, or any which I can take on your behalf during race meetings, testing, launches, etc. (Note that all of the images on this website were taken by myself)
  • An efficient and friendly service.
  • Ongoing support.


Roman Bilinski, British F4

Roman Bilinski, British F4

Kiern Jewiss, Porsche Carrera Supercup

Kiern Jewiss, Porsche Carrera Supercup

Jake Hill, BTCC

Jake Hill, BTCC

If you want to discuss anything further, I can be reached by email at daron@targaweb.com or by phone: 01406 373511

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