If you are a sports fan at all, you have probably heard of fantasy sports. In fact, you probably play fantasy sports (at least fantasy football). It’s one of the fastest growing trends for sports fans in the past 5-10 years, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down at all. The most interesting fact is the increase in the number of places where you can play. Whether you want to enjoy a season-long league with your family and friends, or if you want to compete in a daily or weekly league, you have tons of options.
What I have been researching is how these sites work and how they are setup. I wanted to put one together with some interesting and unique rules for myself and my league. I thought it would be relatively easy and fun, and I wanted to have total control over how the site was structured. However, it’s not as easy as I thought it would be to put together the full site, make sure stats are integrated correctly, and allow for all the other features and functionality you would need. It’s just not feasible to setup quickly and easily, and if you are going to have a lot of people using it, the technical requirements far exceed that of a normal server too.
What to do if you want your own fantasy sports site?
As I usually do, I started researching who designs and sets up fantasy football websites. I found a lot of companies who say to help with this, which was definitely exciting and intriguing. I contacted a few and asked a bunch of questions about the process, costs, and how everything works. During this research, I found out some pretty interesting facts about the industry, the companies, and just how large this industry is.
The first thing you have to decide is what kind of site you want to have. The classic way of setting up a fantasy league is to do a seasonal league where you draft a team and manage that team for the season of the sport. The new way of fantasy sports is called daily fantasy sports. This means you have a set salary cap and select your team for a single day or week. You can create a new team every single week and play against small sets of people or massive groups – it’s up to you and which type of site you use or want to have.
The other thing you need to remember is the cost. These sites are extremely complex and will take time and expertise to put together properly. Finding the best fantasy sports website design company isn’t easy, let me tell you. In fact, it took me a lot of searching to find one I could trust. The good news is, the most reputable companies should also be able to design a responsive website for you too. This means it will display properly on mobile devices (phones and tables) as well as on the computer. This is a truly MUST HAVE now.
Once you get your site up and running, it’s time to start getting people to use your site. That’s the fun part, though it’s also difficult! Start by inviting your friends and family to play, and then start offering bonuses for new players. It takes time and money to market a new site effectively, but it can be well worth the effort.