Chess and the BT Community Webkit
BT Community Webkit Closure
For over 15 years we've been working with BT on the BTCK service. Community Webkit will close on 24th May 2021, but it doesn't need to end here.
Chess is offering you, as an existing customer of the service, the option to pay a small monthly fee to retain each of your sites.
Keeping your website ad-free
Chess can offer a continued level of hosting and maintenance - ensuring continuity of your website, completely ad-free.
We appreciate that there are many other third-party options, some of which are freely available. However, these free services are subsidised through advertising revenue which covers the costs incurred in hosting and maintaining the site. If you choose to continue with Chess, we won’t put adverts on your website.
Register your interest
We have added a banner across the top of the admin site after you've logged in allowing you to register your interest. We've also added options into the "Manage your sites" page so you can specify each individual site's redirection URL.
Plus, you will not be limited just to the websites you already have as we'll enable a new user-registration and website creation.
Redirecting your website
If you'd like to take your site elsewhere, that's fine. For every website you administrate, we'll allow you to specify a redirect URL so from the end of May any visitors to your site will be redirected to a new website of your choice. Putting this redirect in place is important so you can maintain your SEO/ Google ranking.
If you have any questions, please raise them via the BT CK ticketdesk platform, you can access this using this link.
FAQ's: Chess Community Web Kit Switchover
Our basic subscription plan costs £5 per month, per website. This subscription includes:
- Website hosting
- A website address
- The choice of nine designs and five or fifteen colour themes depending on the template selected
- Enough space for unlimited pages and up to 250 pictures
- Templates and colour options for all your content
- An easy-to-use Page Editor or an HTML Editor if you’re technically minded
For an extra £10 per month per website, technical support can be added to your subscription, giving you access to our ticket-based support system to raise enquiries and receive assistance from our team.
The tools and features you may already be familiar with will remain the same to ensure you can administrate your websites without interruption or the need to learn about new features.
Yes! The btck.co.uk URL will remain, meaning you will not need to update branding, links, or inform users of a new web address.
Any newly registered sites will use a new Chess based domain.
Existing sites will be accessible via both the old domain and the new domain.
The BTCK home website will be rebranded and brought in line stylistically with our Chess brand.
The layout of the main site will remain largely the same as it currently is to ensure a seamless experience.
The User Guide will also be updated to ensure all information is current and relevant.
Of course, we will reinstate the ability for you to create new websites as of May 31st, with each site subject to the subscription fee.
Redirection can currently be specified from the ‘Settings’ page within ‘My Websites’ and will remain active until at least the 31st of May, after which you will need to have an active subscription to set up redirections.
- New templates
- Mobile-friendly and device-agnostic improvements
- Overhauled admin interface
- Improved website builder
- Drastically improved page loading times
Once you have opted to continue with us, you will have access to our web-based customer portal in which you can:
- Pay your invoices
- Manage support queries
- Suspend your account
- Upgrade your account
If you manage multiple websites, please be aware that you will need to set up one account with us for each company that needs to be invoiced - we'll issue one invoice per billing period per account you have created.
You’ll continue to administer your websites via the current admin site – nothing will change here (aside from feature improvements, of course).