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Step 1: Create your first competition

Getting Started

From your favourite browser navigate to https://enter.redfridgedoor.com

Click the “LOG IN” link in the top right of the page.  On the resulting login prompt enter the email address and password used for your Red Fridge Door account.

Once logged in you’ll now see a new “COMPETITIONS” link in the header. Click on“COMPETITIONS” to begin your new competition setup.

Create your Competition

If this is your first competition, you’ll see a “Create your first competition!” button in the “Your Competitions” table – click that button to create your new competition.

Details

Your competition requires a Competition Name (e.g. Abernath Competitions Dance 2019) and a short name for the Vanity URL (e.g. abernathdance2019). Note that the Vanity URL can’t contain spaces or other special characters and will be converted to lowercase when saved.

The Vanity URL is used to create the unique URL for your competition registration – you’ll use this link to provide to your competitors. E.g. https://enter.redfridgedoor.com/c/abernathdance2019. Note that this must be unique across all competitions hosted by Red Fridge Door so ideally would reference your competition and the year.

The Website and Convenor Email fields are to provide useful contact information to your competitors. They aren’t required but will provide useful information about your competition to your competitors.

The Default Class Fee is the standard fee that will be applied to all Classes automatically when created. You have the ability to change the fee per class when you create or edit them. This is provided as a convenience for Class creation.

Don't show Competition on home page. By default your competition will be listed on the enter.redfridgedoor.com homepage along with our other competitions. This helps with discovery of your competition as competitors visit this page for registrations. If you don't want your competition to show on the homepage then check this option. If checked then competitors will need to know your competition vanity URL to register.

Address

Address details are used on the competition registration landing page to provide useful information to your competitors.

While it is preferred that you enter the full address details for your competition, you can choose to leave this blank to not show an address on your landing page. You must however provide the Country.

If you’d like to show a Google Map of the location on your registration landing page then check the “Show Location Map” checkbox and enter the “Longitude” and “Latitude” of the location (you’ll need to obtain these from Google Maps).

New competition Details and Address

Dates

Every competition requires the Competition Time Zone to be set. The options available are those that are relevant based on your competition country. e.g. New Zealand based competitions will be "Auckland, New Zealand" time zone.

For your competition’s dates, if your competition runs only on one day then you only need to enter a Start Date. If your competition runs over multiple days then you will need to enter both a Start Date and an End Date.

Age at Competition Date is used to calculate the competitors age during the registration process and ensure that they are only presented with those classes that are applicable for their age.

Entries Open is the date and time that you want your competition to open for entries. Prior to the Entries Open date/time a published competition will show a countdown to opening on the landing page (see the end of this article for an example). Note that for competitions created before 2nd March 2021 the Entries Open field is optional.

Entries Close takes both the date and time that your entries will close.  Once this date and time is reached the system will automatically close off entries to your competition.

Close entries early based on item count - when selected you will be prompted to enter a value for the item count that when exceeded your competition will automatically close. If you do not choose this option then your competition will remain open until the Entries Close date/time or you manually close it.

It is important to note that the close entries option does not stop entries specifically on the value you enter. The system will close for new entries once the value is reached or exceeded. Any entry already underway at entries closed will be allowed to complete. If you expect your competition to close in minutes then you should be looking to set this value lower than your maximum item count to allow for the volume of underway entries to complete.

Selecting Cut-off incomplete registrations at close is a more aggressive entries close option than the standard close entries. At competition close it will stop any registration that hasn't reached the final confirmation page from completing their registration. Note though that this functionality is not used for Troupe entries and a troupe entry started will be allowed to finish provided additional troupes are not added to the registration.

Competition dates showing close entries with cut-off

Settings

Competition settings give you control over the optional status of a number of the data fields we request from the competitor on registration. By default we make the core competitor information required to complete a registration mandatory, and the other fields optional. Through competition settings you can individually control whether these are presented as mandatory or optional for your competition.

The options you have here are Require Contact Phone Number, Require Competitor Address, Require Parent details and Require Teacher details. Click the checkbox for each setting that you wish to make mandatory for your competition.

Any setting here that is checked will require the competitor to provide the relevant information to be able to continue and complete their registration.

Competition settings snippet with two of the four optinos selected

Information

The Competition Declaration provides you with the opportunity to put in any specific information you require your competitors to agree to on entering your competition. Competitors must agree to the competitions terms (in the declaration) to complete their registration.

The Payment Details are where you will put the payment information that you want to provide to your competitors. These details will typically be the instructions for Direct Debit payment. These are displayed to the user at the end of registration and included in the confirmation email that the competitor receives.

The Create Competition page also includes a switch to Publish Competition. This is set to not publish on create and should only be switched to Publish Competition once you have completely setup your competition and are ready to accept online registrations.

Once you’ve filled out all the relevant information click the “Create Competition” button to create your new competition!  Note that your competition will be created in Draft state so is not yet available to your competitors.

Having set up the base information for your competition, the next step is to add your competition Disciplines.

Competition Landing Page example

Screenshot of a competition landing page with entries open countdown
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