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    Question Club website advice

    Our dive club would like to set up a website.
    It will not be winning any awards and will mainly be for the
    use of members so would like to have a message board to share
    information.
    Can anyone recommend a good hosting service, preferably free,
    and a wysiwyg site builder?

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    For a message board - phpbb - phpBB • Creating Communities Worldwide

    Takes minutes to set up and simple to administer. Use it for 3 sites myself. Not sure of hosting. If you want gallery software have a look at Jalbum. If you need to build a site have a look at drupal - it's a doddle to add content. If you want a wysiwyg editor have a look at nvu. All free.

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    Dreamweaver is decent software for creating it.
    As for hosting, depends if you want just bog standard web hosting or if you want php/sql or other extras.

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    Thumbs up Webjam

    We have been using webjam for a couple of months now and it seems to be working well..
    The beauty of it is that it is member maintained and not down to one individual..
    We have given all club officers full editing rights which enables them to contribute at will with regards to their individual duties....
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    Last edited by Timbo; 28-09-08 at 03:04 PM.

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    Use facebook as a closed (not secret) group. Works OK for us. People can then apply to join etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete H View Post
    Use facebook as a closed (not secret) group. Works OK for us. People can then apply to join etc.

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    Yep. If all you want to do is send messages and info between members, the one of these types of sites would be enough. It's enough for dive logs etc as well.

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    I wrote some general advice on club websites last year:
    https://www.yorkshire-divers.com/foru...tml#post813295

    Beyond that, be cautious about forums etc - they ONLY work if you've got a significant critical mass of members who WANT to use it regularly (you can't MAKE people use it, whatever the tools). A club I belong to has struggled to get the forum off the ground - it's only regularly used by a small minority of members.

    Good luck!
    David P.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capt Morgan View Post
    Our dive club would like to set up a website.
    It will not be winning any awards and will mainly be for the
    use of members so would like to have a message board to share
    information.
    Can anyone recommend a good hosting service, preferably free,
    and a wysiwyg site builder?
    Captain Morgan,

    Our forum is here hosted for free with My free bullettin board. The forum does usually work for most of us but some don't like it. A word of warning about My Free Bulletin Board though - they seem to be up and down more often than a honetmooner's drawers! This is something that we're monitoring with a view to looking at other suppliers.

    Quote Originally Posted by David P View Post
    I wrote some general advice on club websites last year:
    https://www.yorkshire-divers.com/foru...tml#post813295

    Beyond that, be cautious about forums etc - they ONLY work if you've got a significant critical mass of members who WANT to use it regularly (you can't MAKE people use it, whatever the tools). A club I belong to has struggled to get the forum off the ground - it's only regularly used by a small minority of members.

    Good luck!
    David P, we've encountered a lot of issues like you. The forum and general on-line communication is seen as the work of the devil by some. However the consensus is that the forum works for us and we're really trying to do off-line communication to those that don't use it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capt Morgan View Post
    Our dive club would like to set up a website.
    It will not be winning any awards and will mainly be for the
    use of members so would like to have a message board to share
    information.
    Can anyone recommend a good hosting service, preferably free,
    and a wysiwyg site builder?

    If you are a BSAC club then the new BSAC website has an area for clubs to have their own website and they will 'run' it for you.

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