My only feedback I could possibly give you is that the auszcar site has become pretty much a forum based site. Obviously i cant see the stats, but from my point of view only, I hardly notice anything except the top 15 posts ( btw if you are on a mac you can make the top 15 posts into an RSS feed in your dashboard So I got top 15 rss feed anyway ). So perhaps a forum only site ?
This would mean that the need for your personal time is greatly reduced ( other than moderation etc ) and possibly negate the need for a big hosting service.
just my 2 cents. As long as the forum stays and the events section stays I'll be really happy. I noticed the lack of gallery on the current site. Thought it was just me tweaking safari or something.
While I do I agree with you on some levels, I don't want the site to be just another forum. Anyone can set up a forum. The problem is with forums is that good information can often get buried under other discussions. There can also be lots of noise.
The current sites limitations.
1.) If an event is to be promoted I need to go and manually update the front page. I also need to manually remove them.
2.) The current front page is managed by a content management system that is out of date and poses a potential security risk.
3.) Having a neater classsifieds section that automatically unpublishes old classifieds would be good.
4.) The articles on the site provide a more friendly and welcoming approach to our site. A forum can often be uninviting and certainly lack a real community feel.
5.) Currently the site has 3 different pieces of software with 3 different databases managing it. Frankly its a mess on the backend, but it looks ok on the front end. It also adds to the complexity of managing the website and creates a security risk of its own. Not to mention its 3 different designs that needs to be maintained / changed if we want to update the look / feel of the site.
RE: Gallery, when I removed the latest images from the homepage the gallery activity was reduced and definitely less uploads have been coming through.
Yeah Gav agree..
best to leave the 15 postings as is.
Its like reading the daily headlines...(just need a weather & sports link )
perhaps a few front page links to our favourite suppliers or other Datsun sites ?? eg: Cams, The WA-Z register, photobucket, Otomotto..etc
Yes I could create a business section / directory. I could also make it possible for businesses to manage their own listings on the site. This could provide an income to the club to help with ongoing costs.
Mate, well done. The site is great as it is.
Thanks, I suspect many of the changes I make will not be that obvious to the majority of users. However from a maintenance and site upkeep perspective it will free me up to be able to focus on improving the site and adding useful features. 1 of the most important features would be the ability to have a how-to section with detailed articles. Many users could collaborate and edit articles to improve them.
Also users would be able to submit their ride for the homepage entirely through a form submission. This will mean all I need to do is approve / review the article and it will go live.