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Erfolg21/01/2015 13:38:08
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I am a member of a club, once we had a membership that appeared to be about a 100, now we number approx.40.

The profile of the club has also been high, to the extent that there was and maybe still is a competition type flown to what was known as our clubs rules.

All this is in the past. Now even members of other local clubs, do not know who we are, although vaguely knowing where we fly.

We do not have any web presence. Yet we all recognise that in principle a web site would be ideal, to let people, flyers and potential fliers know a few things about us, typically

  • That we are a club
  • Contact details
  • Our club ethos and limits
  • Where we fly and when.

We do not feel that we are in a position to create a web page or pay for a domain etc.

Yet we recognise that to maintain and potentially reinvigorate us, we need to do something.

Would we be eligible for this section and how is it typically used?

Dave Hopkin21/01/2015 13:51:13
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You could create a facebook page....

You could out the name of the club and the link to the BMFA Club list

I know you are in my region but thats all I know, who knows I might make a trip when the weather improves a bit

David Ashby - Moderator21/01/2015 13:55:46
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I can happily open a board for your club Carl. Just drop me a PM with the details - name etc.

Then I'll leave you to start your own threads and introduce the club, that sort of thing.

ken anderson.21/01/2015 14:35:26
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hello erfolg-you should get in touch with our club treasure via pm or e-mail...he is a bit of a wiz with our club web site-he may be able to point you in the right direction......to achieve what you are after....

ken Anderson...ne...1...... contact old carry dept.

Andy Green21/01/2015 16:58:32
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Happy to provide you with a website - See here.

You pay mates rates for hosting and any domain fees at cost. Checkout the other clubs using the template (6 so far)

Andy

Edited By Andy Green on 21/01/2015 16:59:26

David Ashby - Moderator21/01/2015 17:01:11
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I can recommend Andy's services, he's done a great job with our club site thumbs up

John Privett21/01/2015 23:55:49
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Posted by Erfolg on 21/01/2015 13:38:08:

We do not feel that we are in a position to create a web page or pay for a domain etc.

A 'uk' domain name should cost you less than £10 a year, often much less for the first year.

Cuban822/01/2015 07:07:12
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Dead easy to setup and completely free.

**LINK**

Andy Green22/01/2015 07:15:21
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Thanks David.

There are free offerings out there, but they make their money from advertising, so if you don't mind seeing ads then it may be the way to go, but bear in mind you have no say in what ads appear on your site, and you won't have your own club domain name.

[John] you are correct for the domain name, but there is still hosting to pay. I don't want to give the impression that its £10 a year.

Andy

Edited By Andy Green on 22/01/2015 07:16:19

Dai Fledermaus22/01/2015 08:17:49
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Until I retired a few years ago, I had a small business which relied entirely on a web site to generate new orders, so I have some experience of maintaining a web site on a shoe string budget.

If I were the decision maker in your club, I would set up a Face Book page first because that's the zero cost option and in many ways it would be more fluid option with club members able to post comments, arrange meetings and post photos etc A web site on the other hand can be very static unless you constantly update it.

Keep in mind that a web site is not the be all and end all. Perspective members have to find it easily otherwise it's not worth having. Think about it for a moment, does anyone go beyond page one or perhaps page two of a Google search for any product or service. You'll find lots of info about web site optimisation on the internet. A good web designer will be able to build a search engine friendly web site, but as with most things in life there will be a cost for that service.

Hope this has given some food for thought.

Phil Brooks22/01/2015 10:28:12
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Erfolg, I sympathise. I'd like to do something similar for our club (we already have a web-site), but our committee seems resolutely opposed to any involvement with facebook. If I read your OP correctly you are enquiring about the club section of this forum. I too would like to know more about this option.

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator22/01/2015 11:54:10
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Other option, which we've done, is possibly of interest to. We have a club website - and it works quite well in terms of attracting new members - enabling them to download the membership application form, contact the secretary, see some pictures etc. But comment above are true - despite our very good webmaster it is of the nature of websites that it is a bit static.

In parallel we had a few complaints from beginners about them turning up at the field and no instructors being down etc. So we set up a club forum on ProBoards. Completely free. I was very sceptical about this as I have seen very many clubs set up forums - at first there is enthusiasm, then it dies. But this one has survived in use for over 12 months now - because it has one important thread! The "Are you going flying" thread. Basically folks post if they are planning on going down to the field - so thers can see who is likely to be there. This seems to be very popular with members.Now you could use this forum for that - but its a bit of a sledge hammer to break eggs! And it get you around the committee's anti Facebook view. Just an option.

BEB

john stones 122/01/2015 12:09:47
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Yep we have a who's going flying/field page very useful yes

Not a lot post on threads but it is all viewed by plenty, cost about £70 and well worth it to advertise yourself and keep members up to date.

John

Andy Green22/01/2015 12:22:26
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Now I'm not just saying this, but 'I'm going flying' is in development for the Club template. All existing sites will get the upgrade.

Andy

Erfolg22/01/2015 14:57:14
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I really do thank you all, for your replies, they have increased my awareness from zero to a position that I am beginning to formulate a number of aspects:

  • What approaches can be taken.
  • The costs issues
  • What the club perhaps wants to inform potential modellers of our presence and ethos.
  • What club members can or could get from a site.
  • Perhaps one negative, the caution required to ensure the site is not a place of offensive communication.

Since taking on the role of the secretary, i have been shocked and amazed how few of our members seem to have access to the Internet. I had assumed that we would be at somewhere close to 100%. To some extent the low starting position, does have an impact on what the club would be prepared to expend on any IT.

As an aside i am setting up a mail listing of local events that the BMFA supports in the region, to our members. It is not a lot, although better than nothing.

I do see that the whole process is long term, and is as much in life, never quite finished.

I have one final thought, once we were a very progressive club, 10 years ago, I would have guaranteed at least one member who had involvement with the Internet and computing ( I was at that time one of a few), now there is not one. I suspect that is due to our age profile and revised attitudes as to what excites and interests us.

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator22/01/2015 18:04:33
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That's an interesting comment Erf - about percentage internet use by club members. In our club is very different - out of just over 60 members all but two use the internet. It might be interesting to see which scenario - your's or ours is more typical - a poll topic possibly? "What would you estimate is the percentage internet use among your club's members?"

BEB

John Privett22/01/2015 20:07:10
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To add to BEB's and Erf's figures, I don't think the age profile of my club is in any way untypical. We ended last year with about 240 members, of whom slightly under 200 have supplied email addresses that don't 'bounce' when I send out mailshots.

So, if possession of a valid email address is approximately equal to 'using the internet', then our figure is about 80%.

Jon Laughton22/01/2015 21:40:36
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Erfolg - Andy Green set up our new website within the last few months and we are delighted with it (see www.oldham-mac.co.uk). Andy has been very helpful and professional so I would use him

Jon Laughton

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Oldham Model Aero Club

bert baker22/01/2015 22:25:20
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If you ain't getting hassle from locals and don't need the extra members, my advice would be to keep as you are.

And stay under the radar

ChrisB10/02/2015 19:12:43
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If you want a website I can recommend our supplier. Details can be found at the bottom of our website and its good value.

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