Community Club Network
The entire community benefits when every person is involved in at least one community club
What options are available?
Over the past few years, the use of the Internet has changed our very way of life.
Personal computers can be frustrating at times, but they have enabled us to communicate in ways we never dreamed of only a few years ago.
The Internet communication options for a small to medium organisation are complex and can be a mine field at times.
The primary objective should be to communicate with the majority of members in a cost-effective and timely manner as well as reducing the overall cost to the club or organisation at the same time as reducing the workload of committee members.
Communication via e-mail only.
This can often be done easily by a member who has access to a PC connected to the Internet, using an e-mail program, to answer any enquiries from people who are already members, as well as the public. A distribution mailing list can be set up via BCC distribution to protect the privacy of the members.
A significant disadvantage of this option is that this can be time consuming as many of the questions are similar, requiring multi0le identical answers. A common issue is that the enquiries are not responded to on a timely basis as the committee member cannot be at his PC 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Communication via a dedicated web site.
Professionally developed web sites and domains tend to be relatively expensive and it is easy for costs to blow out of proportion, which essential changes not being done because of the high maintenance costs.
This often results in the web site being abandoned, with out of date or incorrect information being displayed to the members and the world.
Another associated issue is that that eventually, abandoned web site closes down as the domain name had not been renewed, making people think that your organisation is no longer operational.
Communication via a shared web site.
This option is attractive as it can use a domain registered in your organisation's name, or a sub domain part of the shared web site at a substantially reduced cost. As part of a sub domain, your URL would look like www.yourclubname.clubshare.org
This facility is flexible and can be set up for other options quickly and easily at realistic extra charges.
This option is ideal for single page point of presence websites.
One e-mail address is provided and is of the format firstname.lastname@example.org.
15 Aug 2005
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