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JimC
07-17-2012, 11:54 PM
Is anyone here a webmaster/admin of a local SDC website? I spoke with our local chapter president this last week, and I'm planning on giving a presentation at our next meeting regarding getting our chapter online. He seemed excited about the opportunity, and asked if I could get in touch with webmasters of other local chapters to hash out ideas, find out what has worked with other sites, etc. So if you're an admin, shoot me a PM or post here, and let's chat. Thanks!

StudeRich
07-18-2012, 12:08 AM
I think your man is Clark Novak, our very own Studebaker Forum Webmaster.

I love it when I can "volunteer" someone ELSE for a job! :D

A little Birdie told me that he has set up a Chapter or two!

mbstude
07-18-2012, 12:08 AM
I made this one. http://georgiastudebaker.com/

Mark57
07-18-2012, 12:37 AM
I have put together my home Chapter's website: http://visdc.shawwebspace.ca/

snowy_buffalo
07-18-2012, 09:08 AM
Diane Crooks out of nearby St. Joseph, Mo. administers this one for the Heart of America Chapter.

http://studebu.tripod.com/

brngarage
07-18-2012, 09:33 AM
Hi:
I'm the webmaster (and site builder) for the Los Angeles Chapter. www.studebakersla.com. Feel free to email me with questions.

JimC
07-18-2012, 10:11 AM
Thanks guys, I'll be getting in touch with all of you shortly.

In the mean time and for the sake of promoting discussion out here, what benefit has the website been to your chapter?

For any non web admins who are reading this, what do you like and/or want from a local chapter website?

Thanks all!

SusieQ
07-18-2012, 01:31 PM
I do two webpages one for the hamilton chapter sdc http://thehamiltonchaptersdc.ca
one for the Canadian Avanti http://canadianavanti.ca/index.html
Susan Lusted

BobGlasscock
07-18-2012, 02:59 PM
Jim, my contribution would be this. Keep your website up to date!! I do not go to my local website due to it not having been updated for years. A website is NOT a tombstone, it needs to be checked and changed every few days.

Good luck.

JRoberts
07-18-2012, 03:08 PM
I have no part in putting together our website, but as a Regional Manager the one thing I would suggest is that when a chapter decides to create a chapter website be sure that it is kept up to date. When folks are looking for a chapter in their area many times Google is the source they use. If they go to a website that is obviously out of date, it may hurt a chapter more than help it.

Bamajak
07-18-2012, 08:07 PM
ncsdc.net

our site
Jack White Webmaster

Ricardo
07-18-2012, 09:05 PM
Dear Jim. I developed the Chilean SDC Chapter web site: it is here:
http://www.tuerca.cl/studebakerchile/

In our case the objective of the web site is not to have information on events. or just our cars. We are few and contact by e mail frequently. As Studes were scarce in Chile (even when a Studebaker assembly factory operated in our country) . our purpose through the web site is to maintain the Studebaker light alive for the car community in our country (and we have had success) , so the site has as much content about Chilean Studebakers as we can, not being the periodic actualizations so important.

As you can see there are different views and objectives in the SDC chapters websites worldwide .

I will be happy to help

Chris_Dresbach
07-18-2012, 10:29 PM
I don't know if it would be concidered a webmaster positiion, but I run the Michiana Chapter's Facebook page. Bob Henning (1961 Lark Guy) handles all of the other "computer stuff" for the chapter and does an excellent job of it.

JimC
07-19-2012, 12:10 AM
I don't know if it would be concidered a webmaster positiion, but I run the Michiana Chapter's Facebook page. Bob Henning (1961 Lark Guy) handles all of the other "computer stuff" for the chapter and does an excellent job of it.It's absolutely a valid one in my book. I would like to see our chapter move onto the facebook, so any info you can give will be appreciated.

Everyone, thanks so much. PM's have been sent, and I look forward to hearing your input! If anyone else would like to offer their input, let me know.

studeski
07-19-2012, 07:10 AM
http://www.studeski.com/wrsdc/wrsdc.htm

BShaw
07-19-2012, 07:43 AM
I still do some volunteer webmaster duties... for my chapter and the Studebaker National Foundation.

www.northstarwheel.com
www.studebakernationalfoundation.org

My personal top 5 rules are:

1. Keep it current...daily updating if needed
2. Make navigation clear and easy to follow
3. Make is easily readable (avoid colored text on a black/dark background, please, and don't use every font on your computer...pick one or two and be consistent).
4. Build it for chapter members BUT write it to attract and welcome new people that may buy a Studebaker (with your site's encouragement) and then become a chapter member.
5. Promote the site every way you can...get the url added to chapter listings on car websites, etc.

A number of years back I created a "website 101" sheet for use at an IM editors session. If I can find that I will email it to you. No fabulous insights in it it but may be of some help.

JRoberts
07-19-2012, 09:09 AM
I have a problem with Facebook over a website. I personally do not have a Facebook account because I just do not want my business out for all to see. I just do not trust such social media sites. I do not think I am alone with this. Since there are many folks in this boat, putting a chapter's stuff only on Facebook seems to miss a good portion of members.

kg.works
07-19-2012, 09:37 AM
Hi
I manage the website for our club.
It is at www.kgworks.ca/acc

Graham

Deaf Mute
07-19-2012, 05:06 PM
The Big 6 River Bend chapter has a website... www.big6sdc.com (http://www.big6sdc.com) which I built and maintain. The cost involved was obtaining our URL (or address on the web) and I did that using GoDaddy.com. They hosted our old site (another charge) which I had set up with Microsoft FRONT PAGE (which Mr. Gates deemed not in the "scheme of things" and is no longer supported). I have now built our site on www.wix.com (http://www.wix.com), which advertized "FREE websites". I guess it is free if you used their assigned URL which could be a loooong one and not really related to the SDC that I am aiming for. I had a little trouble getting it on line; but I can now up date it from any computer anywhere with my password and need no special softqware in my computer.
So we now pay annual fees to GoDaddy and WIX to keep our site up. I believed it gained us a couple members over the years... BUT it has generated interest and when one of our members destroyed his GT Hawk (and he was in really bad shape [his Grandmother perished in the accident]) we had a record number of hits as I kept daily updates on his condition.
Our chapter has a Facebook page as well; but I don't really know if it is helpful or not... another chapter member keeps that updated (I do not use Facebook myself).
Our chapter emails monthly newsletters to members who want it & snail mail to the rest.
I update our site monthly (at a minimum) and beileve that is one of my more important jobs in the chapter. As said before YOU HAVE TO KEEP IT UP-TO-DATE or it ends up being a detroment to the chapter.
Another hint... Make sure there is someone else in the chapter with access to the password and can take over if something happens to you!
Good Luck!

Ricardo
07-22-2012, 11:20 AM
JIm
I have sent a private message.
This has been an intersting discussion thta ahs shown the different approach and problems of the chapter websites

Studebakerchile

Studeguru
07-22-2012, 11:55 AM
I am the webmaster for:http://www.studebakerdrivers.net
The website for the Wasatch mountain Chapter in Salt Lake City, Utah

Bob Bryant
07-22-2012, 12:28 PM
While I do not have the tech ability to offer any assistance on websites there is certainly a variety of them available to view. Some clubs...not necessarily SDC chapters establish sites and leave them unattended. It is not good promotion for a club to have a website that has its last update in 2011! A stale website is not a positive promotion of a chapter. If a chapter is going to create one it is an excellent idea, but give it the followup and attention it needs to be a positive influence on prospective and current members. I think a chapter is better off without one if it isn't adequately maintained. As mentioned, it can be an economic method for the distribution of newsletters, also.

JimC
07-22-2012, 02:38 PM
Fred,

I have a short survey I'll send to you by PM. Any insight from your experience will be a big help.

Bob,

Thanks for the input. I want ideas from webmasters and average visitors alike, so it's a big help. I COMPLETELY agree that maintaining a website is hugely important. I used to get paid for doing website development, and that was the biggest part of the job. Of course, updating sites back then meant actually manually editing webpages, which was a lot of work, but we did it. With as easy as it is to update a site today, there's really no excuse for a website to sit outdated for months or years.

showbizkid
07-22-2012, 08:20 PM
Actually I'm not the SDC webmaster, just the admin for this Forum. I did put together the San Diego Chapter website, but have since handed it off to Doug Neilson. Let me know if you'd like to have his contact info.