Should Your Car Club Have a Website?
The internet has created a push towards technology and this has created a need for many people to venture to the internet that normally would never have used the internet before. This includes many clubs and organizations that are typically quite small and only offer a few benefits to users. With the use of the internet though, it is possible to talk and communicate with members like you never have before. So deciding whether to use the internet to create a website for your club is not always a simple decision. With the number of web companies that sell web space for as little as a few dollars a month and domain names typically only costing $10 or so roughly a year they are not very expensive to maintain once the initial site is built. However, the costs to actually build the site can be quite large.
If you know how to create your own website then you are looking at the costs dramatically lowering. If you are trying to decide whether a website is really a good investment consider the location of all of your members. Consider as well that if you offer a website you could send out ezines, which are generally much cheaper to provide to members than standard printed and mailed newsletters. By offering ezines, you are reducing your monthly expenses, reducing the hassle of having to drive to the printer, and removing the problems with postage and ensuring addresses are correct. A well laid out website should offer some general information about the club, an area where members can see events that are coming up in the near future and also a place where people can post information about shows they hear about as well as advertising for vehicles or parts they are selling.
Anything additional that you offer can just be an added benefit for members. Many clubs use the website to allow perspective members to find out about events, membership requirements and other details about the club. There can also be an area that will allow you to put up a forum. This is a great way to allow members to really talk and connect to each other when they are looking for ways to ask questions quickly of other members. A forum is especially great for posting information about various specials or sales that businesses are offering that may be useful to club members as well. Overall, most clubs find that using a website is very helpful for them. If you can overcome the initial costs, you are likely to find that creating a good and functional website is a great investment. It can often be a huge time saver when it comes to communicating with members, as well as working with people who are interested in membership. No longer would you need to spend long amounts of time on the phone, instead you could simply direct inquiries to the website and then assist people who needed further assistance. For those who are looking for ways to ultimately save time, a website can be the perfect answer.
Another great benefit that many clubs use is the ability to create an online store that can offer club merchandise for members to buy. The ability to maximize the potential of the internet for your needs and ability is huge; working with someone who is knowledgeable in designing websites can make your dream of organization and efficiency quite possible. For less than $100, you can generally pay for a domain name and hosting. This is often the equivalent of two months newsletter expenses for most clubs and with the prices of web design services varying you are looking at finding something that fits within your budget no matter what it is. It is quite possible that once you have created the website you will wonder how the club ever functioned without it. So take the time to really look around and consider what else a good website can do for your club, I am sure you will find it well worth the time. PPPPP (word count 678) .
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