shiny happy pantless
- Feb 20, 2006
It's not about the site's platform, or theme, or if he builds a new Pokemon game or forum currency.
This is exactly the kind of thinking that gets legacy forum owners focused on the wrong things. (If I just upgrade to another platform or install a pretty theme or focus on SEO optimization when I have no authoritative content, then my website will suddenly become successful ... ).
I know he's a webdev, but he needs to shift his thinking into a chief executive: what's his community strategy and objectives, how is he going to execute on the mission, how will he build domain expertise and authoritative content, how will he promote his site?
There are so many nails to hit but this is the one that hits it on the head most for me
Without this as primary focus, anything else an owner does will meet with so much resistance.
Forget software, skins, features, or themes.. If you have an owner who's in love with his content and loves to produce it every day, you'll have your community.
We first started out on shared invision hosting and right off the bat we were busy and still to this day.
Even though what we support is fifteen years old, almost unheard of and almost unsold, we still have hundreds (about 200 - 250) signing up every month for what people come to our forum to look at, build and be seen by others that they're building.
I consider us a small community, but it's enough to keep my small group of moderators (8) and me busy and happy.