Bub Club Parenting Community - Featured Forum - [Big Boards]

Discussion in 'Featured Communities' started by Kathy, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. Kathy

    Kathy Tazmanian Veteran

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    This featured forum is a parenting website with a large community.

    Congrats on your success! Read on for their details:

    FORUM BASICS:
    What is the name of your website and a brief description of the theme/topic of the forums. What is the url?

    Bub Club Parenting Community, we are a parenting support community.

    http://www.bubclub.com


    List some of the most popular forums and describe its discussions.

    Pregnancy Talk, News & Events, Getting to Know You

    What prompted you to start your forum? What was your launch date?

    We launched in Jun 2004. We wanted to reduce isolation for parents/parents-to-be in this new world where people don't live in villiages no more. We found that most parents need a place to get support where they don't want to ask their "usual" support people (family, friends). We wanted a place where parents can meet other parents (through organised meets) and grow friendships with similar aged children, situations etc.

    Do you have any special forum features or activities?

    I have custom developed a few cool things like: Footy Tipping, Tickers, Horoscopes

    SOFTWARE:
    Which software do you use for your forums?

    vBulletin 3.8 (we used to use phpBB2 with CH mod)

    Do you use any add-ons scripts to enhance your site? Which ones?

    Too many to list here ;) We use vbadvanced

    HARDWARE:
    What is your current server set-up? Do you have multiple servers for your big board forum? Who manages your servers?

    Single server, I manage the whole show.

    MEMBERS:
    Membership stats? How many members?

    3,320 members. 465,493 posts

    What are the demographics of your site? (Percentage of men, women, age groups, locality related)

    Mainly female - all over Australia and some members in New Zealand, Malaysia/Singapore, South Africa, USA, Canada and the UK

    STAFF:
    Tell us a about your staff including how many admins (and their functions), moderators, mentors, web-developers, etc. Explain how your staff is organized.

    2 Admins, 3 Mods - and I'm the web developer. We have moderator guides and we chat regularly about the site.

    REVENUE:
    How do you generate revenue to cover your expenses? (Ecommerce, subscriptions, advertising, affiliate links, etc)

    At the moment we dont - we'd like to explore this.

    Do you offer upgraded members groups for a fee? What benefits do they get for subscribing/upgrading?

    No.

    ADMIN:
    What is your name?

    Randal

    Please share a few things about yourself. (Bio, family, education, background, hobbies, your favorite pizza topping, your favorite vacation spot, your choice of transportation, etc)

    I run an IT business, and have been in the IT industry for 20 years. I love camping & 4WD'ing - and my BMW!

    How do you spend a typical day as admin on your site? What do you enjoy about your job as admin of your site/forums? Do you office in your home or in a separate office space away from your house?

    Office in home. I check the site usually from morning to sleep time. I spend a lot of time trying to create ideas for posts and topics/articles.

    What has been the biggest obstacle you have faced in starting or running your forums? How did you/do you handle it?

    Keeping the site interesting, keeping the traffic/activitiy flowing. Handling member issues.

    What 3 things have helped your forums to be a success?

    1. Coffee
    2. My knowledge of php & mysql
    3. My wife
     
  2. Rizzo

    Rizzo Adherent

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    I tried to sign up but got this error message.

     
  3. vindianz

    vindianz Neophyte

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    highly informative and fruitful.
     
  4. Tori

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    Hey! I've been a member of that forum for many years now, although I don't post as frequently as I did before. Glad to see it's still up and running! Well done! :)
     
  5. neozaaneozaa

    neozaaneozaa Neophyte

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    I love your posts.
     
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