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- OT: What to do with an 'useless' website...
July 10, 2005, 7:11 am
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I registered a website for a customer who later changed his mind, (*&^!).
Because it was for a charity I didn't mind putting my money/time into it.
But now I have the site for at least 5 years, and I don't really know what
to do with it.
I would like to have a few RSS links to African charities/news, (as it was
what the site was for really).
As well as do it all in php, (as it is one of my many, many skills).
I might even start a forum, (phpbb?), where people could voice their
opinions on Africa in general.
But I know there are hundreds of similar sites around so maybe I should do
something else with it.
I would like to keep the charity theme going if possible, I couldn't make
money out of it, I would fell too guilty :).
Any suggestions of what to do that would include PHP?
Re: OT: What to do with an 'useless' website...
you have decided. You might make a little revenue from it and at the end
of the year why not donate the proceeds to Oxfam, The Red Cross or a
charity of your choice? At least that way the domain is doing good
whilst you work out your bigger plan.
phpBB is great but you really have to stay on top of the updates.
vBulletin costs money but is widely recommended too.
Re: What to do with an 'useless' website...
Setup an e-commerce type site where African micro-businesses can advertise
their products directly. You will probably need to get in touch with some
NGOs who assist in setting up these small businesses.
For example, I know an NGO in Nicaragua who market organically grown coffee
beans for a whole bunch of subsistence coffee farmers. This means you help
fair trade and organic production.
Another idea could be to provide a space for African tourism operators
(listings) as tourism generally assist in development.
Just my five cents worth.