I have a series of questions for others on this site. Hopefully you have a few thoughts to contribute.
I own 176 domains acquired over 15 years, built numerous sites which became popular (50K daily visitors) and all died when my attention went elsewhere. There are also some little sites that just languish out of inattention and neglect. Years ago I decided to start putting these sites together - a Novell Approach. Sadly my brother died and I had no interest in touching a computer for almost 1.5 years. I started lurking around in December, made a huge change to a site at the end of December, and really started to enjoy XF.
Novell expanded by purchasing and gathering resources from other companies - some that were about ready to go under. The company grows through acquisitions. This is why this comparison might work. Or do you think this is a false comparison?
The idea is to take all of the sites - with different topics, different viewers, different niches - and combine them into one network so that 176 domains are available to one login ID.
Do you see advantages?
Do you see disadvantages?
If these were your sites would you keep them separate or combine them? Why?
What kind of branding issues might you foresee?
Revitalizing Dead Communities
What are your strategies for revitalizing dead communities? At times, this approach feels like bringing all the dying together into one room.
So far - lower maintenance has been the best part of bringing these sites together. There is now only one set of files to keep updated.
A consistent WP theme is a huge issue. My daughter is working on a logo and I'm working on using the toolbar to give a common header but the challenge is very great. In fact, many webdesigners I contacted said "no" - they didn't think they had the skills to put it together. So - it's now a challenge for little ole me. Maybe that is an advantage
The new adventure began in December, and I'm far from the finish line, but maybe you'll agree that the journey is almost more important than a finished network of sites.
While content is king - and will always be king on the Internet - do you think a community can be built from the Humpty Dumpty pieces?
Thank you for contributing your thoughts, ideas, and opinions. I look forward to reading them.