Cre8asiteForums Breaks Out the Champagne for its Two-Year Anniversary

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Tucked deep into the lush green countryside north of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in an office with the appropriate wood stove and cluttered filing system, the founder of Cre8asiteForums, Kim Krause, waits for members of her team to wake up. ThereÂ?s a problem. Okay a few of them. Ammon Johns, her co-Administrator lives in the UK. Bill Slawski, her night owl other co-Administrator, hails from the state of Delaware. Rarely does Kim make a decision without first discussing it with her team.

Tucked deep into the lush green countryside north of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in an office with the appropriate wood stove and cluttered filing system, the founder of Cre8asiteForums, Kim Krause, waits for members of her team to wake up. There’s a problem. Okay a few of them. Ammon Johns, her co-Administrator lives in the UK. Bill Slawski, her night owl other co-Administrator, hails from the state of Delaware. Rarely does Kim make a decision without first discussing it with her team.

“We learned early on that our Moderators in New Zealand and Australia were feeling left out of some of our planning. This became a key to how we eventually came to deliver the entire forums to members. To be creative, you need to listen to ideas and take risks. You also have to wait for people to get out of bed and log on,” Kim says.

Launched just two years ago, on August 30, 2002, Cre8asiteForums is celebrating its two-year anniversary. Once a club hosted by Yahoo!, started by a then single mom web designer who freelanced in search engine optimization, the move to a phpBB back-end board thrust it into the limelight almost instantly. The web site development forums features experts in search engine optimization and marketing and led the way to including usability design topics, site planning, Internet law and business aspects of interest to ecommerce web owners.

Shortly after launch, Pandia, in its yearly awards, issued a nod of approval.

"Look out for newcomer Cre8asite Forums which was launched in August 2002 by SEO expert Kim Krause," wrote the owners of Pandia. (http://www.pandia.com )

Bill Slawski adds, "I'm not sure if we knew exactly where we were going with the forums when we started. One of the thoughts behind Cre8asite was to provide a virtual space for people that wasn't home or an office, but rather a place where they could come for support, friendship, and suggestions. Another was to allow us to learn from each other, to share ideas, and to find out about new things on the web. I'm happy to say that I believe we succeeded at those goals. Thanks to all of the people who participated, and who deserve the credit for the forum's success."

Cre8asiteForums supports itself with revenue generated from sales of books and products from its Web Resources Directory at http://www.Cre8asite.net, which members use for further research via a link from any thread.

“This was the vision led by Technical Administrator Stockbridge Truslow, who rallied volunteer moderators and members not only to build the Cre8asite Resources Directory but pack it with quality information,” according to Kim. “From there, we launched a blog called Cre8tive Flow, which Moderators use to report on industry news or showcase interesting threads.”

A “Feedroom” runs behind the scenes to keep staff up to the minute on news, commentary and articles.

A Florida-based surveys development company called JustAskthem.com provides hosting and server maintenance. Frenchtown, New Jersey, Vice President of JAT, Alan Runfeldt, is no stranger to virtual companies and 24/7 emergencies. It’s not uncommon for him to be up all night with Technical Administrators, Stock, in the USA, and Dave Childs, in the UK, dealing with the needs of large forums. Rundfelt’s commitment to the forums is strictly “out of deep respect and friendship for Kim”.

This is, after all, how things are done in friendly communities.

Plans for the future include a redesign, which the members are assisting with by describing their wish lists and giving user feedback. The forums have been used to showcase members, honoring their achievements in business, or conduct interviews, offer a forum for struggling organizations in need of support and highlighting pioneering trends in the search engine, conversions and usability industries.

“I think when people realize our roots, they appreciate how far we’ve come in 2 years. I was just laid off from Verticalnet and starting my own consulting business. We had no written plan but we did have a mantra that says ‘There is no such thing as a stupid question’, “ says Kim.

From a small club of barely 200 members to over 3600 members and 75,000 posts later, this is something to celebrate indeed.

For additional information:

Anniversary celebration information: http://www.cre8asiteforums.com/viewtopic.php?p=82726#82726

About Cre8asiteForums: http://www.cre8asiteforums.com/forumhistory.html

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Kimberly Kopp Krause

Ammon Johns

Bill Slawski

Administrators, Cre8asiteForums

Web: http://www.cre8asiteforums.com

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