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Running multiple sites: How do you do it?

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I am always in awe of folks who can run two or more boards. How do you do it? What are your time management skills like? Do you have any advice for the perpetually-disorganized/piss-poor at time management? 


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The majority of my sites basically run themselves once the initial building is finished. I run site wide plots here and there, but for the most part my players simply run personal plots.


 

 

 

 

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My time management skills suck. But I manage to have two sites going. I build my sites to be very hands off for staff though. So people

can play even if staff is busy. 🙂
 

edit: as for advice, I’d say the more sites you run the more hands off you should make it. Don’t have staff approved apps, try to automate lists like face claims, and do as much as you can to make it a place where staff isn’t required to be around 24/7 for things to get going. 

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Automation is key as the last two have pointed out. Having mandatory things that have to be updated manually is a daunting task for one site, let alone 2 or 3. I believe if you're a Jcink user there is a guide in our guides for how to make sortable member lists based on custom fields (I think) but I know things like MyBB, IPS, phpBB and SMF have ways to better automate things using scripting for things like playby lists job lists, etc.

 

Additionally supportive co-admin/staff help a lot.

 

Really its important knowing your limits and knowing when you need help. Getting overwhelmed often shuts down creativity and eventually love for a site idea.

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I ran two once, and honestly the others here have hit it pretty solidly on the head. Try to limit the amount of work you actually have to do (claims, updating lists, etc) and find staff that are willing to take on at least some of the work. A lot of people make sites with their friends but don't take into account whether or not those friends actually know how to manage a site or handle some of the needed code/software that your site requires/uses (ie navigating ACP or assigning groups/boards/etc). This can be an issue because you end up being the only one that can update anything and you get run down super fast. 

So my advice:

- Automate/slim where you can.
- Choose your staff for their skills/ability to manage properly and not for how close of a friend you are.


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