Saab Central Trivia Section
With the continually growing popularity and number of visitors to this site, we thought we would provide a little information on the history and development of the site, and the people behind it.....
The site that was to become SaabCentral.com was launched in its first incarnation as www.saab-900.cwc.net in October 1999 by Simon Turner. Simon had recently completed a part time course in web design and was looking for a topic to build a website around. Being an enthusiastic owner of a Saab 900i 16v convertible, the Classic Saab 900 seemed as good a topic as any, so in a very short time www.saab-900.cwc.net was born!
Getting the site off the ground with information and content that would be useful and interesting to visitors was hard going at first, but thanks to people like John Daniels who contributed the majority of the early content, the site soon started to take shape. The site proved popular from the outset and with the help of contributions from site visitor's, the quality and variety of the content went from strength to strength. However as the site grew it soon became apparent that a major reorganisation and redesign was needed if the site was to continue to expand successfully.
In June 2000 the domain name www.saab-900.com was registered and the new look
(version 1) site was launched. By this time Paul Whiter had joined to
take on the design and technical sides to the site. The new site (version 1)
was an improvement over the original design. New technologies were introduced
to give the site a more consistent look and feel, making it much easier to
navigate and use. More interactive elements were also added to the site to
benefit the user. More and more interesting content was also being added all
the time to help to keep the site fresh and informative. Also at this time,
a big effort was made to promote the site to try and increase traffic as much
as possible. A combination of the new design, more interesting and varied content
together with the site promotion proved to be very successful. In the space
of 6 months the traffic increased threefold!
At the beginning of February 2001
the decision was taken to redesign the site again, mainly due to the fact
that we felt that the predominantly black
look to the site was starting to look dated. (Version 2) of www.saab-900.com
was once again a big improvement over its predecessors incorporating much
improved interactive elements such as the excellent 'phpBB' forums.
Saab-900.com grew tremendously under the new design and ever increasing content
to the point where we were receiving 40,000 visitors every month. However
the site slowly started to become a 'victim of it's own success', with the
much larger demands being placed on the infrastructure of the site, it was
beginning to show some cracks. At the same time we also felt that saab-900.com
had gone as far as it could logically go based on one Saab model alone and
that there was little potential left for developing the site further.
The new domain name www.saabcentral.com was registered in mid 2002 and the site you currently see was launched in early August 2002. What you see today is the culmination of many many months of hard work, both on the design and development side and the gathering of new material to cover the new Saab models that were introduced with the re-launch of the site. Amongst the new features introduced with SaabCentral were the 'Dealer and Specialist' database listings, an improved classified advertising section and the latest version 'phpBB' forums, plus much, much more.
We would like to thank all our visitors for continuing to support SaabCentral. It is quickly becoming the number one online Saab resource for all Saab owners, standing as it does at nearly 1000 pages of content. We will continue to do all we can to ensure this expansion and growth continues long into the future.
SaabCentral is run in partnership by:
Turner who currently lives in the South of France. Simon previously worked
in the Electronics Industry for over 10 years and was co-founder of www.pfsparts.com.
Simon looks after the collation of the the site content and is constantly
on the look out for new and interesting material to add to the site. You can
Whiter lives in Northamptonshire and has previously worked as a freelance
web designer and was also a co-founder of www.pfsparts.com.
Paul is responsible for the design aspects and technical running of Saabcentral.
Paul currently owns a 2003 Saab 9-3 Sports Saloon. You can
If you really want to help to support the running costs and the development of Saabcentral, you can do any or all of the following:
- Buy some merchandise from the SaabCentral Shop
- Order a book through our bookshop
- Place a SaabCentral Sticker on your Car
- Place a link to SaabCentral from your website
- Share your knowledge and experience on our forums
- Spread the word about SaabCentral.com
Thanks for your support!
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