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  • bbott1982
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Our web development company started a new forum for our site:

Webmaster Forums

We'd like to hear feedback, thanks :)
  • project3
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some kind of point system. with a monthly prize or site recognition something along those lines.
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I'm offering a promotion to try and get some members. I don't think a point system would work for a webmaster site. Maybe it would for a gaming forum or something.
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We decided to run two promotions for new members. So far since our opening 5 days ago we're up to 19 unique members :)

I think we have the traffic issue solved, we'd like to hear some feedback on the design and functionability of our forum. Thanks.
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Anymore comments ?


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We're up to 48 members in about 2 weeks :)


I'm still waiting to hear suggestions on how i can improve the site though!!! Come on people don't be bashful! lol :D
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People slow on the response? or is this just a very well done site?

I pick #2.

The color is light, smooth, graphics are there, and limited nicely. You definitely got something here, and I hardly see anything that actually "NEEDS" changing.

I may even join up myself, job well done there bbot! :wink:
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TsX wrote:
People slow on the response? or is this just a very well done site?

I pick #2.

The color is light, smooth, graphics are there, and limited nicely. You definitely got something here, and I hardly see anything that actually "NEEDS" changing.

I may even join up myself, job well done there bbot! :wink:


Thank you. :shock:
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Post 3+ Months Ago

I love your idea for offering free banner ads to the top posters. i have been thinking of a promotion for my site for months... and yet it was glaring me in the face all the time!!

I absolutely love the style too... excellent work :)
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Ravanol wrote:
I love your idea for offering free banner ads to the top posters. i have been thinking of a promotion for my site for months... and yet it was glaring me in the face all the time!!

I absolutely love the style too... excellent work :)


Yea the banner idea worked well. Thanks.
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Very very nice looking site. *bookmarks*

I'm trying to find something I can give you tips on how to improve it.. but I can't find anything.. great job! :D
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X3ndou wrote:
Very very nice looking site. *bookmarks*

I'm trying to find something I can give you tips on how to improve it.. but I can't find anything.. great job! :D


Thanks! Glad you like it. :D
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from the old site i think i like this one better jsut because i started on this one lol:p
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sycofi5h wrote:
from the old site i think i like this one better jsut because i started on this one lol:p


Huh? I don't follow. :oops:
  • SycomCOmp
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It's clean and got pics up top,I thought this section was for site reviews :? It's just another one of the millions of forums out there, they all seem the same to me.. sorry :oops: Why are you naming it Webmaster Forum? what a copy of this one... omg I'm on a forum! cool!
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Nice review... lol :lol:

btw, checked your website out. How do you like Half-Life 2??
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Great site, love the colour scheme. Thought you might like to know, tested your site in 3 browsers, Explorer, Firefox and Opera.
Opera has a slight problem with the dropdown menu on services as the list appears behind the latest news. Not too much of a problem though.
Just to repeat myself Great Site.
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Opera has a slight problem with the dropdown menu on services as the list appears behind the latest news.


There isn't really too much we can do about it. The majority of our visitors are using firefox or IE so we're not too worried about it. :)

Also... we just redesigned the site a bit. We added a side column and redesigned the headers/footers :)
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The body is nice, but I think you could do more with your header and footer.

On the header, I think you may have something with the mosaic template but what's with the <--webmaster forums--> thing on the top right? Also adjacent to that, you have a thin white stripe along the top of your site. I don't know if that was intended but it looks bad. Get rid of it.

Secondly, if you intend on keeping that more typefaced look for a logo, i'd suggest you decrease the total height of your banner. A lot of it is just taking up extra space; just blue squares that are getting repetative.

On the navbar, create some padding for your drop down menu, and float the links entirely to the left and the menu entirely to the right. Both seem a little "unsure" of their places.

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For your footer, section off the part with the ad, logo-repeat, etc. It'll provide easier direction for your guests arriving at the end of your page. Also, it might soften the empty look between your banner and your repeated logo a little.

Nice though: 8.5/10
  • bbott1982
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spintwo, thank you for such a in depth review.

I have made all the changed I think you recommend and have also made some new improvements. Give it a look! :)


BTW - our website contest no longer requires a minimum of 10 posts to enter. So if you have a site you're proud of feel free to submit it. You can win up to 15 dollars each month per site.
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Look Very Similar to this site, I like the use of Modules on the Left and the big Ad space in the top center
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nebbie2004 wrote:
Look Very Similar to this site, I like the use of Modules on the Left and the big Ad space in the top center


Looks like this one?? They're both PHPBB but in terms of "design" they look nothing alike. :P

Speaking of PHPBB - their site got hacked :evil:

Thanks though :)
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Very nice :D
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MrGame.de wrote:
Very nice :D


Thanks 8)
  • web-rover
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Overall a nice site. My only problem is that I didn't find a link to oyour forum. You should make it easy for people to get to.
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Overall a nice site. My only problem is that I didn't find a link to oyour forum. You should make it easy for people to get to.


Can't find a link where? There is a link in the top and bottom navigation bars if you're talking about the main company homepage...

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Wow, nice skin, looks wonderful I joined!
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Wow, nice skin, looks wonderful I joined!


Thank you 8)
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the forum looks good but i think there needs to be more contrast of colours to make key things stand out!

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benf wrote:
the forum looks good but i think there needs to be more contrast of colours to make key things stand out!


Hmmm, I think it's relatively easy to navigate as it is... Anyone else agree with Benf?
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1. Scripts and Programming
2. Ads, Offers, & Services
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ric wrote:
1. Scripts and Programming
2. Ads, Offers, & Services


Huh? I don't follow.... :?:
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hey bro .. i love ts design .. i love the theme and the style .. (the contentt i cant say i love it but .. as they asy in my country "para gustos hay colores y para tetas sujetadores" .. so its nice .. only one thing ... it all looks the same ... i think it would be good for the site to make it a litle morea live .. althoug its the most lnice looking site i've seen in the site review forum up to now :arrow:
pd.d (of course im just a sapingo .. a newby so dont get it too seriousl ... well cya)
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Me likey!! I'm gonna join ~
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TyLLy_4 wrote:
hey bro .. i love ts design .. i love the theme and the style .. (the contentt i cant say i love it but .. as they asy in my country "para gustos hay colores y para tetas sujetadores" .. so its nice .. only one thing ... it all looks the same ... i think it would be good for the site to make it a litle morea live .. althoug its the most lnice looking site i've seen in the site review forum up to now :arrow:
pd.d (of course im just a sapingo .. a newby so dont get it too seriousl ... well cya)


Thanks :)

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Me likey!! I'm gonna join ~


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I'm just an asserhole I already ripped on some one about posting this type of content here but your seem legit but my question is... What is your purpose of doing that site if your a member of this one. And ther are like tons out there already.
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Lord Kai wrote:
I'm just an asserhole I already ripped on some one about posting this type of content here but your seem legit but my question is... What is your purpose of doing that site if your a member of this one. And ther are like tons out there already.


A better question is why not?

It's called competition.

Basically there is a website out there for nearly EVERYTHING nowadays....

So you're saying that webmasters should not bother creating new websites since simliar sites already exist? Give me a break.... :)

BTW - i'm a member of about 20 webmaster forums. Why limit yourself to the knowledge and info on one forum?
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I tried to join and every time I submitted the form I was told I'd got the confirmation code wrong. Not sure if it a problem with me or your code but I'd check it out to be on the safe side :roll:
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I tried to join and every time I submitted the form I was told I'd got the confirmation code wrong. Not sure if it a problem with me or your code but I'd check it out to be on the safe side :roll:



Hey, I just created a test account and it works fine. The confirmation code is case sensitive - maybe that was the problem? :D
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That'll be the problem! How stupid do I feel :oops:
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That'll be the problem! How stupid do I feel :oops:


No worries. :D I'm glad it was only that! :wink:
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Very nice... just the only problem I seem to find is: It's very similar to Ozzu. I think I know why there was only more members when you added the promotions.

Most people would prefer Ozzu.com over a website that no one has heard of before. I think you're website needs something that stands out heaps more than just the way it is right now. Something that will make your site different from others (Such as Ozzu) Well... otherwise I think your website is very good. Was hard to find something wrong.

Nice website and keep up the good work mate!
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Funny_Fuzz wrote:
Very nice... just the only problem I seem to find is: It's very similar to Ozzu. I think I know why there was only more members when you added the promotions.

Most people would prefer Ozzu.com over a website that no one has heard of before. I think you're website needs something that stands out heaps more than just the way it is right now. Something that will make your site different from others (Such as Ozzu) Well... otherwise I think your website is very good. Was hard to find something wrong.

Nice website and keep up the good work mate!


Thanks for the review. Yea our member signup rate is doing pretty well now after we passed 200. We got almost 50 new members in 2 weeks so things are picking up... As for offering something unique - we do hold monthly website contests where users can submit their websites they have designed. The winning website can win up to $15 each month. :)
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wow man, simply wow! That sure is one of the neatest forums ever! Did you create the interface yourself or is it something like phpbb or vbulletin? All mu 10/10 to this site.
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Well SycomCOmp, I think its pretty well done by forum standards. While all forums are built from a template, they can be measured by user count and general content and I think bbott has done a nice job here.
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yuriythebest wrote:
wow man, simply wow! That sure is one of the neatest forums ever! Did you create the interface yourself or is it something like phpbb or vbulletin? All mu 10/10 to this site.


It's PHPBB w/ a custom skin. Thanks for the compliments! :)
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Looking very nice! Would you mind sharing your knowledge on promoting your forum?

I am currently trying to promote my forum: http://nethooked.com/forum/ and would like to get some promotion ideas for it :)
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bbott1982 wrote:
m1k30rz wrote:
Looking very nice! Would you mind sharing your knowledge on promoting your forum?

I am currently trying to promote my forum: http://nethooked.com/forum/ and would like to get some promotion ideas for it :)


Take a look here http://www.ewebdevelopment.net/forum/pr ... vt214.html

and i'm sure you can do a search on OZZU to find some good promotion suggestions. :)
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I like the site. Comes across very professional.

But for gods sake, do we really need another site on the internet that promotes CHEAP HOSTING!?

Aaaaghhh!

RJ
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This forum is code base on PHP BB, so the interface design is look like on many PHP BB base's forum, the idea is not bad, but if you design your forum with some more cute icon and special icon by yourself and then replace it.

And this web forum have inform for web designer for exchange, talk, make comment and idea, debate on your forum is good point on it, we need many source and forum from the web.
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ramone_johnny wrote:
I like the site. Comes across very professional.

But for gods sake, do we really need another site on the internet that promotes CHEAP HOSTING!?

Aaaaghhh!

RJ



Hahaha, we took them down for now. We're promoting our directory now. :P

CHEERS!
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Nice forum. I've just registered. It looks like you've grown quite a bit in a relatively short time. Congratulations!
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very clear and clean layout, overall very nice, i give 9/10
  • Coderx
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yeh, its a very nice forum, its well layed out, theres very little that could be done to improve it if i were honest, the only thing you could do is a bit of color here and there but otherwise its very good.
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Thanks everyone. :)

As for the colors I've thought about adding a color or two to brighten it up but I didnt' like the look. So i kept w/ the current color theme. :)

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