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Old 07-08-2004, 03:26 AM
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Any comments on my new site would be welcome, what do I need to change, what do you think so far. Only be up and running a couple of months.


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Old 07-08-2004, 06:04 AM
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1. Keep the portal to the point, extra things like Nortan virus alerts have nothing to do with AudiVW so they should not be there if you want to give the site a professional look.

2. Get a new skin or design a new one with a nice header, no one likes to come and see default designs.

3. Now going to the board index I am always telling this when you start a new forum keep the number of forums to minimum possible try to generalise things at the start and as you grow you can create specialist forums for different aspects. Cut down seperate model sections, you can always create them as forums become popular. Its the way you devide the whole cake that matters, too many small peices dont look good spoils the icing. Ill say it again have small number of forums which are beefed up with posts.

4. Add a galery where people can posts pictures of their VWAudi.

You have a very good domain and a good idea for the site, there is no reason why you shouldnt be successfull just be patient.

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Old 07-08-2004, 07:22 AM
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Thanks for the comments.

I have been told by a couple of people about the skin, so it is one of the things I am looking at changing, as is adding a gallery for pictures..

The anti-virus part was added whilst I was having a practise adding sections, I too was beginning to think it looked out of place, so I will remove it

I have only had the site running for a couple on months, and have not really promoted it yet, but 31 people have found it, so it must be listed on search engines.

I will take your comments on board, and agree with what you say. As I have only been doing this since April, I am still learning, and enjoying doing so, and any assistance or help going in the right direction is appreciated

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Old 07-08-2004, 08:04 AM
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Just a couple of things:

1) Try to make all 3 columns on your portal roughly the same length on the page. The middle column is super-long, but the 2 on each side are relatively short.

2) I always recommend putting your "focus" forums at the top of the list. Your site is about VW's and Audis, yet you don't get to those forums until you scroll past 8 unrelated and off-topic forums.

3) Again, too many forums. Most of your forums have 1 post. Combine "like" forums, and split them out only when it's supported and makes sense. For now, I would just have model-specific threads in one forum for Audi and VW. You can keep the racing and stuff in separate forums, if you like.
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Well I see I'm arriving here late so I'll just add a few comments that haven't been mentioned and try not to repeat what's already been said

Pros
- Site Type: Most specific car model sites that I've seen tend to do well even with the growing number of boards out there. It's pretty easy to find people who are enthusiastic about their cars, especially new owners.

- Gallery: Your idea to add a gallery will fit in with the site very well indeed.


Cons
- Watch your grammar: This is (we hope) going to be a major source of information for your viewers seen by thousands of different types of people. You want to be very careful when writing articles and just any posts that you as an admin make.

Example.... Summer hots up with tempting offers from Volkswagen . That's the first thing people see when they come to your site.

- Too many forums: OK I know this has been mentioned but I wanted to add this piece of advice to it. We all know how personally we take our forums. I know that to you having all of those forums seems the right way to run the site and that's where you envision taking it. However consider this; why not try starting the forums out with a few smaller general discussion forums and see what you members come to talk about. If you get a bunch of posts about Passats, gather them all up and move them to a new Passat forum. And Toureg and so on.

Thing's you're missing
Privacy Policy
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Forum Rules
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Product Reviews

In general it's my honest opinion that your forum is too new to come have it reviewed by your peers. I suggest you wait until your forums are fully developed; then come back and request a re-review. I'm not saying wait until you have hundreds of members and thousands of posts, just ensure you've added all the little gadgets and sections you plan to add to the site and finish it's design. I gave it a 5 out of 10 based on potential.

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Old 07-08-2004, 09:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Qwest
Well I see I'm arriving here late so I'll just add a few comments that haven't been mentioned and try not to repeat what's already been said

Pros
- Site Type: Most specific car model sites that I've seen tend to do well even with the growing number of boards out there. It's pretty easy to find people who are enthusiastic about their cars, especially new owners.

- Gallery: Your idea to add a gallery will fit in with the site very well indeed.


Cons
- Watch your grammar: This is (we hope) going to be a major source of information for your viewers seen by thousands of different types of people. You want to be very careful when writing articles and just any posts that you as an admin make.

Example.... Summer hots up with tempting offers from Volkswagen . That's the first thing people see when they come to your site.

- Too many forums: OK I know this has been mentioned but I wanted to add this piece of advice to it. We all know how personally we take our forums. I know that to you having all of those forums seems the right way to run the site and that's where you envision taking it. However consider this; why not try starting the forums out with a few smaller general discussion forums and see what you members come to talk about. If you get a bunch of posts about Passats, gather them all up and move them to a new Passat forum. And Toureg and so on.

Thing's you're missing
Privacy Policy
Gallery
Forum Rules
Articles
Product Reviews

In general it's my honest opinion that your forum is too new to come have it reviewed by your peers. I suggest you wait until your forums are fully developed; then come back and request a re-review. I'm not saying wait until you have hundreds of members and thousands of posts, just ensure you've added all the little gadgets and sections you plan to add to the site and finish it's design. I gave it a 5 out of 10 based on potential.

Overall Rating (out of 10)
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Qwest
Thank you all for your valued comments, I will take them on board as a new site owner. You have all suggested things that I had never looked at, but now you have commented, I can see what you mean

As you have said, it is early days, so I will make a few adjustments now, and make on-going changes as they arise.

Once again,, your comments and suggestions are very welcome.

Stu
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Qwest,

What is wrong with "hots" up? It may not look great grammar out of context, but it may be suitable for the context it is being used in.

edit: just looked at it in context and it does make me squirm.
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Old 07-08-2004, 10:14 AM
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Qwest,

What is wrong with "hots" up? It may not look great grammar out of context, but it may be suitable for the context it is being used in.

edit: just looked at it in context and it does make me squirm.
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Get rid of the clock.

Organize your links section better.

Actually do something with your meta tags -

---
<title>VWAUDI Forum</title>

<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1" />
<meta name="generator" content="vBadvanced, vBulletin 3.0.1" />
<meta name="keywords" content="vbulletin,forum,bbs,discussion,jelsoft,bu lletin board" />
<meta name="description" content="This is a discussion forum powered by vBulletin. To find out about vBulletin, go to http://www.vbulletin.com/ ." />
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And pick a keyword that isn't too generic like just vw or audi. I wouldn't even use "vw forums" or "audi forums" they don't get much searches. You need to find that niche.
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Old 07-08-2004, 12:09 PM
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Get rid of the clock.

Organize your links section better.

Actually do something with your meta tags -

---
<title>VWAUDI Forum</title>

<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1" />
<meta name="generator" content="vBadvanced, vBulletin 3.0.1" />
<meta name="keywords" content="vbulletin,forum,bbs,discussion,jelsoft,bu lletin board" />
<meta name="description" content="This is a discussion forum powered by vBulletin. To find out about vBulletin, go to http://www.vbulletin.com/ ." />
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And pick a keyword that isn't too generic like just vw or audi. I wouldn't even use "vw forums" or "audi forums" they don't get much searches. You need to find that niche.
The links page is a left over from my original site, which i am now working on to improve it.

Cheers

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