Looking for suggestions (new site)

andrew3d

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Take a look at my new site, just starting, and give me all the constructive criticisms you can. I have thick skin so don't hold back. I want to learn as much as possible from others who may have much more mybb experience. I am eager to share links with other hunting and dog forums. Thanks in advance.

www.rabbitdawgs.com
 

The Sandman

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I think it has potential. First thing I'd do is put a sold background behind all the areas that have words on them.
 

Digital Doctor

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I thought this said Drugs.

I'd make the Title of your forum clear to read more than stylish.

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The outline of this font is ugly.

It also doesnt zoom well.

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If the focus of your forum is dogs that catch rabbits ...

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I might go for rabbit-dogs.com vs misspelled dawgs.

Probably doesnt matter.

What is your competition ?
Any Facebook groups ?
 

Digital Doctor

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I think people decide about your site quite quickly. If they can't even tell what it is about .... they probably just close the window.

When I see your site
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I see the bunny and I think it's about Rabbits.
I guess I think your site is about Rabbit Drugs.

Maybe a small tagline would help.
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And how about a picture of a dog.

Is your site mostly about Rabbits or Dogs ?
 

Digital Doctor

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Only first time admins have this many forums. :)

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Try to have way less forums .... like 5.
I think have one forum where all the content is ....
Once you have 10 pages of threads ..... and 50 members ... make new forums if desired.

Empty and inactive forums are depressing.


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I think you should start with 4 forums.
RabbitDawgs
Contests
Marketplace
Site News

in that order.
 

cornnfedd

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Share Videos Here
and
Share Photos Here

should be 1 topic, Share Photos and Video Here

remove the contests section, and just have it as a global announcement each month when you run a new competition.
 

Nasyr

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This type of forum had potential, just because there is a similar established forum out there didn't mean you had to close the doors.
Reopen them and make it a more local forum to a specific place such as England or whatever and make content related to the region.
 

Ash

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Did you close down because you had trouble paying for hosting or was it because you gave up on the forum?
 

andrew3d

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I took over the site I did not want to compete against.
The advice received here for the first attempt still applies 100 percent.
I see it is as a boring site so far. I need to make some significant changes.
I converted the site from websitetoolbox. I wrote my own SQL script. I was an Oracle programmer for years so it was very similar in syntax, etc.
It is still structured the way it was when I took it over. Only difference is I converted to MYBB and new skins.
So could we reset this, and perhaps everyone would agree to look again. Feel free to be critical with suggestions because I need them. Thanks,

See the site at www.straightupthemiddle.com


I should add the site is about hunting rabbits with beagles, and also for supporting those who compete with beagles in AKC field trials.
 
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