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Is my forum design user friendly?

Discussion in 'HTML & Website Design' started by Investophant, Oct 12, 2010.

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    I got some heavy critique from some members about the forum design being bad and that I should change it. I'm kind of looking for more opinions so I thought I'd ask here before changing it drastically.

    Is this forum not user friendly? I appreciate any input!

    (I am a new member here so I can't post links: the address is www(.)investerium(.)com
     
    Investophant, Oct 12, 2010 IP
  2. andresc2

    andresc2 Peon

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    yeah it seems that all the links are ease to find but if i might suggest that you change the text color to white or to other light color.
     
    andresc2, Oct 14, 2010 IP
  3. Victoria B

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    Remember that forum members tend to stay a couple of hour reading and reading... please, use a bigger font :)

    The rest look wonderful.
     
    Victoria B, Oct 14, 2010 IP
  4. kirtankumar

    kirtankumar Greenhorn

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    Hello, your forum is good designed, but u need to use light colors in it, black color is very harsh to eyes. and fonts need to be some larger . aston martin looks good in the header. :)
     
    kirtankumar, Oct 14, 2010 IP
  5. GWiz

    GWiz Peon

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    From a designer's point of view, this is a very inappropriate theme for a forum for your niche. You are targeting people interested in business and money, not 14 year old gamers. Black is not a very welcoming color for this. Your banner choice isn't bad, but definitely not appropriate. Your font's and sections are far too small and insignificant to even be noticed. People will make subconscious judgments within the first second of loading up your website and will decide if they want to stay or not.

    Nothing about your theme tells me this is a business related forum, if anything at all, it looks like a Car enthusiast board.

    Needless to say, my commentary may sound harsh, but I don't believe in sugar coating the truth to spare your feelings. If you want to attract the right type of people, you should go look at other forums that do something similar and figure out what made them successful. In terms of the theme, you should definitely use lighter colors, but avoid using too much color. You don't want to look goofy. Something sleek and professional is what you want. Frankly the the least amount of design would be appropriate, since this forum is for business people, and they want to get down to business, not spend time being distracted by your design.

    Do some research and compare themes of other successful websites in your niche.
     
    GWiz, Oct 14, 2010 IP
  6. Investophant

    Investophant Greenhorn

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    Thank you VERY much for the advice, I appreciate it very much! GWiz especially, you have been very helpful to me. Do you have any suggestions on pre-made phpBB themes which I can use, and slightly customize in order to match my forum the best way?
     
    Investophant, Oct 15, 2010 IP
  7. GWiz

    GWiz Peon

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    Well you have a few options:
    a) Find a free theme online
    b) Find a paid theme online (usually better quality)
    c) Use a different forum software (consider xenforo or vbulletin), but they are not cheap.

    For the free themes, you can do a google search. Here are a few links I found:
    http://www.phpbb.com/styles/
    http://www.themesbase.com/
    http://www.siteground.com/phpbb-hosting/phpbb-templates.htm

    If you're in this to make money off your board, then I suggest investing some money into a better quality forum software as mentioned above. Otherwise, I am sure you can probably find an appropriate theme from one of the links above.
     
    GWiz, Oct 15, 2010 IP
  8. Isnogood

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    use light colors!!
     
    Isnogood, Oct 16, 2010 IP
  9. m112

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    make it a bit lighter.
    also it would be good to make a defult text a little bit bigger
    I was using ubuntu to check it and look good
     
    m112, Oct 18, 2010 IP
  10. Investophant

    Investophant Greenhorn

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    Hey thanks!

    I'm currently looking for a bit similar themes but a bit lighter.
     
    Investophant, Oct 18, 2010 IP
  11. Investophant

    Investophant Greenhorn

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    I re-designed the theme completely... is it more appropriate now?
     
    Investophant, Oct 19, 2010 IP
  12. Isnogood

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    better one!
     
    Isnogood, Oct 19, 2010 IP
  13. vertexplus

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    Hey thanks,

    it is best and useful for everyone
     
    vertexplus, Oct 20, 2010 IP
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    The theme is light overall but i think it is pretty nice
     
    Accessories Loft, Oct 20, 2010 IP
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    look ok to me...
     
    sanchyclub, Oct 20, 2010 IP
  16. lukezli

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    I like it. Like other people have said, readability is important so make sure the font, background, etc. will allow the easiest-to-read web pages.
     
    lukezli, Oct 20, 2010 IP
  17. Investophant

    Investophant Greenhorn

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    Hey thanks guys, glad the theme works better now. One final question: The banner is temporary because I dont know how I should design it. Any suggestions? Or is it fine the way it currently is?
     
    Investophant, Oct 21, 2010 IP
  18. hackimos

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    looks good, i wouldn't change anything, but if you want to change the banner, may be you can make it lighter, and center the title.
     
    hackimos, Oct 21, 2010 IP