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New forum needs review

Discussion in 'Websites' started by mrforum, Mar 8, 2017.

  1. #1
    Hi ,

    I just uploaded my new forum website related to education on US.

    http://www.useducationforum.com

    Can you please give your thoughts on it?
    SEMrush
    Thanks!
     
    mrforum, Mar 8, 2017 IP
    SEMrush
  2. sarahk

    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    A few quick points
    • Times Roman just doesn't work online
    • Get your capitalisation right, "Student visa" should be "Student Visa". You have some right and others not. Decide what your "standard" is and apply it to all the labels IMG_0839.JPG
    • Consider having fewer subforums until you build up your traffic.
     
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  3. mrforum

    mrforum Well-Known Member

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    I appreciate your time :), i will consider those points!
     
    mrforum, Mar 8, 2017 IP
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    qwikad.com Illustrious Member Affiliate Manager

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    #4
    You should as it's really not easy to concentrate on or read those fonts. You should use font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; instead.

    Also, out of all the possible colors, why did you choose turquoise for the icons in the menu? They are barely visible and do not match the rest of the forum.
     
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    mrforum Well-Known Member

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    Hi, sorry for my carelessness! I used century gothic font, but now i see that it's not installed by default on all platforms, now i have added Arial as a fallback option.
     
    mrforum, Mar 9, 2017 IP
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    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    Add arial, sure, but look up how to use non-standard fonts on your site. You'll find you can have anything you like.
     
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    mrforum Well-Known Member

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    well am a web developer myself and know how to use those, but i just avoided them to make it simple and to save a little of load time
     
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    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    Then how come you didn't realise that the font wouldn't be available for all?
    And aren't developers always a bit OCD about capitalisation?
     
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    mrforum Well-Known Member

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    I think designers care more about the look n feel (capitalization) while developers more focused in technical side :)
     
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    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    Really, I'd love to see your naming conventions for variables, functions etc.
     
    sarahk, Mar 9, 2017 IP
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    mrforum Well-Known Member

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    I will post a sample file shortly for you..
     
    mrforum, Mar 9, 2017 IP
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    na9endra Well-Known Member

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    #12
    there is lot of scope to improve in design, apart from that its good.

    all the best...
     
    na9endra, Mar 9, 2017 IP
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    mrforum Well-Known Member

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    By the way, does anyone knows, what is the best way to make this site active with users, as right now its lifeless without any content / active users.
     
    mrforum, Mar 10, 2017 IP
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    I think your best bet would be to provide the first users with some sort of incentive (probably money), and then try to grow it from there.
     
    Nathan047, Mar 10, 2017 IP
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    mike30 Well-Known Member

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    Bingo! You encounter the egg & chicken problem. I posted here to follow up your forum. I am currently working on something trying to address that problem with new forums. When completed, I will try to get in touch with you.

    You need to give some kind of insensitive to your target audience. But even more incentives to your first users to start the engine on. (maybe paid to post is the most straight forward option)

    I once was in a new forum and they made a contest to to see who appears in the top 3 position in google for a given keyword (keyword related to their forum) and the first place won $1000, second $500, and third $250. The contest ran for 3 months. Everybody was like crazy writing about that forum trying to win.
    That was a cool technique that i liked.


    ~Mike
     
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    falkrani Greenhorn

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    #16
    what is the best make this site active with users
     
    falkrani, Mar 11, 2017 IP
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    ahheng Active Member

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    Love the custom skin design!
     
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    #18
    Looks pretty good to me. The font seems to be already fixed.
     
    Kaspi, Mar 14, 2017 IP