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Old 26 Aug 2008, 11:52
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Feedback on petsite

We are a fairly new board, small but friendly. We are looking to make some changes when weve found the right one to help us with that.

For now, what do you think of our site?

www.talk-pets.com
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Old 26 Aug 2008, 19:13
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1- your front page do not contain any link to the forum... (Log In does not mean "enter the forum" usually)
2- your forum have no style, would be good to have something costum that fits your content...
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Old 26 Aug 2008, 20:37
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Oh my bloody god...

Spam much?
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Old 09 Sep 2008, 03:38
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- Dont know how to get to your forums
- Hit counter reminiscent of Default Front Page 1980 web component
- I keep waiting for your block headers to load up and do something
- Webrings usually go to un-used blogs
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Old 09 Nov 2008, 16:26
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nexialys: 1) Yes it did Log in is excatly that. But the portal has been changed now as we installed the vbadvanced. 2) We like the originally style and have no intentions of changing it.

Matt665: Recently yes but all deleted so no We talk a lot on the board We are members from varios countries and the board is a way to stay in touch. So we do perhaps post more than men on a car board? lol

DiesellMinded: - log in or register would be a way to start Hit counter does no longer excist. Block headers works fine for everyone else. Try again? And finally, we are no longer part of any webrings.

Anyone else who would like to comment?
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Old 09 Nov 2008, 18:25
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I see the forum page link fine and your board does not take long to load.
I think the same as above - a custom style is needed for your board as at moment its very basic.
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Old 19 Nov 2008, 08:53
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The critique you have posted has been taken under consideration and we have now gotten a custom skin installed.

We have also gotten severel new features on the board - most found on this site.

Take a look and see what you guys think now

The cmps advanced installed will be changed and updated along the way. One step at a time.
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Old 19 Nov 2008, 11:01
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I would create a theme which is relevant to your topic, in your case pets. The current theme, although clean and easy on the eyes is boring and doesn't convey a pet theme. Also, I'd make a more interesting header.
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Old 06 Jan 2009, 19:34
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Do you have any specific suggestions to show us?
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Old 06 Jan 2009, 22:15
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Do you have any specific suggestions to show us?
  1. www.petside.com
  2. www.pets.com
  3. www.petsmart.com
  4. www.petco.com

People associate pets with happiness. Happiness is associated with bright colors. Your site isn't dark/dreary by all means, but it isn't taking advantage of mood targeting like it should be.
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Old 08 Jan 2009, 01:05
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I like your VBadvanced first page concept but I think it may be a bit crowed on there. I would consider using that as a jump page to the main forum and make it a bit less cluttered and some thoughtful graphical theme.
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Old 08 Jan 2009, 10:12
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KTBleeding; thank you for showing me what you mean I must find I find the snow/snowmen concept childish just like the orange colours We are mainly adults on the board and even though teens are welcome, its not who want to attract.

Also, the sites you link to are commercial sites who has products to sell. We dont want to sell anything and actually weve had quite a debate about the few adds being up on talk-pets.com as it is.

We do get contacted regulary by varios shops and sellers of varios equipment if we want to advertise for them and get XX in return. Personally Im not too happy about that and would prefer not to but perhaps youre right? Perhaps we should look into this and just do as the rest of them...

Gladhatter; thank you for your reply We have recently closed to board for all guests to read so the VBadvanced should really be a small glimt of what goes on. Then people would have to sign up or log in to get access to the board.

How did you imagine it to look excatly? *** Removed ***

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Old 08 Jan 2009, 16:18
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I am not good at it to be honest with you and not for hire as well unless you want a hat to wear that cost more than you can imagine. I do have a graphic artist however that is simply the best. Now having said that he is not the best imaginary artist and is from Romania and so its sometimes a test to translate what one country or culture veiws into what another does. I am not even artistic but he is patient and will take what he thinks you wish and give you 10 versions of it and if you are like me and have to design piece meal as you cannot conceptualize it all at once, then he is your man and he works in the price of the Romanian economy and that makes his work affordable to poor folks like me and a steal for rich ones that pretend to be hard up.

Now you ask so I will tell. I thought you had way too much content on the front page and it should be more a teaser and also something that is coherant and flowing and theme like and then enticing to want them to come in. Then to allow at least limited content on the actual forum is never a bad idea and then you may get more to register. Also you can limit the number of visits, views and much more from your teaser page into the main with a reminder as well as the visits with out post.

Having said that you may hire my wife to get you a concept as she is an artist but she cannot do it then on the computer and you would still need Paul for that and she is also a pet lover from hell and would give it her all. Out animals get better treatment that I do for sure.

You have a noble cause and I just think a more mature theme would be more fitting. I would like to suggest then photoPost and then you choose the stand alone or the vbintregrated one and you would choose the later and you would have a great gallery that all pet lovers would love and you need support so you have to sell products that you endorse or else sell gallery realestate or something unless you have the coin to support it yourself.
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Old 08 Jan 2009, 23:48
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Sorry, I didn't mean to mislead you with my links. I am not saying that your site should be like the ones I listed. I was merely adding onto GFXHelps suggestion. You asked him for examples, and I answered it for him.

My links were merely pointing to the more popular sites for pets / pet enthusiasts to give ideas for your site style.

I don't want to sound rude, but the current state of your site is something that anyone with ~$200 can do. Purchase and install vB, install vBa, mess around slightly with the theme, and you're good to go.

Your site also assumes that most of the visitors are familiar with (the extremely non-friendly user interface of) vBadvanced, and vBulletin. It really narrows down your audience quite a bit. A ton of people don't understand confusing forums that are loaded with all the bells and whistles, and they get intimidated and scared off at first glance. User friendly design almost eliminates any worry in that field, in my opinion.
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Old 09 Jan 2009, 00:36
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Sorry, I didn't mean to mislead you with my links. I am not saying that your site should be like the ones I listed. I was merely adding onto GFXHelps suggestion. You asked him for examples, and I answered it for him.

My links were merely pointing to the more popular sites for pets / pet enthusiasts to give ideas for your site style.

I don't want to sound rude, but the current state of your site is something that anyone with ~$200 can do. Purchase and install vB, install vBa, mess around slightly with the theme, and you're good to go.

Your site also assumes that most of the visitors are familiar with (the extremely non-friendly user interface of) vBadvanced, and vBulletin. It really narrows down your audience quite a bit. A ton of people don't understand confusing forums that are loaded with all the bells and whistles, and they get intimidated and scared off at first glance. User friendly design almost eliminates any worry in that field, in my opinion.

KT has nailed it! In a nut shell a mature audience are as a rule the lease qualified navigators and the most prideful and will just leave and never say why. They need spoon fed and baby sit with DIGNITY if you are to capture and keep them. You also have to have something they want and to find it where you offer needs to give them " Bragging Rights" so to speak. KT is also spot on that 200-300 bux and anyone can have what you have and also for about the same coin or a bit more and the right designer, you can have what you really need. That is understated elegance and pizazz and class and first class and first in class as well. You are dealing with pets and for many people that is the same as their kids and for others the same as the grandkids are to a spoiling grand mother.

Your site needs a lot of work and in fact a full rework but it would be worth it due to the fact that it is the kind of site with some value.

I do not know what your intentions for it is or your goals or if you have any but as it is is just a collage of randomness with no fluidity and yet it could be grand. Maybe KT is the person that could take you there I am not sure.
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