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Old 05 Aug 2008, 06:13
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Old 05 Aug 2008, 13:05
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I recommend removal of some blocks on main page:

Replace With..
- links to threads (hot collectors item)
- maybe a Collector of the Month

What you need to do is show your new visitors what is great about your site.

- get a new header - the current header is too big
- "Forums for nascar, diecast, card, and sports enthusiasts" is better off as text for SEO purposes
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Old 05 Aug 2008, 14:16
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Get rid of the calendar and stat blocks from the home page, they are completely useless for people actually interested in the topic, and can be viewed in places where they are relevant already.

Put something in the Collector Items and NASCAR News blocks, they're potential relevant and useful content, so you need to put some of that content in said blocks.

Remove the 'top ten' stats for the forum, again, same old people, same old stuff, same waste of space at the bottom of the forum which isn't frankly needed and would do better on a seperate page.

Can't give any real improvements other than that. Your style looks nice as it is, your forums are all used, smilies customised and images generally customised. Well done, it looks good so far.
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Old 06 Aug 2008, 05:44
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Thanks for the opinions!

Ok, I've made a smaller logo. Removed the top stats. I prefer the forum slogan in the logo but I added a text slogan in the copyright area. Hope that helps a little.

I also added a Hall of Fame block on the portal page with the Top 4 topics in the collectors hall of fame forum displaying members collections. I removed the Calendar block but kept the stats bloc. That's my personal preference.

Let me know what you think!!!

--------------- Added 06 Aug 2008 at 05:53 ---------------

I actually added the top stats back. I usually use the latest threads feature to easily find new posts.

Last edited by nascartr; 06 Aug 2008 at 05:53. Reason: Auto-Merged DoublePost
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