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    I have changed to vBulletin from SMF, however I seem to have lost my members and they no longer seem intrested in the forum. What have I done wrong? is it the layout of the forum or something obvious that I have done, thats stopping people from visiting the forum?

    With vBulletin and the new skin I think the forum looks 100% times better than previous setup, which was just a basic SMF install with the default theme/skin.

    I have installed a addon that emails users to please re-visit the site but months have passed and no joy

    Could someone please tell me if the site is easy to navigate

    forum can be found at http://www.nextlevelgaming.co.uk/forum
    and homepage can be found here http://www.nextlevelgaming.co.uk/


  • #2
    They have all been returned to mircosoft for repair due to over heating but dont worry they will return soon, but on to things i can spot 1 prob for a new forum, that being how many forums you have.

    I personaly don't like there being loads of forums on a small site as you make it look like no one is active because some forums will have no new topics and you might have about 10 with 1-2 new topics but if you grouped them in to a smaller forum set up you have like 1 with no new topics and like 2 with 10 odd new topics what gives the view of your forum being more active.

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    • #3
      This is the kinda set up i would have.

      News and Announcements
      -----Next Level Gaming Announcements
      -----Next Level Gaming news and announcements

      General
      -----The Lounge (pin a topic for Introductions and For sale or make them sub forums as it will still show The Lounge to be more active)
      -----Sport

      Gaming
      -----Xbox 360 General Discussion
      -----Xbox 360 Games Discussion (pin topics for the main games)
      -----Xbox 360 Hardware Discussion
      -----PC General Discussion

      Thats all your subjects, grouped alot nicer to make for more active forums.

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      • #4
        ^^agree. Its a nice looking forum but way to many categories. 6 or 7 like above is much better and looks busier.

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        • #5
          Thanks guys, I really do appreciate the help and advice.

          I think I was trying to think too big and thought the forum would be filled quickly and need more categories, when in fact I should have started small and hopefully one day the forum will grow.

          Its time for me to start making the necessary changes.


          Just one more quick question, do you think I should loose the homepage and just use forum for the main page? This question as been annoying me all week

          Once again, Many Thanks

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          • #6
            Very nice skin! Who made that?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ---MAD--- View Post
              Very nice skin! Who made that?
              eXaltic Skins

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              • #8
                If I had a 360 I'd join.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by TTG View Post
                  Yep

                  Hopefully once I have finished re-arranging the fourm as advised I will start adding new content and fingers crossed

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                  • #10
                    One key thing is to remember to include your members in a community based site. Ask them why they haven't been posting or visiting.
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