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Gardening Forums

Discussion in 'Forum Showcase and Critiques' started by nrep, May 15, 2012.

  1. nrep

    nrep Well-Known Member

    A few months ago I got a gardening forum up and running, it's currently a small but growing community - but it's a very positive start.

    We've had a custom design created for the forums, which I'm particularly proud of :D. There are also a few tweaks, such as forum read markers once logged in.

    http://www.gardening-forums.com/

    We're always on the lookout for new members - so please join in if you're interested in gardening :). You'll get a very warm welcome!

    Gardening Forums.jpg
     
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  2. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    What a lovely looking site :) Well done.

    Unfortunately I have no interest in gardening otherwise I'd join like a shot :D

    Just a bit of feedback, I'd perhaps look at the member login box. It could do with a bit of spacing between the username and password box.

    Also, if you added class="textCtrl" to both <input elements then it would make them look a little bit more like the style of the proper login form with rounded corners etc.
     
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  3. nrep

    nrep Well-Known Member

    Thanks Yorick, I've done just that and the login box looks so much better - thankyou!
     
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  4. WoodiE

    WoodiE Well-Known Member

    Very sharp looking site. Did you do the design yourself or hire someone to do it, if so who?
     
  5. Gabby

    Gabby Well-Known Member

    Love it! Love it!
    Couple of questions

    1. How did you put test above your "sign up now" button?
    2. How did you get the member login side bar?

    Looks great. I love gardening.

    gabby
     
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  6. nrep

    nrep Well-Known Member

    Thanks! It was a combo of my wife and I working on getting the design done.

    To get the custom text, I just use the Widget Sidebar mod (http://xenforo.com/community/resources/bd-widget-framework.297/) and edited the visitor panel to include some extra text.

    For the login menu, I created by own sidebar module again - but this link shows how to do it better than mine :):
    http://xenforo.com/community/resources/quick-login-in-side-bar.609/update?update=1056

    Hope that helps!
     
  7. Ingenious

    Ingenious Well-Known Member

    Nicely done - love the node icons!
     
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  8. LPH

    LPH Well-Known Member

    You and your wife have done a fantastic job. I'm not really a fan of full width forums because on a large screen my head moves like it's a tennis match. Maybe you have a fixed width version available for some members. :)
     
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  9. Krysteo

    Krysteo Member

    Looks great, I like it :)
     
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  10. dojo

    dojo Active Member

    The design is not 'that' custom, but it does work nicely for the forums. It's fresh and the header really really lovely. Keep up the good work ;)
     
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  11. Hackfall

    Hackfall Member

    Makes me wonder. Where should the balance go - beautiful design or marketing activity?
     
  12. nrep

    nrep Well-Known Member

    Both, ideally - they're not mutually exclusive. The site is quite quiet at the moment, but it gets daily activity and is starting to grow - hopefully with a little more marketing it will liven up over the coming months. :)
     
  13. Hackfall

    Hackfall Member

    I'm new to running forums and Xenforo. I've been looking around at various forums listed here and elsewhere and just think it is sad that great design of people like yourself and the brilliant functionality of Xenforo often seems to lead to sites with just a few members. Here's a suggestion. Tell me to mind my own business if you like :D

    On one of my blogs on a few posts people have left comments asking where they can find a user guide on the item that was the subject of the post. Now if you search brand name user guide my blog comes up #1 on Google and other search engines. I didn't plan this it just happened. Now most comments are asking about user guides for older "widgets".

    My point is that until you get some content up there folks are not going to find your site. It's hard to predict what content will attract visitors but it is always something that they need an answer to. I guess that people who are generally interested in gardening will never find your site but people who are looking for answers to specific questions will and they will stick around because they are also generally interested in gardening.

    Get some content up, review some products, make a directory of stuff gardeners need. Once the pump is primed your users will create the content that they want for you.
     
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  14. nrep

    nrep Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the comments Hackfall - we're working on getting some guides up and running, so I hope that will draw some users in. So far we've got a very dedicated core of users, so I'm confident that users will start to stick around once we've got some more content to draw them in :).
     
  15. Garamond

    Garamond Well-Known Member

    I like the site very much! Congrats on a great style and and a pleasant experience :)
     
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  16. 0xym0r0n

    0xym0r0n Well-Known Member

    Xenforo will be the end of me I'm joining 1 forum for just about every 10 forums that are posted here.

    *bookmarked*
     
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  17. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    Beautiful theme. I have a suggestion on a variation, have one where the footer is soiil or the grass near the header turns into soil so that the rest of the site background is soil.
     
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