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National Level Catfish Forum

Discussion in 'Forum Showcase and Critiques' started by Armycatfisher, Aug 22, 2012.

  1. Armycatfisher

    Armycatfisher Member

    Hey everyone,

    I am completely new to Xenforo. I have been using it for about 4-5 months now with the help of
    a friend. I own Operation Catfish which provides information from beginner to Pro level on how to catfish. I provide video how-to's, tournament coverage, guide trip coverage etc.

    Please take a look at my forum and give me your thoughts on some things I can do or change.

    Note: We're already removing the home page and we're going to go with XenPortal instead.

    Thanks www.operationcatfish.com

    iTuN3r and RobinHood like this.
  2. Armycatfisher

    Armycatfisher Member

    Anyone have any thoughts, critiques or even idea's of something that I could do to make my forum better?

  3. MagnusB

    MagnusB Well-Known Member

    Well, it seems you have most of your content hidden to guests, yet they can see the topic titles. Many members lurk well before signing up, so you might want to consider opening it up a bit.

    Other than that, it looks very nice...
  4. Armycatfisher

    Armycatfisher Member

    How much should I open up? Your speaking of allowing guests to view threads + thread content?
  5. MagnusB

    MagnusB Well-Known Member

    Yeah, pretty much. How much is up to you. I don't see a point in closing the view of threads when all you have to do to view them is registering. You also have to consider search engine crawlers, and traffic from search engines.
  6. Armycatfisher

    Armycatfisher Member

    Alright, I opened it up and set permissions to allow the viewing of attachments as well.

    I guess I have one more question for you.

    How do I get the pop out messages that appear when you visit the site. I noticed when checking out some other xen forums that some had the option for boxes that popped out for a brief time
    with some updates and than they faded away or had a x option to close them. Do you have any idea what im talking about. Sorry my description is horrible.
  7. MagnusB

    MagnusB Well-Known Member

  8. Armycatfisher

    Armycatfisher Member

    Limit size correct? I will keep that in mind for sure. Luckily I have a good friend that's knowledgeable with Xenforo helping me out. But I appreciate you taking time to provide suggestions and
    answer my questions. If you think of anything else let me know.

  9. Brent W

    Brent W Well-Known Member

    I like the niche topic. Good luck :)
  10. Armycatfisher

    Armycatfisher Member

    Thanks, I appreciate it.
  11. iTuN3r

    iTuN3r Well-Known Member

    Sup Zach :cry:
  12. Armycatfisher

    Armycatfisher Member

    iTuN3r would be that great friend!
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  13. Armycatfisher

    Armycatfisher Member

    If anyone has any idea's or anymore suggestions please dont hesitate to speak up. It's always a wise man who listens :)

  14. Gabby

    Gabby Well-Known Member

    Hi Army
    Your site looks great and better than anything I could do, however, there is one thing. Your address implies the site is about catfishing but the design feels more like a Cammo/Business/military type of site. I do appreciate the veteran aspect of course but I always think of site involving fishing to have sort of a nature-ish type of feel, kind of like your "Port of Isles" banner. This is just my silly opinion. :)
  15. Armycatfisher

    Armycatfisher Member

    I will definitely take that into consideration. In the catfish industry the large majority of enthusiasts are very "pro veteran" and I try to target that appeal. But as you stated, it can easily be overdone.
    I have started working on different logo's that incorporate the "Targeting of Catfish".

    This was one of my original logo's,

    original logo.png
  16. Brett Peters

    Brett Peters Well-Known Member

    Nice site indeed, About the only thing I would suggest is to center the google ads, and possibly place one ad in the second post instead of two at the bottom of the page.
  17. Armycatfisher

    Armycatfisher Member

    My tech guy installed Xenporta, so check out my new home page and forum layout. Its all recent changes. I had to let go of my web designer unfortunately and so we decided to use Jasons
    add on. I am working on making its appearance better by sorting and moving things around.

    See what you think

    www.operationcatfish.com - home page
    www.operationcatfish.com/forum - community
  18. Armycatfisher

    Armycatfisher Member

    As with the changes I mentioned in the previous post, I have opened up nearly the entire forum. Take a look and let me know.

    Thanks everyone who has helped and I appreciate your time.


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