I am very sure that many of forum owners here have successful forums. Why don't you share your success story ? How it all started ? How the idea was born ? How you attracted members in beginning ? HOw it is feels now
It may not seem much, but this small site has a spark and a vibrant community. Its activity levels surpass two forums with thousands of members that I have been running for 9 and 5 years. The secret, I think is the platform its running on ....XenforoWe had roughly 60 active topics from any of the previous 7 days
New posts averaged 50 a day
An average of 25 active members visited daily, our peak was 36
Approximately 2 new people joined every day and are just shy of 100 members
There were only 4 days in November where we didn't have a new member join
Around 24 "likes" were issued daily to worthy posts
We got 200 unique visitors a day and they averaged 1,000 page views a day, with the average visitor time being 15 minutes.
15% of our visitors were totally new, which leaves a fantastic 85% of people coming back for more.
Posting: 110 per day Liking: 5 per day New Users: 25 per day Active Users: 150+ per day No. Of Posts: 16,200+ Threads: 1,300+
Since you asking a lot of questions I'll just start from the beginning of why I even joined a forum in the first place.I am very sure that many of forum owners here have successful forums. Why don't you share your success story ? How it all started ? How the idea was born ? How you attracted members in beginning ? HOw it is feels now
Hmm, interesting how things progress. Last night saw another of those "this forum has gone to the dogs and is dead" posts from one of my established members on one of the IPB sites. To put an end to the misery, I uploaded an xf install to test. The whole conversion process took 30 mins, so I replied to the post with a try this....I started serious forum life with vB and at 3.8-4.0 I moved to IPB. My growing forums grew a bit more, then after a major upgrade on IPB they slowly died. Despite having a portal, gallery, blogs, bug trackers, wiki and 2000 members, 2 forums serving different parts of the world but with the same layout and feature set both went quiet.
I put suggestions to the members, they both had different ideas and we implemented those. Still dead. I was convinced that IPB was to blame. From an admins point of view the feature set was great, support was integrated and everything was available in a one stop shop. However, I felt from a users perspective it had become too complex. The basics weren't there, nothing flowed, it wasn't intuitive. Existing members couldn't find posts or topics, new members were bewildered with options.