It was approximately this time last week Admin Extra reopened its doors running on XenForo. For about a year prior to that we had been running on IPB and had watched as the visits to the site became fewer and fewer, up to the point where we were lucky if we were getting one post in a week.
I'd almost reached the decision to pull the plug on a site that I'd been extremely passionate about in the first half of 2010. But through 2011 I found myself more and more unwilling to visit my own site. It seemed no matter what I did, what threads I made no one wanted to post and so I had a decision to make.
Because I'd started another site on XenForo a few weeks earlier, and had been digging deeper into the ACP and found I was really enjoying it, I decided to take the plunge and picked up another licence. We (me and my partner in crime) chatted more about what if we converted AdX... what if we restyled it.. what if this and what if that... and like usually happens when the pair of us do it.. before we knew it we'd done a couple of test conversions, shut the site and just gone for it!
So now.. here we are a week later.. and who'd have thought it. Is it because I feel more revitalised? I don't think so (although it's true) but AdX is positively bustling... we've gone from 1 post a week (at a push) to approx 100 new posts a day - which isn't a lot in the grand scheme of things but when you compare it to a week earlier it's a rather huge difference. We've gone from averaging out at 13 members hitting the site a day to around 42.
Not only that I keep getting the same messages via msn, email and conversation on the site itself - AdX looks better, feels better, is becoming addictive.
In a week!
If this is a what a week on XenForo can do, I'm sincerely looking forward to the next year!
You can bring a dead community to life - it just takes a certain kind of software - and KAM have discovered it.
So thanks for helping me rediscover that spark, guys