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KatnissEverdeen

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geek-2-geek.com is a new and up coming forum. It is gaining new members each day, as well as new content added daily. I am looking for a review and suggestions on how to make this into a great forum with active members. Any input is welcome.

If you like the forum and would like to join our team, please feel free to do so.

Thank You for reading and hopefully reviewing the site. As well as any suggestions.

http://geek-2-geek.com/index.php
 
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ParisMurray

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Layouts are good but logo is too big for me.

Also I would suggest you use rounded conner on boxes, it makes your forums look better.
 

JWmillion

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You need to consider about color and link color combinations on your site.
 

KatnissEverdeen

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Thanks guys. We will take this into consideration. Once things get updated I will let you know.

Still looking for new ideas, suggestions, insight, and of course new members ;)
 

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You are welcome.

One thing more, you should have an active link in this thread so that other members will be easier to visit your site instead of copy and paste link into browsers and visit it. More people can ignore this. :D
 

Danlucy

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I couldn't see your forum on my smartphone, Its text is very small and seem you didn't have a responsive design for your theme. It should be improved immediately at this time.
 

markdenz

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your forum has little posts but so much traffic where do u get it adverts or seo?
there is more than 1000 people online
 

drastic

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Post a clickable link.

There's too many unrelated topics and each topic will be have little focus and low quality posts meaning you won't ever be considered an authority site. Pick one topic and go with it - making money OR playing games OR computer tech stuff OR something else.

You may be paying people to post, which is done a LOT more than you think, however with your site having ZERO focus on a topic - the only people who will be at your site are the people you're paying. Paid posters does not equal readers and quality clicks to your sponsors. You need a better reason for people to be at your site, such as a well organized site with a specific topic and high quality posts. For example, look at some of the questions posted here. They are of the most basic nature "what is...?" - those are things people should be Googling instead of asking here, thus leading most people to believe that said posts are probably paid for as they're literally of the elementary level.

Why do you have a microphone icon next to your welcome text? Only use that if you're using podcasts or something audible.

Why do you have a calendar? It doesn't seem to serve a purpose. If you're hosting events or live video feeds on specific days, then have an event calendar - otherwise it takes up space and leads to nothing. Users will get the impression that nothing goes on at your site when they look at your empty calendar.

Your subReddit says you're a gaming forum, but you're not. You have one gaming section and 9-10 other sections. If anything, you're 10% gaming and 90% random topics that most gamers won't care about. That means no gamers will spend quality time nor share the site. Take a look at the most popular gaming forums and you'll see that they're 90% gaming, not 90% random things.

Why do you have a DIY section? Do you think guys looking for ways to build a wall in their kitchen are going to come to this site? Or will they go to a site that's ran by real DIY people who post very high quality posts with pictures/videos etc? Here's something that people will go to [URLnf=https://www.ifinishedmybasement.com/]https://www.ifinishedmybasement.com/[/URLnf]

Design is not mobile friendly:
[URLnf=https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fgeek-2-geek.com%2Findex.php]https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fgeek-2-geek.com%2Findex.php[/URLnf]

Short version:

Pick ONE topic and run with that. Nothing else.
 

natemaingard

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Drastic pretty much hit the spots I was going to mention. I love your forum theme, it looks really nice. One thing that no one has mentioned yet are your staff that have a name effect (looks like shadow?). I personally feel the staff having special effect names such as this is a huge turn off and an eye-sore. You really can't even make out their name due to the effects. I'd suggest removing the special effect and just having their names look like everyone else's. They may not like having a fancy looking name, but it looks better without the effect.

To add, Unreal's name is impossible to real without highlighting it. Cyan username on that background will never work right.
 

twersk

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It looks good but it seems only has one color tone (green,cyan, blue..)
I like its layouts, just adding one thing, responsive theme for it.
 

KatnissEverdeen

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I understand that it isnt exactly mobile friendly but the site is responsive. As well as Google is there like every 5 mins. lol. I have made comments to my fiancee but he says it works fine and wont change the coding. IDK. We all like the shiny shadowy effects on the names and only the Staff get that. As for Unreals name that was the color that he chose and wanted. Our forum is pretty much made for the people by the people.
Our theme and everything is Blue because blue is a calming color. We want the forum to be bright and welcoming, not dark and unfriendly, or scary and alarming lol. All of the members we do have love our forum and are helping to make it be the best.

Thanks for your insite guys.
Best of Luck to You
 

natemaingard

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I understand he chose that color, but there's a point where you have to say "I'm sorry, but your name is to hard to read. Choose a different color." When you have to highlight a someone's name in order to read it, there's an issue.
 

gdevpro

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Simple layout and unique icon. But maybe you should consider about your forum logo. It listen good when your logo has meaning about your forum.
 

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For those that may not understand, he means the forum's logo doesn't do much when it's not actually based off the forum's niche. For example, my forum is Star Wars based. My logo (aside from saying the name) has a Star Wars character in it.
 

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Our members have made a total of 2,392 posts in 481 threads. We currently have 194 members registered.
This forum is growing. Most of the members love the cube icon for our forum. Everyone is always playing with it lol. That was kind of the point to it, play with the cube.
We are still looking for HQ Reviews, tips, insight, and of course new members to add HQ Content to our forum. Thanks :)
 
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