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« Thread started on: Sep 17th, 2004, 12:27am »


Guidelines for Conforums Support Show and Tell

The Conforums Support, Show and Tell board is an area where Conforums members post, ie to "show off your board...(share) cool layout(s)...(and) discuss or share opinions with other members".

Below are a few guidelines which will allow all of us here to enjoy this board to the fullest.

1. This board is reserved for Conforums message boards only.
1(b). URL's posted, must end with conforums(2,3).com
1(c). Do not reply to threads advertising other board services.
1(d). Threads advertising forums which have violated the Conforums Terms of Service, or have become inaccessible will be closed.


2. To prevent confusion, and to be fair, one is not allowed to post their forum, ie, create a new thread, advertising their forum within a 24 hour period. 24 hours is also the time given for which you may 'bump' your thread, or double post.
2(b). If your thread is on page one, you may not create a new one advertising the same forum, that is, until your thread is not on the first page.


3. Post your forum URL in your thread, that is, if you are starting a topic to advertise or show off your forum, and not refer to your signature.

4. As with every section of this forum, flame wars (flaming) and spamming are prohibited.

5. Do not send random advertisement spam messages to other members here on conforums. Doing such will result in deletion of your thread here in the show & tell section.



Ripping Forum images and layouts

As members of conforums should already know that this is not accepted here, but if there is a problem with members ripping, images or layouts then please don't post in the thread PM one of the staff here at conforums and we will sort it all out.

Thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: Sep 17th, 2004, 12:28am »

Promotion Tips for Conforums.com users

1. Enter in a few search engines to promote your board.
- Google: http://www.google.com/addurl.html


2. Enter Topsites. For example Conforums Top Forums. You can find others on other Forums and Web Pages.

3. Banner exchange with other conforums.com users. To do this you must have a mini banner.

4. Enter a few promotion sites. They say they work, but i dont know if i would count on that. Always good to try anyways.

- ineedhits.com: http://www.ineedhits.com
- Add Me.com: http://www.addme.com
- Add Pro.com: http://www.addpro.com
- Dmoz.org: http://dmoz.org/add.html
- IWebTool.com: http://www.iwebtool.com/top_sites/

5. Tell your friends about your board. (Do not send pm's.)

6. Make a banner for yourself advertising your forum and put it into your signature area. Be sure to make this banner very eye catching. On every other forum you sign up for put this banner in your signature area. This is a good way to advertise your forum.

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« Reply #2 on: Sep 17th, 2004, 12:28am »

Ways to make your forum more satisfactory

Colors
Every site is rated by it's colors. Colors are one of the most important part of a forum. You should have a good color scheme with matching colors, and it should almost flow transparently. By that I mean that it should be easy to read, and easy on the users eyes. In shorter terms, it is always good to have a nice color that is not too light and not too dark. Of course, never forget to include a nice font color that will flow nicely with your window1bg and window2bg. Don't just stick black on a blue background! Use a little darker shade of blue, get creative. smiley

Images
I can't stress enough on how many forums I see that have almost no customization. Get some custom images, and make sure they fit nicely. Of course, gradients always look nice as well. Logos at the top instead of just boring text make it look alot nicer. You should also aim for some good menu icons. Make sure they fit your scheme, don't just use the defaults. Gradients should always fit your scheme. Never use a gradient that doens't fit, it looks bad. If you want to request a graphic specifically for conforums, you can always see the Graphix Board.

Topics and boards
Remember, the next important thing you will find in a forum is its topics and its boards. Never try to have too many boards, it gets too hard for members to see all the topics, and it also makes it hard for moderators to moderate the forum, keep that in mind. Also, good board names make it better. Try to never leave a forum empty. It looks bad that way. Try to make at least one post in every board. This will encourage members to post. Also, in board descriptions, try to have almost no spelling mistakes. Use commas and proper punctuation. It will make it look more proper. One last thing to keep is mind is spam. Spam will not attract anyone, no one likes spam and tolerates it much. Try to keep your board as spam free as possible.

Catagories
You know, catagories. grin. Try to keep boards in the proper places. Don't just keep all boards in one catagory, it looks very unprofessional. Also, if needed, try to come up with creative names for your catagories. Try to never have an empty catagory. wink

Codes & hacks
Although not entirely necessary, try to get a few hacks on your forum. You can of course, get some good ones that are conforums compatible on the FAQ Board, the Board hacks area, and the Coding forum. Don't just slap codes on! Get some kindof code that would look good with your forum and match it nicely. Make sure it works the way you want it too. Errors on pages usually result in low ratings, try your best to fix errors on your page, if you can't, then please visit the coding forum.

Traffic
This is one of the most vital. After you think you have a setup suitable for the eys and for members, you can start promoting. Remember to post about your forum here on conforums, as long as it is a conforum, don't advertise the competition.

Some notes:
What I have said are all optional. It is of course, up to you how you want your forum to look. You don't have to give the public what they want, but it is recommended that you find something that you and the public enjoy.

Contributed by Jaws



Click here for a visual and written guide to make a layout.

Contributed by Ambre / Éponine (Jul 16th, 2004)
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