I am noticing that I'm receiving a decent amount of traffic for my forum, but that no one is signing up. I see traffic within the Rules & Regulations and Character Application boards, as well as other boards. So people are seeming to show interest, but I'm not attracting a member base. I have posted some starter threads from my admin account and my secondaries, as well as made sure that all other informational thread remain updated. I am actively trying to promote the site on any platforms I have access to.
I am beginning to wonder if there's something about my site that I can change to better attract some members. Any and all feedback would be appreciated.
Is it difficult to navigate? Is it not user friendly? Is my site description not clear?
Last Edit: Apr 27, 2020 8:08:57 GMT -8 by wildmaven: Edited title to conform to the Rules of this board
First thing I notice is that its very busy. You have sidebars on both sides of the forum, and the forum itself is full sized, which is honestly very wide. Theres also the matter of the lower board names being a shade of red that make it hard to see. The banners are also quite visibly stretched.
The rollover info on your banner is also very messy and doesn't seem to have a cohesive layout. In fact, I almost didn't find it.
I love the theme you're going with for the skin, it has a lot of potential, but I would personally make a few tweaks in the name of aesthetic cohesion.
-- Make your overall board size smaller, and consider a board for guests rather than a whole chat that wont be (and isn't)getting used to reduce yourself to one sidebar --Rethink your banner, try something thinner with a table underneath it instead of the rollover idea, if you use a tabbed table you can fit more information in with less strain on the visual -- Definately change the colour for the boards that don't have banners, and remake the banners themselves to fit a new forum size and not be stretched.
Onto the rules and such, this is just personal opinion but you only leave people a WEEK before you delete them, thats probably too harsh. Sometimes things happen, and people can't get to their computer when they do. As admin you have access to these peoples email addresses, use that. Have a set period of time AFTER that unexplained week where they can then come explain whats happened.
The character limit and not allowing RP between characters written by the same person are probably working against you. Some people are very good at writing for multiple characters within the same universe, and to enable plot/character development they may at times need to engage those characters together, especially if you want a thriving well written story at the end of it. By all means, enact a limit to stop people from claiming every character in a fandom,but limiting them to one leaves people bored with little to do.
Also, I know a lot of sites do it, but I often found moving finished threads to "trash" (which yours is called memory lane and should probably be made for clear) makes reading old threads confusing and makes the boards look inactive. In my personal opinion, its better to simply lock them. and leave them there for people viewing pleasure.