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Re: Forum Updates and Changes Announcements

Post by Winston » July 11th, 2016, 10:56 pm

ethan_sg wrote:What I mean is that the register/login buttons should be on happierabroad.com itself and not only after visiting the forum page. That would make it clear to first time visitors that there is a forum and forum participation is one of the main purposes of the site. Higher user engagement levels will increase content and be good for SEO. For example on http://www.chinaebuys.com when you visit the site it is immediately clear that the main call to action is to 'tell us what to buy for you from China'.

For the amount of traffic you get you should be getting higher user engagement levels and more forum postings.

I really don't believe that happierabroad.com can't grow to become bigger than it already is Winston. Keep working on it.

Just my 2 cents Winston.
You mean put a register/login link on the home page? I never seen any site that does that. Unless the site's job is to direct people to the forum or the site is primarily designed to host the forum. But don't you see on the home page, that I have many links to the forum and a box that shows the latest 10 topics in the forum? That's how I promote the forum on the home page. Besides, the home page is too packed the way it is. I'm planning to change it to a wordpress theme anyway.

We do have a lot of traffic but the problem is that too few people come back or register. It's hard to keep retention here. Probably because this site is mostly for misfits and people outside the box, so we don't attract the mainstream.
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Re: Forum Updates and Changes Announcements

Post by Winston » July 11th, 2016, 11:02 pm

Wow I finally got the navigation menu to work now! Check it out! It's the new blue navigation menu below the header at the top. Now it looks smooth and professional! And when you hover the mouse over the links, the buttons turn orange! :) Check it out. Neat huh?

I got help with this from the support staff at phpbb forum. Here is the thread where they helped me solve the problem of making this navigation bar work.

https://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtop ... 5&start=15

I can't believe such a simple code for a navigation menu could be so hard to find. For reference sake, so that I don't lose this valuable code for creating a navigation menu, I'm going to paste it below in case I need it again, or if any of you want to use it too.

Place this before the </head> tag:

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<style>
.menu ul {
    list-style-type: none;
    margin: 0;
    padding: 0;
    overflow: hidden;
    background-color: #4e65aa;
}

.menu li {
    float: left;
    border-right:1px solid #bbb;
}

.menu li:last-child {
    border-right: none;
}

.menu li a {
    display: block;
    color: white;
    text-align: center;
    padding: 11px 12px;
    text-decoration: none;
}

.menu li a:hover:not(.active) {
    background-color: #FF9933;
}

.menu active {
    background-color: #4e65aa;
}
</style>
Place this where you want the navigation menu to appear:

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<div class="menu">
<font size=2 face=Arial> 
<ul>
  <li><a href="http://www.happierabroad.com">Home</a></li>
  <li><a href="http://www.happierabroad.com/articles.php">Articles</a></li>
  <li><a href="http://blog.happierabroad.com">Blog</a></li>
  <li><a href="http://www.happierabroad.com/ebooks.php">Ebooks</a></li>
  <li><a href="http://www.happierabroad.com/Photos.htm">Photos</a></li>
  <li><a href="http://www.happierabroad.com/videos.php">Videos</a></li>
  <li><a href="http://www.happierabroad.com/podcasts.php">Podcasts</a></li>
  <li><a href="http://www.happierabroad.com/forum/index.php">Forum</a></li>
  <li><a href="http://www.happierabroad.com/MeetForeignWomen.htm">Personals</a></li>
  <li><a href="http://www.happierabroad.com/WhyForeignWomen.htm">Why Foreign Women?</a></li>
  <li><a href="http://www.happierabroad.com/secrets.php">Big Secrets!</a></li>
  <li><a href="http://www.happierabroad.com/team.php">About Us</a></li>
</ul>
</font>
</div>
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Re: Forum Updates and Changes Announcements

Post by ethan_sg » July 12th, 2016, 6:32 pm

Wordpress would be a great move Winston.

You could put some of your articles on reddit too and get more active on Twitter lol.
Winston wrote:
ethan_sg wrote:What I mean is that the register/login buttons should be on happierabroad.com itself and not only after visiting the forum page. That would make it clear to first time visitors that there is a forum and forum participation is one of the main purposes of the site. Higher user engagement levels will increase content and be good for SEO. For example on http://www.chinaebuys.com when you visit the site it is immediately clear that the main call to action is to 'tell us what to buy for you from China'.

For the amount of traffic you get you should be getting higher user engagement levels and more forum postings.

I really don't believe that happierabroad.com can't grow to become bigger than it already is Winston. Keep working on it.

Just my 2 cents Winston.
You mean put a register/login link on the home page? I never seen any site that does that. Unless the site's job is to direct people to the forum or the site is primarily designed to host the forum. But don't you see on the home page, that I have many links to the forum and a box that shows the latest 10 topics in the forum? That's how I promote the forum on the home page. Besides, the home page is too packed the way it is. I'm planning to change it to a wordpress theme anyway.

We do have a lot of traffic but the problem is that too few people come back or register. It's hard to keep retention here. Probably because this site is mostly for misfits and people outside the box, so we don't attract the mainstream.
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Re: Forum Updates and Changes Announcements

Post by Winston » July 23rd, 2016, 3:48 am

Update:

I added an Advanced Search link in the top right of the forum, under the Google search field. If you click it, it will take you to a search page with more advanced settings so you can filter more specifics. Try it out. Click the link "Advanced Search" in the top right under the search field.
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Join my Ukrainian/Russian Women Dating Site to meet thousands of legit foreign girls at low cost!

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Re: Forum Updates and Changes Announcements

Post by gnosis » July 23rd, 2016, 3:52 am

Winston wrote:Update:

I added an Advanced Search link in the top right of the forum, under the Google search field. If you click it, it will take you to a search page with more advanced settings so you can filter more specifics. Try it out. Click the link "Advanced Search" in the top right under the search field.
Awesome.

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Re: Forum Updates and Changes Announcements

Post by Winston » July 25th, 2016, 12:15 am

Update:

Since there were too many ads displaying in this forum at the same time, which was looking too crowded, I decided to rotate all the secondary ads in the middle of the forum, after the first post in each thread, under the AFA women's photo ads. That way, I can fit them all in while reducing and compacting the forum ads, by rotating them and showing a different one with each page refresh. This way, the forum will look neater and cleaner and load faster too. Sorry that there were too many ads before. Hope you like my solution. :)

Also i moved the social media share buttons back under the leaderboard ad at the top.
Check out my FUN video clips in Russia and Female Encounters of the Foreign Kind video series and Full Russia Trip Videos!

Join my Ukrainian/Russian Women Dating Site to meet thousands of legit foreign girls at low cost!

"It takes far less effort to find and move to the society that has what you want than it does to try to reconstruct an existing society to match your standards." - Harry Browne

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