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Post by troyeccles on March 4th 2017, 9:10 am

Name of the Forum: The Bells Are Ringing
Address: http://bellsareringing.forumotion.com
Type of Review: Complex
Your Name on the board: Trotters
Link to your last Review (if applicable): N/A

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In progress Re: The Bells Are Ringing ~ Complex

Post by Jadster on March 4th 2017, 3:23 pm

Hello @troyeccles,
I would be more then happy to provide a review of your forum. I will have it completed and posted withon 24 to 72 hours. If you have any wuestions or concerns regarding your review, please feel free to PM me.

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Post by troyeccles on March 5th 2017, 1:38 am

Great. Thanks!

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Post by Jadster on March 17th 2017, 3:37 am


The Bells Are Ringing

First Impressions

  • I was very surprised by the design and the overall look of the header when I first looked at your forum. The banner design on the sides of the forum header were a nice little addition to the design and the shadow effect on the logo was nice. The overall color scheme of the forum was very inviting and very creative with a few graphical changes needed but not necessary. I liked the overall design of the forum, a few things stood out to me however that could use some looking into though. The widgets you are using are very creative as well with the control panel, notifications, countdown timer, and even a twitter feed as well. I also liked the use of your footer, very dark and creative that works well with the light design of the rest of the design. Overall I think your site is creative and has a lot of potential but let's go further into the details of your forum.

General Forum Appearance

  • The overall design is very creative and for the most part pleasing to the eyes. The only parts that stand out to me are some of the images and the logo. You are using white text logo on a white background with the only thing making it stand out is the shadow effect. Though this is a creative idea, why not try adding more color the header of your forum? Make the logo really stand out and make the viewer be dragged to that detail. One of the major images that stood out to me was the "Villa Chat" forum image. It is the only image used on any of the boards but it is very large and blows the size of that board much larger then any of the other ones. Why not look into shrinking that image and making copies for each board for consistency and adding a few icons will make the site stand out more! The red - violet color you mixed with the white background really stands out and makes it easy to look at rather then adding another light color on light color. I also like the icons you chose to show if a forum has new posts, no new posts, or is locked. They are a creative addition to the theme. The only things I feel should be looked into is the banner and the big icon for the 1 board you chose. Otherwise, your overall design is very appealing and very creative! Keep up the great work!

Forum Activity

  • Looking at the past 24 hours section of your forum, you have an astounding amount of members staying active compared to the staff. You are keeping "staff" members active as well but keeping more of your members active and posting which is huge in making a forum more successful. It is always pleasing to see a forum keeping its members active and posting to help contribute to the forum. With almost 2,000 members and over 121,000 posts, that averages out to be 60 posts per member which isn't that bad with the amount of members that you have currently! I would have to say your activity is amazing and just keep up the great work on keeping them active and your forum will go far!

Staff & Usergroups

  • Looking into the forum for the staff and user groups, the major thing I had an issue with was that the staff were all the same color just with a different rank and there were no user groups on the main page to show what groups the forum has or what members were apart of those groups. The only way for guests to see what rank they are would be to go into posts to see what their rank shows. I would recommend adding a few user groups on the home page to differentiate what members are apart of what staff rank group. This way it makes it easier for guests and even members to piece it all together. You don't have to change the colors, just add the groups but if you chose to change the colors for each, it would also be a way for those users to stand out in their individual ranks and groups so it would be less confusing as well even with the groups being added to the home page. But this is simply a suggestion. But looking at a few of them, it seems like you have a good amount of staff members and groups for them and not too many but also not too few. So great work!

Forum Originality

  • Looking at your forum, it was a bit hard to figure out what it was all about since there wasn't any sort of description about what the site was based on other then the descriptions on each of the boards. I could see you also had a blog which is creative since I never see many forumotion forums make use of the blog system. The design of the forum is a step in the right direction for being original but I would highly suggest adding some sort of description page about what the forum is based around so people who stumble across your site don't just look and get confused by the idea behind it. The description page could be as a thread as well in the "Villa Chat" board so people can go in and read a brief description of what you have made the forum around and can get a better idea of what the theme is and are more inclined to join and be apart of the community. Otherwise, you have done a wonderful job with making the forum stand out and be more and more original. I have high hopes for your forum and hope to see it grow more and more as time goes on!

Forum Layout & Organization

  • Looking at the forum's layout and organization, I think it has a bit of work to be done. You have 2 categories that only have 1 board and 2 categories that both have 4 boards. Each board has a very small description which could be extended wtih a bit more detail and one of the boards doesn't have a description at all. I would recommend trying to mix it up a bit and add a few more boards to the categories that only have 1 in each to make use of each category or look into mixing 2 categories into 1 to add more boards to a category. Also, I would recommend adding more descriptions to each board to provide a bit more detail about what each board is there for. Organization wise also goes hand in hand with the layout. The better the layout, the more organized your forum looks. Your overall layout and organization isn't terrible but I do feel as though it has some work to be done before it is where it should be!

Grammar & Spelling

  • I wasn't able to find any major spelling or grammar errors on the forum, whether it was in a few threads I browsed or the home page. You have done an amazing job with keeping your forum's spelling and grammar in check. So great work and keep it up!



Average Review Score: 8.14 Points




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[*]The overall design is very creative and for the most part pleasing to the eyes. The only parts that stand out to me are some of the images and the logo. You are using white text logo on a white background with the only thing making it stand out is the shadow effect. Though this is a creative idea, why not try adding more color the header of your forum? Make the logo really stand out and make the viewer be dragged to that detail. One of the major images that stood out to me was the "Villa Chat" forum image. It is the only image used on any of the boards but it is very large and blows the size of that board much larger then any of the other ones. Why not look into shrinking that image and making copies for each board for consistency and adding a few icons will make the site stand out more! The red - violet color you mixed with the white background really stands out and makes it easy to look at rather then adding another light color on light color. I also like the icons you chose to show if a forum has new posts, no new posts, or is locked. They are a creative addition to the theme. The only things I feel should be looked into is the banner and the big icon for the 1 board you chose. Otherwise, your overall design is very appealing and very creative! Keep up the great work!
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[*]Looking at the past 24 hours section of your forum, you have an astounding amount of members staying active compared to the staff. You are keeping "staff" members active as well but keeping more of your members active and posting which is huge in making a forum more successful. It is always pleasing to see a forum keeping its members active and posting to help contribute to the forum. With almost 2,000 members and over 121,000 posts, that averages out to be 60 posts per member which isn't that bad with the amount of members that you have currently! I would have to say your activity is amazing and just keep up the great work on keeping them active and your forum will go far!
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[*]Looking into the forum for the staff and user groups, the major thing I had an issue with was that the staff were all the same color just with a different rank and there were no user groups on the main page to show what groups the forum has or what members were apart of those groups. The only way for guests to see what rank they are would be to go into posts to see what their rank shows. I would recommend adding a few user groups on the home page to differentiate what members are apart of what staff rank group. This way it makes it easier for guests and even members to piece it all together. You don't have to change the colors, just add the groups but if you chose to change the colors for each, it would also be a way for those users to stand out in their individual ranks and groups so it would be less confusing as well even with the groups being added to the home page. But this is simply a suggestion. But looking at a few of them, it seems like you have a good amount of staff members and groups for them and not too many but also not too few. So great work!
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[*]Looking at your forum, it was a bit hard to figure out what it was all about since there wasn't any sort of description about what the site was based on other then the descriptions on each of the boards. I could see you also had a blog which is creative since I never see many forumotion forums make use of the blog system. The design of the forum is a step in the right direction for being original but I would highly suggest adding some sort of description page about what the forum is based around so people who stumble across your site don't just look and get confused by the idea behind it. The description page could be as a thread as well in the "Villa Chat" board so people can go in and read a brief description of what you have made the forum around and can get a better idea of what the theme is and are more inclined to join and be apart of the community. Otherwise, you have done a wonderful job with making the forum stand out and be more and more original. I have high hopes for your forum and hope to see it grow more and more as time goes on!
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[*]Looking at the forum's layout and organization, I think it has a bit of work to be done. You have 2 categories that only have 1 board and 2 categories that both have 4 boards. Each board has a very small description which could be extended wtih a bit more detail and one of the boards doesn't have a description at all. I would recommend trying to mix it up a bit and add a few more boards to the categories that only have 1 in each to make use of each category or look into mixing 2 categories into 1 to add more boards to a category. Also, I would recommend adding more descriptions to each board to provide a bit more detail about what each board is there for. Organization wise also goes hand in hand with the layout. The better the layout, the more organized your forum looks. Your overall layout and organization isn't terrible but I do feel as though it has some work to be done before it is where it should be!
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Post by Luffy on March 17th 2017, 12:54 pm

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