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Forums or Portal?
For our front page would you prefer a list of our forums or should we keep our portal?
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Apr 29 2010, 10:13 AM
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Because we're soon to upgrade the site to the latest version of Invision software, we're now asking members whether they want us to keep the portal style front page or revert back to a more traditional style of forum front page.

Here's how the front will possibly look when we upgrade ...

So, the burning question is, forums or portal?
Apr 29 2010, 02:14 PM
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I think the reason the front end links are not clicked on much is because people link directly in to the issue or software they are interested in, recommending to others, or clicking through an email link - all of which go directly to the target and not to the home page.
That said, I relay like the homepage as it is now. It is nice to see what new programs or updates are fresh, even if I don't click on them. The current home page design is relevant to the subject, i.e. finding useful software. Forums tend to be about comments, most of which are less than enlightening.

I find it anoying when researching something to be wading though pages of comments by people who know less than they should to have obtained their internet driving licence. There are thousands of forums on the internet, most of which are full of people looking for help followed by others making ill-informed suggestions.

I think you miss the mark. Your portal is the email - that is often peoples regular access point. When i get the email it makes me think, oh yes, when I get a minute I will follow some of the links in it, just like I did when I followed this link to post comments on this subject. The question is, How many people access the site directly from links in the email, or from links on other sites going directly to software or a subject?

My vote - I like the current homepage.

Posts in this topic
marko   Forums or Portal?   Apr 29 2010, 10:13 AM
steve c   if it aint broke dont fix it steve c   Apr 29 2010, 11:57 AM
marko   QUOTE (steve c @ Apr 29 2010, 11:57 AM) i...   Apr 29 2010, 12:21 PM
dstrout   I like the current portal, especially compared to ...   Apr 29 2010, 01:23 PM
JamesM   I think the reason the front end links are not cli...   Apr 29 2010, 02:14 PM
Guest_janni_*   leave it as is   Apr 29 2010, 04:52 PM
campart   The decision to change is really more about emphas...   Apr 29 2010, 09:34 PM
James (Jim) Hillier   QUOTE (campart @ Apr 30 2010, 07:34 AM) I...   Apr 30 2010, 12:08 AM
marko   As always, thanks for the responses guys and to re...   Apr 29 2010, 11:46 PM
marko   Jim, thanks for reiterating what campart said, I t...   Apr 30 2010, 12:31 AM

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