Now.. now.. another forum site?
Okay, maybe I’m a bit jaded from the Yukhub site review, but let’s see what we got here.
I can’t promise I won’t go HAM on this one (cos I already see some things that are ticking me off), but I’ll do what I can to point out things you can do to improve on it while I do so.
The Forumversity Site Review
After stressing myself with using Nairaland all this while, your site was a nice break from the big old light green and lighter green.
The design is smooth, the blue and white gives it this cool feel. I love that.
Let’s talk about Forumversity:
(i) You have your Site Title displayed prominently.
Nice move. That makes it obvious to us that we’ve landed at the right site.
(ii) Your tagline
While it’s great that you even have one, it’s not specific enough.
“The Premier Students Forum” doesn’t really tell us who your site is for, or what the benefit of visiting your site is.
When I saw that, I was a bit confused.
Do you mean high school students, university students, polytechnic students, postgraduate students or students of Life?
What exactly do you mean?
It’s not specific enough. You need to work on that.
(iii) I see your header menu and it was beautifully and wonderfully made.
Don’t change a thing. That header menu is perfect.
(iv) I see no primary navigation menu
I know you were probably thinking: “It’s a forum, I don’t need a primary navigation menu.”
Or maybe you weren’t.
Well, you need one, stat.
Considering your tagline isn’t really specific, the next place your visitors would go to figure out what your site is about is the primary navigation menu.
Now it’s obvious that your site is a forum, but it’s not that obvious what kinda forums are on your site.
You don’t have to have the typical type of primary navigation menu here. Just having the categories listed up there would make it clearer.
I mean, even annoying Nairaland has a primary nav menu of sorts.
Your visitor needs to be able to figure out what your site is about from their first 10 seconds on your site. Having a primary nav menu will help you do that.
(v) The Right Side Bar
Here you have the login and Register box, and that’s pretty much it.
It’s clean, simple and makes it clear where to go to sign in or Register. Cool
The right side bar looks empty, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but I feel you could put your social media share links right beneath the Register box, in addition to the one you have in the footer section.
Also, an ad here won’t be a completely bad idea, unless you don’t plan on monetizing the site, in which case, forget I said anything 😀 .
(vi) Your Main Content section needs a few tweaks
Okay, I honestly didn’t know where to look here.
I think it started off with the non-specific tagline.
The first section “Recent Active posts” shows 20 forum topics. Maybe I’m not your target audience or whatever, but 20 posts showing there is too much.
I’d recommend reducing that to 5 posts (and adding a “See More” link that directs the visitor to where they can see more of your recent posts), then making the box smaller, so you can move the “ForumVersity Common Room” up and put that beside it.
The idea is to make it easy for your visitors to get an idea of what your site is about, without them going through the pain of scrolling down just to know what your site’s about.
I also see you’re having Forum topics about Fashion/ Beauty, Food and drink, Health… and I’m beginning to wonder what was the point of the tagline then?
It just seems like your Forum is just like the typical Nairaland spinoff but you used a different tagline.
Oga bet why?
If you want to be the Premier Students Forum, you need to focus on creating Forum topics that attract your target audience, not just creating random Forum topics.
(vii) Your social media account links basically link back to your home page
Apart from your Facebook link which links to your Facebook page, and your Twitter which links to an “Account suspended” page.
I don’t know about you, but when I click on a social media link, I expect to go to a social media page.
If you don’t have a social media account on a platform, don’t add those icons on your page.
Also fix your Twitter account.
(viii) What’s your monetization plan?
I don’t see any ads or any products for sale.
To be honest, I’m still a bit confused about how you’re going to monetize this.
But I think you need to first figure out who your actual audience is, what they want and what value you’re providing.
Then use that information to make your forum meet your audience’s needs.
I think for now, these are the main issues you need to tackle.
Anyway, this review is done… Let me know if you have any questions.
P.S. If you’re reading this, and you’d like a site review, post it here.
Keeping it 500,
Author: Tomi Joshua
Tomi is a case.
A bit brash, at first blush. But ultimately, he means well. There are very few things he won’t say or do in the presence of tolerant company (especially when it could make for a good story later).
Tomi is a Doctor, writer, certified inbound marketer (Shout Out to HubSpot), Digital Hustler, and online business addict.
He is most likely to be found dancing to the beat of his own drum, even in accapella.