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Post by Connie on Fri Jul 09, 2010 7:45 pm

Im not getting enough feedback to know that I've made the right choice or not. Personally I love it but I've had time to learn the new format and play with it..

Okay what am I talking about? I moved my forum.. EEEKK.. it has been a scary move and a TON of work.. It has a completely new look and feel and it is a little intimidating to figure out but I think in the end it will be completely worth it. There aren't a lot of sites using this format yet so Im hoping Im ahead of the curve for once.

You can log in using your facebook account just by scrolling down a bit and clicking on the login with facebook button. I had to move it because there was some confusion about how to join and I haven't figured out how to have just the button without the username and password fields.

Please tell me what YOU think of it before I spend another hundred hours on it only to find no one likes it: http://itsfreefun.com

Thanks! http://itsfreefun.com
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Post by bizzeedee on Fri Jul 09, 2010 11:08 pm

I checked it out, but wondering if you offer an email subscription, you know, like a link or list could appear in my inbox each day? I'm not good about checking out website blogs on a daily basis.

I like the color, design, and brightness of the home page.
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Post by Connie on Fri Jul 09, 2010 11:21 pm

I CAN set it up that way.. I just wasn't sure if the members would appreciate it? Maybe I will try it after I get it all finished. I don't want to have email updates sent everytime I move a post from the old site..

Nice to know that some people would like that feature! Thanks for the feedback
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Post by Connie on Fri Jul 09, 2010 11:31 pm

Here is my idea and fix.. if you join this group you will get a daily reminder to check in. ... well hopefully daily.. weekends might get skipped but I will try to stay on top of it: http://itsfreefun.com/groups/remind-me/
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Post by chelle on Fri Jul 09, 2010 11:44 pm

I"m not quite signd in yet. But I promise I will check it out as soon as I am Smile

I'm happy for you dear! Smile

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Post by Connie on Sat Jul 10, 2010 12:11 am

Im sooo excited Chelle.. I think it is going to fix all the problems I had on the other site.. I am just HATING giving up almost 11000 members and starting over...
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Post by thebigscott on Sat Jul 10, 2010 1:09 am

I saw the link on facebook and wanted to try it out, but I'm not using a real computer, just a fancy phone. I want to wait and see it from a computer so I can give fair feedback.
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Post by Connie on Sat Jul 10, 2010 1:32 am

Thanks Karen! I appreciate it! Im not looking for random kudos.. I need real feedback.. It's a lot different than a regular forum and if I don't know what needs fixed or looked into.. I can't fix it..
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Post by briteasafirefly on Sat Jul 10, 2010 5:52 pm

I like it! the only thing that got me at first was the white background...my eyes take a bit to adjust to it. I think its because there is so much white space that my eyes don't seem to like it.
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Post by Rebecca1340 on Sat Jul 10, 2010 8:41 pm

I think I like it... It didn't like my animated avs though! LOL! I know how much work it is to even change the colours on a page like this so I wish you well with the move! That's a lot of time and effort you've got invested in that!

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Post by Connie on Sat Jul 10, 2010 10:42 pm

Thank you all! Jessica there are other themes available and once Im more familiar with the set up I will look at them. Right now Im just trying to be safe and not bring the whole site down with my experimenting Wink Rebecca LOT's of people aren't happy with how it handles avatars. Not just all of us but others who are using this program. Hopefully that is a plugin they will be coming out with SOON.. I will make sure to get my avatar gripes noted so maybe someone will hurry up with a fix.

thank you all so much.. I truly need lots of feedback so I can get it right!
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Post by Connie on Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:39 pm

Complete and total overhaul today. I think this will be the "final" version. Meaning the look and format won't change much. See what you think!

Dee.. I added an email subscription feature. You can choose whether or not you want daily, or weekly updates for the groups you are subscribed to.
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Post by thebigscott on Wed Jul 14, 2010 1:36 am

I like it! In fact, I like it more than I like the old format. It's a little more streamlined and simpler. It's more organized than the older setup. Or rather, it's organized in a way that works with my brain, LOL. I knew there was a pattern to the old setup, but I had trouble figuring it out with all the chaos going on in my house. This one is EASY to follow. I'm looking forward to really exploring it. I suspect I'll be more active there.

Here is the problem I'm having: I don't think it's actually logging me in properly. I don't see any place to post anything or comment on any existing posts, and I don't see where I can edit my profile. It always says Log In at the top. But I did log in and that's as far as I'm getting.

That being said, I've already used the site to get a free book so I'm pretty tickled!
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Post by thebigscott on Wed Jul 14, 2010 11:02 am

Whoops! I wasn't logging in because I had to activate my account. I didn't reallize. (Not sure if it didn't say or if I just missed that bit.)

I'm in now and I can post and change my avatar and all that. I DO like this set up better. Thanks!
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Post by thebigscott on Thu Jul 15, 2010 1:03 pm

OK. I've been using it for a couple of days and I'm really liking it. Here are some thoughts:

1) When I click on a link, it doesn't open a new tab, it just redirects me to that page so that I leave your site. While this is a simple way to do it, it's also going to mean that people won't stay on your pages as long, and that they'll be more likely to be distracted by the freebie and might forget to come back and see what else there is available on your site. I don't know if you can change the settings, but I'd look into it.

2) The top box on the right hand side of the page shows recently active members. I'd change that so that the top box was the actual forum index. That way, people immediately see what's available on the site. If you're just visiting for the first few times, you won't care who's been online recently because you won't know any of them. And if you're a regular, you'll know to scroll down. Smile

3) I like it a lot. You're doing a great job!
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Post by agaphmou on Thu Jul 15, 2010 2:18 pm

To prevent from leaving the site you can always right click on the link and choose open in a new tab or new window ,although I don't know if everyone knows that
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Post by thebigscott on Thu Jul 15, 2010 3:07 pm

I do that sometimes, but I was just thinking that if that was the default setting, Connie would get more people staying longer, which should bring in more money for her site.
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Post by agaphmou on Thu Jul 15, 2010 3:17 pm

YOU'RE RIGHT KAREN
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Post by KellyM on Sat Jul 17, 2010 1:25 pm

I signed up, but can't sign in, when I click on the log in link it doesn't do anything.
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Post by thebigscott on Sat Jul 17, 2010 1:28 pm

Check your email. You need to confirm the sign up. I did the exact same thing. I think there's supposed to be something to tell you you'll need to confirm, but they're still working on the site.
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Post by KellyM on Sat Jul 17, 2010 1:34 pm

I did get the confirmation and I clicked on the link to confirm..
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Post by Connie on Sat Jul 17, 2010 9:55 pm

Thanks everyone! It's sooo nice to know what is working for everyone and what isn't. Karen.. I've spent DAYS trying to figure out the forum thing and just today was able to set a tab at the VERY top (not where the other tabs are.. Im trying to figure out how to get rid of those). The tab will take you directly to the forum so you can see what all is going on..

I will have to find out how to make the links (or if there is a way) to open in a new page.

Kelly.. Im not sure what is going on with sign ups ... The one problem I have seen is that if you are trying to log in on the sidebar.. that is supposed to be a facebook login and it is broken right now. On the TOP where it says login.. you should be able to login there and then you should be able to click on your name to edit your page..

Im not saying it's working.. just that this is how it is supposed to work.. If it's not.. let me know.. Im going to take out the sidebar login right now. Thanks again all!
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Post by KellyM on Sat Jul 17, 2010 10:43 pm

Thank you, I WAS trying to log into the sidebar..I was able to sucessfully log in from the log in link at the top..
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Post by Connie on Sun Jul 18, 2010 8:14 pm

Oh thank you! I was sooo hoping that was the problem. A couple more problems to fix... right now when you click on the forums drop down menu you can go to groups and members but I've apparently set it wrong and they just take you to the forum.. Bear with me a little longer!
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Post by thebigscott on Mon Jul 19, 2010 2:06 pm

Connie, are you planning to have a separate forum for couponing and brick-and-mortar stores, or are you keeping those in with the freebies/deals?

I kind of think it works better to have them all together so that people don't miss them, but that may not work with every site.
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