I decided that I'd write up this quick post circling all of the things that can be approved here. I don't know who exactly changed these designs, codes, etc, however these are mainly suggestions that we can try to improve on.
Creating A Thread
The photo below explains it pretty much.
When trying to full edit your thread, the text box is WAY and I mean WAY too small, no forum I've seen is like this. I have to admit that this does not look professional when trying to create a thread (especially BST) threads. It's very frustrating to deal with, honestly.
That scroll bar though?
Also, having the color of the text while typing (in the thread) grey as the default color doesn't look that good. I prefer white, however, that's just me. I also forget to mention the default font when creating a post does not look that professional or serious either. It's grey, too bold and at-least for me, I believe that it shouldn't be the default text while posting here.
The current colors of the forum are all over the place. We have dark dark blue, light blue, yellow, orange - the list goes on. And the background .gif behind "CPAHero Hall of Fame" could be changed to match everything else. I kind of believe it's more of the bold font too that makes everything look way too big/out of place/unprofessional/not pretty.
All I could say about this section is they're too many posts being shown. It currently shows 30 posts, changing it to 20-25 will look more decent. Also, changing the color of the username's from green to white. I mentioned changing the username colors because I'd really like to officially implement a VIP section that's nothing like other forums or services and only VIP members will have a certain color and users who are not upgraded to VIP will be white (default color) when a hero would sign up here. But that's totally a different case scenario. I'll talk about that more into the suggestions below.
See Format Options
I have no idea where this came from but it's a bright yellow text that gives instructions around the codes that you can post in a thread. I don't believe it should be right at the top when creating a post/thread, I'd rather recommend it be inside the box where it shows this.
Something like that. And I know it's not a huge deal, I'm just recommending things that will make the forum look more decent and professional while attracting new heroes and affiliate marketers who are interested in advancing on CPA and affiliate marketing.
Hovering Over Your Username
I like the font. But the font size is way too large. I'd like to see it smaller and maybe without the text being bold. The text just looks extremely large on my screen, probably larger on a mobile device, so I'd recommend a much smaller test size and again, without it being bold.
I honestly dislike the Google ads on CPAHero. I don't know, it makes me sad and brings me back to the old days. I'll talk about that more below. But when I was the most active here, we never had these Google (paid ads) here. IT LOOKS BAD. I believe at the time before we had these ads, CPAHero was performing way better too. We had a variety of CPA networks and other networks advertising their banner before. But now? We have stupid paid ads, that look ugly, unattractive, very unrelated to CPA - the list goes on. I don't like it, at all.
The box highlighted blue around "CPAHero.com" in the image above is also new. I don't think I've seen any text there. I remember having text there before, however, PeaceKeeper didn't like the fact that any text would be there.
Last but not least, the numbers below the ads. "3,845 PEOPLE ONLINE NOW" and the "3,559 reading" like I'm being honest when I say this, but I don't think anybody cares about that. Does anybody really care if that's there? It's in huge bright green text and it's another thing that makes the forum look unattractive. I feel like since PeaceKeeper left, the forum got more unrelated to CPA and more about the design, colors are everywhere, everything turned random, paid ads, it's all a mess to me.
We have talked about this before. A very long time ago actually. PeaceKeeper and I talked about this a lot in the past. We never truly implemented something like that, although we kind of had a VIP forum in the past where you would have to donate a certain amount of coins/points to unlock that forum. We have to get a new VIP forum, it will encourage everybody here to upgrade and see the VIP content that would have to be extremely better than the general forum content that we have here.
First off to say - I REMEMBER LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY that we had this leader board that made me want to join CPAHero. It was around August 2014. It was at the top of CPAHero.com right when you logged in. I believe I remember that it was at the top anyway. However, I also remember Dol14 was always at the top of the leader board with a lot of posts. I remember trying to compete with him and I looked up to him. I wanted to become a moderator. Help CPAHero do the best. Help other new affiliate marketers (heroes). I just know that this leader board I'm talking about encouraged and motivated me to sign up. It made me want to join, help the community, look awesome being on the leader board with Dol14. I feel like we should have never let that go, but there's still a chance to get it back and have it be designed better to fit the new CPAHero theme. Just a recommendation.
No Advertising Page?
I just noticed that the Advertising page was removed.
You can see that we did have a "Advertise" in the navigation center. But not anymore. Why? We got rid of that and put up paid ads - that look very unprofessional. I know CPAHero can be way different and better than other forums and I don't believe we need these ugly ads here. We're better than that. CPAHero was created to do better than that. I believe we should have the "Advertise" in the navigation again, to make everything look professional so if any CPA network or if any network would like advertise with us, they could.
Double Recent Posts Section
If you look at the home page here, there's two sections where it shows Recent Posts. The right side of the page. AND when you scroll all the way down. We could get rid of the Recent Posts at the bottom, it's not really needed. We could just have a different page that shows "Recent Posts" when you click "Recent Posts" in the navigation instead clicking it and being redirected to the bottom of the page. Waste of space.
Most Importantly The Content Here
If you didn't already know, CPAHero is 2 years old. I have to admit a lot has changed. People have changed. People that were active here are no longer active. Why? Not everybody has time to visit a forum anymore. I believe that is the true answer. People are working, at school, but mainly working. Working on other projects, big companies (businesses) etc.
HOWEVER, back to the point. The content here is old. Some of the threads here are out-dated. Some of the tutorials here are no longer effective, no longer working. I really want to commit to cleaning out the old and bringing in the new with CPAHero. Generally, the forum sections here need a clean up. They're very old posts that are not needed or out-dated.
What I Was Talking About Before
I mentioned some other things where I said I would talk about it below. Here is the below.
If you couldn't already tell. Yes, I was a moderator of CPAHero before. You can see all about that by clicking Signup or Login to view earning guides for mobile apps and websites.. Not only was I a moderator here before, but I wad a Admin of CPAHero too. About a year ago. However, by not dedicating a lot of time into the forum after becoming a admin, I think PeaceKeeper just made me a mod and I screwed up everything afterwards because I wanted to stay admin because I was still dedicated in doing a lot more. I still want to do a lot more. I know there's a lot of opportunities, a lot of everything that can be improved and make CPAHero the #1 CPA forum in the world. There's hundreds of thousands of opportunities that CPAHero can see if we are open to changing and improving on everything here.
Moving on. I do miss PeaceKeeper, as a partner and a friend. We talked a lot before. We talked about changing the design for CPAHero. We talked about basically everything that I can think of. I do have to admit that he's seriously a talented web designer and at making AWESOME movie previews (videos).
PeaceKeeper made this video around last year and I have to say it's one of the best videos I've seen on the internet before. And yes, that's my channel that I created when he told me to post the video.
Anyway, this is pretty much the end. I hope we can all be open to change the things I suggested above. Feel free to leave any feedback too.