I agree with Aredhel that header and colours should be chosen by committee, there's always been a lot of varying styles and skill levels among the graphics makers on the boards, so it's fairest and best way to get the best banner.
Aredhel Ar-Feiniel wrote:
That's a good point Lembas. We can change the layout as many times as we want but the info on the main site is quite outdated compared to other LotR sites. I don't think the layout is our problem. A lot of much bigger LotR sites, such as the ones mentioned above, have had the same layouts for over 10 years but traffic on their sites thrive because their content is always being updated... as Lembas suggested.
Here's a tip though - what popular Tolkien item is currently the most searched for on the internet? The Hobbit. I would suggest starting there and maybe updating the website to include anything and everything Hobbit related.
I agree this would be the best route for everyone.
But the lack of activity from our website team is
part of our current problem. :/ If we can't get enough of them back after a while, I think we should just
try to make a new design ourselves like the mods have said.
While a new website design isn't the most
important thing, do I think it would help to change the colors and
header pic. Because AU has been out of date for so long now, it's likely that many people who've come across
it in recent searches have built familiarity with it as an out of date site. To see some new colors and a new
header pic would break that familiarity, and make the site seem newer. People will notice the new design before
the text updates below. Especially if people re-find the site who think it's outdated, they may not even realize
they are finding the same site as before, and be more open to it this time.Though, this would only work if we
made sure to put in the new updates WITH
the new design.
I agree. >> I was talking about updating the Hobbit section too. It's pretty empty. :/ I could help with the graphics
sections. I can donate banners and avatars and wallpapers, etc.
But as far as written updates go for the site, I'm not entirely sure what kind of updates to make now that the movies
are over. :/ What are you guys thinking about that?