Mike 424 Posted March 30, 2021 Author Share Posted March 30, 2021 36 minutes ago, irishwavend said: I’m gonna be honest. Incredibly frustrated with the overhaul. I have a much longer post, but the simplicity of DD is what made it attractive. This is not more user friendly on an ipad or iphone. That’s the only way I access the site. This is more like IrishEnvy which I shunned 15 years ago due to layout. The monetization is a joke too. If you want to monetize, create a tab for a shop with some Amazon affiliate links. Get the other crap outta here. If you insist, though, please give us the old files for the old layout so we can go rebuild what we had before someone fvcked with it and pretended it was an “upgrade.” It isn’t...you’re talking to someone who knows sites and SEO pretty well...you’re killing your market and devaluing your investment. There are a lot of books out there on cultural changes to groups and you’re hitting every landmine you can... minor changes are “upgrades”...not this. This was an overhaul of a 13 year old version of vbulletin and a website running Joomla 1.0. It wasn't a minor upgrade and it was a major overhaul that took dozens and dozens of hours and brought everything up to current standards. Using forum software that doesn't even have meta descriptions or page titles, and hasn't been supported in over a decade is not how you grow a brand. have already been doing SEO full time for over a decade, and I will be transparent in my intentions / goals. Number 1 rule for SEO is too have a mobile friendly experience as rank is determined via the mobile rendering of a webpage. Outside of the forums, I have put about another grand into upgrading the forums. I had to buy the vbulletin software upgrade, and choose to buy invision power to transfer instead of just upgrading to the newest version like IE did. I did not need to incur double the cost, but I wanted to give the users what I thought was the best experience possible of the major message boards (vbulletin, xenforo, IPS) I am working with invision power to try and fix embeds that didn't transfer properly I plan on using the blog for monetization purposes. Right now I'm in the hole about $5k and if I can get a little bit of that back, I'm going to try. Figured it was better than asking for donations (which Irish Envy has done and raised over $2k by their userbase which has been supportive). I am not trying to put that on the members of the forum. I am doing everything in my power to make this place look and feel like the place for Notre Dame fans. So no, it wasn't a minor upgrade, but a major overhaul that was absolutely necessary to avoid getting hit by the upcoming Core Web Vitals Google algorithm update coming this spring. Without the update, there's a big chance much of the organic traffic would be lost. Hence the rush job since you want Google to see it's been updated before that update drops, and they have a chance to crawl all your major pages. I'm sorry you feel the way you do about the changes. I am aiming to make this place more lively and doing everything in my power to get there, while being true to the members here. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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