To say I had help is a huge understatement, but our membership is full of some very wonderful and humble people who choose to remain nameless - but to them we all owe a great deal of thanks.
After seeing the forum look as slick and modern as it does, I am getting ideas of redoing the look of my Beekeeping Course Section and Homepage and other stuff at www.beemaster.com
- I'd love a more uniform look and the ability to use TEMPLATE PAGE DESIGNS (much like the way pages are created here) to shape the look and content on the rest of my site.
Something tells me I'll have help at least pushing me in the right direction to really give a new and more interactive look and feel to ALL the website. For example, using a themed template for EVERY PAGE of the website, allows me to make a template change (say a feature like a calendar or a new logo, etc.) and it will change ALL the pages, rather than literally having to do the same changes one page at a time. So having a PHP page rather than an HTML page based site has MANY MANY top-end design aids for a humble point and click webpage maker like me.
The honest to goodness thing I have going is a passion to bring a community together for Beekeepers, where they can share content and questions of all kinds. A family place where you wouldn't be afraid to let your children look around and do homework from. Keeping it simple has raised this site to the very tops of all the search engines, rarely falling from the 2 or 3rd position and almost never beyond the first page of the engines. That has happened because of members like you who find a home here, make new friends, learn and share their ideas and skills and do it all in a commercial free enviroment - something that I'm proud to be able to bring to everyone here.
It was a decision I made nearly 6 years ago after receiving a very profitable sounding deal from one major beekeeping supplier who realized I had greatly surpassed them in the engines. The deal may have made me a fine sudsidized income, but it was also "selling out to the man" something morally I refuse to do.
I don't mind other members sharing where and who from they bought supplies, that is part of the idea of an open forum - but I have always shyied away from it myself, again because of strong beliefs that I should be a neutral party, hardly the best beekeeper (relatively speaking closer to the bottom of the beekeeper food chain than the top) but the forums SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES, here we have a collection of unlimited experience and ideas and a great fondness for sharing and helping others. All that comes from being true to your goals and your beliefs and the BEST LITTLE FORUM MEMBERSHIP IN THE WORLD.
What a combination!!!