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    Formerly known as RockNRollPig Shpigford's Avatar
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    What are some ways to make a site more interactive?

    Sorry if this is the wrong forum. Anywho...what are some ways to make a site more interactive to keep the visitors coming back. Or to make a visitor feel more involved. The things I thought of were a poll, a rating script, and possibly a "comments" type section. Any other ideas?

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    a forum?
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    Fascinating content is the best way.

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    There's nothing like personalized feedback--talk directly to your users.

    Forums are pretty much de rigueur nowadays for small sites with a small budget--so make each visitor feel as if s/he were the most important one.

    Kind of like what SPF does here.

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    Formerly known as RockNRollPig Shpigford's Avatar
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    Well...forums won't likely be the best answer for a lot of sites (ie the sites in my sig)...i need more things besides a place for people to chat...i need a way for visitors to interact with the content...

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    Yeah, forums require a lot of work.

    So are you looking for some scripts with which your users can interact? How about some of those build-a-graphic things? For buttons, banners, etc. Those are pretty cool.

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    Let my users build graphics?

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    Yep. I've seen a few sites that do that. And your latest site is a Photoshop site, right?

    Or were you wondering about the others?

    How about quiz scripts for the others? Like a purity test or something?

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    Exactly what would i do with the little graphics my users made? And i was kinda wondering in general...quiz scripts are a good idea...

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    Erm, how about loads of pop up message boxes when you enter the site - one could ask you your name, then the next say "Hi <persons name>!!!"

    You could have a funky DHTML script so you can decide what colour the background is, some really garish colours would be nice :-)

    Just kidding by the way, it all depends on how much traffic you have. if you have loads - maybe a forum. If you dont, how about a little scratchbox on the homepage- where people can leave really short messages for you, just a sentance or so and their name. I think those things are excellent, they allow people to give feedback aswell you can say post messages about a specific topic like "what do you think of the new colour scheme".

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    Personality quizzes are pretty popular. One time a student told our class about a purity test (thespark.com). Everybody in the class went there to take the test. And everytime I announce one of those sites to my current students (mostly highschoolers), a bunch will go there and take many personality tests. Very sticky!

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    Well...I mean more interactive with the subject at hand. I mean anybody can throw a personality test on their site but whats the point if it has nothing to do with the content. Quizzes are good if they are questions about the content.

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    Just checked reallydubstuff.com - just keep dotfart.com on your home page. I'll keep coming back for that!

    (I'm easily amused... sue me! )

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    First you have to decide the theme for your website, technology, humour, fun, gaming, tutorial,etc. Well you can add some polls(weekly or daily). Then you can add a chatscript(there's quite a lot available for free). Then you can provide fresh & clipped content.
    One of my friend made a fun site & he added lots of Jokes, Games, cartoons, fun tests, quizzes etc.

    You can think along the same lines. But most important is you select a theme first.
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    How about a way for your visitors to comment on your articles and it's posted at the end of the article? People will be able to find out if there are any errors in your article and it'll make them feel more important because they are helping your site grow and provide useful content. I've seen this at http://www.zdnet.com - every article ends with a mini forum where people discuss the subject matter.
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