joined:July 30, 2009
My first impression of webmasterworld was negative, but I came back because of the content, and came to realize that the site is actually very well constructed. I may be wrong, but I think this is the case with many members here. The speed, clear presentation, and good organization are already there, but the site could make a better first impression. Which brings me to my title. Since this isn't a web store, but a forum, and most importantly a source of information, it is not the first impression that matters most, but the content and usability. So, yes, I think the website could use a few tweaks, but above all else don't get rid of the forum's capable feel.
As for tweaks, I haven't been posting long enough to have many suggestions, but I do have a few. First is the login form - that definitely needs to be present on every page. And it adds a lot if you can fill out and submit the form on any page, and after submission be redirected to the same article you submitted it from.
The top menu is too small. I don't know if you just want to add padding to the links, or make buttons, but a list of un-styled links is not convenient.
Also, posts run together. It is easy enough to tell where they are separated, but the layout as a whole looks like a series of bands, not a list of posts.
Last are the links. I now appreciate how clear the highlighting is, but at first is just looks unprofessional.
Unfortunately I cannot offer advice other than styling, as that seems to be what catches my eye most. So I'll just conclude by saying, I very much admire your software, and I look forward to the new version. Definitely don't switch over to some canned product.