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Community Critique: Fierce Gaming Network

In this series, we look at how different Invision Community's are used, and what we can learn from the way they have been set up.


Invision Community is used by some of the world's biggest game brands, proudly enabling gamers to connect with the creators of their favourite titles.

These sites attract millions of visitors between them and thousands of posts are added daily because of their high profile.

But what if you're just starting out, how do you convert casual visitors to members, and what's the best way to set up your community?

I got talking to new customer Darrell, interestingly named Mr. Fierce God on our community. While you may expect that this portrays a fire and brimstone hothead, you'd be wrong as Darrell is one of the nicest people you'll meet.

Darrell runs the Fierce Gaming Network and I was impressed by the way he's set up his site and wanted to share my thoughts on what he's done well.

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The first thing I noticed is that the forum index is not the home page for the site. For a gaming community that wants to focus on more than just user conversations, this is a good move.

Let's break it down.

A. The home page has multiple points of entry, and the sidebar menu unobtrusively offers short-cuts to various parts of the community.

B. We have a large call to action to either login or register. This box also explains the benefits of registration clearly and enforces that registration is a very quick process.
One optimisation that may be worth looking at here is to add the "Sign in with Facebook / Microsoft" buttons on the box to persuade even more to register right away.

C. Fierce Gaming Network also makes great use of Clubs to segment their audience to specific software titles. Re-using instantly recognisable artwork as the club cover image will entice fans of those games to visit.

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Scrolling down a little shows the "Member of the month". As humans, we are drawn to faces instantly, and this humanises the site and "unmasks" some of the popular members, making the site less intimidating.

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Moving down a little more we see the "Our Picks" section which highlights the best content from the community. Our Picks is a great way to get visitors to engage with your content. Good use of cover images draws attention and makes it clear the kind of content you're going to read.

Darrell makes great use of several lnvision Community apps to build the site, and has set it up well. New users get to the site see handpicked content, fellow members and the benefits of joining all in one place.

It's a great start and I look forward to seeing Darrell's site succeed.

Are you using Invision Community to build custom homepages for your community? Share them in the comments below.

Edited by Matt


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WoW!!!

On behalf of Fierce Gaming Network & Community, we are honored to be featured in this Blog, as a critique and ways that IPS is used and can make a community AWESOME

@Matt always writes excellent and to the point articles/blogs, this is right there with the rest!

I, as the Founder/Owner am speechless on being contacted to be let known THIS ^^ was happening and the hard work Fiere puts in is being recognized!! 

Thank you once again for letting me and Fierce be apart of such a amazing Community. Company and growth

 

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One optimisation that may be worth looking at here is to add the "Sign in with Facebook / Microsoft" buttons on the box to persuade even more to register right away.

Noted! and agree 100%

lol, about to run over and put this in as yes it will only help in more than one way!!! Thank you

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I am a semi active user of Fierce Gaming Network. Running my own gaming sites @Mr. Fierce God and I have shared some info and thoughts to help benefit each other as our sites do not directly conflict/compete with each other. I can vouch for the friendliness of the owner and staff/members of the website. It's well done and worth a look.

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I also manage a videogame community and I would like to make an IPB board available to my users. Unfortunately using Laravel, it is difficult for me to create a SSO system.

IP.Board is used by many sites in Italy: minecraftitalia, everyeye, hdblog, all successful projects, it's just a coincidence? 😛

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I don't know if IPS knows this........

But the new age of a advanced features Gaming Community/Gaming Clans/Gamer Social Networks = https://invisioncommunity.com

 

i know i can only speak for/on a handful of them

but you got some major communites out there now, using IPS

look at - 

@ADKGamers 

@TAMAN - Hells Hammers 

@TimTheMiles - CGN for Social Network for Gamers

@g1nt3r - A Division Game Community 

@JustHatched - For two very known name Games Gaming Communities 

 

and many more that don't even post on here but are using IPS software

 

IMO only, i would make the switch, IPS has a converter type thing now that most ppl can transfer their already made Communities to here (As long as it's compatible with the converter or software..... if i have that part right?)

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22 minutes ago, Askancy said:

I also manage a videogame community and I would like to make an IPB board available to my users. Unfortunately using Laravel, it is difficult for me to create a SSO system.

IP.Board is used by many sites in Italy: minecraftitalia, everyeye, hdblog, all successful projects, it's just a coincidence? 😛

There are several ways to achieve this:)
We have oAuth Support 

or create your own SSO integration for Laravel 

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