Take a break from your tough Wednesday by taking a look at the awesome website we are showcasing on our example site blog post!

This week we are showcasing Halo: Next Generation, a community based website revolving around the Halo video games. We know that a site like this isn’t the typical site that we would showcase on Example Site Wednesday, but HNG has a very effective site that anybody can learn from. Take a look for yourself before we break down their site for you:

In addition to a well designed and organized site, HNG takes advantage of some very essential Webs features including:

  • Members app to allow visitors to sign up as members to gain exclusive content.
  • Calendar app to display important dates of holidays and events.
  • Contact page to allow visitors a simple way to contact the site owner and to add credibility.

A common problem that we hear from a lot of site owners is: How to make site members more active?

We know that it is tough to convince your members to comment on your forums or comment on a blog post, especially since you don’t even know them.

A few tips you can use to encourage your members to be more active:

  1. Pick a Topic - As you can probably tell, HNG has a pretty substantial amount of members, and the forums seem very active. One of the secrets to HGN’s success is that they picked a topic that has a large following and an established community. This makes the process a whole lot easier since the community is already familiar with each other and has a common ground.
  2. Run Contests - Another key to HNG’s success is that they hold events that encourage all of their members to participate. Giving members a chance to grow through an activity is a very effective way to see increase in site activity. Although not every website will be able to hold video game tournaments online, be creative and maybe hold a picture competition with a small prize. Remember that you want to give your members a reason to be active on the site.
  3. Keep it Organized - One thing that HNG does that we haven’t seen on many other sites is that they have a page listing out their forum rules. We think that this is a great idea as it gives your forum more structure to make newer members more comfortable about posting. Remember that it is not enough to just create a forum and hope that members will automatically start talking. Many times you have to spur conversations yourself and get your members comfortable interacting with your site.

Congrats to HNG for their excellent work on their website. Did you like this week’s site? Do you want us to use your site in a future example site post? Leave a comment below and you will be considered for an upcoming post!

Until next time,

Happy site building!

27 Responses

  1. Reply
    Fahed Jaradat
    Apr 06, 2011 - 11:18 AM
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    frank
    Apr 06, 2011 - 11:31 AM

    OMG!!! How awesome is this site or what? Loving the template they are using and yes, they use a great variety of applications.

    May enter my site into Example Site Wednesday? I think my website deserves to be Example Site Wednesday as I have been with webs since August 2010 and have continued to develop my website :)
    http://www.buddyweb.me/

  3. Reply
    Tormented Angel8
    Apr 06, 2011 - 02:16 PM

    The site looks great. The online gaming contests are a great idea.

  4. Reply
    Daniel Ding
    Apr 06, 2011 - 03:44 PM

    Please consider my site! Thanks =D

    http://www.flytoronto.webs.com

  5. Reply
    Axel
    Apr 06, 2011 - 04:20 PM

    THIS POST IS VERY INFORMATIVE AND TO THE POINT!

    CHECK OUT MY WEBSITE; an up & coming record label from Boston, MA http://ambiguousentertainment.webs.com/
    TWITTER: @Black_Mamba_32

  6. Reply
    anime kida
    Apr 06, 2011 - 09:31 PM

    Indeed its an amazing site. great picked.

  7. Reply
    HDaniel
    Apr 06, 2011 - 10:12 PM

    Very nice page, I love the gaming web pages like this, one question, how can i put a Footer like the Halo: Next Generation? because looks great,
    good job to Fiendwolf =D.
    (Sorry, but my english is realy bad)

    • Reply
      the Webs Team
      Apr 07, 2011 - 09:55 AM

      @HDaniel: You can have a footer just like that one by installing the Meebo bar to your site. You can find it via the Webs App store.

  8. Reply
    Chase Berger
    Apr 07, 2011 - 01:51 AM

    http://www.animefannetwork.com

    Please visit my site. I have make several improvements on my site. It looks a lot better now than it did a few weeks ago.

  9. Reply
    GameCheatWorld
    Apr 07, 2011 - 08:19 AM

    A good website, can you feature our website? it is also about gaming.
    http://www.gamecheatworld.webs.com/

  10. Reply
    TheUnbrokenSpirit
    Apr 07, 2011 - 08:40 AM

    nice site but i think on webs.com you can do more then a standard template :D

  11. Reply
    raytion
    Apr 07, 2011 - 09:40 AM

    cool site. a lot of good features and use of apps.

    Want to get it advertised for free?
    Visit http://raytiontraffic.webs.com

  12. Reply
    star
    Apr 07, 2011 - 09:57 AM

    Our cricket site is very popular because of the rich content on our site which makes the whole experience of visiting our site awesome. We have chat facility ,forums, video galleries with many videos,photo gallery has more than 700 photos,wiki page,guestbook,games,blog,etc.We provide our members with latest cricket fixtures,statistics,rankings,news,etc.Our site is also listed in DMOZ directory.We have over 6600 followers on twitter & also have a facebook page which is updated every hour.

  13. Reply
    TheUnbrokenSpirit
    Apr 07, 2011 - 01:07 PM

    all these site looks great but i prefer doing my own template like on http://www.sherworkstudios.webs.com

  14. Reply
    FriendUs
    Apr 07, 2011 - 01:31 PM

    wow really awesome website ! webs is a great tool .So i have developed my website http://friendus.webs.com ,you should make it an example! ;)

  15. Reply
    amani
    Apr 07, 2011 - 05:45 PM

    I LOVE this website. Well i already have my own site:

    learnaboutrelativity.webs.com

  16. Reply
    Ali Al-Smadi
    Apr 07, 2011 - 10:08 PM

    Please make my website an example site.
    thanks,
    Ali Al-Smadi- the owner of http://alial-smadi.webs.com

  17. Reply
    aliraz
    Apr 09, 2011 - 06:24 AM

    I like this site.
    It is very useful.

  18. Reply
    Liliana Carrillo
    Apr 09, 2011 - 03:45 PM

    This site that I have created for the parents committee of Massagno. It can be consider as example site.

  19. Reply
    Dance and Devour
    Apr 09, 2011 - 09:58 PM

    You guys should feature Dance and Devour! We’re doing a lot of stuff for Earth Month, and on Earth Day, we’re going to do something extra special for mother earth. <3

  20. Reply
    MrPlusChat
    Apr 10, 2011 - 11:39 AM

    Awesome site, especially with all those apps and with the meebo chat bar on the bottom, excellent. I personally don’t play Halo, but if I did, I would sign up in a heart beat♥

    Hey webs, can my site be the example site of the week please: http://pluschat.webs.com

  21. Reply
    star
    Apr 12, 2011 - 01:51 PM

    I strongly believe that webs.com should publish my site over here for a change because mine is a cricket website which is the second most popular sport in the world after fifa. Cricket is very popular in india & webs.com also has lots of users in india.So for this reason webs.com should publish my site.We usevideo,photo, contact us,wiki page, guestbook , blog ,testimonial,members,forums,sidebars arcade apps,etc.We also have made slight changes to the template which makes our site look good. We have more than 700 photos,88 videos,lots of blog articles, cricket fixtures,rankings,statistics,and lots more with 6600 followers on twitter & a beautiful facebook page.Last but not least we are also listed in DMOZ directory along with LEADING cricket sites in the world.

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    Buxster
    Apr 12, 2011 - 06:33 PM

    I thank That Buddy Web should get the next weeks website. :)
    http://buddyweb.me/

    my site is http://mybuxster.com/

  23. Reply
    HDaniel
    Apr 19, 2011 - 10:45 PM

    Thanks @the Webs Team ;D

  24. Reply
    rahul
    Apr 24, 2011 - 02:11 AM

    thanx webs.com i am very happy to say that is that any way to earn more money without investing

  25. Reply
    Fiendwolf
    Apr 24, 2011 - 06:48 AM

    Thank you for putting my site as an example and thank you for the kind words.

    Can I ask you a favor, Webs Team? You see, as much as I love having my site be part of the Wednesday Example Sites, it has gotten me lots of visits but I don’t need visits I need members. Could you please remove the links to my site from the Blog post. (Such as the link in the first paragraph in the hyperlinked text, the linked picture of my site, etc…)

    Thank you and sorry for the inconvenience.

    • Reply
      the Webs Team
      Apr 25, 2011 - 09:43 AM

      @Fiendwolf: No problem, all the links have been removed.

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