After much deliberation and testing of different website tools and structures, I took the plunge and combined the MasterTemplate website (the site that showcases the template and offers it for sale) with the BCG ArchiCAD Forums (the support board where users ask questions about MasterTemplate and other ArchiCAD Best Practices).
Technically, the Forum is embedded into one page on the MasterTemplate site. However, it has it’s own login and internal navigation links, so it still has the dozens of postings and discussions from the past 20 months. I moved the NEWS postings to the main site, accessible from the NEWS & BLOG tab in the navigation bar at the top of the site. I also created a new Testimonial page that combines many of the wonderful quotes we’ve received from users.
We again are hosting the Daily Tips feed from ArchiCADSelect.com – check it out from the TIP OF THE DAY link at the top right. These are wonderful quick little nuggets of goodness – you’ll like them!
I believe the new site will provide a better experience for users, and ensure that people who purchase MasterTemplate are easily able to find the Support Forum. It’s been a lot of work merging everything together and reconfiguring it in a coherent way, and I’m still not satisfied with the graphics but it will have to do for now.
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