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Bonus TIPS for Successful Posting

Try a Search First
It is highly recommended that a Search be done on your topic before posting, as many questions have been answered in prior posts. As with any search engine, the shorter the search term, the more "hits" will be returned, but the more specific the search term is, the greater the relevance of those "hits". Searching for "table" might well return every message on the board while "tablesum" would greatly restrict the number of messages returned.

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    The new banner I am sure is lovely, but also annoying. Could we have an X button on it please?

    Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford

  • #2
    Re: New Banner

    My tablet skips about Robin with the banner.
    I believe the actual banner has been removed, but the frame is still there.
    Ted Giles
    Example Consulting - UK

    See our site for Alpha Support, Conversion and Upgrade.


    • #3
      Re: New Banner

      Banners like that are usually a plugin or a method to programmatically create it. They are both harder to remove than to install/build sometimes.
      Dave Mason
      Skype is dave.mason46


      • #4
        Re: New Banner

        Well I am thankful it does not do that on my iPad, but on my PC it is really annoying.

        Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford


        • #5
          Re: New Banner

          I do not have a clue as to what you are talking about. What new banner?


          • #6
            Re: New Banner

            There was/is a banner that pops up above the forum for advertising alpha products. Not a bad idea if properly done. This one was a bit big and somewhat unattractive to me.

            I am working on a new site for my own that is way way overdue! I just made a simpler header which is like a banner. Site is in Joomla and just started today, so lots of work yet. I even found a template for free that I liked so much, I actually paid money for the pro version.

            By the way, alpha products would be able to run behind a joomla website with very little work. Clients like it because they can log in and change graphics, test and such.

            Take a look at You can watch it take shape or not LOL.
            Dave Mason
            Skype is dave.mason46


            • #7
              Re: New Banner

              Very nice site Dave - could you perhaps use a proof reader?

              Discernment is not needed in things that differ, but in those things that appear to be the same. - Miles Sanford


              • #8
                Re: New Banner

                That's a beautiful website, Dave! But you should add an about page or similar.
                But very, very nice!
                AlphaBase Solutions, LLC



                • #9
                  Re: New Banner

                  Robin, there is always a chance to get some work off the application allstars site. signup is free. as work comes in, it is 100% shared to the members. Over time, that will be a lot. We get 400+(not bots) people a day on the 2 sites and about even between them. 163 applications have been downloaded from the store at this point and we only have 4-5 in there. 125+/- are alpha applications.

                  Thanks both of you. It is joomla and a JS theme. As cheap as I am, I found one I was willing to pay for.

                  I will have an about page soon. I started with a template and eliminated some and will remove a bit more before it is done. Mainly change the text on the modules and text spots, then change the menu names. easier that way. should go live in a week or so.
                  Last edited by DaveM; 03-13-2014, 09:27 PM.
                  Dave Mason
                  Skype is dave.mason46


                  • #10
                    Re: New Banner

                    Hi Dave,

                    Very nice web site design and keep up the good work. I would add a blog into it. It will be a very good SEO move.


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                    • #11
                      Re: New Banner

                      It ranks page 1 now. Just don't want to mess that up.
                      and Thanks
                      Dave Mason
                      Skype is dave.mason46