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    Escouts past, present and future

    As most of you now know escouts has changed a lot in the past few years and in the process we are growing and hopefully improving the community.

    What we want to know from you, is what YOU find useful/good, what you don't use, what could be added and generally how we could improve.

    With your feedback hopefully we can continue to improve and increase the size of escouts.

    Thanks

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    First and foremost i think few will disagree with me that Escouts provide an outstanding service. When i was looking around for webspace to put my website on, a service of a simular standard would have cost a lot of money! The support lines, through the forum or the help desk are great, and always get a quick response.

    I think its difficult to find faults with the service, so its probably best not to fiddle around with it too much!

    The one comment i do have comes from a 'new user' perspective. When i first discoverd and started using the service, i found it a bit 'messy' and confusing navigating through the way that the 'about escouts' info and basic set-up website advice is displayed in the locked forums, specially if i wanted to return to a page later. Maybe if you're after ideas to make the site tidier and easy to use for new users a new 'front' could be put in the site - a standard webpage with all the info about who escouts are and what they do, basic faq's and that sort of thing. Then have links from there to this Forum and other parts of the service? Maybe its an idea for a rainy day (or two!)

    This is only a suggestion (not a complaint or critisism!). Lets here what others think!

    Regards,

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    Chris,

    Thank's for your comment's, let's see what others want/like!

    YiS

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    i currently dont have a site hosted by escouts, however i did the last time you offered hosting, as you will know.

    the support was brill, and looking at the posts in the support forum this hasnt changed.

    the site is growing bigger and better, however there should be some way of deleting registed users on the forums if they have no posts and have been registed for a long time, there are a number of accounts just sat there with no posts and no activity for over 6 months, its ok saying we have ### may registed users but what you get rid of the non-using registed users this would be a better number, and you would know how many people actually use the forums.

    the regional forums seam to be working well, the Yorkshire and Humberside forum is growing and has alot of posts, the others are not far behind.

    one thing i would suggest is some section forums, or public groups, just so we can post news or events etc or just news to the people who need it without boring the people that have nothing to do with it.

    whats everyone else think
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    I started using Escouts way back even before you got your Post Nuke syetem in You know, purple background! And back then it was good, now it is even better. When I saw the new Escouts hosting didn't offer Cpanel, I thought o dear! But after using Direct Admin for a bit, it is a good and stable control panel, nice clean sleek design, and the features are good too.

    The thing in my opinion that could be made better is well perhaps a Scouting logo on the header, as when you immediatly log on, there is only the name Escouts, no Scouting logo.

    The main things I find useful about this website is the good leval of support and participation in the forum, we have many funny people with a good sense of humour, and some quite funny avatars and smilies such as lol.

    Good job !!! O yeah, and perhaps you could shrink an arrow head and make it into one of those smilies.... otherwise, great!
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    I remember the days of escouts with cpanel, that was a while ago...Direct Admin does just as good a job in my opinion...but yep, remember the purple background.... or even way back when it had a largely blue theme if my memory serves me correctly...

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    Quote Originally Posted by LDES
    some quite funny avatars
    I'm Always one to ablige...!

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    http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.escouts.org.uk

    That'll link will take you back in time.

    As regards Cpanel/directadmin. Directadmin is cheaper and more user friendly. Cpanel is a bit bewilldering to many.

    As we have found out about directadmin though the specialist knowledge is not as easy to obtain at a reasonable price

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    Watch out as DirectAdmin matures - it'll be more and more popular!
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    Indeed

    Frankly its the competition CPANEL needs!!!!!!!!!

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    just been looking at the archives of escout - wow what an improvement!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bloory
    Watch out as DirectAdmin matures - it'll be more and more popular!
    Having used both CPanel and DirectAdmin, i'm puzzled to why everyone raves so much about the CPanel interface. DA seems to be so much more professionally put together and is much easier to use and understand (the help instructions actually make sense!)

    Rock on DirectAdmin!

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    I think it's the case that CPanel is less intuitive but more direct. I would compare the two like this: -

    CPanel is like the classic view of COntrol Panel in Windows - easy to get to stuff but you need to know what you are after

    DA is more like the categorised view, with things grouped more sensibly but slightly less configurable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marcus
    I think it's the case that CPanel is less intuitive but more direct. I would compare the two like this: -

    CPanel is like the classic view of COntrol Panel in Windows - easy to get to stuff but you need to know what you are after

    DA is more like the categorised view, with things grouped more sensibly but slightly less configurable.
    I agree. I too have used both and CPanel is defenately MUCH more for people who know what they are looking for and direct admin is perfect for noobies

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    Wow yes those archives do bring me back years!!

    And when I was talking about CPANEL & Direct Admin, I meant that Cpanel X is so well used now, it's nice to see a change.
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