Hi everyone, I would greatly appreciate your feedback on my website. Any ideas, criticism, etc are very welcome. I am looking to constantly improve this website.
Now, my website is about questionably legal drugs called Research Chemicals (or designer drugs). It is only a discussion forum intended for people who are looking for information and to chat about regular stuff. It is completely legal, so no worries. The query "research chemicals" on google is fairly common and buying the domain name should give me an edge over other websites without this in their name. So hopefully the SEO benefits from buying the domain name are great. I have submitted my website to several search engines and I am waiting for them to index it.
As you can see, I'm using the newest version of vBulletin: Version 4.0.2. A few years ago I bought a 3.0 forum license and it was only a small fee to move to upgrade to the next version. I used some of the benefits of vBulletin, like mod re-writing the URLs. If you make note of the links, they are optimized for SEO (http://forums.xisto.com/no_longer_exists/ instead of http://forums.xisto.com/no_longer_exists/). vBulletin now has a CMS and blog option which I installed and should be really useful for news and trip reports.
I created the banner in photoshop using radial gradients and a gradient stroke over the text. I might change the banner text soon though.
I decided to use Google Adsense since they have been quite good for me in the past.
The design of your website is great. Not too flashy yet not too simple to bore. You also made a good integration (corect me if I'm wrong) of the vBulleting with your template which makes it less obvious. Every bit of it seems to be well-though out. There's just one though. The google ad you placed in the footer is distracting. It might be your way to direct the eye to the ads, I don't know. But for me, it destroys your beautiful design. That's just what I think though..