Since i think that out main index page doesnt impress me at all, here are links to other distros websites:
Look at them carefully,with their layout,what information they provide,how it is updates,whats in it for the user to visit oftenly and stay there:
Main page shows: Users online,latest screenshots,The links are easy to view,because the list is not long,the fonts are visible, there is navigation at top...
Looks exactly as its forum,its all integrated into one. Good and easy navigation at top right corner,
Main page shows:
*latest comments,new forum topics,Latest packages at the repo,latest release page (link),active forum topics,login,who's online,Distrowatch latest post-- its like a god damn RSS,trying to show latest information of its user/info network and even other networks (such as distrowatch).
It has a filebrowser,which makes graphic files easy to access and list and organise...not only graphic files,any files.It has a "albums"page, which users can upload to.A documentation page with proper instructions in a wiki form (so others can update it,without having to write a whole new html and upload it)...Some of the links link directly to forum sections..Ads and paypal links are shown everything and the user doesnt notice them so much,because the overall look of the site and its layout are mostly the same whereever you go at it.http://www.sabayonlinux.org/
Has a GREAT design! Links are easy to find, main page looks impressive,its chat is easy to access without new users to have to start irc clients and set them up. I have to say that it immitates ubuntu's layout in a way.http://linuxmint.com/
Notice: Look at how important it is to show a flashy screenshot of the distro's latest version at the main page. Its what the user will first see when he or she visits it.And vector didnt even have a screenshot of its latest version for months and the newbie will have to dig it out from the links navigation somehow.http://www.zenwalk.org/
Let me be honest with you. Curent Zenwalk website puts curent VL website to shame. The colors are very well executed,the fonts in the banner arent ordinary, the banner's colors fit the color of the whole color scheme, Links are very well made and easy to navigate, we have light blue with vanilla yellow- soft colors (unlike what VL website had to offer)...
Lets talk about integration:
It has a rss link,loginbox,that shows how many users are online and new messages in inbox,recent news,there is alot of information shown in its right side,but unlike wolvix,its admin only posted system info...The screenshot of its brand new latest version is flashy and its at top- the first thing that you will see when you visit it- a screenshot of the desktop of its latest version..http://www.dreamlinux.com.br/english/index.html
Dream linux focuses exactly on that! Its main page exposes and shows-off the glossy desktop with screenshots!
Older vec site had a glossy kde-ish blue, which looks better than the curent Light-blue. Light blue shouldnt be everywhere on the site (a background color). It should be lighter and not so defined. It shouldnt be used as a bg color too.It looks good on the forum.If you manage to make it look the same at the website...