Monday, October 31, 2005

Why I replaced my Neoboard with a Cbox

I tried the Neoboard for a while, and frankly, being faithful to my "spend $ 0" policy when it comes to blogging, I don't intend to upgrade to the premium version.

I enjoyed being part of the Neo community. It's amazing how you come across people who are different in most ways, and still most of them always have nice words to say to each other, truly amazing. I enjoy the international, multilanguage sides of the Neo people. And also I have to say, the way they communicate with the users and the prompt responses (in most cases), just great! They have many satisfied users.

I haven't told you about LittleNeo and his List. Being part of LittleNeo's List is a good way to get new visitors to your site and also to discover other web sites from around the world. A great feature to keep the people coming to NeoWORX and maybe the only reason why my Neoboard was still on the sidebar until recently. I discovered interesting blogs over there, most interestingly is the number of blogs that I already knew that I've seen on LittleNeo's list, actually it's not surprising since they do, for most, use the much appreciated NeoCounter.

I have had a few problems with the NeoBoard though. They tell you that during the trial period you have all the premium features but I hardly succeeded in customizing my NeoBoard. The US flag always shows even when I uncheck the "show my flag" box brrrr... irritating. But I was living with it. At some point, Meq was unable to post messages (oh you don't know Meq? check out the Little Pieces). Then, I was unable to post myself. Still this also allowed me to experience one of the good things about the Neoworx service, all I did was go to their homepage and post a message on the message board they have there to tell them about my problem, a little while later, it was working. It's amazing how they actually take the time to read and answer to the people who post messages there! I wonder how long they can keep this up. Oh yes and did I mention that they have multilanguage user support. Though it surprised me that there weren't more messages on the NeoBard at the NeoWORX homepage.

Before I knew it, my 14 day trial period was over and I saw giant ads on my Neoboard, and a message saying the Neoboard would be back in a few minutes, it bothered me quite a bit, but it was the free version after all...

Well I was thinking about having two message boards on the side bar! I don't think it's prohibited but probably it would confuse my visitors. I've discovered the Cbox, and I want to try it out for a while, it looks a bit more sober and customizations are easily made, I hope it will last longer than my NeoBoard.

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