Image by @Lea Welcome to FreeWebsiteTemplates.com! In order to ensure that the FWT experience is as pleasant and productive as possible for everyone involved, please abide by the following forum rules. #1 The Golden Rule – do unto others. FWT is a give-and-take community, so if we see that you’re willing to help others, we will definitely be willing to help you! Here are some simple ways you can get involved and help out around the forum while waiting for your request/question to be answered: Post in the Introductions forum. We won’t bite, we promise! We’d love to know what you think of the site – give us your feedback. Write a website review or two – you might find this guide helpful. Tell us about your favourite free web service, graphics site or software! Help answer your fellow members’ technical questions, or lend them your design expertise. You’ll find plenty of friendly folks to talk to in the General chat section. #2 Be polite and considerate. Please be courteous in all your dealings on this forum, just as you would in the offline world. Flaming, trolling or abusive behaviour will not be tolerated. Also bear in mind that our mods and members do have jobs/lives of their own and are voluntarily taking time out to help you, so a simple “please” or “thank you” can work wonders, particularly when you’re making a request (hint, hint). #3 Mind your (written) language. As a courtesy to other members, please write in complete sentences with proper punctuation and capitalisation as necessary. TYPING IN ALL CAPS IS THE ONLINE EQUIVALENT OF SHOUTING AND IS CONSIDERED EXTREMELY RUDE. You'll find that keeping your writing simple and to the point is often most effective in getting your message across. #4 Ask questions! If there’s something you don’t understand, don’t be afraid to ask. We want to make FWT a great place for everyone to learn, and you never know – the conversation sparked by your simple question just might be able to help someone else! Accordingly, if you have received help from the community, do remember to pay it forward by sharing any solutions you discover along the way on your thread. #5 Be descriptive. The same goes for making requests – take some time to really think about what it is you’re looking for, and then communicate your ideas to us. We’re not mind readers! The more information you can provide, the more likely you’ll be able to get exactly what you want. Relevant links, files or images (be sure to upload rather than embed these in your post so as to avoid broken links) are always helpful. Did you know you can also upload images from your computer by dragging and dropping them into your posts? Do try it out! #6 Make sure you post in the right section. You can’t get expert advice if said experts can’t find your thread. Be sure to post in the correct forum (you’ll see a short description of each forum as your cursor hovers over each forum title), and pick a helpful thread title that summarises what you need. Go for something like “Pet Shop Website Template Needed” or “How Do I Open .rar Files?” - threads entitled “help plz” or “URGENT!!!” aren’t very informative and are likely to be ignored. #7 Do not bump or double post. So you’ve posted your request and are wondering what to do next? Patience you must have, my young Padawan. Bumping, double posting or hijacking of someone else’s thread is rude (and quite frankly, annoying) behaviour, and will not be looked upon kindly. Make good use of your waiting time and go help around the forum instead. #8 No self-promotion/spamming. Note to spammers: FWT moderators are extremely attentive, so don't bother creating spam posts - they're likely to be removed almost immediately anyway! Posts advertising paid services or made for the sole purpose of promoting the poster's interests may be deleted without prior notice. In addition, any signatures containing links are subject to moderators' approval and may be removed if they are construed as spam. #9 Take copyright seriously. Do not ask our designers to make copies or ‘modified’ versions of existing logos/templates. Any content you want us to use in your new design must be copyright-free; otherwise, you may wish to approach the original creator of the item in question and get permission to use it. Similarly, you may notice a watermark on the design drafts posted for you – these are merely placed to protect the designer’s work, and will not be present in the final version. #10 Respect designers’ time & effort. When making requests, be sure to answer any queries your designer may have regarding your project within 5 days. Failure to do so may result in the deletion of any/all design drafts created for you, as well as the subsequent rejection of further requests. Do try to keep the number of design revisions you request to a minimum - no more than 3 at the most. Also, please note that if you intend to private message any of our designers, you may be required to pay for any custom work negotiated therein. Finally, be sure to show your appreciation by helping out around the forum in return for any assistance you have received! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- We hope you'll have a great time here with us at FWT. If you have any further questions or concerns regarding our policies, feel free to post below!