I also like when they rotate a handful of pages. It helps to give focus on various parts of Gaia without trying to cram it in all on one page. One can be about avatars, the next about the forums, and the next about shopping and games (that includes zOMG!). It would be the simplest way to include a few of those pages, show off what Gaia has to offer with spotlighted pages, and attract a wider audience.
As for which ones I liked best, I have to say that I wasn't that impressed with any of them. They seemed very simple and dumbed down. Here are the ones I liked the best though out of what was given:
A: simple how-to-do
B: 3 things to do
F: avatars 2
I: home 2
i like the anime one and the one about how many items there are ("we're not actually going to do the math" is so gaia's sense of humor XD), but i agree that using them all in rotation is the best idea. they all represent gaia in some way or another, and that way none of them go to waste and there's more variety on the front page.
My favorite favorite is H: Avatars 4. I don't know why, but it seems like I'd want to join the site with that one. I also like, F, G, & I. It shows a lot more of what Gaia is really centered around. It might be nice if ones like F, G, H, & I mentioned the forums somewhere. I know they rotate, but people might not really be willing to sit and watch them all.
All these selections are outstanding, I feel like you guys have really found your target audience and what people really enjoy about their avatars and Gaia.
I might avoid things like pointing to television shows and individual movie series, because you may alienate someone who hates those things, and attract only the people who like them. It also starts to build stereotypes about the people INSIDE Gaia. It's not as if we all enjoy Twilight and Harry Potter and talk about them all day long, and making a direct reference to it when they JOIN the site, may give them the wrong impression.
That said, this advertising is DEFINITELY a step in the right direction. I'd be proud to see just about any of these on the first page. Much better than that "be the real you" that looks like a mini-portrait of yourself. You've captured how I feel when I dress up, like I'm being somebody else. The internet cosplay XD
I'm not a fan of any of them for reasons that others have stated. I think that it's slightly misleading to show avatars decked out in old collectibles and cash shop items on the splash page; it took me a long time to figure out how to make any amount of gold on Gaia (granted, that was in the days when it wasn't raining down from above like it is now), and I know that if I kept seeing enticing images like that when I was thinking about joining I'd be disappointed when I finally got around to seeing how expensive they were.
I also think that the splash pages are dumbed down too much. Gaia's supposed to be attracting teenagers and adults, and it looks like the only ages they'll be attracting with those landing pages are about 10-14 - not individuals who are old enough to help support the site with donations and merch purchases.
On the other hand, there is a current landing page in rotation that I think is wonderfully entertaining. I love the big button and the rotating avatars that say things like, "I want to click so badly it feels like I have to pee." I think THAT landing page is cute, but not dumbed down so much that it won't appeal to older users.
My favorites are C (avatars) and D (anime)... "we're not going to do the math" was epic xd
However, I have some criticism about some of them. For example, all the ones that use Homes as backgrounds. Homes has been point less than forgotten in this site, we haven't had an update since 2007, and the flash is so weird that half the users cannot even use it. It's quite misleading to use them as the central focus if it's not anymore an important feature.
Also, some of the avatars you used are very, very misleading. There's an user there with an angelic halo I understand you want people to quest and use their time in the site and all that, but... let's face it, 99.99999% of the new users have no chance to ever get a halo. Maybe change the avatars for some more... uh... realistically affordable ones?
Other than that, I like the selection of pages, and I agree that rotating them is the way to go 3nodding
I see a few people commenting on the "Light or Dark" thing, whether it be positive or negative, but truthfully, some of the main items, especially MCs, are a choice between "Angelic and Nitemare/Demonic"
I think the idea represents the site well
hmmm to tell you the truth i dont like the how to first page.umm...because its telling new users that GAIA is about making money instead of connecting yourselves with other people and expressing your inner self or doing things you cant do in real life.