Aiste is a talented designer, based in Lithuania, who has been knitting since her childhood. She has won awards and continues to participate in design competitions. She jokes that she's knitted enough to dress several football teams.
Over the years, she launched multiple websites and forums and finally landed in Wix with a site she named Vilnonis. The word Vilnonis, translated from Lithuanian to English, means woolen. Aiste generously shares her patterns and knitting techniques. You can also buy knitting patterns and find free instructions, handbooks and lookbooks.
About the Forum
The forum is an inspirational source for knitters, fiber artists, and fashion designers. Aiste shares advice, trade secrets, and answers knitting-lovers' questions. You can also buy knitting patterns and find free instructions, tutorials ad lookbooks.
She also keeps members updated about her personal projects. Aiste should be proud of having a super friendly and responsive community that admires each other's work!
What the Wix Forum team likes about this Forum
Old posts get closed. Aiste closes outdated discussions, rather than deleting them. This means her users can still read the content but isn't able to comment on less relevant posts.
Award members with badges. Badges are great for community engagement. Using badges to celebrate and cheer for special members takes this forum to the next level.
Tips from the site owner
Aiste kindly shared her experience of building, growing, and maintaining a successful forum community.
Everyone deserves to be heard. Aiste begins by saying, "Be better and somewhat more interesting than other forums. There's huge competition in the knitting world, so innovation and uniqueness are essential elements for keeping members engaged and interested. Let your members share their opinions, even if you don't agree with their viewpoint. Let them be heard and respond to them when they interact with content or discussions. Other important characteristics for forum owners are goodwill, a sense of humor, and the ability to solve conflicts."
Constant activity is crucial. Aiste emphasizes key factors when growing a forum, "The activity in the forum is core. Did a member get an answer? Did they learn anything new? Inactive and abandoned forums do not engage anyone." Aiste keeps her categories structured clearly, only creating new categories only when they are necessary, as she thinks that dozens of empty categories will scatter the attention of readers. Key takeaways from Aiste's forum include creating categories only when they are vital, being proactive, and staying responsive.