Tips for creating interesting and engaging forum signatures include determining a concept relevant to the theme of the forum or the persona of the user, checking the image size and dimension requirements of the site and using animated graphics if possible. It may also help to use a combination of text and images or to use a relevant quotation.
Many forums allow users to create a custom signature that appears on the bottom of each post they make as a means of establishing a greater sense of identity, expressing personal interests or advertising a company or service. The first step to making such a signature is to check the requirements of the forum on which the user wishes to post the signature to find out its rules and restrictions, which typically begin with a maximum file size, image size and word count. This allows the user to design a signature that complies with the rules and avoid issues during the final steps of the process.
The user should also consider the theme of the forum to find inspiration for her signature and look for an overlap with her personal interests. For example, if the forum is for a particular video game and her persona on the site involves pandas, she may create a signature image that includes a character from the game along with images of the animals. Many sites allow users to create images specifically in compliance with common forum requirements and include drawing and editing tools that feature presets and templates.