Recent improvements

Last week saw the go-live of our version 6, including a whole bunch of improvements and new features.  Here’s a quick roundup:

Lock down your business listing
By popular request we now allow business owners to ‘lock’ their listing, so only they can update it.  You’ll need to be logged in to make changes to your claimed listing, but only you will have the power.  This change is automatically applied to all previous claims.  If you’ve not yet claimed your business listing, now’s the time to do it.  Everything else about claims remains the same.

Improved business pages

We’ve been working behind the scenes to bring you greatly enhanced business listing pages.  The new pages contain all the same information, but in a MUCH more friendly format, making them easier for consumers to use and helping you win more business.  Remember you can use them to ‘invite reviews’ for your business, so why not ask your best customers to review your business right now.  Check out the new look by searching for your business, search here.

Improved search results pages
Also under the microscope last month were the search results pages.  “Give us maps!” you said, and maps we’ve given you: try a search now and see how the results get mapped out for you.  NB: to see something really interesting try a global search (hit the ‘globe’ icon) and do a worldwide search for a common tag like “bank” or “artist”.

New ‘end pages’
We’ve changed EVERY single page that you reach at the end of every process; everything from adding a business, to inviting people to review it (there were 18 in total).  Every page now has a much more affirmative message that confirms what you just did, plus a set of ‘useful links’ that let you do the next most logical things.  So, for example, after you’ve added a business you’ll see an explanation of how you can claim the listing, and you’ll get the links to allow you to do stuff like: visit the business page, claim the business listing, review the business, invite friends to review the business, add another, etc.

New CAPTCHA pages
We had a lot of fun with this one (not!).  This is the second page you reach when you make any contribution, the one where you used to have to select whether you were a regististered user, or not, and if you wanted an account.  On reflection those three radio buttons were always a bit confusing, far too much to take in.  Now you just get a very simple page that has a ‘right side’ and a ‘left side’ (very much like the way PayPal does it); left side is for members (email, passsword and captcha), and right side is for non-members (email, confirm email, captcha) – you just fill in whatever is appropriate.  Much simpler.

New Help pages
We’ve also completely revamped our help pages, making them easier to search and navigate to find the answers to your frequently asked questions.  We’ll continue to add to and enhance the help pages so, if you have a question, you’ll most likely find the answer right there.  If you can’t find the answer you need then tell us and we’ll get right on it for you.  Check out the new help pages, click here.

Come back for more updates, and remember to review any local businesses you use in the next week.