Friday, February 27, 2009

Dex Now Knows More

This little project took about 12 hours.

I put a ad at the bottom of the Community Color web sites. The goal of my site is to list all of the web sites from towns. DexKnows lists businesses.

There is a nice symbiotic relation here. If you can find a local web site, perhaps you can still find what you are looking for in the yellow pages. just did a major upgrade of their site, which required that I change all of the links on my site.

To add functionality, I spent the day matching all of my categories to the DexKnow keywords. The box is now prepopulated with both the town name and the DexKnows search term that best matches my category name.

If you choose a page in the directory (say Moab Art). The DexKnows Box at the bottom of the page is populated with the keyword "artists" and the town name Moab. Simply clicking the logo in the box will execute the search.

If you went to Boulder Cycling you will find the box prepoplated with the term "bicycling" and Boulder, Co for the town.

It took about 18 hours to match the category and keywords. Hopefully this little bit of functionality will improve the directory experience. If not, I killed two days for nothing.

Being a good programmer, I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning to roll out the change into production.

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