So we’ve been working behind the scenes on a major upgrade to the InspectorSeek.com search engine, and I thought now was a good time to give y’all a little sneak peek of what’s in store. We just purchased a new, state-of-the-art web server that we’ll be moving the new site to. This server will mean that the search engine is faster to use and more reliable. We’re also working on a lot of infrastructure changes (nearly 85% of the code is being rewritten) to make the site faster and easier to use. And most importantly, we’ve been optimising the new site for search engines and integrating a lot of SEO/SEM techniques into the new system that will both help raise InspectorSeek.com to page one on most “find an inspector”-type search phrases, and also help raise our members’ web pages to page one.
We’re hoping to launch the site in 6 to 10 weeks. For right now you can see the new design and new branding. Keep in mind that this is only a mock-up—certain things are missing (CA provinces, real “about us” text) and nothing works. That said, I think it looks pretty darn good, and our initial user testing has shown nice improvements in the UX (user experience) department.
One last note—the new site will include some “predictive” search features that will automatically pull up search results based on location. So the area that says “Philadelphia Area Inspectors” will be different for each user (if you’re searching from Boston, for example, it will show “Boston Area Inspectors”). I’ll post more about this feature later.
OK, enough talk. Here’s the mockup: