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New Site Changes! 11 May 2013 15:31 #1

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Our site was down for a short while last night for uprading while we implemented a lot of new features coded in recently. There may be a few bugs to be ironed out still that we are not aware off. Currently we are experimenting with not having a news section and having featured reviews in its place instead.

Some of the key features already added:
  • Newer, slick design on category and listing pages.
  • Easy to see rating score on every page
  • Ability to add photos / videos to your review.
  • Video Gallery
  • Public Transit directions with maps

Still to come - Improved Blog/Articles layout

Last 5 articles by author

Anyway here are the differences in screenshots so new visitors can see what the old TSL looked like. R.I.P old tsl design!

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New Site Changes! 12 Jun 2013 06:49 #2

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12 June Site Changes

1. Review Directory Tree
This is experimental at appears on the right sidebar of review pages. It aims to help users find stuff easier.

2. Reworked navigational menus.
I tried to reduce the clutter and make it more intuitive. You can also access guides from each section easily now by clicking on the "Editorial Guides" menu link.

3. Image Walls
These guides have nice automated image walls being generated. Might improve the layout further.

4. Social Media Icons for Authors/Bloggers
They now appear in the article section. So fill them up if you haven't already! They look like this!



Perhaps I will add them to the review section shortly too, below the picture. I'm scared it will look too cluttered so I've been hesitating.

5. Added our site's social media icons to the top of the site.

6. Added category images. Wondering if this looks better.
Only the attraction category has this for now.

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There are a whole bunch of other changes to come.

1. Starting with our LOGO at the top. Its way too big so its going to go on a diet and I'll try to display the logo, search, and social media icons all in one short slick area.

2. Then maybe I will bring back tabs in the review pages because the reviews are way too far down now.

3. Most of the other changes will be internal / SEO.

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Till next update!
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New Site Changes! 17 Jun 2013 01:31 #3

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I've removed our comment system and replaced it with facebook comments.

Going trial run this and see if more people comment now! Grrrrrr!!!!!!
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New Site Changes! 12 Jul 2013 17:26 #4

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Looking good. :)
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New Site Changes! 17 Sep 2013 01:09 #5

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Point System Update:


New Listing 10 points >>>> Decreased to 8 points
New Review 8 points ======== Still 8 Points
New Review Comment 3 points >>>>>> Increased to 5 points
Referral System has been disabled (no1 used it)

We want to encourage more reviews, less listings and more comments from members about each other's reviews.
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New Site Changes! 18 Sep 2013 05:44 #6

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I've changed the sidebars and similar listing infrastructure a bit. Hope it provides better navigating on listing pages.

I will likely rework the main site navigation sometime in the future. Still can't figure out an effective solution :(
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New Site Changes! 13 Oct 2013 13:13 #7

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I've added in fields for twitter, instagram and youtube channels for listings.

I'm also experimenting with a worldwide listing system for some listings starting with travel destinations. YAY!
So lets add some listings and reviews there :)

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New Site Changes! 16 Nov 2013 17:57 #8

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I've made some cosmetic changes to the site. Most notable is how reading should now be easier. Font is darker and line spacing bigger. Drawback is the same content now occupies more space.

You can see the difference below!

Before




After

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New Site Changes! 20 Nov 2013 03:57 #9

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Did some internal changes to the site. You now will receive a notification email when someone leaves a comment on your review.

There is something buggy with the main page now and if you have difficulty logging in, please go to
www.thesmartlocal.com/profile/register to log in. All the problems will disappear when you log in.

It should be fixed shortly.

Update: All fixed but now there is a annoying registration bug.
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New Site Changes! 28 Nov 2013 15:44 #10

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Was trying to find out the address of Red Dynasty Paintball. And to my surprise found google listing our review page :) Was figuring out forever how to get on it. I still don't know. But it looks awesome there!

Thanks google!

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