Posted by Jerry:
If you point your internet canons to whydontweownthis.com you’ll see the site has a fresh new haircut and outfit for fall, coding compliments of the one and only LOVELAND Larry. All the auction information is fully updated for round 2 (registration is now open, btw), we’ved cleaned the gum wrappers out of the glove compartment, and added a few new super powers. Huzzah!
The first thing you’ll notice is the homepage has been condensed to focus on the search bar, the map, and the site activity feed. We’re trying to get everything out of the way so that when you hit the site on your desktop or your phone, you just have to glance to see what’s new, hit one button (the circle target) to see what’s going on where you are, and type in an address or cross streets to see what’s up there.
When you search, we now automagically create a quarter-mile neighborhood boundary around you, with a local data dashboard underneath. Just copy and paste the link for easy sharing with your neighbors. BAM! Now you’re playing with power! Here’s an example link.
Note also better thumbnail imagery, and with the new checkbox under the map you can simply view and sort properties by status like what sold at round 1, what has bids or no bids, what was supposed to be auction but got withdrawn, whether it’s a structure or a vacant lot, and residential or commercial. Not too shabby.
When you’re signed into WDWOT via LOVELAND or Facebook, the neighborhood drawing tools are now baked into the upper right of every map on the site. So when inspiration strikes and you want to see, save, and share just what’s going on in a very particular part of the city, you can quickly click to draw points around it, and we’ll give you the link with a data dashboard to boot. Neato!
Finally, we’re juuuust starting to build out a new Resources section of the site to list interesting and relavent things we think will add value to city thinkers, prospective property owners, and the people who love them. The first couple sections are Jobs & Services and Further Reading. If you have things to list here just email us at email@example.com, and if you have ideas for other kinds of resources, same. Right now they’re totally naked, so be prepared, and no laughing, please.
Please let us know what you think of all this at firstname.lastname@example.org, and if there’s anything we can add, fix, or edit to make your life better (at least the parts that are relavent to all this — we particularly “like” hearing what you think stinks, because it helps us improve, so please let us know when you hit walls, get frustrated, the internet tubes leak, etc).
High fives from everyone at LOVELAND, and thanks for reading!