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boards.ie latest: hires and hiring; doubling visits since 2005

I’m happy to announce that Gerry Shanahan has recently been appointed as Managing Director of boards.ie Ltd. We are also now looking for a full-time tech developer with LAMP expertise.

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boards.ie has increased its daily visits from 30k per day in November 2005 to around 60k per day at present. Thanks to all our readers, posters and moderators for your continued support.

+3B-BB=1B:( Away at BarCampIreland, boards.ie EGM and BlogTalk Reloaded

Yes, it may look like some geek code, but the three Bs are the three events I’ve been attending this weekend:

  • BarCampIreland: Yesterday morning / afternoon in Cork, I enjoyed meeting all the people at our first BarCamp event in the country, and many thanks to Damien, Conor and Walter for all the organising. Met some new people and some regulars: Damien, Conor, Ed, Piaras, John, Vincent, Mark, Donncha, Gavin, Ryan, Emmet, Diarmaid, Michele, Marcas and Gavin. Unfortunately I didn’t get to meet other friends, seeing as my car rental was three hours late, I missed the morning sessions and time was short… Oh well! My talk on SIOC went okay I think, lots of questions and some good chats afterwards – thanks! I’ll upload the PDF to my presentations page shortly.
  • boards.ie EGM: The directors of boards.ie had our second meeting of the year last night in Dublin, which went pretty well. Lots of things discussed and plans made.
  • BlogTalk Reloaded: And today, I’m in Vienna where things are gearing up for the BlogTalk conference. We had a pre-event drinks session tonight, where I met many attendees including Thomas, Jan (organisers), Paolo, Monica, Jeremy, Ray, Graham, Sara, Ton, Wolfgang, Elmine, Anne, Jeroen, Udo and Alex. Looking forward to the sessions tomorrow and to meeting many more participants (including Stephanie who I’ve been talking to on the #blogtalk IRC channel).

So what’s the rest of the equation? It’s hard being away from home at this time, family and baby (BB), so I’m a lonely 1B tonight. But I’m making the best of the time away, as you can see from all that’s been crammed into the past 48 hours 😀

boards.ie page views increase by nearly 500,000 in August

I’m happy to say that the number of people visiting boards.ie increased substantially in August. We’ve been averaging at about 7.5 to 8 million page views for the past few months; this increased to nearly 8.5 million in August. (These figures include visitors to our adverts.ie subsite.)

Average: 7.14 P/V
Visits: 1,186,247
Page views: 8,468,102

These figures have not been certified, but looking at the recent audits from ABC Electronic, this would put us in eighth place behind Pigsback.com and IrishJobs.ie. Thanks to everyone for your support!

adverts.ie Classified Ads Service from boards.ie Out of Beta

From my boards.ie announcement yesterday (ooh, I like today’s date, 20-06-2006!):

Dear all –

As part of our migration towards our new adverts system at adverts.ie, we are beginning to disable our old FS forums. I had considered moving all of the old FS items into the new adverts system, but this would be overly complicated (and due to the differing database structures it would also involve the loss of some associated metadata). Therefore, running both systems in parallel was a better option, and now that the new system has been well tested, we can maintain an archive of previous FS items at the old forums.

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You will be unable to post a new thread on the FS forums to sell an item. If you wish to sell a new item, please do so at adverts.ie. The categories are almost identical to those on the old FS forums.

You may continue to reply to any items in the old FS forums for a limited time.

Main Issues Addressed

I’m happy to say that we have addressed all the main highlighted issues on adverts.ie, and I think we’ve made a much better system as a result. Of course, small things WILL go wrong, but look at the progress so far and I’m sure you’ll share in my confidence that such things can and will be fixed…

We’ve also created a Sin Bin category (hidden) where our Adverts Moderators or AMods can move rubbish to. The top-level AMods (Blade, CuLT, Lemming) have banning powers for the site, and we will ban troublemakers, touts and traders. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them (hint: the Adverts Support forum), maybe you can ask the A-Team.

Sophisticated Creation and Viewing Options

We now have custom fields for things like price, county, etc. when you create an advert, which will help us in future to easily display items for sale in certain regions, price ranges, etc. Also, our “Tag Cloud” allows you to easily locate adverts that have been “tagged” with particular keywords.

You can now sort all items by the latest comment, and the total number of comments and last poster / date is also shown (this was the most requested feature).

We’ve also prevented advert posters from replying to their own adverts for 24 hours (to prevent premature bumping up of items).

The “blocky” look is gone – lists of adverts are now more like the forums, and you can see an image of the item for sale by moving the mouse over the image icon on the left hand side if it is shown.

Printable PDF pages and RSS feeds available

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We’ve also introduced a new PDF printable sheet which I am very happy with – now you can take your FS or Wanted items to the convenience or whereever with you 😉

There’s also a corresponding RSS feed for each category for your syndicating pleasure.

Both the PDF and RSS links can be found on the main adverts.ie page beside each category (the red and orange icons respectively).

Where is this new-fangled thang?

Go to http://www.adverts.ie/.

Also, you can navigate to the new categories from the DHTML menu under “Shop”.

I hope that together we can make adverts.ie a success. We’ve had over 45,000 items placed by 8,000 users on the old FS forums (over six years), and already in our beta phase we have 1,250 adverts from 675 users on the new site (over the past few months). These figures are very encouraging, and I’m looking forward to seeing these trends continue.

Remember, it is free to place an advert at adverts.ie, and will remain so. Extra options for adverts (bolding, italicising, highlighting) may appear later on in certain categories (e.g. motors) for a small fee, but the ads themselves will still be free.

Thanks for your continued cooperation, and enjoy the new service!

John.

boards.ie Search Now Powered by BoardTracker.com

Forum search with BoardTracker.com

Last August I blogged about a “Technorati for Bulletin Boards” and how forums could make use of tagging, just as blogs have done. About three weeks ago, I heard about BoardTracker, and they’ve done just that, and more!

So BoardTracker is a search engine for bulletin boards, allowing you to find specific information from discussion communities. But they’ve gone beyond being a vertical search engine by creating PHP modules for specific bulletin board systems such as phpBB, vBulletin and Invision Board that allow you to integrate their bulletin board search functionality directly into your site (thereby relieving bulletin board servers of the added load of search). Also, they’ve written the nifty tagging for bulletin board posts I was on about, allowing cross-forum and cross-site tagging of post content! (Now to look at how SIOC can fit in with this…)

We’ve installed BoardTracker search at boards.ie, and now have a nice tag cloud on our front page. Interesting to see that the 20 main tags used so far (on ~800 tagged threads) are:

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eBay Sandwich: boards.ie Climbs to #14 in Ireland Rankings

boards.ie – Now Ye’re Talkin’

I blogged about boards.ie being #16 in Alexa’s top 50 web rankings for Ireland about three weeks ago…

Despite having some fairly major load problems with our servers over the past month, we’ve still managed to climb two places and are now sandwiched between eBay Ireland and eBay UK in the rankings of popular sites in Ireland.

Our overall site rank is an impressive 9,689 (up 9,162 places).