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New Filter Feature added to CabinQuest.US

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It has been a long time coming. I always thought that CabinQuest should have a filter feature where the user could select certain search criteria such as the number of bedrooms, price or customer rating of the cabins they are searching for. So I have spent the last development cycle creating the filter feature.

I looked on the Internet to see if I could find certain design qualities that made for a good filtering system. One of the main aspects I was concerned about was affecting the speed of the site. Currently over 90 percent of my pages are delivered in a second or less. My search wasn’t very productive so I just laid out the plan as simply as I could.

I needed a group of selection fields that would post selection values back to the page. I needed to store the selection and use it to drive the creation of two things. First was to build new dynamic queries that would persist the selections across all of the pages that the user went to. Second was to calculate the new results in every instance. Creating two PHP functions to provide both of those features I was soon returning filtered data to the web page and updating statistics to help the user determine whether they needed to refine the selection criteria or not.

I like these types of features because they give me different types of information to look at. For example when I select 2 bedrooms in the filter and then select different states I start seeing some states with many 2 bedroom cabins and some with none. So then the question becomes, can I start marketing to cabin owners based on that type of information. Or would cabin owners look at that and understand that simply updating their listing information can give the consumer a better chance of finding them.

This feature is getting released this afternoon, so I’ll update you later on the affects that I see from it.


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September 12th, 2015 at 5:52 pm

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