By now you must have seen the new Classifieds and Recommendation sections on OurHood. Maybe you’ve even managed to sell a few items to your neighbours.

OurHood front-end developer, Micheal Botes gives us an overview of what work went into creating these new features that promote trade between you and your community.

Trade has been replaced by Classifieds, why this change?

To understand why we changed from trade to classifieds we need to take a look at what the definitions of those words are. Trade is ‘the action of buying and selling goods and services’. Classifieds is defined as  ‘small advertisements placed in a newspaper and organized in categories’. Based on these definitions it allows us more freedom in what we can post in these sections, trade felt limited to just buy and sell, where as Classifieds as a semantic allows us a platform to expand in the future. For example, classifieds could be a self- managed advertorial where users in a hood can advertise their own business or setup their own space where they can offer their communities a service or exposure of other services or goods.

Based on these definitions it allows us more freedom in what we can post in these sections. Trade felt limited to just buying and selling, where as Classifieds allows us a platform to expand in the future. For example, classifieds could be a self- managed advertorial where users in a hood can advertise their own business or setup their own space where they can offer their communities a service or exposure of other services or goods.

What exactly changed?

All trade related post types and interactions were all rewritten to become a broadened platform which is now Classifieds. We took the same code and modified and shifted things around and shook off all the old bugs with posting and experimented with having a dedicated post page.

What features do Classifieds have now that Trade didn’t?

On the surface we wanted things to be similar to other Classifieds services out there or not make Ourhood that much different from other services that work. We added a few more categories such as Give or Trade, and have allowed our users the freedom to set a price for the items they’re selling.

We took what we learnt from Trade and expanded it. We now have a dedicated space for Classifieds, to give more of a showcase for items listed. Whatever you could do with Trade you can do in Classifieds but have a dedicated space that we can improve on in the future.

What does Recommendations entail?

Recommendations has become its own, new post type. We paid attention to our users and noticed that people were often using General posts as a way to set up recommendations. As the popularity of these post styles increased we decided to make a dedicated post type for recommendations with its own standard form. 

Were there any challenges in building these new features?

With Classifieds, most definitely. We hadn’t touched the posting sections in so long that we had no idea how our changes would affect other places on the site, such as editing a Trade post or making sure the correct information was displayed. When I first added a price option to trade posts, these prices were appearing where they shouldn’t. But after running through it again, we managed to fix this issue. 

We would love to hear from you

We would love feedback on what our site. Any suggestions, comments or questions are always welcomed. Email us on [email protected] We are very excited to see everyone using these new features.

Stay tuned for OurPets and a new updated your profile section.

Your friendly neighbours at OurHood. 

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