Update: The Beta site is now open again with updates based on your feedback! Please post a comment with more suggestions or if you find any bugs.
I’ve been blogging about deals since 2004, though when I started it was at the ever-so-catchy ctownbochur.blogspot.com, later ctownbochur.com, and then ctowndeals.com.
I had always wanted DansDeals.com, but the owner of that domain never responded to my inquiries about its availability.
So I waited until the domain expired and registered the domain name in April of 2007 for all of $10.
I did all of the work for the new site on my own and launched it in August 2007. You can probably tell that I have no design background 😉
Back then people still used Blackberrys and RAZRs, mobile web design wasn’t exactly on anyone’s mind.
In 2007 a big traffic day meant several hundred visitors. Today, tens of thousands of people visit every day. There are over 100,000 social media followers on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook Page, and the Facebook Group. I’m most proud that it was all done via word of mouth.
We have more new features in the works, so stay tuned.
Change is never easy. I hate it when sites I use change things for the worse. The new AMEX site and the new United site are prime examples of sites that have changed for the mobile age, but stripped away critical functionality in the process.
The new DansDeals look will likely take time to get used to, but hopefully you’ll find the core functionality has improved whether you’re browsing from a computer or mobile device.
If you don’t like the new excerpts found on the home page you can click on the settings gear to toggle back to legacy view, where you can view posts in their entirety. Plus you can even skip to the next post when in legacy view, so that you can maintain the current DansDeals format and take advantage of faster browsing.
The site is still in beta mode, and there will be more changes made and bugs that have to be fixed. But your feedback is important to us, so before we go live, I’d love to know what you think about the new site. All feedback is most welcome, especially any bugs, glitches, suggestions, and positive feedback is appreciated too.
If you do come across a bug, please post what device, browser, and screen size you are using when describing the bug. You can email screenshots of bugs to JJ@DansDeals.com.
Thanks for your help!