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July 18, 2004

Stores vs Store Listings

Today I had some fun!

It's hard to put on the "hat" of a Longears Mall "user" when I am also responsible for the "care and feeding" of LongearsMall.com

Today I thought I would pretend that I was a new visitor to the Longears Mall. The first thing that caught my eye was the menu choice that said "Stores, Store Listings and Classifieds".

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First I clicked on "Stores" and was presented with quite a number of pages of stores. I thought to myself, "This is probably not the most productive place for me to begin my experience as a "virtual tourist".

I next clicked on "Store Listings" and found a much more familiar directory of stores listed by category. Now that is what I expect to find when I visit a bricks-and-mortar mall or shopping center. For example, I would expect to find Barnes and Noble Booksellers listed under "Books". I might also want to search for them by name. Life is good.

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I thought to myself, "Internal to the Longears Mall system there are Stores that have Store Listings under specific categories, but don't people usually want to see what stores are listed under a particular category of interest? Wouldn't it make more sense to have one menu choice for Stores and Store Listings, and call it Stores? That way I click on the menu choice of Stores, and then select whatever category I want to visit. If I want to go directly to a specific store I can just type the name in the Search box. Great idea!"

It took about 30 minutes to test the change on our test copy of the Longears Mall. It passed with flying colors! Once that was done and checked, I made the changes to the "live" copy that you work with. That is why it now looks like this:

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Let me know through your comments here, or through orders@longearsmall.com, what you think.

You will also notice a new menu selection on the Stores and Classifieds menu. It is "Language Translator". Tomorrow we will be in for a treat!


Kristie Jorgensen

Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at July 18, 2004 09:17 AM

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