Finally we are adding some flare to Claja design; new colors, contrasts, a few curves here and there and the addition of our home search box a la’ Microsoft’s Bing. Just to show that great results from modern techniques using CSS, XHTML, Java and PHP don’t require a billion dollar design team- only patience, research, practice and time. We need more Jamaican webmasters, designers, and developers to follow suit; don’t you agree?
On another note, we are still working on YouTube video compatibility in posts. Taking a bit longer to code than expected, but it should be fully functional by week’s end. You will be able to embed at least 2 videos per post, providing everything goes as planned.
If you have any issues with the Claja ‘facelift’ or ideas on media integration including YouTube, please comment or try our feedback forum.
You may not notice the changes at first, but keep in mind we are staying true to the promise of user-friendliness.
Due to all the fun, games, prizes and giveaways; Claja fan’ship is growing at an alarming rate on Facebook. We have recently passed the 500 fan mark in just about 2 weeks. 94% of our fans are from Jamaica, if Claja continues to grow at such a pace we may be one of the top Jamaican pages on Facebook within a few months.
We also post various “Admin’s Picks” throughout the day; selected randomly from our most professional and detailed Jamaican listings.
More fans = efficient feedback + extra exposure for user posted ads
Become a fan of Claja…
After virally’ searching the Internet for similar services (our competition), my view on the state of Jamaican Classifieds and web services has only been re-inforced; most small business/sites bombard viewers with advertising, clouding their actual value. When will our webmasters realize that core SEO and social media integration will produce a better bottom line, even while scaling back their ineffective advertising efforts. Furthermore, the use of graphics, colors and java has it’s limits before they affect user-friendliness. Don’t get me wrong, I am not bashing out on other services, the ones who fall under the scope know who they are.
I have noticed many services experimenting with CMS use, blogging software and social media, and I commend them for it. But how many are creating their own? As an island nation some expect us to lag behind in technological advancements- I do not. Technology and information moves at a rate exponentially faster in a modern web x.0 world. As an island nation, with a smaller population, we should be able to adapt to new technologies faster (ie Singapore, Caymans, Ireland).
At Claja, we pledge not to force our user’s ads into competition with our own, while employing new standards and technologies only when they provide a real functional benefit to our users. (period)
I know, I know… the help section was to be up from day-one; we never expected the site to be found and used before marketing. We have combine help and frequently asked questions about claja here.
If you feel we missed anything, please don’t hesitate to share.
Now back to the Super Bowl…