Date Ranges are Back!

When we completely overhauled the NameBio site back in February we removed the date range filter from the advanced search form. There were a number of reasons for this which I’ll get into below, but the long and short of it is that I’m pleased to announce date ranges are back due to popular demand!

Why We Removed Date Ranges

In an effort to improve the user experience we decided to no longer require users to register and log in to use the site; a policy which was initially implemented to prevent bots from scraping the data we go to so much trouble to collect. Instead we decided to limit searches to 100 results per query.

However, to prevent bots from walking back through the data one day at a time all the way to the end of our data set we also had to remove the date range selector. Based on server logs it did not appear to be a feature that many people used anyway.

Feedback Was Swift

Within hours of re-launching the site we started getting requests to bring back the date range selector. Over the following months we received dozens of requests so it was clear that something had to be done, but we had to figure out a way to do it that both served the users and protected our work.

In talking to our power users to understand how they were using the date ranges we were shown a number of use cases.

One user was working on market research and wanted to see how a specific category of domains was trending one year to the next.

Another user who visits our site daily as part of his domaining routine would sometimes miss a day or two, and he wanted to be able to go back and see the results that he missed.

Several others wanted to be able to sort by price descending to see the highest sales for a query, but not have dozens of really old sales mixed in that they felt were too stale to use as comps.

There were a number of other examples but these were the most salient.

The Solution

After listening to the feedback it became clear that nobody wanted to be able to go far back in time to a specific date or range of dates, for example wanting to see sales from March 3rd, 2011 to May 8th, 2014. Most wanted specific dates in the very recent past, or broad ranges for doing market research. At this point a solution became clear.

Rather than allowing users to select exact “from” and “to” dates of a range, we created a drop-down menu with pre-populated options. The first grouping is specific dates going back five days. The next grouping contains rolling selections like “Past Week”, “Past Month”, “Past Year”, and “Past Five Years” for keeping the results fresh. The final grouping is specific years going all the way back to the start of our data for doing market research.

I hope this change makes the site easier for you to use. If you have any questions or requests relating to the new date range filter please let me know in the comments below. If there are other features you would like to see, please contact us.

4 thoughts on “Date Ranges are Back!

  • By Vincent Jacques - Reply

    Yeee Haaa! Awesome to hear Michael! I’m one who loves the feature and really glad it’s back!

  • By Daniel Szalok - Reply

    Thank you for making this change, but the “old” Namebio was more useful. I could add start date, end date, exact range (e.g. from $150 to $250), and – what is most important – I could see ALL the results, not just 100. Yes, only 20ish results could be seen on one page, but all the data were available. Would it be possible to re-add the “lost” features? I’m sure many of the domainers would pay a fair price to be able to use the “old” Namebio (I know I would).

    • By Michael Sumner - Reply

      Daniel,

      I’m sorry to hear you don’t like the new site, the feedback we’ve received so far has been overwhelmingly positive and we haven’t had anyone offer to pay us to use the old site. In fact you’re the first person who told me he likes the old site more. Visitors are happy with the site being much faster, being mobile friendly, being able to copy/paste data from the results table, having many more sales added daily and consistently, being able to search by category, etc.

      You can search for an exact price range, it is the field group appropriately called “Price Range” which has two boxes with the word “to” in the middle. The first box is for the low end of the range and the second box is for the high end of the range. Not only could you enter $150 to $250, you can use letter shortcuts for thousands and millions. So if you wanted to search $1,000 to $5,000 you could just enter 1k to 5k for short.

      Most people who are searching for comps don’t know the exact date something sold because they don’t know in advance the historical sale they’re looking for, so specific dates are unnecessary. They just need options like “past month” or “past year” to keep it fresh and relevant. Others who need date ranges for trend research have been able to manage with the predefined options we have available. What are you trying to do? Maybe we can adjust the date options.

      Some of the limitations like 100 results are a necessity arising from not requiring users to log in any more and not hiding the prices in images which prevents copying the data. We’ve had individuals hit our site 100,000+ times over the span of a couple days, it’s unfortunate when a few bad apples ruin things for everyone.

      As it stands, only about 3% of visitors even make it to page 9 out of 10 pages of results, so more than 97% of people are not hindered by the 100 results limit. You said you want to be able to view all the results, would you actually read through thousands and thousands of sales for one specific search? We are probably going to have paid accounts eventually that can access more of the data.

      • By Daniel Szalok - Reply

        Dear Michael,

        I really appreciate your quick response! I admit that the site looks nicer, cleaner and it’s faster than the old one. Thank you for explaining the background of the limitations, now I completely understand why the team decided to make those changes.

        The reason why I need “all” the data is that I used to use very specific filters to find (available) domain names that had a decent sale price a few years ago, registered them, and tried to sold them on the market. It was more like a hobby than a business, a “treasure hunt” that earned me like 10 bucks a month in 2014 🙂

        I know your site has not really been created for that purpose, so I understand if you don’t change the current features. I’m very interested in the paid account, though 🙂

        Thanks again for replying to my message, and I wish you all the best with the site 🙂

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