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.
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.
Michael Sumner is the CEO of NameBio.com, and is the lead developer at State Ventures which owns and operates geo domains such as OceanCity.com and Maryland.com. Michael is also the co-founder of DN Media, a company that has been involved in seven figures worth of domain name transactions.