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New Island Market Online Classifieds better than ever!

Date Posted: 2002-11-30

On Monday morning, the latest edition of the Island Market Online Classifieds was finished and added to our website at www.japanupdate.com. For those familiar with the previous editions, we have made several improvements in the current system and have removed most of the bugs in the programming code. Also, the programming has been significantly condensed enabling the classifieds to load quickly on even the slowest internet connection. Special thanks to those who have emailed the webmaster about their difficulties using the old system. Your complaints have served as pointers in which improvements were needed. As a result, we feel that the new online classifieds are more powerful than ever and will be a useful asset to all buyers and sellers on Okinawa.

The Island Market Online Classifieds were first programmed about 15 months ago in order to simplify both buyers and sellers lives in submitting ads as well as Japan Update office staff who had to manually go through hundreds of classifieds email each week to compile the classifieds for our paper. With the new system where website visitors could put their ads online without sending us an email, several hours per week were saved! No longer do advertisers have to email their ads to our special classifieds staff or drop a handwritten ad into a drop-box outside our office! The Island Market Online Classifieds simplified everything for everyone!

The original version was very simple and basic. Over time, however, the online classifieds began to grow and grow and become more and more popular. New improvements in the code were added as quickly as they were thought up and the program itself became more complex and useful. The last version of the classifieds saw the introduction of two new ad categories: business ads and priority ads. The latest version has even more improvements!

First, many users emailed the webmaster about two main bugs in the classifieds program. The first was that the delete option didn't work. When the program was first written, this function did work, but over time as the classifieds program evolved, the delete option fell to bad programming. This has been fixed on the latest update, so if after placing an ad you quickly sell your car, dog, etc, you can easily remove your ad by typing in your password and clicking the delete button.

The second problem many people mentioned was that the forms for submitting ads weren't showing up on their computer. The problem was that old internet browsers were having difficulty with some of the new technology used on the website. The problem has been fixed, but if you with old browsers continue to have problems viewing the classifieds, download a more recent browser.

Aside from fixed problems, our Island Market Online Classifieds have other improvements. First, we have introduced a new type of business ad called "Business Gold." Where usually we require our visitors to submit their ads once a week to have them appear in the paper, with business gold ads, a visitor can submit his or her ad just once and it will stay online indefinitely. Also, where business ads cost $10 for each ad, once a business gold ad is submitted, the member's credit card will be billed weekly and the ad will always appear online as well as in the printed Island Market Classifieds until he or she decides to unsubscribe from this service.

Finally, the last improvement is that the actual programming of the classifieds has been significantly condensed, thus the program will load very, very fast on any computer. Even those with the slowest internet connections should have no problem viewing the classifieds. Also, the programming has been cleaned up enabling other improvements to be easily appended to the classifieds in no time.

We at www.japanupdate.com and Island Market hope you will use and enjoy our new Island Market Online Classifieds. If you have any questions or find any problems with our classifieds, please send an email to webmaster@japanupdate.com. Check the classifieds out today at www.japanupdate.com/classifieds/english/.

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