Recently, I have developed a website Tohle.com and today I am sharing my experience in developing this website. It’s a classified site similar to CRAIGSLIST, QUICKR, LOCANTO and OLX. All these web sites are different way of working and have a great user interface.
The classifieds sites are designed to target the local community. So, whenever we open classifieds website. They asked to choose the city or country based on your location and once you choose the location the visitor is redirect to selected option. Like whenever we open OLX.com from INDIA, it will ask “are you from INDIA?” If you select INDIA it will redirect you to OLX.IN. See below picture.
All these great websites has invested money to buy multiple domains and sub domains. For example like OLX.com have OLX.IN, OLX.CO.UK, CHICAGO.OLX.COM, and NEWYORK.OLX.COM and so on.
The whole idea of designing of Tohle.com is to cover each and every city of the world. Whenever visitor opens my website, it will open in their location and don’t ask for choosing city or country. Visitor post free classified without any registration
I have only one domain and don’t have money to invest to buy domains and sub domains for each city and country. This is my first problem when I decide to design Tohle.com. I want to cover each city of the world on Tohle.com. But, have no database for each city of world. After hunting for free city database on internet, I don’t get any good solutions.
IPINFODB.COM provides free Geo location tools for IP location, API, database and fraud detection tools. Thanks to IPINFODB, IPINFODB is the exact thing I am looking for. With the help of IPINFODB API, I am able to deduct visitor location and if the location is new for my database, it is saved in our database and website redirect to visitor geo location. Currently Tohle.com has more than 400 cities and 75 countries.
I don’t want any type of registration on TOHLE.COM, but it is required to minimize SPAM. I decide to user get auto registration whenever visitor made a free classified posting and auto mail is sent to user with their login details.
The biggest challenge in running a classified website is handling SPAM. I have tried to add some tricks to handle spam, but failed. Currently each of TOHLE.COM posting is reviewed and published only if it valid post.