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BP Update 7.2.1: Navigation Update, Properties Removal

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Joshua Dorkin Verified Donor

BiggerPockets Founder from Denver, Colorado

Nov 06 '12, 10:02 AM
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Today we announce more very important changes to BiggerPockets, which are the result of Project Simplify, whose goal is to improve our site and how you use it.

New Navigation
As you can see on our blue navigation bar, there have been some changes made. The forums now have their own menu item, as does our real estate marketplace. As two of the most important areas of the site -- the forums are where discussions happen and the marketplace is where users can advertise and solicit (where commerce happens on BP) -- we felt that they needed their own distinct areas.

We've also eliminated the old "tools' menu item and combined it with our resources menu.

Overall, the idea is to make the most important areas more obvious to our users, and we believe that this change does that.

Removal of BiggerPockets Task Manager
Did you know that BiggerPockets had a task manager? Most people didn't. In fact, the tool was so under-used, that the last update that any member made to the system was made over a year ago. In getting rid of the clutter, the Task Manager had to go.

Removal of BiggerPockets Properties System
This was by far the hardest move for me to approve, second only to the removal of our groups system. There are several reasons to get rid of the property system. First and foremost, the system was very much outdated -- while it got a fair amount of use, over the years it became very buggy and difficult to use.

We certainly believe that BiggerPockets needs a property directory, but we feel that until we can build our own system that is to the standards of other high-caliber systems online, it will be to the benefit of our users that we find an appropriate partner to provide the technology for us.

That said, users can still post their listings, deals, and opportunities in our Marketplace, which actually gets as much visibility as the just-removed properties system did.

BTW - Since we began the simplification process, site load times have improved dramatically, with pages taking around half as long to load.

We've got a lot of great improvements planned, and we will continue to debug, fix, and cleanup the site as we move forward.



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Jon Klaus Verified Moderator Donor

Real Estate Investor from Garland, Texas

Nov 06 '12, 10:15 AM
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I love that its now a single click to get to the forums.

I see that member blogs are now under the "Learn" tab.

No, i never used task manager and won't miss it.

I rarely used Properties.

All good moves in getting to simplification.



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Shane Woods

Real Estate Investor from Weatherford, Texas

Nov 06 '12, 10:30 AM
1 vote


LOVE LOVE LOVE forums & marketplace having the easy click option. Moving both blogs to the same menu is great too. Great changes so far. Thanks for making it better.



James Vermillion Donor

Real Estate Investor from Lexington, Kentucky

Nov 06 '12, 12:05 PM


I noticed the changes to the navigation bar earlier today and think they might be the best changes so far! The forums are such a huge part of why this site is so amazing, so to give us a one-click route is very helpful.

I did know the task manager existed although I never even considered using it (I already have a task management system I use).

Excellent updates @Joshua Dorkin!



Al Williamson

Multi-family Investor from Sacramento, California

Nov 06 '12, 02:47 PM
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I agree with the smart guys above. I did notice that traffic to my BP blog went down. Maybe the traffic drop is related to the relocation. Or maybe I just wrote a dud.



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Will Barnard Verified Moderator Donor

Real Estate Investor from Santa Clarita, California

Nov 08 '12, 08:58 PM
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Love the changes! Also very noteworthy is the increased speed of the site!!!



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Joshua Dorkin Verified Donor

BiggerPockets Founder from Denver, Colorado

Nov 08 '12, 09:06 PM
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Thanks guys. I'm glad you appreciate the changes! So far, so good!



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Ned Carey Moderator

Wholesaler from Baltimore, Maryland

Nov 08 '12, 09:31 PM
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Josh, I have never used most of the resources on this site. Mainly because I didn't want to take the time to learn them. I am all for simplification and will probably wind up using more of the site.

One of my favorite quotes

Perfection is not when there is no more to add, but no more to take away.

Antoine De Saint-Exupery – author of The Little Prince



Lena Irwin

Real Estate Investor from Bay City, Texas

Nov 08 '12, 11:21 PM


Load times are better, thank you.


Edited Nov 8 2012, 23:30 by Lena Irwin


Joshua Dorkin Verified Donor

BiggerPockets Founder from Denver, Colorado

Nov 09 '12, 06:08 AM


We certainly hope you use more of the site, @Ned Carey.

@Lena Irwin - I'm glad you noticed! I also see that you've been around a while, but I don't believe you ever introduced yourself on our New Member Introductions forum. Please do jump in and let everyone know a little about you.



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Bill Pohl Verified

Real Estate Investor from Cincinnati, Ohio

Nov 11 '12, 06:25 PM


BP sure has changed since the early days of following Pinnacle Development Corp. Great stewardship!



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Joshua Dorkin Verified Donor

BiggerPockets Founder from Denver, Colorado

Nov 11 '12, 08:20 PM


Hey @Bill Pohl - That was a long time ago . . . it is always nice seeing some of the old faces around. I hope we'll see more of you.

Oh, and I appreciate the message!



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Ibrahim Hughes

Real Estate Investor from Union, New Jersey

Nov 11 '12, 08:29 PM


Hey Josh - any chance of a 'Success Stories' area? I used to visit a popular REI site years ago and this was, along with the 'how-to articles', the most popular area on the site for new investors.

Just a suggestion.



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Joshua Dorkin Verified Donor

BiggerPockets Founder from Denver, Colorado

Nov 11 '12, 08:35 PM
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Ibrahim S - We've had that for many years now:
BiggerPockets Success Stories

I hope everyone reading this will take the time to share their stories.



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Karen Margrave Moderator

Developer from Orange County, California

Nov 13 '12, 09:25 PM


@Joshua Dorkin I like the new cleaner and streamlined site. Great job.



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Joshua Dorkin Verified Donor

BiggerPockets Founder from Denver, Colorado

Nov 13 '12, 09:35 PM


Thanks Karen . . . we've got more to come!



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