, QBurst customer, launches locallycompared.com. LocallyCompared is a great way of finding businesses in the UK. It is the place to make the most informed decisions about local businesses online.
Small to medium size companies that service a particular geographical market are looking for ways to increase their exposure at low cost. LocallyCompared offers businesses with free advertising on a number of local websites with the option of paid listings for businesses that have embraced the concept of paid online advertising and wish to get more inquiries through the Internet. The site has 2 million business listings, 11,000 of which are highly detailed, giving users information on the services the company offers, prices, opening hours, maps, events, frequently asked questions, special offers and insightful reviews. LocallyCompared owns over 200 domain names. Once a business has added their presence to LocallyCompared, the business can then be located in the parent site. i.e., http://www.locallycompared.com, as well as in their satellite sites, if the applicable domains are available. For example, a plumber in Sheffield would be advertised on www.locallycompared.com, www.locallysheffield.co.uk and www.plumbersinsheffield.co.uk.
The underlying technologies that have been used for the LocallyCompared website are Lucene, CakePHP, MySQL and Ajax.Lucene is a powerful and elegant library for full-text indexing and searching in Java.You can use Lucene to provide consistent full-text indexing across both database objects and documents in various formats (Microsoft Office documents, PDF, HTML, text, and so on).
CakePHP is a free, open-source, rapid development framework for PHP that provides an extensible architecture for developing, maintaining, and deploying applications. Using commonly known design patterns like MVC and ORM and using the convention-over-configuration paradigm, CakePHP reduces development costs by making developers write less code. It enables developers to work in a structured and rapid manner without loss of flexibility.