HousePals is a leading flat share and roommate matching service, connecting landlords with current and potential tenants. Users seeking accommodation have the ability to search the website’s massive community for a new room, flat, house or even a new friend to share their accommodation with (a HousePal). On top of that, landlords can post new listings and connect with potential tenants via the revamped online service.
Late last year, Cyber-Duck were contacted by HousePals to help them produce a fresh website as their existing one was old and out-dated. At the beginning of the year, Cyber-Duck embarked on a journey to produce a slick and appealing interface with a superior user experience. New features of the website include suggestive search functionality, enabling the user to comprehensively search their local area, specify their accommodation requirements and stipulate their budget. The website also has a new PriorityPal service which has been introduced to offer members of the HousePals community the chance to contact advertisers early, and make an enquiry before the listing becomes available to others. The website also makes use of Google Maps API to enable users to virtually see and compare the destination of all listed apartments, as well as view the accommodation in ‘street view’ mode. Cyber-Duck have also heavily incorporated social media channels into the new website.
Lead Developer on the project, Gareth Drew was delighted with the outcome, stating: “The whole team has dedicated a lot of time and effort into the HousePals project, so we are pleased to see it successfully launched. The objectives of the project were to deliver web 2.0 technology and intuitive search tools and filters to the HousePals community. It was a pleasure to work with Mike on this exciting project.”
HousePals founder, Michael Brown, was united in his praise of the new website, claiming: "The new website is looking great, and I can only praise Cyber-Duck for their vigorous user centred philosophy which they were keen to implement from the beginning. Now HousePals has a website which reflects our position as a leading flat share and roommate matching service.”
Cyber-Duck’s relationship with HousePals will continue after the launch, as we will be supporting marketing strategy and aiding with website support.