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April 2008

Outline of new work

We’re currently exceptionally busy working on new projects and will highlight them below.

  • TRIP Spain. A Spanish version of TRIP is currently being beta-tested and should be available soon.
  • TRIPanswers. A very special Q&A project. No public details yet, but we’ve just signed off designs and the build starts next week. This should launch early summer 2008.
  • TRIPcpd. Again no public details here, other than the obvious clue in the name. Due late summer 2008.
  • Rolling cache. Due to the huge numbers of users the system is starting to creak. This will be a two stage change. Firstly, the results count displayed in the results categorisation section will disappear. This will speed things up to sub one second searches. Secondly, the results will re-appear (4-6 weeks later) following optimisation and a new method of displaying the results.
  • Advertising system. Due to the poor performance of Google ads we’re going to try a new system, should be available in 4-6 weeks. Although no real enhancement to the site I’m certainly expecting a much better return and possibly some healthy income!

If the advertising system starts bringing in the money we’ll start on two other projects TRIPmed and TRIPpatient for the end of 2008!

We made it!

This may well be a bore for everyone but the TRIP Database has passed a significant milestone. In March we were searched 1,001,360 times.

When TRIP was available via a subscription only we were searched around 25,-30,000 times per month. We switched to free access towards the end of 2006 and have grown dramatically since then. As a result of all this we have had to introduce new hardware and new software solutions to keep up with the demand. A new system should go online in 4-6 weeks which will see searches becoming over 5 times quicker.

Although there has been a good chance of reaching the million mark for a few days (and we only just made it), we at TRIP are delighted with March’s results.

I think it’s a bit early for champagne!

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