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Project Search Mechanisms

The default view of projects on can be seen by clicking on the menu header “Browse Jobs”. This brings up a list of all of the work categories on the site, each of which can be clicked to show only projects in those areas. This main page also shows the 100 most recent “featured” projects, 50 most recent “regular” projects, and 50 most recent “full-time” projects.

Most contractors will want to browse through the list of regular projects, which can be done by clicking “Latest Projects” in the menu under “Browse Jobs”. This defaults to showing the most recent 50 projects, but the number of projects per page can be changed to 5, 10, 20, 100, 200 or 500 projects per page. This is a very handy feature that lets you adapt the project listings to suit your browsing device and Internet speed; I wish other companies would allow the number of results per page to be customized this way.

The following information is shown for each project in the search results:

  • Project title.

  • Number of bids.

  • Average bid (or “--” for sealed bidding projects).

  • Job type (a list of the categories the job falls into).

  • Date the project was listed.

  • Days and hours remaining for placing bids.

Hovering the mouse over a project’s results line causes it to expand slightly and the first part of the project description to be shown. Unfortunately, no information at all about the statistics of the client are shown, making it very hard to filter out projects posted by those with no history on the site or with poor reviews.

One item of information that I have always missed from’s project summary listings is the exact date and time that the project was posted. The time left for bidding gives a hint at this, but it is not as useful, especially for trying to keep track of which projects you’ve already looked over.

Clicking “Advanced Search” on the latest projects display takes you to a page where you can filter project results in a number of ways. You can restrict the projects shown based on:

  • Category the project is in (multiples are possible by Ctrl-clicking multiple items in the box).

  • Project status.

  • Minimum or maximum budget (though this did not work well for me when I tried it).

  • Number of days until the end of bidding.

  • Special project types (featured, full-time, trial, non-trial, or those posted by gold members).

Unfortunately, search results cannot be sorted in different ways; they are always shown by date. The site is also a bit slow when doing advanced searches.

Project Detail Page

The project detail page starts with the project title, and some clunky and pointlessly large buttons encouraging users to post projects (even though most users opening project listings are contractors, not clients). A header contains key details on the project, such as budget, bid count, and the name and rating of the employer. Following that is the project description, job categories and keywords.

At the bottom of the page a summary is shown of all of the current bidders on the project, and if the project is open, the actual bid values and proposal descriptions. This can make these pages surprisingly large and slow to load when a project has a lot of bids.

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