Guru - Web Site Design, Features, Interfaces and Ease of Use
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Guru generally gets high marks from me for its website, which is professional in appearance and highly functional. Guru has the most advanced profile and portfolio features I’ve encountered in a freelancing site, and the best help system, hands down. I have no complaints with the site’s speed and security, though the lack of an auto-login capability is an ongoing irritation.
One unique aspect of Guru’s website design is that it has two versions: one for clients (which Guru calls “employers”) and another for contractors (“freelancers”). New visitors to the site begin on the client side of Guru.com, and can use the “Freelancers: Looking for work?” link at the top right to switch to the freelancer view. From there, a link saying “Employers: Looking to hire?” goes back to the employer side.
Much of the website is the same in both versions, but there are important differences, especially in the menu system. I like this split design, as it helps both clients and contractors focus on the activities that are important to them, cutting down on clutter and confusion. It is also consistent with Guru’s use of separate accounts for hirers and hirees (though any account is able to access either version).
My focus here will be on the freelancer side of the website.
Guru does provide an RSS feature to allow alternative access to project listings, and it’s clear that some thought went into it, because it is customizable. You are able to define your own RSS query URL that will show you only the projects in a particular category or subcategory, and even filter based on project bidding type or whether a project requires onsite presence. The RSS feed is better than average, showing important details such as category, skill requirements, location and budget. The project description is too short, though, being cut off after only one line of text.
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