New Features and some big Performance Improvements

I’ve updated the site this morning with the latest code that I’ve been working on over the past few days. Here’s a brief summary of the changes for your reference:

  • New option to open contest windows in a new tab or window. Normally, the contest site is displayed in the top-right frame of the contest listing display, but now you have the option to have the contests load into a separate tab or window (depending on your browser settings.) Once you’ve changed this setting, you’ll need to refresh the contest listings in order to have the changes take effect.
  • Search has been implemented. You can now search for contest listings by clicking on “Search” and entering the key words that you would like to find. If you enter more than one key word, only contests that contain all words will be displayed. Also, the results currently exclude expired contests.
  • New option to see the original ContestCanada.net post. The contest details section now includes a button called “ContestCanada.net Post”, which when clicked will display the original contest posting on ContestCanada.net. This allows you to quickly browse the posting comments to see if anyone has added helpful information.
  • Performance Enhancements. The site will now load a lot faster. There is still room for improvement here (loading almost 300 daily contests will still take a few seconds), but this is a big step forward.

Enjoy! And if you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to add comments below or e-mail me directly.

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