Today we’re thrilled to announce that we have rolled out a new homepage design.
The new design showcases a number of initiatives we’ve been working on. Here’s a walk-through of the changes.
1. A new way to browse Thumbtack
We recently rolled out category-based navigation – something we call the “Thumbtack Market”.
We’re promoting this navigation prominently in our new design. Why?
It’s the best way we can think of to showcase the huge variety of expertise that can be found on Thumbtack.
More than 180,000 local professionals advertise their services on Thumbtack. At last count, these amazing professionals offer more than 1,200 different kinds of services. Even if you’re really, really imaginative – you probably can’t imagine some of the talents listed on Thumbtack.
Previously, the only way to search our site was to manually enter the type of professional you were looking for – you actually had to type “photographer” or “math tutor.” How arduous!!
Now, you can browse the 180,000+ professionals listed on Thumbtack just by clicking on the categories of your choice. Hopefully it’ll now be a lot easier to quickly find the services you need and to discover hidden gems.
2. More people-centric
Thumbtack is nothing but a community of people who are some of the most hard-working and trustworthy professionals you’ll find anywhere.
These individuals have now undergone more than 200,000 background checks, license checks, and other identity verifications intended to ensure a safe marketplace. We have also kicked out more than 10,000 service providers that did not meet our community standards.
We decided to highlight the human faces of the true Thumbtack rock stars – you guys.
3. Better explanation of Thumbtack’s free bidding service
Thumbtack offers a service that not many people know about. This service will bring 3-5 bids on any job you can imagine, in any part of the country, straight to your email inbox – and all within 24 hours. This service is entirely free.
We believe that the current method of searching for local services – looking through the Yellow Pages, calling a number of different professionals, wondering who is the best person for the best price and the best quality – is so 20th century.
We think that using our bidding process to easily find the best person for the job at the best price is the future of local search.
4. We just wanted a change
We launched our first homepage in 2009. We launched our second homepage later that year. We launched our third homepage in 2010. We’ve had our current homepage for more than a year. We thought it was about time for a change!
Just for fun, here’s a look at the history of Thumbtack’s homepage:
We love producing good design – and we hope you approve!
Do you like the new homepage? Hate it? Think it should be purple? Let us know in the comments!