Mytradefinder Case Study
Mytradefinder is a directory-based project launched by MJ Electrical founder Simon Hodge, an electrical industry professional who specialises in offering electrical tradespeople a range of online courses to help them achieve qualifications and accreditations easily and cost-effectively.
Simon wanted to build an online directory for electricians and other trade professionals including plumbers, carpenters and builders, aimed at home and business owners looking for reliable, qualified and certified people for specific projects or tasks.
To help build the directory quickly and allow tradespeople and potential customers derive value right away, Simon approached Realnet with a number of functionality and parameter requests including:
- The ability for tradespeople to create and manage their own free profiles
- A premium option offering tradespeople additional features and benefits
- Search capability using post code and trade type
Realnet worked with Simon to fully understand his requirements, and the proceeded to build a modern, fully-responsive web platform offering tradespeople:
- A quick and easy sign-up form
- An easy-to-manage profile
- Simple online payment via the Stripe e-commerce gateway for premium listings
- A neat and comprehensive online presence for tradespeople who don’t have their own website
For potential customers, Mytradefinder offers an incredibly user-friendly search function using two simple parameters – post code and trade type required – as well as a neat listing for each tradesperson in the directory with contact details, a contact form, profile and images.
Integrations with Google Maps and location APIs allow listings to appear in order of distance from closest to furthest, and the website is build using the latest editions of PHP Laravel, on a mySQL database to ensure optimum performance from launch.
The Mytradefinder website has already achieved a large uptake of new trade profiles for both free and premium listings, and generated new enquiries and jobs for listed members.