If you have been watching the site closely the last few weeks, you may have noticed that we haven’t been adding new cards as rapidly as we normally do. In fact we haven’t put any new cards on the site in nearly two weeks. The reason for this is that we have been doing a major data migration in to sync up with our price guide data provider.
In case you didn’t already know, the book prices we list on our website come from Beckett. If you have visited the Beckett website in the past month you must have noticed that their website has been completely re-written. This was an enormous project that they have been working on for the past couple years. As part of that project they have also been re-architecting their systems to support their new website. Once their new site went live last month we had to begin the migration from their old database to a completely new database.
One of the major challanges was importing all of the new data and merging it with the old data, but an even bigger challenge was making sure all of our existing URLs still worked even after all the data changed.
To keep a long story short, I am pleased to announce that after two very long weeks and many late nights the data and the website updates are finally live. Here are a few of the improvements that you may notice.
- More Sports:
- More friendly URLs
- When searching by player, seller, or set, the URLs always stay friendly and readable.
- When paging, sorting or switching views the URLs only become minimally longer.
- This updates should help improve search engine optimization. This is great news for both buyers and sellers. More people should be able to easily find our site when searching for specific cards in Google or other search engines.
- Existing URLs automatically redirect to the new URL format.