Two days ago, we deployed a very significant change to the way our dsSearchAgent IDX product is served to our clients and our clients’ clients. Did you notice? No, there weren’t any new features this time around. This time, we focused our efforts on load time and performance.

Overall, we were able to make a number of changes that decreased the initial size of our IDX by nearly 30%!! We made all of our images much, much leaner, we further combined our JavaScript and CSS into fewer files, and we removed some preloading where it just didn’t make sense anymore.

Additionally, we moved nearly all of our JavaScript, CSS, and images / icons to the same global network infrastructure that twitter, SmugMug, WordPress.com, Amazon, and other multi-million/billion dollar companies are using! The advantages we gained by making that move is that the majority of our IDX is now served from 14 locations around the world depending on the visitor’s location instead of just a single location. In other words, a dsSearchAgent visitor located in Boston will no longer have to wait for a myriad of image, JavaScript, and CSS requests to be served up from a data center 2,600 miles away in Los Angeles; instead, that visitor will pull all of that data from a dedicated cache location in Newark, NJ.

Speed matters. Google found that their traffic to Google maps increased by 25% after they shaved 20-30% off the initial size of the Google maps home page.  Amazon found (PowerPoint presentation) that for every 100 millisecond delay that they introduced in testing scenarios, they experienced a 1% drop in revenue. That’s huge!! Now that we’re leaner and closer to our visitors, we’re really excited to see what this does for our own traffic.

Anyway, give it a whirl. Drop us a comment and let us know what you think!

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  • http://www.austinrealestatemarket.com/ Eric Galvan

    Job well done…keep up the good work!

    In my opinion, Diverse Solutions dsSearchAgent IDX offers the best interactive map search available.

    Thank you

  • http://phoenixarizonarealestatehomes.com Candace Robinson – Phoenix AZ Real Estate

    Fantastic! Spped and performance is so essential to my clients, making it the best experience to view homes & details of the properties without waiting is crucial for return visitors! Bravo for the changes made! DS rocks as always!

    • http://www.redwagonteam.com Jay Valento – Long Beach CA Real Estate

      That’s great….do you plan to add some lead analytics to Agent Reach to create a better CRM? Perhaps a funnel system for lead management?

  • http://www.texashomecentral.com Josh Harley

    @ Jay – Now that’s what I am talking about! A little integration of analytics to track what lead source that visitor came from, what percentage registered so we can best manage our future marketing dollars and also tag that lead with their lead source for future reporting. I sent DS an email on this very subject a while back and I know that they will add it to their list. They are by far the best company around and this is something they need to add if they want to remain the best.

    • http://www.successrealestate.com Christine

      I want a faster IDX! Did we get that???

  • http://www.diversesolutions.com Andrew Mattie

    @Christine: My apologies if I wasn’t clear earlier. The speed increases are across the board for all visitors and all accounts.

  • http://www.WindermereNAZ.com Ed Pattermann

    better speed is nice, but our real issue is the need for better broker tools for managing, directing, and tracking leads, and generating our own custom company wide card campaigns. I have sent several emails on these subjects.
    — Ed

  • http://www.diversesolutions.com Justin

    @Ed – While we don’t claim to be a Top Producer or a SalesForce.com we do have a very nice CRM/Lead Management system. Everyone seems to have their own unique requirements for the way they do business. With AgentReach we have focused on the core set of functionality that works for most businesses. As always we are continually improving our software and want to hear from our customers so thank you for sending us emails on the subject. They have been reviewed and some of your ideas have made it to the development list. So keep an eye out for them in the future.

  • http://www.mswoods.com Mike Woods

    The speed is significantly better. Wow! I’m impressed. Keep up the great work.

  • http://www.windermereNAZ.com Ed Pattermann

    I appreciate the response Justin. I look forward to seeing the improvements for brokers and CRM. — Ed

  • http://WhiteOaksBlog.com Chuck Gillooley

    The speed improvement is definitely a good thing. Would it be possible to increase the frequency that MLS data is imported? I noticed that sometimes it takes a day or so for a listing that was entered into the MLS to appear on the iDX.

    Thanks,

    Chuck

  • http://shandrowgroup.com Lee Williams

    Is it possible to add individual address look-up? When clients drive by a property it would be nice for them to look up the details in my IDX search.

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