UK Local Search Created in 24 Hours

By Dave

With some data in hand could you make a local search engine in 24 hours? Well that is exactly what Ahmed Farooq (from iBegin) has done, creating Local Brit, a UK local search engine. With everything needing to be done in a day, you would expect corners to be cut, but everything, from the design to the search, just works.

About a week ago, by what can only be described as a freak series of coincidences, I had a database of business-data for the UK fall into my lap. I thought to myself – I was waiting on the redesign to be completed, so I decided to give it a go.

Incidentally, the very day I was going to start, my dog was going nuts and would not shut the hell up. Lumbering from bed at 7:00 am, I was working half an hour later, and by 8:00 am was ready to tackle the local search engine.

And thus began a twisted journey. Racing against the clock, I set about to create a functional search engine that spanned all of the UK. But good enough to be actually useful to someone who might be searching.

Barring the speed of the search engine (now fixed), I succeeded in what I set out to do. Exactly 24 hours after I had started sat a shiny new site. From domain registration to design to programming, it was all done in a span of 24 hours.

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