I have to say that Dooyoo is a brilliant site and very addictive. However one of the few problems is suggestions which seem to take months! The other main problem is with the search engine that it uses which is really random and unreliable and hard to navigate.
The little box which says "What can we help you find" at the top of the page is the search engine. However don`t think you will just be able to type the product name in and find it at the top of the list!
The problem is the list is cluttered with items from shops which have nothing to do with the product I am looking for and I have to click "only products in the Dooyoo Catalogue" and then you will 25% find it is not even already on the site meaning you have to wait a couple of months for the suggestion! Also to use it effectively you have to use the little things on the left hand side which might say travel, TV, books to even get in the correct category most of the time!
This can be very annoying and a few times before has stopped me writing a review as I can`t work out if the product is even there and then where it is!
If Dooyoo could somehow improve this and their suggestions they would almost be ahead of other review sites like Ciao on nearly every aspect but these couple of problems really do hold it back!
Overall I think the Dooyoo search bar is pretty bad and can only give it 2 stars!
Thanks for reading and feel free to comment on whether you agree or disagree with me!
Dooyoo is an amazing website. It is by far the best review site I have ever tried and is now the only one I bother with.
However there is one point which really, really annoys me and makes the Dooyoo experience much more difficult than it could be... the search engine.
The little box where it has it faded writing 'what are you looking for?' in the top right hand corner of each page.
Some times it can be really effective and you can find what your looking for straight away, top of the page but I'm afraid up to 60% of the time when I type in a product I get around 4000 results mainly from shops, trying to sell me something that is often completely unrelated. This is very frustrating when I have a product in mind for a review that's on the tip of my tongue.
There is however SOMETIMES the option to only pick only products that are in the Dooyoo catalogue but I'm not sure if this is just me but it doesn't always appear.
I would say this should definitely be improved to make Dooyoo better as this often puts me off writing new reviews!
All of the other reviews on the Dooyoo navigator are really negative but I think its generally quite good! Its true that if you search for a specific product then you will occasionally find yourself with a lot of unrelated products from the same company to trawl through but I have found that you will always have whatever you are looking for somewhere in the list. Also, I have found that in general if you search for a very specific product and you definately know what you want to find, it is quite often there. The only problem is if you are not being specific and you are looking in a more generalised area (the categories at the top of the website are good for browsing through these although there are not always the options you need) but for products you can buy I think the navigator does quite well.
It is easy to build a webpage with plenty of pages of information these days. Information is getting cheaper and cheaper on the Internet. What is not as easy, is to treat and organize this information in a way that it is easily accessible to those who need it.
Dooyoo is making a very good job at adding information to their website. However, their search engine, or, "navigator" is not up to the challenge. It fails at least as much as it delivers the results it is meant to deliver. This is my personal opinion and feedback and it is based purely on my experience.
I use Dooyoo as a consumer to check information on places I visit, either for work reasons or for pleasure. I would ideally like to be able to enter for example "Paris" and then select options with "restaurants", "hotels" and then narrow down the search. Nothing of this is the case.
I think that if Dooyoo want to establish themselves, they need to improve their search engine. Personally I think that the rest of the website is good, the search engine is the only place I would concentrate. It is crucial to the future of this business
I think that it is safe and fair to say that you cannot navigate with Dooyoo navigator.
Why is that? Well, I am pretty sure many of us have tried searches and the results are very inaccurate.
I like movies, for example. If I type the correct title of the movie more or less I find what I want, although not always, but if I type the name of the main actor, or the director, no way I can find the items linked to these people.
I am surprised that Dooyoo have not addressed this problem because everyone knows that today it is not the amount of content that you have which makes the success of your website, but the way you organize it and make it easily accessible to those who look for it.
My 1.5 penny piece of advice is to dedicate some resources to fixing the problem.
Dooyoo Navigator is limited in what it does. For it to find anything useful all the words entered in the box must be correct otherwise it won't work.
For instance I want to do a film search. If a make spelling error or the name of the movie is not entered correctly by DOOYOO. If either of these two conditions are true than the film name won't come up. In these cases I go to Google or Yahoo enter the film name followed by dooyoo and the correct page will turn up, simple as that. Another trick I use is type in the name of the actor appearing in the film, this will give me selections of movies this actor has acted in. There my well be other ways of overcoming this, I am all ears.
With these limitations I think Dooyoo may well suffer from lack of interest from people however all is not lost though because lot of times when I use search engines Dooyoo appears on the first page.
I have read the latest reviews on the "Dooyoo navigator" and I thought I would add my 3 penny worth advice.
First of all, as one of the members (Collingwood) advised, the best way to search on Dooyoo is actually via the advanced search facility on Google, by restricting the domain to www.dooyoo.co.uk.
It is also important to make a good use of our lateral thinking, and if we do not find an item, change slightly the topic of the search.
Still, I share the comments of those who realize that a better search engine would increase the appeal of Dooyoo and, ultimately, their revenues.
Personally I do not search for many items on Dooyoo, and when I have done so, I believe I have always found what I wanted. I would, however, welcome a better version of the search engine, and, may be, purely as a suggestion, Dooyoo could create a link to Google and add a couple of lines on how to search for items on Dooyoo using Google.
The Dooyoo navigator search engine is what guides you around the site, everyone uses this whether they are a consumer browsing the site or a Dooyoo member finding a product to review.
To start your Dooyoo search simply locate the Dooyoo navigator which is the top right hand corner of the page, you can easily spot it as it will say "What are you looking for?" in the box. Simply type in the product you are looking for and if it is listed on Dooyoo it will pop up, I shall now test the Dooyoo navigator with a random search.
To start my random search I typed in the first thing that popped into my head "cake" and hit the search button, Dooyoo navigators first result was the Max Factor Pan-cake, not exactly what I had in mind but just down the page there was a book about Cake-Craft, Strawberry cheesecake ice cream, Tesco caterpillar cake, cake bars and all the usual you would expect. There are a total of 94 results in the Dooyoo catalogue which is quite impressive so I'm sure they have as many cake based items as you could want!
If I wanted to go shopping for cake I could click on the results from Dooyoos partner shops, the results here are slightly less good as all it found was some cake tins from garden centre online. Dooyoo needs to up their game here as the Dooyoo catalogue is good but if they want to be more helpful to the consumer they should be able to provide them with places to buy a common thing like cake! I did try the search for the PSP console and the results from the Dooyoo Partnershops were slightly better as it found two places where you could get one, it actually came up with three but one was listed twice.
To make my search easier Dooyoo navigator has listed several categories which I may be looking for cake, from Kitchen to Garden. If I want to see these results all I have to do is click on the relevant category and I will be shown all the results in that category. There is also a neat option to search eBay for cake, though I would never purchase cake from eBay! The eBay feature is pretty handy for other things such as electronics and DVDs.
For reviewing purposes the Dooyoo navigator has been good to me and has found whatever I need it to from crisps to graphics cards the Dooyoo navigator has not let me down. All that needs improving now is the Dooyoo Partnershop selection. If this was just for reviewers looking for their relevant products I would award the navigator full marks but for someone who needs to purchase something there is no excuse, I know for a fact that Marks and Spencer is a Dooyoo partner shop and they sell cake so why didn't it come up? 4/5
I do not really understand why the search engine on Dooyoo (or navigator) is so poor. You do not need to be Google to have a good search engine tool, and still, the one we have on Dooyoo is deficient in too many respects.
I am sorry to be negative, but I just want to be constructive in my critic.
The search engine simply does not work. I have entered the name of a couple of film directors of which I have watched few movies, because I am preparing some reviews on their works, and I remember reading reviews on some of these films, but when I enter the name of the directors, no movie comes up. How are you supposed to find all the movies of a specific director, if it is not possible via the search engine?
The list could be longer, but I think we all had problems.
What is the solution.
Well, I guess investing in a proper search engine, I do not want to believe that Dooyoo do not have the budget nor the resources for it.
Personally on those occasions when I have used it I have found the Dooyoo search facilty to be inaccurate and not very good, you seem to get lots of hits for many different products.
It seems to be at its worst when looking for something like a hotel as it tends to bring up every category with the word hotel in it if you include that in the search criteria. I do find that I have to use the menu options first to narrow down my search and even then you cannot filter your search even if you narrow it down to a country.
What is also annoying is that all of the hotels are listed even if they do not have a review written on them and it takes time to filter through them. When you do find a category you want to read I find it annoying that the reviews are just listed in date order rather than overall ratings as to be honest I only want to read the helpful of better reviews and if there is a crowned review I would want to read that first.
The member search is not much better and is rather unforgiving if you type only the start of the name you are looking for, I find it easier sometimes to trawl through my circle of friends rather than use the search engine.
All in all the search facility is probably the worst feature on the site.
The search engine is very poor. Sometime I use google to find stuff on Dooyoo. It is much faster that way.
I got fed up of using Dooyoo search engine because when I look for something it comes up with loads of results. I think whoever designed it didn't put enough care in eliminating things like "a" and "the" "and" etc.
One useful feature in Dooyoo search engine is results broken down in different categories. For instance your search will have pages of things found on the site. On the top of the searches you will find different areas of site listed along with numbers which tell you number of things found in that category.
Dooyoo search engine is dumb. However I am not saying it is absolutely useless because I have done searches @ Tesco and Amazon and some of the stuff found by those search engines makes me very angry, so angry that I want to pull every hair out of my head.
When I am logged in the system I will continue to use Dooyoo. If I write a review on a product I google check to make sure it is available to write and in instances where I can't find anything by using Dooyoo search I will use google.
Doesnt it seem strange to you guys, ciao has just recently had a makeover, amd it looks suspicously like ours here on Dooyoo. Are they copying? Well why does it look the same: It has them little 3 tabs............one taking you to the community page to! Identical to dooyoo! Or maybe they are both owned by the same parent company, and no one is telling us! Abit like game and eb of the internet world. Or maybe they just copied it, thats a more viable solution. Okay here is why I like the dooyoo navigator: Good colour scheme Easy on the eyes Gives you a good return of input ie. the databse works well. It is quite fast The drop down menu means you can click things faster The pages get stroed in your temporary files, so you can press back and the page will be their instantly This is why I do not like it New members take ages to be put in to the members datdbase, therefor when you search for them, they cannot befound The seaerch web facility is pretty poor, not a touch on google! Things ciao could learn from it Please please get them pages stored in temp files, it takes ages to load, however it has one bonus, you o not have to press refresh whenever you click back! Overall I would give the navigator 80% as I think it could be improved slightly. I would improve it by: New members in quicker Distinction between upper and lower case faster, if thats possible Thanks for reading
Now this old navigator is bette known as the SEARCH ENGINE. Pretty powerful thang ( Yes thang not thing, like the ole'Americans, mmmk? ) too. You can search the dooyoo database for: PRODUCTS Whether you want to use it to find phones or toliet roles, dooyoo has more than likely got an opinion on them. This is what dooyoo is all about! Using it for its intended purpose, to gain knowledge about a product that you may purchase. Its brilliant service, and one I have used for research long before I started to write! OPINIONS Find particular ops by title, or word within the opinion itself. Very poweerul utility. MEMBERS Track down Joe Bloggs at the touch of a button. Even though new members dont get added for months! Newly added options, that have made it even better! : "THE WEB" Cant be arsed to type in "www.google.com", well just type what you are looking for in here, and gabang, up it pops. Probably not as efficiently as google, nontheless. SHOP PRICES Stenthens dooyoo's prupose once more, nice idea. Dooyoo is laid out superbly, and this just adds to the experience.
Navigator is a welcome addition to the dooyoo website. I have often had problems navigating through the site, but the Navigator has made it far easier and fills the hole that previously existed. Navigator has the feel of your average search engine so the functions are familiar and as a result it is relatively easy to use. It provides the facility to search in products, opinions, members and links. As a result of using Navigator I can access the parts of the site much faster than before. Once a search string has been entered and a search started, Navigator lists all the matches along with a precision rating for each match. To limit the scope of the search you can set the minimum precision rating, identify the categories to be searched, select a product name or limit the search to VU opinions. On the negative side, Navigator has failed to find members names and gives odd precision ratings for some of the matches. But on the whole it seems to function reliably. Now I am so used to using Navigator that I don't know how I managed before.
The dooyoo navigator is a very useful addition to the website. The navigator provides the facility to search the dooyoo website for products, categories and members. The navigator has been designed to give it the feel of the regular Internet search engines that are more familiar to most users. I find that I can access the parts of the site I want much more speedily than before. For myself, this is a real bonus as my connection speed is not really up to much and the web pages take ages to load up. When performing a search the navigator provides a result screen that lists all the matches plus a percentile rating for each match against the original search criteria. On the downside I?m sometimes confused at the percentile ratings given to some of my searches and on occasion the results of my search are very peculiar! The navigator excels at allowing you to find what you are looking for rather than being forced to search the website. With a slow speed connection this is an essential tool and I don?t know how I managed in the past!