Docstoc Redesigns Site, Adds Semantic Search


Ryan Lawler of TechCrunch reports, "Over the past several years, Docstoc has positioned itself as the go-to place for small and medium-sized businesses to find the documents they need to grow. Today, it’s taking a big step toward making it easier to do that, with the launch of a major redesign to improve the way its customers find and access its content… According to Docstoc CEO Jason Nazar, Docstoc now has more than 20,000 pieces of professional content, including documents, videos, and tutorials that it’s created since then. That’s in addition to more than 20 million pieces of content that have been submitted by the community. It’s also increased its content production plans to create more than 300 new pieces each week. Having all that content is great, but there was one big problem — on the old Docstoc, it was damn near impossible to find anything. So the Docstoc team set about reworking its entire website and database to connect users with the content that they were looking for."

Lawler continues, "The site has… launched a new semantic search engine designed to provide a more refined way of connecting businesses with the documents they need. The new discovery engine is linked on the front page, which should simplify the process of helping business owners find content that is appropriate to them. That’s important, since different companies will have different needs at various stages of their growth. Docstoc has also refined its regular search engine, bringing in all of its content and providing users with new ways to filter it. The search page allows users to filter by content type, as well as view documents, videos, and courses individually. With the new design, Docstoc has also refined article, document, and video pages. Once users have found what they need, the site provides a simplified interface for viewing that content."

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