The system admin can create and edit accounts as well as information about land plots for landowners.
A marketplace where customers can find residential and commercial land plots available for sale
The founder of the project, asked SteelKiwi to develop a marketplace for advertising residential and commercial land plots.
Our task was to create a comfortable platform that would not only allow customers to find land available for purchase but also let them filter plots and find exactly what they’re looking for. The platform is aimed at turning land into a commodity that can be traded online.
To date, the platform comprises 46 companies offering land plots. These companies provide 48 land complexes and 5,428 plots available for buying.
Platforms like the one we developed for our customer add transparency to the world of land sales, making it easier and more comfortable to search for and purchase land.
Apart from residential construction, empty land plots can be used for developing temporary farms and gardens, harvesting solar and wind energy, and more. Our client's website lets users learn about land and the nearby area, helping them make informed choices based on their requirements.
The super-administrator has the same functionality on the platform as the admin, but the super-administrator can also monitor the admin’s work and manage all information on the website.
Landowners can create profiles and add and edit information about their plots. Landowners can also view lists of customers who have looked through their ads and check all submitted applications.
Land buyers can create profiles, which are approved by the admin, search for land plots using filters, and see the contact information of landowners. They can contact landowners via phone or email.
The platform serves four user roles: land developers, customers, admins, and super admins. We defined the requirements for each user role and then used this information to create detailed interface wireframes.
We paid close attention to responsivity, making the platform comfortable to use not only on desktop devices but also on tablets and smartphones.
The result is a transparent and user-friendly platform that can be used to successfully sell and purchase land online.
We leveraged a variety of tools and technologies to develop the website's frontend. Gulp.js manages development tasks. We used Sass, a CSS preprocessor, for convenience in building components.
We used the promise-based Axios library to process HTTP requests.
To make sure that each component of the final product works smoothly, we performed a number of testing activities throughout development.
This included creating checklists (a type of testing documentation), performing functional and non-functional testing, running regression testing for every major update, and doing cross-browser and cross-platform testing. We used Apache JMeter for load and stress testing to measure and improve system stability.
As functionality related to search and filtering is very important for the purposes of the platform, we also designed an Apache JMeter test suite with different conditions and search and filter combinations to make sure that the website works perfectly in every case.
We used the Google Maps API to display and edit information about land advertised through SpaceBuy. In particular, we implemented:
- A geocoding service to turn addresses from the search field into coordinates so this data can be transferred to the server
- Directions from allotments to nearby locations, showing how far away allotments are and how long it takes to reach them
- Autocompletion of addresses in the search field
- Searcher tools to find locations nearby a given property
We’ve developed a detailed filtering system for users to find the exact land they’re looking for. Land buyers can set the desired price range, choose the upper and lower limits of square feet and select ranges for the frontage and road width. There are also options for specifying the property location (north, south, east, or west) and searching for corner properties.
Picturesque land images are attached.
Land plots can also be previewed on a map where the areas are marked as Sold, Booked, Available and Unavailable.
Land buyers can check the information about the company responsible for selling land plots in the About company tab.
Land developers can advertise and sell land through the platform. With access to the dashboard, land developers can manage land plots that they’re selling and view the list of customers who have previewed certain areas.