Navigating the Home Page

Getting Started When you arrive at this web page, you have several options available to you:
The Home Page

Searching
You have two (2) options when searching for local area businesses:

  • Perform a Keyword Search on any word or phrase which you are searching for.
  • If you are interested in searching for a business using criteria such as business name, business type, subcategory type, street address, city, zip code, minimum recommendation rating, or any combination of these properties, then perform an Advanced Search

Both of these searches allow you to use wildcards. Wildcards are special symbols that stand for one or more characters. This allows you to search for multiple businesses with a single search statement. The asterisk (*) is a wildcard that stands for any combination of letters and the question mark (?) stands for only one character. For instance, if you are searching for businesses on "Franklin Street", you can enter a wildcard search such as "F* Street". The result would be all businesses which contain some word beginning with "F" and then followed by the word "Street". If you search for "N?", the result will be every business which has a state abbreviation beginning with "N" (for example: NC, NV, etc).


Keyword Search


Search by keyword involves typing a search word or phrase in the search box that appears at the top of the page. Once you have typed the business name, click the button labeled "Search." The results of the search will appear on your screen.

Sample Keyword Search:
If, for instance, you were interested in finding more information regarding Top of the Hill (one of Chapel Hill's local bars and eateries), type the following:

Keyword Search for "Top of the Hill"


Advanced Search


Advanced searching from the Home Page involves clicking the "Advanced Search" link which appears in the graphical menu bar at the top of each page and in the textual menu bar at the bottom of each page. This link will take you to the Advanced Search web page. For more information about performing advanced searches, see also the section of the User Manual called "Advanced Searching."

The Advanced Search Link

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Browsing If you are interested in learning more about a specific type of business, or would just like to browse the web site, you may click on any of the Business Types or Subcategories displayed on the Home Page.

Business Types and Subcategories



Business Types

By clicking on any of the Business Types displayed, you will link to another web page which contains a list of all subcategories and all businesses related to this business type.


Subcategories

On the Home Page, beneath each Business Type appear several Subcategories related to each Business Type. This listing of Subcategories is only a sampling of the type of businesses featured on this web site. You may click on one of these Subcategories and link to another web page which contains a list of businesses of this Subcategory type.

Subcategories and Business Links

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Adding a New Business You may add a new business to this web site by clicking the "Add a New Business" button at the top of each page. You may also click the "Add a New Business" text link at the bottom of each page. Both of these links will take you to a new web page which will allow you to submit your new business. For more information about adding a new business, see also the section of the User Manual called "Adding a New Business."

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Adding a New Recommendation Assuming the business you would like to comment upon is already featured on this web site, in order to add your personal recommendation you must first search for that business. For information on searching, please see the section of the User Manual labeled "Search."

Once you have found the business, you may follow the instructions for adding a new recommendation found in the section of the User Manual labeled "Adding a New Recommendation."

Important Note: You may only add your own recommendation of a business if the business is already featured on this site. If the business is not already included here, you will have to Add a New Business in order to post your recommendation. For more information regarding adding a new business, see the sections of the User Manual called "Navigating the Home Page: Adding a New Business" and "Adding a New Business."

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Getting Help In order to get help regarding anything featured on this web page, simply click the button labeled "Help" which appears at the top and bottom of every page.

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