April 1, 2021 — Almost every week we get a request from a visitor or Member: “How do I find something or other on Topretirements?” Like many sites, Topretirements is a big one with a lot of different kinds of information. Even if you have visited here many times it can be tricky to track something down. This short article will provide an orientation and quick guide to help you get to what you want, quickly.
The best clue to finding what you want to know is to ask, “What kind of information is it I want”:
About a City. There are 2 main ways to find one of our over 1,200 City reviews (and it will differ somewhat depending if you are on a computer vs. a phone or Ipad). On a computer use the orange pulldown menu at top right to select a State. On a phone, use the 3 horizontal lines to open up this and other choices. Then scroll down the page until you see the City you want, then click on it. A second way to find them is to click on the “Best Places” link at the top of all pages. When you get there use the pulldown to select State, or click on the State you want on the map.
You can also add your Comments about a City or Community by going to the bottom of a Review and looking for “What People Are Saying About (name of city)”. See example below:
About a 55+ or Active Adult Community. To find one of our over 4,500 community reviews use the same two methods as above. But when you get to the Directory page listing all of the cities in that State, you will see a list of all communities in or around that city.
About a State. We have mini-retirement guides for all 50 states and 22 countries. In the main navigation at top of page click on “State Guides“. Choose a state or country, or click on the map for the state you want.
Blog articles. As of this date we have published over 1,200 Blog articles on a wide array of retirement topics. Sometimes it can be hard to find the one that you remember reading, or aren’t sure we ever covered it. There are several ways to find them. For one, on all Blog pages underneath a list of our most recent articles on the right hand side there is a list of 22 Categories. If you click on one of those, the articles are arranged in chronological order, newest on top. You can see a topline for about 10 of those on that page, and at the bottom there is a “Next page” button to show the next batch. If you are on a mobile phone after you click on the Blog from the drop down menu you will see the most recent article. Click on the arrow to see a list of the articles and categories.
But that might always be enough. That is where the “Site Search” box at the top of each page comes in. If you enter some keywords on what you are looking for (e.g., tiny homes), you will be taken to a results page. The top 4-5 items are results from Google, but below those are the relevant articles from Topretirements. It usually works pretty well.
Looking for a specific amenity, type of community, state or region, temperature range, cost of living, culture index, etc.? This is where the “Search” link at the top of all pages is especially useful. For example, you could use Advanced Search on that page to find communities with less than 1,000 homes in Colorado that have carriage homes and offer pickleball. You could use it to find towns or cities in Oregon on a lake, and that offer above average cultural facilities. Or, just about whatever you select, it is pretty good.
Custom report with the Retirement Ranger. This free interactive tool asks you 10 quick questions and immediately emails you a custom report of towns and communities that meet your criteria. You can take it as many times as you want as you refine your choices.
Was this helpful? Please give these tools a workout and let us know how it went. If there are some situations that we need to work on, let us know in the Comments section below.
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