About 18 months ago I had a dangerous thought - "what would I do differently if I were to start again?". The answer was "a lot"! The first 5 years of Rebrickable has taught me so much about building and running a large website, I learned about fields I didn't even know existed :)
As previously announced, I have spent most of the last year on completely rebuilding Rebrickable from scratch. I am now opening up the testing site for access to everyone, please take a look around and try it out!
About 6 months ago I announced that a completely new Rebrickable is on it's way. I've been hard at work making that happen, and we are getting closer.
It's taken four months, an iMac for development, an iPad for testing, stealing my sister's iPhone for testing, incorporating a GST registered company, and one app store rejection, but I have finally managed to get the Rebrickable LEGO Shopper app into the Apple App Store! However, I had to rename it to Rebrickable Shopper for LEGO to make the Apple Review team happy :/
For the last few months I have been working on the next major release of Rebrickable. That's a bit of an understatement actually - I'm rewriting every single aspect of the site from scratch! I'm calling it Rebrickable v3.
I’m very excited to announce the release of my first mobile app – the Rebrickable LEGO Shopper.
For the last couple of months, I have been working closely with BrickLink and BrickOwl to improve the user experience when buying LEGO parts. The results from this work has now been made available for Rebrickable users.
Almost two years after launching Bricksafe, I have just completed a huge upgrade. Actually, it's a complete rebuild using different technologies and hardware using everything I've learnt about web development in the last few years.
We have certainly had a busy November. For the first time in Rebrickable's 3 year history, I have had another developer help me with code changes. As a control freak, this was pretty nerve wracking at first. However, unlike myself, Jantjeuh is a professional web developer who has also been a Rebrickable Inventory Admin for the last 4 months and at the start of November started helping me fix my dodgy code. Surprisingly he didn't run away screaming after seeing it :) He has been invaluable in refactoring a lot of code to make it easier to maintain and helping me switch to better web development workflows like using git. Thanks Jantjeuh!
October had quite a few fixes as usual, plus one major new feature in the Buy Sets page. We also saw a record number of users on the site with 100K+ unique users and 1M+ page views which is nearly twice the number from October last year.