I'll post little tidbits of what I'm working on here!
Forum posts can now be edited.
You can now directly embed a group buy widget using the notation
^[id]. For example,
^26 resolves to
Yayyyyy updates! :)
I've pushed some updates to GroupBundl.es that should shave off about a half a second of loading time. I'll be working on more optimizations to make sure the site loads faster.
I've moved profile images and Steam capsules to a CDN which should shorten the site's load time by at most 60%.
Optimization is my main target now, trying to get load times on complicated pages (like this one) down to below 2 seconds.
I fixed the emoticons being weird. Turns out they were not run behind the cache and blocked by the site's security features.
Worked on a couple of other optimizations today, like minifying and moving the scripts and styles to our CDN and e-mailing when cron runs vs. on-the-spot when something happens.
We're also on Twitter now. https://twitter.com/groupbundles
There is now a cart at the bottom of store buy pages.
Premier users can now adjust the color of their title on their profile.
In other news, we've set up a continuous integration system that will automatically deploy production-ready changes. Yay us?
Premier users will gain access to the PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS Key Tracker before release in its limited beta here: https://groupbundl.es/util/pubg
Hosts will be able to accept PUBG keys for credits and indicate their suggested pricing soon via a profile setting.
CSGO items have also been added to the tracker at https://groupbundl.es/util/csgo
In case you haven't seen, I've pushed a bunch of new updates today with the following:
We've switched to a new (professionally-managed) email service so there should be less bounced emails. If you are not getting emails, try adding groupbundles at cutie period cafe to your email contacts. If you're still not getting anything, please open a ticket and we'll look into it.
I've overhauled the buy page a little bit. On OtakuBundles and GoGoBundles, you should see the approximate price per reserver in the top right corner on desktop. Mouse over the price to see what the tiers look like.
Also, I got rid of the long ugly list of reservers. I'll be restoring user names and titles in the form of tooltips in the future, but that didn't make it into tonight's update.
Figure I might as well start posting in this thread again
Items that are in a group buy you've reserved will look like the following on group and store buy pages:
Also, items that you've reserved in a store buy will look like the following on group and store buy pages:
Will push this update later tonight, working on perfecting everything. This will only work on items that could be fetched correctly (i.e. have a capsule picture next to the title).
Also, "select all owned and unreserved" will be an option on the store buy page.
You can now sign up to get notifications when your credits update on your profile edit page.
You probably already know this, but I've given the home page a bit of a facelift:
Let me know what you think!
Layout is fine for signed user and system itself works nicely, but homepage for not signed user feels little bit overwhelming. At least to me. Soo much text with different sizing even in images. I would consider remove some text in future and make it shorter and clearer. Or using something like dynamic css tabs to hide it from first sight. :)
Thanks for the feedback, we're working on a mockup right now of a redesigned homepage. Any thoughts on something like this, or do you think it's still too much?
It'll be a widget like the forum posts/featured buys/etc
Yes, this imho looks much better. Its nice that you still keep improving the site.
Few more things if I may. Just my friendly opinion feel free to ignore if you wish. :)
1) Signup/login steam button is somewhere in middle page. I would place it in some more prominent spot somewhere on top. 2) There is still a lot of text but I cant see short explainer what this site actually do for first time visiting users. You have description how to use this site (Reserve, Pay, Claim) but not why. If I dont know what this site do I wont care about how I could use it. Yes, people can guess it from the domain name but from my experience this require thinking. A lot of internet page users dont really actively think when they browse internet they are in somekind automatic limbo "zombie" state.
3) I would still trimm unnecesarry words away. Something like (very easy effort from me - just simple example): "Pick and reserve whichever group buys you want to participate in. Reservations are flexible and anyone can reserve or unreserve until the payment period begins." Pick whichever group buys you want to participate in. You can reserve or unreserve until the payment period begins.
"Follow simple, clear, and to the point instructions on how to pay your host. Receive notifications via e-mail, text message, Steam, or Discord when the host is ready to accept payments." Paying to host is easy pie; Paying on Groupbundl.es is piece of cake. Yummy! Or something like that.
Notification sentense -> I would move it instead Message box bellow. Messaging system is very common and why would person want to contact host in first place? Probably only when problems will arose... I dont think Message function needs advertisiment on home page. Notification are nice feature to advertise like this though.
Yep, aware the site's activity feed looks weird. It's a styling issue that's really annoying. Hopefully Fed McCovican can look at it and give me some feedback
Edit: I've reverted the changes altogether.
I personally think it looks better. It looks more cleaner and little bit more appealing. Good job.