Many of you have probably noticed the references to Pro Plans scattered here and there on the site over the last couple of months. Now that the v3 release has stabilised, I've now managed to find time to finish the Plan features.
So it's been about a month since we released the Rebrickable v3 "update". I thought I'd write a quick post to bring everyone up to speed with what has happened in that month.
After the initial release, there were significant performance problems that were not revealed during testing. With some hardware upgrades and weeks of performance tuning work it is now running much better. There are still some timeouts occuring when viewing huge lists of items or trying to import massive files, but I will continue working on improving things.
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!
Numbers time! Rebrickable has been running for five years now, and 2016 was an extremely busy time for me.
The below chart shows the daily page views for the last 5 years. There is always a surge of activity right after Christmas which eventually tapers off, but the overall trend shows some decent growth.
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.
Back in 2014, I met with LEGO to talk about Rebrickable and throw around some ideas for making something awesome together. The one thing that stood out for them was how Rebrickable highlights the value of alternate builds - i.e. MOCs that can be built from just a single official set. With the Rebrickable Build calculations making these MOCs stand out with 100% matching results, they have proven very popular among users. For the last ~6 months, I have been working closely with a select few Rebrickable designers and a small group within LEGO to build out a new website. Now finally, after 2 years, we have something to show for this effort – LEGO Remake.
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.
Rebrickable has been running for four years now, with 2015 seeing plenty of growth.
The below chart shows the daily page views for the last 4 years. This last week has seen a big surge in users which I hope continues into 2016!