Its been a long month, full of testing and adding features. This time around, i thought id also discuss potential future updates after talking about this months updates. Without further Ado, here are the updates.
Help Finder -
Security upgrades and improvements
Added title for the help finders posts
sped up map update times:
previously the map wouldn't update for potentially hours for individual users, this was a problem caused by the way your computer/phone stores information to quickly load it in the future via the web browsers cache.
Now the map will be forced to update the cache every hour.
Cache can be manually reset by users in browser settings OR by loading farmers forum on private or incognito mode as they don't use or save cache's.
Help Finder Heat-map's update every time a user posts on it. This is separate from the cache, and will be seen after cache update as described above.
Fixed issue that occurs when switching between looking for work and looking for workers, that would make an entry for both instead of one or the other.
Overall improvements to usability.
Future Plans -
These are the things i am either considering or currently working on. Some of these things might not end up being added, it just depends on how easy they are to accomplish, how much time i have on hand as well as the potential costs. Nothing is final but they should give you a good idea of what i'm doing and what to expect in the future.
What i am working on:
Welcome and About pages i have never been satisfied with, and so i am re-designing them.
Account & Settings pages
Easy way to change your user settings, password, forum settings, etc. Without having to email me.
Help Finder -
Adding a mouse over on Search results popup, so that when on Search results map view, you can access individual results.
Adding a picture or image to posts - it will be the image added on your website account, atleast that is the idea.
Currently topics are vague and engagement of users is 0. I am working on expanding topics and looking into usability.
And Finally, i am always looking for bugs and fixing them.
What i am considering for farmers forum:
I am re-designing the home page, getting rid of the buttons that are currently there and adding a forum feed showing new and/or popular forum posts, as well as important posts or updates.
Help Finder -
This would mean adding email notifications of offers received, maybe a little red star or something on the offers widget on the right on new offer & also looking into SMS notifications.
If SMS notifications are viable and depending on costs, im also going to look into the possibility of signing up for/posting to and seeing search offers entirely in SMS form. The idea behind this being it would let more regional farmers with no reliable access to internet be able to access the help finder, as long as they have even the smallest amount of service.
I made the site with the idea that people who would use it wouldn't mind doing any work that could be on offer. While i would like to maintain that idea, i would like to add the ability to filter search results for a specific job type. For example: contract header drivers, Shearers, etc. specific jobs.
If you have any thoughts, opinions, or suggestions, don't be shy, and comment away!