As you may or may not be aware I’ve been busy for the last couple of days upgrading parts of the site that were long overdue. Some of these upgrades will be obvious and others are just in the background to ensure that the site continues to run smoothly.
The big major change that you will notice is that the marketplace area now looks slightly different. This will give it more of an eBay like feel so that you can quickly browse the listings of what’s for sale. I will also be enforcing strict new guidelines for new posts in the marketplace to ensure that it’s easier than ever for you to see what’s for sale, how much it is and where it’s located. Given the sheer amount of existing posts it will take time to fully see the benefits of these new guidelines, but I will do my best to clean up old posts over the next week or so.
One of the most difficult parts of running a community like this is striking the right balance between providing a free platform for everybody to use but also ensuring that the site can pay for itself. Up until now the site has never paid for itself (with the exception of a brief period where I experimented with Patreon supporters - thank you to those that contributed) and the site has been running in various guises since 2012.
Therefore I’ve decided to offer a premium membership to the site which will cost £5.00 per year. This will grant you access to create as many posts as you like in the marketplace and will eventually remove ads from the site (once I’ve implemented ads for non premium members). It will also help support the site financially so that I can continue to improve things and keep the site running, and I will no doubt be adding other benefits in the future.
Non-premium members can of course still reply to posts in the marketplace and see everything there, but they will no longer be able to post anything without signing up for a premium membership.
You can sign up here.
It’s now possible to add a more specific location to your user profile and see where other EV owners are in the world on the user map. Bear in mind it it won’t show much until people add it to their profiles. Please also be mindful that any logged in user will be able to see your location, so please don’t be too specific. For example I’ve just added my town.
It’s also now possible to add a location to posts in the marketplace and this will allow other users to view a map of things for sale and wanted items.
I’ve also upgraded the site to use SSL which ensures that all of your data is fully encrypted and secure. This is even more important now that you can subscribe to a premium membership and ensures that your card details stay secure when being sent to the payment processor.
I have some other improvements to the site that are on my road map and I will aim to get to these in the coming weeks.
As always, if you have any questions or feedback please reply to this topic!