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Originally published at Growstuff Blog. You can comment here or there.

We’re pleased to announce a major update to our website including lots of great new stuff.

Major features:

  • Massive crop upload including brassicas, squashes, mint familiy (Lamaciae) and more.
  • Follow other members. You can now follow other Growstuff members. (Note: there are still some improvements to be made to the email notifications related to this.)
  • Send out regular planting reminder emails to members (although this has been ready for a while, we’ll finally be switching this on in production with this release!)

Minor improvements:

Detail of the updated homepage

Detail of the updated homepage

  • Some changes to the layout of the homepage — we’ve moved what was in the sidebar down into footer links, and given the rest of the homepage a little more breathing room.
  • Started to use and manage plural versions of crop names, eg. “tomatoes” rather than “tomato”. This is more complex than it sounds because many food crops have irregular pluralisation!
  • Small improvements to the crop detail page to make it easier to find via search engines.
  • Added Facebook contact link to footer (alongside Twitter etc)
  • Rearranged titles on RSS feeds to make them display better in browser tabs
  • Made it easier to specify the date on which a planting was finished, via a popup calendar on the planting detail page
  • Improved the flow for signing in, if you try to do something you don’t have authorization to do.

Bugfixes:

  • Improved display of crops on the “Browse crops” page, especially making sure that the text of crops with long names doesn’t overflow and mess up the alignment.
  • Show finished date correctly on plantings index page
  • Prevent the creation of a garden with a negative number for its area
  • Remove unused photos — if a photo is removed from all the plantings/harvests it was being shown on, the photo is now deleted from the system entirely.

Technical improvements:

  • Upgraded our underlying platform to Rails 4! This is a big change, and very welcome, as it brings us up to date technologically. Also bumped our Ruby version to 2.1.5.
  • Fixed problems installing libv8 on OSX (much appreciated by our developers!)

Thanks to all our developers, testers, crop wranglers, and others who helped us with all of this, and a special shout-out to new contributors Kevie, Rocky and Justin, as well as Marion, Juliet and Sam whose crop wrangling was a major part of this release!

[personal profile] alexbayleaf

Originally published at Growstuff Blog. You can comment here or there.

Today we updated the Growstuff website and have a bunch of great new features, including:

  • A crop “suggest” widget, instead of an unwieldy dropdown, when you are planting, harvesting, or saving seeds
  • We now show the most popular crops on the crop browse page, by default, rather than showing them in alphabetical order.
  • For those of you not on the metric system, you can now record your harvests in ounces
  • A couple of features for the benefit of our volunteer crop wranglers: we’ve made it easier to add scientific names to crops, and provided a list of other crop wranglers on the crop wrangler homepage.
a selection of commonly planted crops including bell pepper, mint, and rosemary

Showing some of our most frequently planted crops on the first page of crop results.

We also have a couple of bugfixes:

  • Fixed a bug with harvests where “pints” were being recorded as “pings”
  • Fixed a broken link on the contact page

And under the hood, our developers have improved our code by:

  • Upgrading to Bootstrap 3.2 (this is our front end CSS library, that makes the site look and feel the way it does)
  • Improved our test coverage by about 6%

Lots of good stuff here! Huge thanks to the many developers, testers, and other contributors who helped out with this release. You can see it all live on the Growstuff website.

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