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philip 40 months ago

So some of us have been cranking on a new site lately aimed at laptops, tablets, and time permitting cell phones. Originally I wanted to push it live back in July/August, but that obviously didn't happen. We had a theoretically functional site, but I wasn't happy with the user experience yet. Then our office move-in happened which brought a lot of things to a standstill. Now here we are several months later prepping for go live.

Our new site for laptops and tablets, assuming no last minute emergencies, will be available within 24 hours.

Personally, I have mixed feelings. I feel good with what it provides, but it's not where I want it to be long-term. I want to ship out a perfect new site that doesn't require any additional work after launch, but that's a fairy tale. There's a constant battle between wanting what you feel is perfection and actually shipping something. (But I refuse to call it Beta - so if it's live it's live and that's it. It'll be functional and hopefully good, and I refuse to put out anything that requires our users to be a glorified test team.)

But you can't just sit on it forever. All the iteration in the world, on a small team, kinda operates in a vacuum. There are pain points we aren't going to anticipate until we let everyone try it out. So tomorrow our aim is to go live with a laptop/tablet site and then quickly iterate on the feedback we get. We hope you'll like it, and we look forward to the feedback you give (both positive and negative)!

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manirellis_fridge 2 points 40 months ago

Philip, the forum agrees that we need to add fridges. #DemocracyRules https://pcpartpicker.com/forums/topic/118916-operation-fridge

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Godzlegend1 1 point 40 months ago

Right, So you previously mentioned we would have to create new accounts for the website... but what if our username gets taken? I would like to use the same one but due to differing time zones I doubt I would be available when it goes live. Now obviously new accounts mean fresh start but how does the website function as a baseline? Does it consist of the same design as this one?

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 2 points 40 months ago

For this site we're reserving all PCPartPicker usernames until 12/31/2015. Just register on the new site with your existing username and email and you'll be good to go. (You can change your email afterwards if you want.) After 12/31, anyone will be able to get any available username they want.

Xorex64 1 point 40 months ago

So before the new year, i can sign up on the new site with the usename Xorex64 with my email and im good to go? No one can steal my name?

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 2 points 40 months ago

That's correct.

Xorex64 1 point 40 months ago

Ok, thanks

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piemancoder 1 point 40 months ago

The website is already up, (we just don't know url) so philip probably already made his account.

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piemancoder 1 point 40 months ago

Have you found the url?

m52nickerson 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Nice, great time to launch right before the holidays.

190n 2 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

AWW YEAH

AceBalthazar 3 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

Would there be any way to link accounts after you make one for Tablets? that could be convenient for those who have a main account but travel a lot. either way, it will be good to see a mobile-emphasized site.

the future holds great things for this site

AceBalthazar 3 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

lol i kinda misread the topic, but my question still applies about linking accounts..

GentlemanShark 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

I can't wait, it seems great. Will it focus on picking them out? Or building or something else?

piemancoder 1 point 40 months ago

5 hours left! Can't wait!

piemancoder 1 point 40 months ago

Edit: 3 hours.

GentlemanShark 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Is it launching at 9?

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 2 points 40 months ago

Jipster let it out. http://portablepicker.com

ctkeat 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Awesome!

GentlemanShark 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

I tried to signup for the site and I don't get an email to confirm my email address. Also, any plans to add this?

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

Not sure why your confirmation email didn't go out. In any case, I've manually activated your account. And for the laptop - I'll pass that along to see if we can get it added.

piemancoder 1 point 40 months ago

Yay'

Edit: can't seem to find activation email...

GreenBeanPie 1 point 40 months ago

Can't.. sign.. in.. to.. PortaP..

:(

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

You registered, but your account is not activated. Did you get (and click) the activation link?

GreenBeanPie 1 point 40 months ago

No, I don't see the email.

Thefan630 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

I like it a lot.

Btw you probably noticed this but, all but your main (US) site are non-operational.

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 2 points 40 months ago

Thanks! Should be fixed now.

piemancoder 1 point 40 months ago

What if we can't find the activation email?

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

Looking into it...

EDIT ok issue should be fixed. I've manually activated your account.

piemancoder 1 point 40 months ago

Thank you philip!

JAShadic 1 point 40 months ago

+1 for the new site!!! But no activation email...

Right now I'm on my mobile device headed for the city. I'll try to register once again when I'm home.

Maybe it's also because I'm on a 3GS... It's slow af...

philip staff submitter 10 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

It was a bug with one of our frontend servers. I've fixed the bug, but looks like I'll have to manually activate all the registrations that took place on that server before I fixed the bug. You should be activated very soon.

kudosalert 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Philip,

I've always found PcPartPicker to be a very useful site. It gives me the ability to search and get the best pricing for my builds. I have basically have 2 questions regarding your business.

  1. For any given product, there are usually only 4-6 retailers listed. I understand that these retailers are listed because you have been able to get to an agreement with them on a referral fee (CPA or similar). Do you have many retailers requesting to be listed but have decided not to list them because they have not met certain criteria beyond referral fees? If so, what are the reasons? A few examples i can think of are: lower traffic, lack of focus on pc parts, dubious business practices..

  2. Having price competition is a good thing. It saves consumers money (time). At some point however, retailers may decide that the benefits from listing on your site no longer offsets the referral fees paid and loss of revenue from price wars. Have you seen any instances of this situation?

Good luck on the new sites. I'm very interested in how your phone picker site will work.

Sorry, one last final note. The pricing history chart could use a feature where you can select to only see the pricing history of 1 or more particular retailer. It's a bit of a mess with a bunch of lines on there at time.

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Thefan630 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

For Philips screwdrivers? ;o

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philip staff submitter 10 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

We reserved everyone's pcpp username until the end of the year. Avatars though - we're looking into that. It's accepting the upload and storing it off, but not displaying it properly.

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philip staff submitter 10 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

When we do the official announce I'll describe it in more detail. But in summary, your pcpartpicker username is reserved on the new site. If you want to register with that username on portablepicker, you have to register using the same email address that you use on pcpp. That lasts until 12/31 to give people a chance to create accounts there with the same username. After 12/31 we're going to release the reservations and let people register regardless of an existing pcpp account of the same name.

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philip staff submitter 10 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

Yeah if you use the same email when registering it'll go through as normal. It's only if you try to register a reserved one with a different email - then you'll see an error message describing what's going on.

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philip staff submitter 10 Builds 3 points 40 months ago

Welcome back. :)

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philip staff submitter 10 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

Annnnd it just uncovered the first bug in the forums on the new site. Will fix that as soon as my wife goes to bed...

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philip staff submitter 10 Builds 2 points 40 months ago

I think congrats are in order - you're the first non-staff user registration on the new site.

Pcjulian12343 1 point 40 months ago

Stalking quietly like a lion in the grasses of Africa

piemancoder 1 point 40 months ago

Welcome back jipster!

ROG2000_PCs 1 point 40 months ago

lol m8

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piemancoder 1 point 40 months ago

Already tried it :(

Xorex64 1 point 39 months ago

They said that pcpp takes parts and sells for higher. Thats false, they receive revenue by payments from the retailers listed for parts.