I also wanted to create a website with a list of available custom bricks, and I have almost finished the website and even purchased the domain name (blocsbrics.com). But after asking some of the developers if they want to participate and not getting a clear positive answer back, I have dropped that project.
Well, basically, because I am not going to build my own brics, I just wanted to create a place where we can put together all of the links to the websites of available brics (Until Norm provides the official alternative). Something similar to https://BuiltwithBlocs.com website. If that’s something that you think will be useful, I can get it online in a couple of hours.
It could and probably should just be a page on the Blocs website linking to the various “vetted” third party bric developers. Categorized of course by type.
Adobe had problems with service from third party developers taking money and not delivering…bugs…bugs and more bugs…it reflected poorly upon the company. This is why to run a company like Blocs there needs to be more people.
I think Norm said he is planning on bringing in more “helpers” in the future. For now maybe a page like Eldar describes isn’t too bad.
Hello @eldar, of course I then will also participate. @Bill, what about you?
If I remember correctly, there exists also 2 free brics somewhere in the Forum here. It were also good, if they would appear there.
I even can imagine something similar to rapidweavercommunity.com so that we later have a site with all links concerning Blocs:
Pro Brics / Payed brics
Templates (A link to your template page)
Free Videos (Your videos, but also videos, which are present here in the Forum. I think there mainly on some videos which @Jakerlund has created, if he is ok with this)
Online Courses (Your payed online video courses)
I also have the domain blocscommunity.com, if you think this one were better if we include everything, let me know. I could add your nameservers in the domain. I am also open to transfer this domain at any moment to @norm, if he prefers.
This are only some ideas from me, the do you think @Eldar@Lucas
Ok, I’ve talked to Norm and it will probably be 6-12mos before an official marketplace site is ready. He said he’s fine w/ a temporary marketplace till he can do the official one.
So LET’S DO A TEMPORARY ONE ! I’m In.
@Eldar - If you have the time, we would need a site that lists each product in a image grid & a simple search functionality based on some tags we could add to each product.
Obviously, a login admin backend to allow devs to add a product icon image & maybe some screenshot images and some basic info on the product: Product Name/Developer Name/Price/Current Version/Link to the product Page. I’m hoping you have a simple CMS system in mind, or something that won’t cost a lot for you.
This would be temporary and be free for the devs to use. AND when the official marketplace is ready then we have to agree to either turn the keys over to Norm or delete the site, as there can’t be two places
Both of your ideas sound great. Of course, I will be happy to participate!
At the moment, I am very busy with preparing for a release of my new project (not related to Blocs, or web design), but later in October, I will be able to work on our new site. If somebody can give it a go before then, I would be just happy to assist from the side!
In any case, it’s great to see the collective effort in growing our great community!
It’s a bit amusing and rather ironic that @Eldar is expected to put forth all those stated features of a site for free, while 3rd party developers clamor about costs and value of their items across the forum over time.
I suspect @Eldar’s time and talents have value as well in offering to market the items. Plus he already has a large established ecosystem of traffic. Regarding his Learning Blocs and Blocs Templates sites driving users and customers to his sites already, which will instantly benefit this endeavor as well. So that should certainly be worth something.
PS: I think @InStacks already grabbed the best domain for it, blocsaddons .com, I doubt he is willing to relinquish that however. :–)
Yes, it is really great, to see the effort of the community. I am not sure, if we need really a CMS system at this state, with the some brics which exists until now, we could also create something static. @Eldar if you find a not free script which were interesting for this project, let me know, I will participate to the costs. I prefer one time payments, I am no fan of monthly payments. If hosting is needed, I also can provide this for free for this project.
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Given the "current low number " of 3rd party custom offerings, a simple site provided as part of @Eldar’s established ecosystem would seemingly be enough.
Developers could simply provide him with screenshots, a limited text summary and URL links to their custom offering page(s) and that would be enough to help drive traffic from his established ecosystem to their channels.
When you have a new offering submit the new info which will be added to the site, similar to how he already handles builtwiithblocs.com … which he already offered above …
In the end – ultimately its up to each 3rd party to market and thus compel users to buy their products, based upon the cost, merits and features of what is being offered via their own end channels.
A site as part of @Eldar’s ecosystem along with a Pinned & Locked thread on the forum would just be aiding in funneling users to those 3rd party developer channels.
Each approach together should be enough until @norm sorts out a more official marketplace approach, IMHO.
A static thread has already been in use & it’s just not cutting it for the visitors - most are really visually oriented and need nicely laid out images/screenshots, etc - not text.
A nice clean visual site w/ search options is much better IMHO