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Building for the future 1: image service

by James

Just a pipe

Today sees the release of a new way for us to manage images on Folksy. It also marks the start of a bigger process to change the way the service is ‘architected’ (how the software is designed and how it works). This doesn’t provide any significant changes to your experience of the service but does make it more efficient to run and operate.

It’s taken most of the summer for us to get this in place but we believe it’s worth it. We believe it’s important to go the extra mile and not just “make do”. We’re building for the future.

Modular Service

Folksy is still predominantly an application that does everything through one piece of software. It is one ‘organ’. However, we’re starting to split Folksy out into separate ‘services’ where things like images are managed separately from say, billing. This modular way of ‘architecting’ online services (especially complex ones) means they are easier to manage and more efficient to develop, so you can work on one area of the service without affecting another area. This makes things easier to test and also de-bug and it’s an approach that is being adopted by more modern online services. So, going forward, to use the metaphor of the body, we’ll have a ‘brain’ that is the core application, that listens and responds to the ‘organs’ efficiently, rather than trying to manage all the needs of the body itself.

Faster Listings

This is just the start and we’ll be looking to spin out other areas of the site into separate services going forward. It will make the development more efficient and the site more robust. It will also help us scale to cope with increased demand and provide a better service.

The upshot of the image item service work is that images will now be processed and managed much more quickly. So images are cropped and different sizes produced that we require to display – we have 5 different sizes across Folksy.

So, listing will be faster even at busy times (as we can now scale the image processing easily) giving you more time to focus on other things. In-page image processing is next, this means listing will be super fast as images will be processed in the background, as you choose them and not just when you go to save and “preview”.

A win. Now back to work…


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Elizabeth Marshall September 6, 2012 - 12:28 pm

Really nice to hear the good work going on in the background faster listing will be much appreciated. Well done folksy!!

James September 6, 2012 - 1:30 pm

Thanks Elizabeth. There are a few improvements coming, some more obvious than others but all of which will help the seller and buyer experiences.

heather aka NiftyKnits September 6, 2012 - 4:39 pm

yay for faster listing – well done guys!

James September 6, 2012 - 4:44 pm

Thanks Heather, it’s been a while coming but it’s been done in a way that means it’ll be easier to develop going forward. :)

Helen September 6, 2012 - 6:44 pm

It sounds really good, faster listing will be a huge leap forward for us sellers, after all time is what we all need more of ! Feeling optimistic :) Thanks

Chicita September 6, 2012 - 7:31 pm

Excellent news. I noticed that listing was faster for me today so this is perfect timing, just as I’m adding lots to my shop!

Zoe September 8, 2012 - 1:05 am

Hey all,

Just wanted to say what a pleasure it was reading about the update and changes you guys are making. Very well explained too! Zoe

James September 8, 2012 - 10:56 pm

Thanks Zoe, it’s great to get good feedback.

annabel burton September 8, 2012 - 9:47 am

Having decided to upgrade my package to unlimited listings, this is really great news! It would also be good to have the software in place to add pictures in a one click process to the forums too

James September 8, 2012 - 10:59 pm

Hi Annabel, thanks for the feedback. The forums are trickier. We use a rather outdated system and we’ll need to change this at some point, but it’s not something that is currently prioritised so it may be a little while before you see any changes there.

rosie September 10, 2012 - 12:17 pm

That is fabulous news. Unfortunately last time I decided to list some items was in the middle of this maintenance but that was my silly fault. I’ll be listing lots more items after Renegade so will look forward to faster listing!

Mark Krause September 11, 2012 - 10:47 am

I have to say i was one of the moaners regarding how long it was taking to load pics when listing.Since the upgrade i have been able to list very quickly.
Well done James.


James September 11, 2012 - 11:28 am

Thanks Mark :)

Bonny Lass September 11, 2012 - 11:30 pm

This is great news. I listed two necklaces today and they were done in super quick time!

Thanks – and don’t work too hard, can’t have you burning out!

aka Bonny Lass

Sarah September 12, 2012 - 8:27 am

Sounds like a very good thing! I’ll look forward to listing my latest pictures from Crete in super fast time!

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