What happened in April

This was supposed to be a What’s coming up for April Post but April happened so let’s cover what’s been going on behind the scenes:

  • The Station feedback form mentioned last month is live (Suggest an edit), you can find this on the Station template; expect one for the Suburb, City, State and Brand templates shortly
  • Ongoing efforts to speed up page loading times as we accomodate increased site demand
  • Ongoing efforts to improve the automated detection and exclusion of broken/corrupt Stations from influencing the City, Suburb and Station templates
  • Ongoing efforts to improve the FuelPrice Australia Android App and Android mobile experience; Apple and iOS users you’re up next!
  • Adsense ads were enabled on to ensure the site is cost-neutral; it will de-activate when site costs for the current month are met

The stragglers from past months will carry over to this month.

New features

  • [..] Add price heat mapping to the Brand template
  • [  ] Set the daily average price for towns/cities independantly where local station data is available (e.g. WA, NT, NSW, QLD)
  • [  ] Show the average daily fuel price on the Fuel brand template
  • [  ] Finish the Small Detailed Embed and Map Embed Widgets
  • [  ] Add Suburb support to all Widgets
  • [..] Add reporting feature to City and Station templates to raise data issues
  • [  ] Overlay the current average daily price with current per-station prices to see what stations have priced their fuel types above/below regional averages
  • [  ] Add forecasting of tomorrow price and two days from now prices for cities based on known high and low historical prices
  • [x] Add fuzzy matching for mispelled Suburbs and towns/cities in search
  • [  ] History controls for fuel stations to see last week, last month and all time matching the history controls of fuel types
  • [  ] AMP site support with Google Maps and Charts functionality
  • [..] Build out an API for localised fuel price data
  • [x] Put the website through AppPresser and release to the Google Play and App Store marketplaces
  • [..] Add My Account facilities to manage your vehicle preferences, preferred fuel type and favourite stations and/or regions
  • [..] Add site facilites to fuel stations from official sources (e.g. AdBlue availability, etc.)
  • [  ] Add fuel excerpt for Diesel and Premium Diesel fuel types using long-term pricing data (Diesel and Premium Diesel do not have typical weekly/monthly cycles)

Fixes

  • [..] Validate Suburb Lat/Long positions against a new dataset with better accuracy
  • [  ] Identify and redirect duplicate fuel stations in NSW at the same location to the original station that is being maintained
  • [..] Identify non-crowdfunded data sources for fuel stations in Tasmania, South Australia and the ACT
  • [  ] Improve the fuel price trigger detection linked to the low pricing e-mail notification
  • [..] Populate Google Maps Place ID for thousands of suburbs
  • [..] Populate Google Maps Place ID for thousands of outstanding stations
  • [  ] Validate Station price details by comparing against multiple data sources where possible
  • [  ] Re-introduce road safety messages with new Ad platform showing relevant messages based on known location

Changes

  • [  ] Switch to Mapbox if daily Google Maps API spending goes through the roof

Please keep hitting the feedback buttons and leave a comment where you identify problems with pages, feedback is taken seriously and is often actioned on the spot. 🙂

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