I am starting this year with a really demanding personal challenge to create even more value for you: 12 months = 12 new big content or feature upgrades to Locationscout.
The last year has been a challenge for all of us around the world, keeping a distance from people we love to protect them, homeschooling or simply staying at home during a lockdown while canceling trips that were already planned and looked forward to for a long time. I feel that working even harder is the best I can do to thank you guys for all your support while traveling is simply not possible or just in a very limited radius.
While Around Me, one of the main features of the iOS and Android app, was already launched during the pandemic to help you find beautiful places nearby on the go, I want to raise my bar and add 12 big content or feature upgrades this year. This also means, that I really appreciate any feature request in the comments below or simply via mail to contact[at]locationscout.net. Most of these improvements will be free for all and some will be exclusive to premium subscribers because that's currently the income stream that enables me to invest more and more time into this platform. You can read more about that in my post iOS & Android App - Behind the Scenes.
January - Learn Section
In January, I launched the new Learn Section, which is basically like Amazon Prime Video for travelers and photographers with growing high-quality video content added on top for free to each premium subscription. Articles stay free forever. All this wouldn't be possible without awesome content creators like Aliaume Chapelle, Melanie "Fototante" John, Albert Dros, Mathias Koch or the iPhone Photography School.
February - Performance
In this month we tripled our server infrastructure with an entirely new basis to reach faster loading times (up to 3x more speed) while still reducing the monthly hosting costs and enabling us to scale limitlessly. After hundreds of tests and months of work, it was finally time to make the shift and switch to the new infrastructure. Besides that, we invested a lot of time to improve pages that became slow because of more and more data like the home feed, which is now up to 10x (!!) faster than before due to lots of performance improvements on how data is loaded. This is just the beginning and we will keep working on improving the performance for the next few months.
I said "we" because of Stephan, who is currently helping me a lot to manage the growth and update the platform infrastructure to an entirely new level and therefore deserves a huge thank you for being available during times that nobody could expect from any employee or freelancer... and I am very thankful but also sorry for that. ;-)
March - Weather
The weather is one of the most important factors for a great landscape photo. That's why Locationscout will now show the current weather for each spot around the world in real-time. This feature is free for everybody and you just need to be logged in. And for all our friends from the United States, Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Cayman Islands, Liberia, the Bahamas, and Belize, I made sure to set the temperature to Fahrenheit, which can be changed in the profile settings at any time. You can learn more about this in the specific article New Feature: Weather.
Besides that, Stephan and I did improve the page speed again by around 10-15% and we have 4 new awesome video tutorials in our Learn Section.
This section will be updated on a monthly basis, so stay tuned.