Blender Market 2.0
As with most products, the first version is a lesson. What did we get wrong, what did we get right, and how can the team improve upon it? The Blender Market has been no different and was packed full mistakes. We've gained a lot of knowledge from that first release.
This awareness has been funneled into the release of the new Blender Market, and I think you’re really going to enjoy it!
Improved purchasing experience
Feel confident when making a purchase on the Blender Market. The new rating system gives you insight from others who have purchased the product and gives you the ability to submit your experiences for others to see as they decide whether or not to buy it as well.
Communicate better through Inbox
Inbox was created to give you a centralized location for your communication with Creators, Customers, and Blender Market Admins.
Getting support is now easier than ever. Following a purchase, visit your Inbox to create a new message to the Creator. They will get a notification of your support request and respond all within the Inbox.
You may also receive messages from the admins about site news and emails from creators about product updates.
Access Downloads Faster
You can find all your purchases from your My Account page, to get there click on your account dropdown in the top left corner of the site. Once on your Account page, just click the View Receipt next to the product you’d like to download.
Comments were great, though tended to visually appear messy intermixed with questions about the product, or people responding with “Great product! “
Comments have been broken into two focused areas.
- Pre-Sale questions are for any questions you might have on a product before you purchase it. You’ll find the Pre-Sale question tab above a product's images on it’s product page.
- Reviews: After you’ve purchased a product, you can leave a rating with a text review, letting the creator and other customers know what your thoughts are.
Vendors are now called Creators
A seemingly simple update of text, though for the Blender Market, it goes much deeper. The term Vendor feels colder in way, more of a businesslike and traditional way of doing things. This is not the team’s vision of the Blender Market.
Instead, the Blender Market wants to inspire people to create amazing products that support the community and inspirational pieces of work with products they’ve purchased from the Market, all while using Blender.
Product Submission Form gets a fresh coat of paint.
There is a lot that goes into a product, and the original submission form was a single long scrolling piece of text that would bore a rancor in the dead of winter.
The form has been completely redesigned, allowing for easier, more streamlined creation, previewing of your product page and even saving drafts so you can come back later and finish your product page.
Sales Graphs: Keep track of Performance
Creators now have direct access to their products sales metrics. They can view sales per all their products or drill down to an individual product to see how it’s doing, all while keeping an eye on total earnings, donations, and upcoming commission payments.
Other improvements worth mentioning:
Creators can now add collaborators to products, splitting revenue automatically.
Improved product rotation on the homepage of the site for greater exposure.
Improved product sort and search.
Blog page layout updated for easier reading.
Improved Creators shop page
Footer re-design with updated links + blog articles
The team is incredibly proud of this release and excited for you to dive in and create amazing products while helping out the Blender ecosystem. In just five months of work the crew has re-written the site from scratch with 2600+ commits, 100k+ lines of code, 300+ closed issues and a lot of coffee, beer, wine and motivation to make the Blender Market the place to sell and purchase Blender products.