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The aim of this website is to be an on-line resource for collecting GB stamps.
The website was (is) written using Classic ASP. Conversion to PHP is out, but conversion to ASP.NET is in the pipeline. Moving the site to a new server has now made this possible.
Things still to do (April 2013):
I now have better reporting tools (through the search mechanism) to identify holes in the database, so I will make a big effort to fill in missing data and images. At the moment there are over 7,700 images on site totalling nearly 3Gb of data. This has recently been reduced as all the .jpg images have been optimised.
I will be concentrating on the GB site for the forseeable future as there is just not enough time to keep up to date with the others.
Improved the search feature with better search results and more criteria. The tumbnails make items in the search results far easier to identify.
As the Stamps, Issues and Themes tabs result mainly in lists of items and issues, these will utilise the search engine to generate these lists. The Themes page has already been changed to do this and uses jQuery and AJAX to display the results. The Issues tab will probably merge into the Stamps tab which will be renamed Explorer.
Other planned changes include:.
18 May 2013 - Added details of some of this summers issues plus scans of some year packs just aquired.
5 May 2013 - Filled in some of the missing images for stamps, year packs and first day covers.
2 April 2013 - Another LONG time between updates to this page. While new issues get updated, the mechanism of the site has been siiting unchanged for some time now. Conversion to ASP.net for the front end is the priority for the next few months. The addition of the link to the site from the Royal Mail website has driven a lot more traffic here, so I think it deserves more attention now.
16 April 2012 - Moved the site to a new server which gives the opportunity for starting the rewrite using ASP.NET. This version also has optimised images for all stamps.
23 March 2011 - Updated with latest current and future issues.
6 February 2011 - Apologies for the long delay in updating the site. It should be more or less up to date now with current and future issues.
15 November 2010 - I am very pleased to be able to start using Scott catalogue numbers for the GB issues. There are only a few issues filled in at the moment but I hope to add many more over the next few weeks.
10 November 2010 - Added the 1993 £10 stamp and presentation pack.
1 November 2010 - Changes to the Links page. Added index.
29 October 2010 - Added BFDC search links for all issues. Started to add specific links for recent issues.
26 October 2010 - Added images for Special Delivery issue and the London Eye/Arboretum Commemorative Sheets.
23 October 2010 - Added eBay search links for commemorative issues. As these use the issue name the eBay search may not find matches for every issue. New eBay search terms will be added for each issue as these differences are found.Note that these links are not associated with any eBay affiliates and I do not make any money from these searches.
18 October 2010 - Preview of next years Gerry Anderson issue plus added more Royal Mail Previews
17 October 2010 - Added new Articles section to the site to display articles about British stamps. First up are some of James Watson's British Special Stamps articles from Philatelic Bulletin.
17 October 2010 - Thanks to all those who sent in images to fill in gaps on the site. It seems that the review in the Philatelic Bulletin really did bring the site to the attention of many more people.
12 October 2010 - Added Childrens Books - Winnie The Pooh issue.
12 October 2010 - Rearranged site menus. Now the Stamps and Themes are under the Explore menu. Start to make the screens work the same way. Thanks to Heather for correcting some of the spelling mistakes on the site. Sorry, Dormice.
4 October 2010 - Added submenu for publications and a revised Philatelic Bulletin page. New Explorer page coming soon.
28 September 2010 - More holes filled in after visit to Stamp Fair on the weekend. Working on new Explore view. Mobile app is progressing slowly. Need to decide on what looks best.
15 September 2010 - 229 A4 posters now on the site. iPhone web app progressing well.
11 September 2010 - More progress on the mobile app and started to add A4 posters for early 80s issues.
20 July 2010 - Added Royal Mail preview images for the Childrens Books, Pictorial Post & Go and Commemorative Sheets issues.
18 July 2010 - Beginnings of the mobile app available at www.collectgbstamps.co.uk/mobile. A bit of a mess at the moment but it will improve every dayor so.
11 July 2010 - Lots of things conspired to make updates a bit sparse over the last few weeks. The World Cup, new iPhone4 and work commitments.
Look out for a new mobile version soon.
20 June 2010 - Starting to implement tag lists for issues and items. This should make searching and categorising the data easier.
16 June 2010 - More covers, packs and prestige books from Swinpex 2010 and eBay. More progress on search engine.
10 June 2010 - More internal changes to make search facility more flexible. Good stuff coming soon.
9 June 2010 - A big step forwards for the site (internally at least) as the issues for a year display is now powered by the search system.
1 June 2010 - Added previews of British Railways, Medical Breakthroughs and Olympics issues. Trials with long descriptions and postmarks.
31 May 2010 - Internal changes to display year and search pages. Thumbnails now show large images when clicked.
30 May 2010 - Added lots of Presentation Pack covers and tidied up year display code. Thumbnails now have image preview. Start long job of rescanning some early ropey images.
28 May 2010 - Added more issue information, especially sizes.
25 May 2010 - Corrected many of the set types before changing the way they are defined.
23 May 2010 - Presentation Packs, Miniature Sheets and regional FDCs added.
16 May 2010 - Major internal changes. Changing names of key fields is scary stuff. Standardised navigation across pages.
13 May 2010 - Added Britain Alone issue details and link to Britan Alone video from the Royal Mail.
11 May 2010 - Started to use Blueprint CSS Framework for the site which should make the page structure more robust and flexible.
10 May 2010 - Had a great day in London on Saturday at the 2010 Festival of Stamps. Filled in more missing entries, especially Definitive and Regional Definitive packs. Added all the Festival issues special editions.
5 May 2010 - Regional Definitive images, presentation packs and a few FDC images added. Alt tags on search thumbnails.
2 May 2010 - Lots of images and entries from new FDC and PP collected at Worpex yesterday. More machin images filled in.
27 April 2010 - Added London 2012 MS and England Rugby World Cup MS. Started to experiment with CSS Frameworks - at the moment Blueprint seems to be the one to go for.
25 April 2010 - Started some work on the print stylesheet at last so you will not see menu, footer and searchbar in print preview.
25 April 2010 - Implemented new DB and display routines in search. Try show:issues format:stockbooklabels to see example of different formats to come.
22 April 2010 - Moving towards standardised database code. Added more database details for existing issues.
13 April 2010 - Added Mammals issue for 2010 plus more previews for the House of Stuart issue.
12 April 2010 - Added preview for the House of Stuart 2010 issue.
11 April 2010 - After a visit to the local Stamp Fair yesterday, a fair number of packs and first day covers have been added including the fabled fruit and Veg pack from 2003.