Looking to create a website similar to [url removed, login to view] and [url removed, login to view] but site will cater for a small geographical area not world wide.
A database driven website displaying holiday/vacation home available for short term lets in XXXXXX.
Owners Experience (Listing a property)
For an annual fee owners will be able to list their properties on the site. When listing the property the owner will be asked to fill in required details i.e. Description, Type (villa/apartment/condo etc),Location, Bedrooms, Facilities, nearby attractions, contact details……... and a simple method to upload a set number of pictures.
Once submitted and payment has been processed a listing will be generated based on information supplied by the owner. Pictures will be formatted to a fixed size and displayed in the listing. An availability calendar will be provided showing dates that are available/not available/booked using different colours. The calendar will be updated manually by the owner via a secure login. Owners can also change the pictures they have uploaded.
All new listings will remain "Inactive" until approved and activated by the site administrator. Each new listing will trigger an email informing the admin that a property is pending approval and activation.
Each owner is issued a Owner ID and each property issued a property ID. Multiple properties can be linked to a single Owner and managed from a single login. Property details will be kept on the system even when not active so owners can purchase advertising and list a property.
Owners login area will show all enquiries sent through the website contact form. It would be beneficial if each enquiry could have a status field where the owner could select the status of the enquiry i.e. Enquiry received, replied, negotiating, booking confirmed, booking refused. This field would help us generate reports to determine how many enquiries the site was getting and how many were resulting in confirmed bookings.
Visitors Experience (Searching for a property)
When a visitor comes to the site they will be shown a number of featured properties on the home page and presented with a search box to search for properties by location and/or capacity (number of people it sleeps) and by availability dates.
They will be presented with a list of properties each entry showing a small thumbnail, a brief description and the weekly tariff. Clicking on a property will take them into a full page listing detailing the property and displaying the photographs. At the bottom of the page will be a contact form to allow the visitors to contact the owner of the property directly, other contact details will also be displayed such as Phone, Fax, Address, time zone etc so visitors can contact direct or by filling in a form on the website which gets emailed to the owner. The website does not get involved with any bookings.
Clicking the availability link will pop up a calendar showing booked dates in red, available dates in green and Not available/unknown dates in grey.
Each property listing will have an "Add to shortlist" check box so visitors can create a shortlist and then review. The shortlist will be cookie controlled so the visitor is not required to signup or enrol.
The home page will also present a box with "Hot Searches", these will be predefined words like beach, shopping, marina, water sports, etc. Clicking any of these links will perform a search of all properties that have the relevant facility.
The administrator needs to be able to activate/deactivate properties. Upload pictures on behalf of Owners that are having difficulty etc.
Have the ability to extract the email addresses for all owners in some format (csv, excel) for mailings etc.
Admin should have the ability to choose featured properties. Featured properties will be displayed on the home page (3-4 at a time). If the number of featured properties exceeds the number of slots on the home page then they will be rotated either on page load or after 5 minutes.
Administrator needs to be able to change expiry dates on properties for special offers i.e. 14 months listing for the price of 12 months etc
The owners lounge will be a password protected area where owners will be able to view their properties, see enquires, edit the calendar, read information on how to create the best listings, best type of pictures to use, recommendations on service companies in XXXXX i.e. Property management, Keyholding, Cleaning, Concierge etc
Possibly a forum where owners can discuss issues regarding their property but this will only be available to owners and not to visitors
After the experimental period we would like to introduce a virtual concierge buy partnering with companies that provide car hire, safari's, cruises etc. The site will have no advertising,
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Notes: This is a global website with properties all over the world but the concept is the same. Home page is too busy and too long. Like the integrated calender and the ability to search by availability
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Notes: Again a global website. Like the advanced search. Has no integrated calendar
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Notes: Really like this site layout and functionality. Like SMS messages to owners as well as emails. I would like to achieve something like this site in a few years but not as Stage 1.
Sign up to news letter
Email the property to a friend
Visitor Stats on a per property basis
As this is a featured project please respond with your email address or MSN/Skype details. I understand you are allowed to do this for featured projects because there is no commision to be paid.