Heres the deal:
I'm a travel agent who needs a simple and attractive website.
I have designed the site on paper and have the layout. I need someone with experience to build this. I have done this on my own online before and would like someone to build a better, cleaner model. Its a simple site that allows you to make reservations online for travel.
I desire someone who is experienced and can do this with little effort because they are so experienced and this is an easy task. Also seeking someone who has built travel sites before and feels building something much simpler than a site like hotels.com. Our previous site looked like: onesamplesite.info.
We seek a site that has an interface like hotels.com. We have all the rate and content information and will manually update that from a feeder system. Thus, we just need the interace and page stlye upgrade and SEO.
We need the site to be up high in search results in 3 months.
As a beginner, it took me 3 days to build a simple site from go daddy without knowledge of building a site before. It lacked SEO and calendar and search options. Yet it served its purpose better than a pro would have thought. Therefore, I am looking for the developer who feels confident that he can do this quickly and efficiently.
Thanks in advance for your response to this posting.
A more standard looking site
interface and page navigation
THIS NEEDS TO BE AN ATTRACTIVE BASIC SITE- NOT AS INTENSE AND DATA FEEDING CONNECTED AS YOUR TYPICAL TRAVEL SITE- WE ARE FOCUSING ON ONE CITY-REGION AND ALSO JUST FOCUSING ON HOTEL TRAVEL.
ALL INPUTS FROM US NEEDS TO BE ABLE TO BE EDITED FROM THE BACKEND- NO DIRECT CONNECTIONS TO OTHER SITES FOR UPDATING INFORMATION
EXCERPT FROM THE PDF WE USED
Hi, here is more information on the site.
Due to the overwhelming amount of responses from developers that meet our criteria, I have decided to send the project description out. Please submit a mock of the site and/or( if not able to send a spec or mock) let me know your comfort level. Also leave a message with the bid and your thoughts about the project and the best time to call you in the next four days so that we may proceed. Thank You.
Site Up and with SEO: ASAP (Need site to come up in search engines in 3 months)
Budget: Best Bids ( Quality and Value Consideration)
Email Me: zoozane1@[url removed, login to view] to setup a time to talk and with comments.
This is the route I first took because I thought this would be a very simple task. I used a well-known inexpensive domain manager to create the site from a pre-built, blank template for $15 and a $9/mo. rate to keep it active, which I enhanced and completed in 3 days. I turned a shopping cart into a travel site which was very presentable. I have since learned much more about the process of developing sites and have identified what I need/ who I want to be working with. Now I realize, it’s not that hard, you just have to know how to program/build a site- like a pro- not a beginner.
At its best, the site focused on a particular city-metro area and listed hotel listings and tourist information about the area. You would view the site, click on the city area you were interested in or click on the hotel listing name on the left-side tab bar to advance into the site. Before-Previously, the towns in that city were listed in the center of the site’s open area and directly below it was a row of featured hotel listings that we wanted to stand out.
Next, as with any travel site, you would select-click the hotel and choose your travel dates and room types and then, you would proceed to checkout and purchase options.
All of the information pertaining to the hotel listings, company and site descriptions and other relevant information was entered into the data system-back-end manually, and is not connected to other travel sites or daily rate and news updaters or systems. Thus, that should eliminate many concerns or additional work by the developer. We have our own contracted feeder system that handles that and gives us necessary rate info.
Thus, all I am looking for is someone to review the current mock- site and to get a feel for it, as we are going to give it a facelift and make the navigation process much easier and presentable.
• What I want is a travel site devoted to a single city area- which I will provide later
• A simple system for me to input and change itinerary options including- rates, hotel listings,
details, welcome message, terms and such, etc. I have all the information- pictures and
descriptions- ready to input and already arranged.
That being said, as a thought- are you able integrate the site into the previous cart? or can you
do something similar so that I can manage everything and just edit and input the data manually
and remotely? This is a very important note.
• We want the site to come up on the first page- high ??" on the search engines being Google,
Yahoo, Bing. For example, when someone enters, “hotels + Chicago??... our site will come up,
need this to be done by late October
• The number of hotel listings may be in the high double digits so I would input all the description
information manually for those and update them periodically, daily and as needed. So, I would
need to be able to do this without it causing you to make changes for each
edit/change/addition. So a template or system of some sort, either building from what I already
use or a much easier version that you would recommend is imperative.
• Me being as detailed as possible for you in this information and site description: when the site
was running before and when I had finished it, there were 20 hotel listings that I had added and
I had manually input all the site information on the back-end-internally, and customized as much
as possible on the front-end though some html coding to enhance the appearance and
navigation- all of this was done over a three-day period. Thus, I would expect this project be
• We want a facelift. Also, the color scheme should be somewhere between basic and vibrant; i.e.
white, yellow and red.
More information and guidance to allow you to make the best mock-site draft and be as efficient and
effective in designing the site and getting a feel for what I’m asking.
View the sites: - their interfaces main-home pages
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Again, these sites have great interfaces and good site navigation. We want a BASIC site that achieves our
stated goals and also shows some of your creativity. The site should be a MUCH simpler and more basic
version of these above stated examples.
Our Mock Sample Site is: [url removed, login to view]
This is a much simpler and plain version of the previous website. It shows the general layout and gives
you a template to play with and enhance and design to our simple specifications. YOU MAY MAKE A
NEW SITE- MORE LIKE [url removed, login to view]
Hope this was received well. Again, we are looking to build relationships with developers and
programmers as well for several future projects.
Below is the sample front page interface layout.
Simple Sample Layout For Front Main Page
Search and Quick Input Date Company Logo and Pics
Side Bar Links MIDDLE Featured Lists •City Areas•City Hotels•Other Information•Contact Us
Navigation from Viewer Standpoint:
From Home Page to Making Selection:
Main Page ?? City-Hotel Listings ?? Hotel?? Enter Travel itinerary ?? Confirm?? Go To Purchase
On the Back-End:
My Team enters all the necessary information for pictures, details, rates, etc.