We require a self service Search Engine friendly Real Estate and For Sale by Owner (FBSO) site. Zen-Cart seems to provide and excellent basis for such a site but we remain open to all possibilities.
KEY REQUIREMENTS :
Private sellers must have the ability to create their own listings in less than 2 minutes (including registration) and Real Estate Agents must be able to quickly upload their properties. Initially listings will be free, but over time we will move to charging private sellers a fee after 30 days and Real Estate Agents will pay a monthly membership fee.
1) Professional Design/ CSS - The design and layout must present a simple professional crisp corporate image. The design must be CSS compliant and generally search engine friendly as well as being very fast to load.
2) Graphic Elements - The winning bidder will also need to provide the graphic elements of the site including a few royalty free positive lifestyle images (happy, successful, making money etc) and a simple logo based on the domain name.
3) SEARCH ENGINE FRIENDLY - every page must be indexable by the search engines. The software must allow us control the metatags, titles, with dynamic header and footer menus.
4) USER FRIENDLY - The site must be Self Service, in other words the most inexperienced user must be able to quickly register and upload their property in less than 2 minutes.
- Please read PLATFORM notes below. Please respond to the key requirements above point by point indicating your proposed solution.
- Please include similar sites you have developed in your response.
- PLEASE DO NOT PROVIDE A STANDARD RESPONSE LISTING HUNDREDS OF SITES NOT RELEVANT TO THIS PROJECT. ALL SUCH RESPONSES WILL BE DELETED.
- We can provide examples of the types of site we require.
- Must run on Standard Internet servers using Apache webservers and Linux/Unix derivatives
- Generally prefer PHP as a core programming language, but the quality and functions of the solution will dictate the language selected etc;
- The sites' visual design must be separate from the coding and managed via CSS style sheets.
- I have feedback that Zen Cart offers much of what is required, but I can be convinced there are better tools.
- The ability to handle XML feeds and automatically provide RSS updates to subscribers would be distinct advantages. A built in automated external Link addition/checking script would also be an advantage.