My client is in the process of setting up a new estate agency in Scotland. She needs a website which will allow easy content management and have a modern look and feel, and should not be complicated to operate. Speed of access is also important. The search facility should not be too intricate. The preferred solution would be an enhancement to a similar existing operational site. All currency on the website will be GB pounds sterling. If "shareware" is used this should be stated. I would also like to understand your approach to source code ownership, as I do not want my client to be tied in to the developer. Please give details of reference sites and likely duration of development.
At this stage we are currently assessing which options are available. I should emphasise that the end decision rests with the client, therefore there is no guarantee that a decision will be made at this time.
Following further discussions with my client, the additional requirements have been requested.
1. The ability to access and maintain the property details via a content management system.
2 The ability to capture visitor's details.
3 The ability to sign up visitors and allocate a password
4 The ability to re-send the password when required.
5 When a visitor signs in with their password they can access their own private file, giving details of properties requested, properties visited and future planned property viewings.
6 The ability to allow private members the use of mortgage calculator tools
7 The ability to link Google maps to an address or postcode.
8 The ability to include click thru to affiliate property websites
Additionally, I would like to know if anyone has linked to an estate agency management system, to allow the office staff to manage customer and property details, i.e. the system should be both client-facing and a back-office system.
Also the client will require SEO to ensure that the website achieves the highest search engine rankings.
As an additional request the client may look to outsource the ongoing content management, i.e. email photographs and text for overnight inclusion on the site.
Whilst I am overwhelmed by the response, I will now only be interested in people who have an already established package, which can be tailored.
Many thanks to all who have replied.