October 16, 2017 at 2:15 pm #4961
Once you have completed your website please add it to this list…
November 7, 2017 at 3:52 am #5210
November 8, 2017 at 1:24 pm #5214
Nice work Carol,
Not only do you have a lovely site, you also have the kudos of being the first site completed via the new course.
November 16, 2017 at 3:35 am #5269
Completed my site: https://harborviewexuma.com.
Also own harbourviewexuma.com which I have pointed to the other. (because harbor is the US way of spelling and Harbour is the european way). Have sent mail to all those who have booked with us and put on our Facebook page. Now planning to set up a mail campaign and send details of new website to all those who have inquired or booked with us over last 5 years (should keep me out of mischief for next few weeks).
Thanks for your help and guidance Alan.
November 16, 2017 at 12:00 pm #5272
Don, Great news on completing it, and an awesome site it is!
We have had a lot of messages from owners looking to pool email resources, for the benefit of all. While this may appear a legal minefield (and it is, considering we are international), the idea is sound, and as it has been my career for the last 25 years you can expect we will be offering something legal and robust in the near future.
I only mention this because the biggest pre-requisite to any owner legally sharing a person’s email address in the future is to ask their permission. If you are considering Vacation Soup membership when we go live (as I am sure you are), this would be worth keeping in mind when you are contacting past guests.
Without re-asking permission, even for your own business, you risk falling foul of the draconian GDPR that comes into force in Europe next year, which applies to any European subject (i.e. guest). I am drafting a paper on this, but current advice is that you include a paragraph asking for permission to stay in contact and keep their personal details on file (as simply as that). Simply not objecting is not considered enough sadly, you need to ask them to respond by email saying they are OK with it. In my experience most engaged customers don’t mind this, they feel re-assured that you take their personal data seriously.
As for the Vacation Soup sharing concept, it would only ever be voluntary of course. Any owners that want to share (and benefit from others’) email data would need to contact them and say something along the following lines:
We are [thinking of being] part of Vacation Soup, a new traveller site made by vacation rental owners. We would like to ask your permission for Vacation Soup to send you occasional emails, please can you respond with “Yes to Soup” in your reply if you are happy for this to happen.
I hope this helps, and great work.
November 17, 2017 at 3:16 pm #5277
December 4, 2017 at 4:09 am #5415
Finished with round 1. It could use a little polishing here and there as well as some text on a couple of the bucket list items.
I spent many hours experimenting with the SEO suggestions. I registered my URL with the google search console to get some insight on which key word searches are showing my website. Right now, my website is appearing on the 7th page of a google search for my condo building. I am hoping it will appear within the first couple pages soon.
December 16, 2017 at 2:55 pm #5735
Here’s the list so far, Please add your domain when you are finished.
December 16, 2017 at 6:21 pm #5738
I have completed mmy website. Need some improvement and content for the destination but the foundation is there!!!
Proud of it!
December 17, 2017 at 9:42 pm #5751
Your site doesn’t seem to be displaying correctly. You may need to talk to Siteground
December 18, 2017 at 4:17 pm #5777
Hi, I checked and it is now working from my end…
December 18, 2017 at 11:10 pm #5782
December 21, 2017 at 8:39 pm #5817
Not feeling very creative today. Trying to come up with a new domain name. Ugh
December 21, 2017 at 11:57 pm #5819
We all have days like that – Hang in there
December 29, 2017 at 4:55 pm #5869
December 30, 2017 at 8:21 pm #5898
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January 3, 2018 at 1:13 am #5941
Finished the framework. https://fancylakevaca.com/
January 3, 2018 at 10:13 pm #5946
January 4, 2018 at 9:51 pm #5971
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January 6, 2018 at 4:52 am #6004
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January 8, 2018 at 5:18 am #6036
My wife Arielle and I have a log cabin in Vermont and two properties on the Cape. We have been advertising through Home Away for years but will be moving to our own site this year. Thanks to Alan and the crew at your end for all the great videos and information. It took a lot of time but I cannot imagine doing it ourselves. We so appreciate all that went in to creating these tutorials. Just finished our site tonight:
We need to tweek a lot of things but as you said, get it up and running and then take the time to clean everything up.
Having a bit of a problem with the final part in Pirate Forms getting the site to be able to send an inquiry but I’ll figure it out.
John and Arielle Kennedy
January 9, 2018 at 9:12 pm #6071
January 18, 2018 at 1:52 pm #6139
Almost there, we have 3 properties and need to run the add multi properties learning and add rates. Solerproperties.com Thanks for the course, excellent!
January 31, 2018 at 4:33 am #6405
I think I get the prize for taking the longest to finish! Here’s my site: https://gatheringhouses.com. Thank you, Alan, for generously providing your template, forum help, and instructional videos. I can’t believe I actually have a website and it looks pretty good. I look forward to adding more content and being a part of the soup!
February 7, 2018 at 8:11 pm #6508
Thanks Alan for the support! Siteground has really great support. I’m not sure I’ll ever be “done” with the site as I’ll keep making changes I’m sure. https://obxbeachparadise.com
March 11, 2018 at 9:19 am #6862
Hurray! I have completed 90% of my website and look forward to optimising it (will look for more learnings on this) >> https://www.oldceret.com
Happy to receive your suggestions for improvements too please. Thank you all!
In the meantime, please advise how to add my list of Categories onto the Guest Reviews page? Thank you!
March 11, 2018 at 10:40 am #6867
Nice work Lina,
I would tidy up the text on the homepage a little so that it lines up across the page.
I would also recommend trying to take better photos of the property as they are a little dark.
But the site is stacked with great information – Well done
Categories can be added via the WordPress dashboard, testimonials, fields and you can add a category to the form there
March 11, 2018 at 12:00 pm #6870
Thanks for the tips! Yes indeed, taking betters is my top To Do on my next trip to Ceret.
BTW – I meant to ask, how to add Categories and Archives as part of the Side Bar in our Blogs (Our Ceret Guide)?
Also how do I access The Learning Centre for the paid resources? I just signed up for the yearly subscription.
March 11, 2018 at 3:52 pm #6871
Learning centre password is included in the thanks for signing up email that we sent you.
Widgets to sidebar info here
March 14, 2018 at 10:33 pm #6897
Now that I got thru the reCaptcha challenge I am in pretty good shape. I need to add a couple of items to my Top 10 and add to my Blog but I ready to go live. My next challenge is to improve Google optimization. Thanks Alan for all your efforts I can’t imagine how someone would even attempt this without your guidance.
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March 17, 2018 at 10:22 am #6914
Hi Dan, I wrapped the URL you provided in
<code>tags (backticks) to stop it including the page (if you view your post in Text mode you can see them). Hope that helps.
March 17, 2018 at 10:45 am #6921
I love my job!
I get to see all these fantastic properties in idyllic locations. It does breed jealousy though, which is a good thing!
Chunky Monkey looks great, I understand you have not quite finished, there is one improvement that I would suggest (and you may already be doing), relating to photo sizes. For some people alignment and layout is imperative, and if everything lines up nicely I must admit it does add a really professional sheen to the site.
I think in the Gallery it is OK to have an arrangement of different dimensioned photos, however there are two places that would definitely improve from consistent sizing – The home page (banner is smaller than the other pictures on a large monitor) and Our Top 10 has several different sizes, that have cause one to pixellate heavily.
Well done, and I hope you do enjoy.
March 17, 2018 at 4:44 pm #6922
Thanks for the insight and I agree. I am not sure how my header ended up undersized but it really does not do well when viewing on a phone. I will double back on the photo sizes to correct. One question though: Elementor allows you to change photo sizes with the software but what are it’s limitations. Sometime I found I can increase the size and sometime not. Another issue I discovered is that when I found photos on the Web they are speced as 1024×1024 but when I import them into PicMonkey it shows up as 650×650? I try to find large photos so they don’t pix-elate but they end up being a smaller size at 650×650. Any insight on this matter would be apprecitated.
March 18, 2018 at 9:43 am #6934
I get most of my images from Pixabay and bigstockphoto and both offer various large size images.
Don’t make photos larger as this will always result in fuzziness.
March 21, 2018 at 2:30 am #6960
<span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Thanks for the info.</span>
March 28, 2018 at 3:02 pm #7004
I can’t believe I done it. Still needs a bit of tweeking, pictures in gallery mainly. It’s been a massive learning curve and I’m very proud of myself 🙂 Please take a look, comment on any improvements or errors. https://buryhillfarmbristol.com. Thank you to Alan and the team 🙂
A couple of questions, but if the answers is in the videos following “Finishing touches” then don’t worry. Why when you go on the (my) site does it say “Free Vacation rental website” or should I say, can I get rid of that.
I saw that someone mentioned about registering their url with google search console, could I have info on that too (if it’s not in the videos)
March 28, 2018 at 3:30 pm #7005
I couldn’t see how to edit my post above, so I’m posting again (sorry) where do I go from here. I thought after I clicked module completed on the last video it would take me to the stage of video’s, but noting there, so could someone please guide me where to go. I also thought there might be a link at the end to sign up to the soup. Clare
April 8, 2018 at 8:59 am #7077
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November 1, 2018 at 4:05 pm #8220
Thank you so much for the template and videos Alan; they have been a huge help in creating my website:
It is very early days for us as we are still renovating the house but wanted to get a website up and running. Any comments or suggestions are most welcome, and thank you for reading.
November 2, 2018 at 3:59 pm #8224
Hi Liz, thank you for your kind words.
WHAT A LOCATION – Truly stunning – I look forward to seeing the property once you have finished the renovations
November 2, 2018 at 6:58 pm #8225
Thanks Alan. These things seem to take longer than you think…..so plenty of time to work on the website!
November 21, 2018 at 5:58 pm #8262
Well at last i have got round to ‘finishing the website. I say this in the loosest sense, as I haven’t actually completed the destination stuff…either the top 10 or the guide! Too many questions right now….like How to change the wording on the horizontal menu items, How to completely remove a section eg Our top 10’! I shall spend time going through the forums to see if i can find answers there, but if in the meantime if any Soup community members feel like taking a look at http://www.barnfieldhousekent.co.uk and giving feedback, I’d be very grateful!
November 22, 2018 at 11:35 am #8269
It’s looking very nice Jenny. You have a very beautiful home (love the interiors). Well done
November 22, 2018 at 12:10 pm #8270
Tackling the destination stuff today!
February 2, 2019 at 12:30 am #9347
Hi Alan, thank you for the videos and your help throughout. I know it’s taken me forever but I think I have finished. It needs blogs and probably editing. I did enjoy the last 2 weeks of working on it. Could you please tell me what I do next? I am so out of the loop…sorry. Any feedback on the website would be appreciated. http://www.edistobeachrental4rnr.com
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