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Hi, new here and would like some opinions on my website plea
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JP



Joined: 17 Jun 2015
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Location: var france

PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 8:44 am    Post subject: Hi, new here and would like some opinions on my website plea Reply with quote

Hello everyone,
Just found your forum and thought I would ask you to have a look at our website.
This is our first year of renting and so far all going well.

The site is www.2bis.co.uk

Thanks in advance.

James
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la vache!



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HI James
Haven't had time to look properly, but at first glance it is all squashed into the left hand side of my screen with the other half of the page the beige background, it seems a bit odd?
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Casscat



Joined: 05 Jul 2014
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Location: Andalucía

PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi James, and welcome to LMH Smile

I agree - it displays squashed up into the top left hand corner with the rest being blank beige space. There needs to be a captivating home page to make people think 'ooooh, that looks lovely!!' but all I see is a Post It note blocking off the images. People do buy with their eyes when it comes to holiday property so you need to focus on the visual impact more than the narrative. Did you design this yourself or did you get professional input?
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rigmover



Joined: 23 May 2015
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Location: St Margaret's at Cliffe

PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi James, I get the same, all over to the left, other than that it's hard to tell.
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JP



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for the prompt replies, can anyone do me a screen shot and post it as I don't get this on my Macbook please?
This is my first year of renting but 90% of my bookings have come from the 5 (commission) companies I use and the others are friends of friends etc so my site doesn't really feature in the plan so far but maybe it will as things go on.
James
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e-richard



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Picture taken on my laptop:


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JP



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes I see what you mean (scratches head)
I will have to look at this again.
Any thoughts on the content in the mean time would be appreciated.
James
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kevsboredagain



Joined: 20 Jan 2007
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ignoring the squashed issue, I would say too much text without any pictures. The pictures in the background are most distracting, although perhaps this effect is less with the correct layout.

It says at the bottom Maligator Web Design. You paid someone for this or is that a made up company?
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JP



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maligator is the name of a computer company I used to run but as you can tell not web design.
It was designed using a template which gave very little scope for personalisation, maybe its time to redo things?

James
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tavi



Joined: 14 Sep 2011
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm another one getting it all squashed to the left - exactly as E-richard's screen shot. Am on a desktop.

Great to hear this year's going well - but obviously you will need to work on the website if you want it to do your selling for you.

The house looks v interesting but the photos probably don't do it justice. They're very dark (am sure you know that) and the bedrooms look like someone's just got out of bed...which would totally put me off booking.

As the others have said, you'll do better with great pictures first and foremost. Followed by a snappy headline, bullet list, etc, which would highlight your usp. Have a look at Paolo's original blog posts and website.

In common with most travelers these days, when I look for somewhere to rent I need to know within the first 30 seconds:

Does it look like my kinda style/quality?
How many does it sleep, and in how many bedrooms?


Only then will I read on for the details.

Hope that's useful.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Francois



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi JP,

Previous members told you the more important comments. I share them and would only suggest, in addition, to suppress the page "Flights & Car hire". This doesn't point out important information about your accommodation. Instead of this, you could follow 7 Aspire's suggestion to embed a Google Map widget indicating the location of your house.

Best regards,

Francois
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JP



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the pointers and a rebuild is now in progress.

James
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tavi



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh and Welcome to LMH by the way Smile
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greenfrog



Joined: 21 May 2006
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Location: Paris, France

PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have it squashed to the left as well.

My site uses a template too. If you right-click on the page on your site builder, go to properties, then change the width of the page. That works on mine so might work for you.

Best of luck!

PS - you might want to explain why it's become known as the Nut House.... smacks of mental institution and that's never a good USP for a holiday rental!! Shocked Laughing
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