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Changing website hosting from Squarespace to PMP

 
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SarahvdV



Joined: 30 Jan 2015
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Location: Estepona, Spain

PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 9:45 am    Post subject: Changing website hosting from Squarespace to PMP Reply with quote

Hello there everyone, I am fairly new to both holiday rentals and to LMH so first things first - a little introduction. I am Sarah and based in Senegal. We starting renting out our villa in Estepona, Costa del Sol Spain in late 2014 and it's been going pretty well. We advertise on HA, HL, Airbnb, Micazu and a German site. We feel we needed to launch a website and I wish I had researched it more before I signed up to Squarespace. I hadn't heard of PMP at the time and I have since realised, thanks to this excellent forum and all your input, that it is a better option. So I signed onto Squarespace in Jan, bought my domain name but haven't activated our website as yet as only just had a professional photo shoot done. So my question is: should I make the transfer? Does PMP have easy access to rental specific features such as rates tables, calendars, photo gallery, contact form? Paid USD 96 for Squarespace so reluctant to pay similar again for PMP in the event it doesn't add so much value....thank you all and look forward to hearing you feedback! Sarah vdV
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Rosie



Joined: 12 Sep 2014
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Location: France

PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can have a 14 day free trial with PMP which will give you time to see if the site offers everything you want. If you do decide to pay and use them please do ask me for a referral code which gives both of us £10 off the annual subscription.

And welcome to Lay My Hat Smile
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NeatandPicky



Joined: 30 Aug 2007
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Location: Pissouri Bay, Cyprus

PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Sarah

We have all the features you list on our PMP website. We also have some hidden pages that don't show in the menu. We use these for things like our booking terms and booking form (which has a compulsory tick box to indicate agreement), and other info that we don't want to share with competitors, but do want to share with guests.
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FelicityA



Joined: 05 Nov 2010
Posts: 2760
Location: Cotswolds

PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to LMH Sarah! PMP currently only costs £69/annum and is excellent value for money, in my opinion. Quite the nicest CS you can find and so quick to respond! I didn't know about the hidden pages that NeatandPicky mentions, so after 4 years I am still discovering things. You can have a blog as well. I have an external 3rd party calendar as they did not have that feature to start with. Theirs is likely better and I must get around to switching that.
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Nigel Goodwin



Joined: 04 Apr 2013
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Location: Newquay Cornwall

PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i use PMP and am very happy with it.

How do you currently take bookings and manage availability?

A web site is an advertising front end, to manage bookings and availability you need a back end. I use SuperControl, but many others here use PIMS.

Of course you can do it all manually if you have the time.
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SarahvdV



Joined: 30 Jan 2015
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Rosie, NeatandPicky, Felicity, Nigel,

Thank you for the welcome and for sharing your experiences and advice - and sorry for the late reply. It's Eid holidays where I live so with the creche and school closed so have been running around endlessly after the littles.

Rosie I may just well PM you for that discount code, probably at the end of the weekend. Thanks!

Nigel we take bookings via HA, HL, Micazu, a German site, Airbnb and manage those bookings using a manual system I set up dependent on Excel. But I will look into SuperControl and PIMS should we need to revert to a different system.

Really appreciate all your time on this, thanks all.

Sarah
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kevsboredagain



Joined: 20 Jan 2007
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2016 5:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nigel Goodwin wrote:

Of course you can do it all manually if you have the time.


I think sometimes the time taken to manage bookings manually is over estimated. Armed with a spreadsheet to calculate all my dates, events and payment URLs for each booking together with a set of templates, all stored in Dropbox for access anywhere, I've never felt the need to have a software package manage my bookings.

Taking a booking takes minutes and totals probably just a few hours per year to manage. Updating prices on listing sites on the other hand takes way more time, as each is different.

Perhaps if I had more than say 5 properties, or was taking lots of short bookings, I would need something more formal as the amount of data would increase but for a low amount of data, I'd rather sink the money into advertising than to a solution for a problem that seems so small to me.

Just my opinion and everyone has different needs or expectations.
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Casscat



Joined: 05 Jul 2014
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2016 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PIMS for me has been a godsend. I refer to it all the time and my property manager has access so he can check out all the information he is going to need about who is arriving, when they will arrive and when they leave. All their contact data is in one place and he always messages them to ensure that they have his details to hand. I add notes for his benefit and mine about any special requirements - and post-holiday notes if I need to keep a reference about either exceptionally good guests who should be welcomed back with open arms or exceptionally bad guests for whom there should never be any future availability! Laughing As I only have one property I just use the 'entry level' subscription and it's worth every penny of its very modest cost.
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NeatandPicky



Joined: 30 Aug 2007
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Location: Pissouri Bay, Cyprus

PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2016 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have to agree with Casscat. Happily handling things manually, (one property), I held out for ages, but since taking the plunge am delighted with PIMS. So many brilliant features, even on Lite version. Plus it's nice to support (albeit in a small way) a fellow LMHer who contributes so much to the forum.
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Casscat



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2016 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NeatandPicky wrote:
Plus it's nice to support (albeit in a small way) a fellow LMHer who contributes so much to the forum.


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