http://www.istayhere.com will be a listing service for all types of property rentals: short term, long term, vacation rentals, corporate rentals, furnished...
Once we establish ourselves as a listing service, we will feature web community for owners, renters and suppliers to interact and list their services.
Target audience is renters, property owners, property managers, business owners in that order.
Our logo contest: http://99designs.com/contests/17919
Our exisiting business http://www.chivacationrentals.com services the vacation rental industry. Now we are expanding our service to rental listing service and http://www.istayhere.com will do that. Please feel free to browse http://www.chivacationrentals.com for inspiration but not required.
We want the new design to reflect the feeling of being a large organization without sacrificing style and ease of navigation.
Some of our ideas:
http://www.istayhere.com will have a vacation rental software supporting it, we have to make it versatile enough to accomondate some software platforms. There are two that we are interested in:
1. Tenantwiz: our website http://www.istayhere.com is currently hosted on Tenantwiz with their management software. If we stay with Tenantwiz, we will put the design on top of this platform and extend our website from there. To know more about tenantwiz and their clients' wesites, please visit http://www.tenantwiz.com
2. Liverez: this is a more sophisticated software platform that we are considering as well, and if tenantwiz does not work out, we will move the website over to this software company. To see how Liverez does their websites please visit http://www.liverez.com
3. Another company to look at and see how the web design will merge with a reservation system is http://www.escapia.com
You can also look at any vacation rental website to see what looks good, as well as travel websites, rental listing services...
We're open, and looking for a warm, inviting theme that is also clean and elegant. Feel free to play around with it though.
Main menu bar and page designs:
- Home page:
- Vacation Rentals: this is the page we will list our vacation rental properties. The design of this page needs to have a US map that clients can click on state, area, city...
- Corporate Rentals: similar to vacation rentals
- Long Term Rentals: similar to vacation rentals
Renters, Owners, Property Managers are three tabs that can be positioned elsewhere, perhaps above the main menu bar, much like http://www.homeaway.com. If you have a better idea, we would love to see it.
Websites to check out:
- A smooth slide show somewhere on the home page.
- Log in will be at the upper right of the site.
- Search box somewhere easy to spot out.
- A generic looking site. We need the site to look clean, fresh, new and interesting