Our Services - What's Included
All of our websites are built using a common set of features. We can selectively include these features, allowing us to build a website that is tailored to your needs. For example, some customers choose to have a blog and others don’t. You tell us which of our available features you want.
Some of the features include:
User Managed Content via a Secured Administration Website
The administration website is a password protected website that you can use to manage the content that is displayed on the public website. You can change your prices, upload photos, manage your reservations, and much more. The administration website allows you to make changes without involving us. Most importantly, there are no extra fees for these changes.
Reservation System with Public or Private Scheduling Option
Each site comes with a reservation management system. Customers can make reservations on the web site with either a public or private scheduling option. Both options are included and you decide which option to use.
Using the public scheduling option, customers can see your calendar and when you are available, booked, or closed. Customers can select the date and time that they are interested in and make the reservation directly. At the end of the reservation process, they will be presented with a PayPal or Google Checkout link to pay their deposit. No interaction from you is required.
Using the private scheduling option, customers can’t see your calendar but can request a charter on up to 3 different dates. The website will send you an e-mail notification that you have a pending reservation request. You can then log in to the Administration site, see the requested dates, and schedule the reservation.
With both the public and private options, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to the customer with the date and time of the charter.
Photos are a very important marketing tool for any charter business. Photos of happy customers show potential customers previous results. New photos, especially of recent charters, give previous customers a reason to come back to your site.
Photos can be uploaded to the website via the administration page. After the photo is uploaded, the website will resize the photo (if it is too large) and create a thumbnail . The photo will then be added to the photo page. Photos are displayed newest to oldest.
A blog can be a great marketing tool but it is not for everyone. If you consistently use your blog, it is a great tool for communicating with customers and giving people a reason to come back to your website. The administration site includes a blog editor that makes entering text easy – it is similar to a simple word processor. It is also easy to add uploaded photos to your blog entry.
Please see the pages of some of our existing customers for examples of how to use a blog effectively.
Easy Rate Changes
Today’s economic climate means that you need to be flexible with your pricing. If fuel costs increase quickly, you may want to adjust your pricing to reflect the higher fuel costs. The administration site allows you to adjust your pricing as often as you need to. Simply log in, edit your rates, click save, and your new prices are displayed to the public.
Search Engine Optimization
We can help you optimize your site for rankings by search engines, such as Google and Bing. While search engine optimization (SEO) can be tricky and results are not guaranteed, we have been able to help some of our existing customers improve their search rankings on specific keyword searches.
The following is included in your annual maintenance fee:
- Hosting public and administration websites
- New features and bug fixes
- One domain registration and renewal
- Up to 5 e-mail addresses>
- Unlimited e-mail support
Do you need a logo or other images? Do you want to refresh your existing graphics? We have professional graphic artists who can handle all of your needs.
Custom Web Pages
Custom web pages can be added to any of our sites for an additional fee. Please contact us for an estimate.
We have created a demo website so you can see how easy our websites are to use. Please contact us for a user name and password to the demo administration site. The demo website is available at demo.reelchartersystems.com