WebSpain Clients - Allan Hilder - Another Way of Life
I am Allan Hilder, web-savvy owner of Another Way Of Life, Andalucia country property specialists.
We started our web presence with a self-built site in 2006. Two years later we moved up to a site hosted by property website specialists. We lived with the first of these for three years before switching to another that promised (but did not deliver) greater sophistication. The problem with both was that their database and systems were designed for a fairly standard property product where the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, for example, are key factors.
Our country properties are all entirely different from one another and didn’t fit well within these standard offers. We paid for several modifications but the end result, when it finally arrived, was never exactly what we wanted.
In early 2014 we absorbed a second agency and sought to revitalise their website. With disastrous results. It is very easy to be tempted by the visual appearance of a web designers offer. Unfortunately, what works in some industries does not work in others. Fortunately for us, after living with this patched up and wholly unsatisfactory site for six months, we found Pete at WebSpain through a mailshot.
Initially we sought only advice on how to improve the site we had already developed. However, after seeing a mock-up that Pete did and experimenting with a property database that he recommended, we had sufficient confidence to abandon both of our existing sites and to commission eight new bespoke sites, all working under the same style and all interlinked via a complex set of tables.
This has enabled us to take charge, not only of the style of our sites, but also of the way that they function. We are no longer satisfied to live within the restrictions of a standard property specialist’s site. We now believe that, with our own vision and Pete’s skill, we can make any modification, no matter how large or small, which will improve our productivity or our clients experience on visiting the site.
So effective has been the visual change and improved ease of navigation that we have recently been invited to submit a portfolio to the International Property Awards for 2015 in the category Real Estate Agency - Spain. We are up against very large international agencies such as Savills, but you never know!
With Pete’s help the sites have become something to be proud of, and we look forward to working with WebSpain for many years to come.