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ritchiem
04-06-2006, 09:53 AM
Hello All,

www.papontelandscapes.com (http://papontelandscapes.com)

Here is P.Aponte's new website, I thought I would show it off. The top page links are still empty (about us, services, etc...) but the portfolio works. This is a new style of site I have been working on over the past year, and it proves to be a great site for LCO's.

Let me know your thoughts guys,

Steve
04-06-2006, 10:35 AM
This site's functionality is amazing! How long did it take you to make this so far? How many hours do you for see it taking to complete?

ritchiem
04-06-2006, 10:46 AM
well the site is written in php, and I have bee working on it for about 1 year (not this site, but the modules, blocks and layout issues and custom scripts). To put this site together it has taken me approx 20 hours so far. By the time I am finished about 30 hours will have been invested. I am also working on another companies site that will be similar. That one will take me about 20 hours to complete.

Steve
04-06-2006, 10:50 AM
You do amazing work Richard.
What will the customer log in allow them to do?

ritchiem
04-06-2006, 11:00 AM
well now I cannot take all of the credit...much like this ikonboard is written in cgi, I used an opensource script to start off with and that gave me my base to work with. But thank you very much.

Registered Client Login Options

- allows me to keep a journal
- enter client info
- private message
- post in forums
- view client specific content (gallery pics, note from contractor)

Website Features

- pay invoices online
- surveys
- client only forums
- feedback forms
- gallery (portfolio)
- recommend us forms
- search site
- post newsletters, as well as send it out to registered clients
- mass email
- weblinks section
- website can be updated by someone without HTML skills!!!

There really is so much more, but I listed the important ones for this industry.

Steve
04-06-2006, 11:04 AM
What kind of benefits do you see in having a forum for LCO clients and customers? Do you feel it would be utilized? How so?

ritchiem
04-06-2006, 11:08 AM
It all really depends...I can see the contractor posting new information available to the clients on the forums, such as

- forrest pest advisories
- new services or products
- rain days

it could be usefull...and in this case my client wanted a forum added to his site.

Steve
04-06-2006, 11:16 AM
Could it at all be set up to allow the client to log in and see updates for construction projects? See where the company is versus where they said they would be on their timeline?

Would that be useful?

ritchiem
04-06-2006, 11:21 AM
Yes, yes and yes

It would benefit those clients that do not live at the cottage/house you are maintaining/design & build/construction. Wouldn't it be nice to add a progress report with images they can view, and show their friends and family?

You can make specific portfolios for specific clients that they can assess via a username and password. I think that this is a better way to do all of this instead of email...because it keeps it all together in a neat and tidy organizational tool.

Steve
04-06-2006, 11:26 AM
Fascinating stuff!

What about blogs? You know it would be pretty wild if your Lawn Blog could have affiliate links in the websites you make.

There by reaching out to more readers.

Do you think such a tie in could work?

ritchiem
04-06-2006, 11:29 AM
I do have such a link on that site under web design...but yes I should put one on there for the blog as well.

Steve
04-06-2006, 11:36 AM
It would be really neat, if the LCO could subscribe to have your content be incorporated onto their site somehow.

Where when you update the Lawn Blog, it adds these new articles on their site as well. To keep their site full of fresh content. Maybe it would help bring more customers to their site more often.

ritchiem
04-06-2006, 11:40 AM
yes that is a good idea and that can be done by way of RSS Feeds.

I am sure that everyone has heard of RSS Readers. Well that can be installed and content from another site can be posted whenever there is a new article.

We can even do that for the gopher site as well http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif

Steve
04-06-2006, 11:44 AM
Can you tell me more about how that works?

ritchiem
04-06-2006, 12:41 PM
ok bare with me here...lets do a quick tutorial.

RSS = Realy Simple Syndication

download this (http://lawnchat.com/?feed=rss) file (rss2html.zip)

Unzip it and upload the folder to your server. ie;

<table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td>Code Sample </td></tr><tr><td id="CODE">http://yourdomainhere.com/rss2html/[/QUOTE]

then take an RSS Feed link like mine....

<table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td>Code Sample </td></tr><tr><td id="CODE">http://lawnchat.com/?feed=rss[/QUOTE]

and you want to pass it through the php script now....man this sounds confusing.... http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif

So you will pass it through the script like this

<table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td>Code Sample </td></tr><tr><td id="CODE">http://www.yourdomainhere.com/rss2html//rss2html.php?TEMPLATE=sample-template.html&XMLFILE=http://lawnchat.com/?feed=rss[/QUOTE]

You can edit the template to match your site layout as well...to see the basic template and a working demo click here. (http://www.cosmosinterstellar.com/test/rss2html//rss2html.php?TEMPLATE=sample-template.html&XMLFILE=http://lawnchat.com/?feed=rss)

ritchiem
04-06-2006, 12:52 PM
So here is a little hack I just did so you can get an idea on what it would look like.

Gopher RSS Reader (http://lawnchat.com/?feed=rss//rss2html.php?TEMPLATE=gopher_rss.htm&XMLFILE=http://lawnchat.com/?feed=rss)

Steve
04-06-2006, 03:10 PM
WOW ! That is awesome! You did that fast too!

ritchiem
04-06-2006, 03:13 PM
Yeah it is pretty cool...and whenever I update my site your site would be automaticly updated too! (as an example)