| 11:24 pm on Jan 23, 2002 (gmt 0)|
I've used phpWebSite very effectively for Agents who want to maintain a "Community Portal". The only problem is getting an agent to keep up with it. If they work the url into their Direct Mail marketing and TV ads, the portal will soon pay off. It makes them look very sharp.
| 11:35 pm on Jan 23, 2002 (gmt 0)|
I've got the 'How' pretty well nailed down. I'm using a customized version of HomeFree to control (read: force) the template, headers, footers, file types, number of files, and disk allocation. It also tells me, as admin, when they last visited to update.
They've mentioned that some would like a tour of their homes. I'm not keen on that. I'm also not going to get into protective covenants and such, since they'd be forgotten if an amendment was made.
Have you done something like this for the "Ranch" or elsewhere? See any pitfalls other than keeping them updating it?
| 11:39 pm on Jan 23, 2002 (gmt 0)|
>>>>tour of their homes
Send the ipix guys out there...I don't know how the poor dudes make any money they do it so cheap.
Otherwise let them post the pix themselves. There's nothing like waiting for a page full of 1600x1200 "fresh out of the camera" pictures to download while you go play a round of golf. ;)
| 11:54 pm on Jan 23, 2002 (gmt 0)|
No ipix guys here... we're in the sticks.
>nothing like waiting for a page full of 1600x1200 "fresh out of the camera" pictures
That's another reason I went with HomeFree, admin sets the max individual file size allowed.
| 1:16 am on Jan 24, 2002 (gmt 0)|
>>>admin sets the max individual file size
Nothing like explaining that the pictures won't upload because they are too big and they need to reduce the size down to 320x240 max and give it a jpeg compression of about 45%....it's been my experience that you get the same look you get from your dog...."I trust you but I don't understand a thing you say to me".
The only fix for this obvious usability problem is to use ImageMagick or GD and reduce the pictures for them automatically on the server.
| 1:20 am on Jan 24, 2002 (gmt 0)|
Offer to do it for them for a smallish fee, and set up a preset in your compression program to automatically handle the default output of their camera... I know Debabelizer used to have a great batch processing function.
| 1:46 am on Jan 24, 2002 (gmt 0)|
>Nothing like explaining that the pictures won't upload
>Offer to do it for them for a smallish fee
Eeeewwwww! Not even for a largish fee. Homefree will send them one of RC's warm and fuzzy error messages.
But I do like the idea of handling resizing/reducing pix automatically, as I have other applications where it might come in handy (involves the MLS, all the local listings, and broker reciprocity, TM). Point me at it.
Got it: [imagemagick.org]
| 3:05 am on Jan 24, 2002 (gmt 0)|
This oughta burn a few brain cells, rc...get yer thinkin' cap on.
| 3:11 am on Jan 24, 2002 (gmt 0)|
>the MLS, all the local listings
Thinkin' as fast as I can, TM. Thanks!