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>the homeowners's association of a large waterfront subdivision asked if they could somehow be IN the website we have advertising the properties still for sale.
Well, I'm sure going to let them. I figure this has viral advertising written all over it. I've just registered the somewhat unique, one-word name as a domain name.
Using templates and scripts I already have at hand, I'm planning to allow the hospitality assoc. to maintain their own events calendar and newsletter. Any other experiences or ideas out there? I'd like to hear them.
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?
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. ;)
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.
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]