Florida Escapes and Travelbuzz Updates

Recently I have completed work on updating Florida Escapes and Book Travelbuzz.

Florida Escapes

Florida Escapes Update

Florida Escapes has been updated in recent weeks to integrate a site-wide search.

As well as integrating a search facility the following aspects were added:

  • Image-rotator added onto homepage.
  • Users being able to purchase items without logging in.
  • Customers are now able to subscribe to the newsletter when purchasing tickets
  • Customers can also unsubscribe from the newsletter via their profile page.
  • The booking structure has been streamlined to 2 pages.

Book Travelbuzz

Travelbuzz Update

Travelbuzz required that the online purchasing to be removed as they were able to offer better prices over the telephone.

They required a different look to be applied to the site because of no longer offering holidays on-line and wanted to promote the new offers as well, as certain offers at different times of the year.  Travelbuzz required all of their destination guides to be prominent on the site and be accessible from all of their pages.  Many aspects for the offers were moved so that all the details for an offer were accessible from the same page and also related options are not quickly and easily viewed from the offer.

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Gotoexplore open

Gotoexplore.com are a sightseeing, excursion, tours and attraction ticket agency who offer tickets to worldwide destinations. They sell a diverse range of tickets from white water rafting in New Zealand through to Bus Tours of New Orleans.

Gotoexplore

Gotoexplore

The site was developed using Drupal 6 and Ubercart 2.  I found Ubercart to be extremely flexible as for instance the necessary fields for the date of travel were easy to add and to theme for the site’s look and feel.  I was also able to change the product pages layout easily,  for example when there were multiple prices associated with an item all prices are shown to the customer in an easy to read format.

The gotoexplore site has an image rotator on the homepage which the client wanted, so they could display offers that they wish to promote.  The homepage allows customers to view the most popular tickets and subscribe to an RSS feed that will keep them informed.  Gotoexplore’s main RSS feed shows the new tickets that gotoexplore are able to sell, meaning customers will be able to see the new tickets gotoexplore have without needing to visit the site.

Gotoexplore Feeds

Gotoexplore Feeds

Gotoexplore.com was tested against all modern browsers Firefox 3.5, Internet Explorer 8, Chrome 2, Opera 10 Beta and Safari 4.  The site was also tested on older browsers but it was optimised for the current browsers.  Gotoexplore was also tested against other browsers such as Lynx, Midori and Chromium they all displayed without issues.

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Travelbuzz launched

Travelbuzz

Travelbuzz

Travelbuzz are an online travel agency and ticket broker specialising in niche markets including Florida, Theme Park Holidays, Disneyland Paris and UK weekend breaks. They are a fully ABTA bonded company. Travelbuzz offer a full range of services including package holidays, flights, accommodation, car hire, attraction tickets and insurance.

The Travelbuzz site allows customers to book holidays from the site whenever they wish to, with all discounts shown to them as they make their order. All customers are also able to make use of optional extras that Travelbuzz can provide such as car hire, extra baggage, tickets and meal options.

I used Drupal 6 for the site as well as a selection of modules such as:

  • CCK
  • ImageAPI with Imagecache
  • Simplenews
  • Secure Pages
  • Views
Site Search

Site Search

The holiday search and order modules are created especially for Travelbuzz and they are used to search the suppliers for Travelbuzz and its customers. Customers will receive a customised email for their order with all the necessary information contained within it.

Homepage Options

Homepage Options

The Travelbuzz homepage will include daily offers for packages, accommodation, flights and selected resorts from the Travelbuzz team.

Travelbuzz plan to expand the destination guides to more destinations worldwide, with a map for many resorts.

Travelbuzz also are planning to launch a blog and a small podcast to assist people in their holiday decisions.

The site was tested against all the modern browsers Firefox 3.5, Firefox 3, Safari 4, Safari 3.2, Google Chrome 2, Opera 9.64, Epiphany 2.26 (Gecko and Webkit), Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 7. The site works in Internet Explorer 6 but the more modern browsers are preferred. It also gracefully degrades without javascript, and will work on text only browsers such as Lynx 2.8.6rel.5 and Links 2.2.

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