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New Web Site Design


Author: Bill Harrison

Position: CIO

Date: 2010-09-14


See we do listen!

Who ever said change is good forgot to add that a useful prerequisite would be nerves of steel. We've just uploaded a completely new website design, which on its own is usually enough to give me the jitters. But oh no, we had to go all the way and completely change everything.

You said it needs to be faster:

So we looked at the code running on the servers first. We completely re-wrote all the code so there is no code sitting there that doesn't have an important job to do. When it came to the look, we set limits on the number of graphics on a page, reduced the styling and simplified the layout.

You said I want to find the hotel quickly:

So now you can type into the search box a location or hotel name and have it instantly listed, ready for you to select and search.

You said you wanted search results that were helpful:

So now when you search for a hotel we show you the rates for your hotel and then find other local hotels (and we tell you how far apart they are too) with availability as well.

You said our adverts get in the way:

So instead of placing them all over the place we relocated them to the right hand side of the page and that's where they will stay. If you want to check them out you know where they are, if not then its easier to ignore them if they stay in the same place.

And the list goes on, but the bottom line is this. We have completely changed the focus of the site and we hope you like it and that it works for you.

Old Web Site

view a screenshot of the old front page view a screenshot of the old search page view a screenshot of the old hotel details page view a screenshot of the old rates page view a screenshot of the old availability page

New Web Site

view a screenshot of the new front page view a screenshot of the new search page view a screenshot of the new hotel details page view a screenshot of the new rates page view a screenshot of the new a-z page

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