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Sounding out the music news

Monday, 28 November 2011 10:45 by Ben
 
The Invosoft team have launched a new music blog for online t-shirt retailer Onlyteesin.com.
 
The new blog, built using wordpress, is a place for Onlyteesin to ‘sound out’ about all things music and t-shirt related.
 
We have gone for a simple but hard-hitting design coupled with the latest wordpress blogging engine /cms.  We have also included some powerful additions like content delivery network (CDN) integration, improved SEO and the ability to easily embed youtube videos and other rich media.
 
To sound out with Onlyteesin visit http://onlysoundingout.com/
 

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Logs Suppliers Upgrade their Online Shop

Friday, 13 August 2010 23:19 by Ben

Invosoft client Logs Direct have recently undergone a number of improvements to their e-commerce system to compliment the company’s new and improved product range.  Logs Direct, based near Lancaster are already UK market leaders for seasoned firewood logs and kiln dried logs. They hope to expand their range with a number of chimineas,  summer offerings and wood coal. Their e-commerce system has been improved, to enhance usability, cope with demand for new forthcoming product ranges, and their ever increasing customer base. 

Further improvements to improve the usability of the website and to upgrade the payments system are to follow shortly.

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Invosoft is "Selected" by leading Property Maintenance Firm

Monday, 1 March 2010 20:46 by lindsey

Invosoft has been commissioned by a leading Cumbrian property maintenance firm, based near Carnforth, Cumbria to create a website following its well publicised merger with a local landscape gardening firm. Together, Select Property Maintenance and A & A Garden Services (going under the banner of Select Property Maintenance) will provide their customers with over 15 years of expertise from an expanding range of craftsmen, all experts in their fields.

The merger is set to create up to 15 new jobs also, and the company is set to deliver a high level of maintenance services to the hospitality, retail and commercial industries as well as private residences.

David Greensmith, director of Select Property Maintenance, said “existing customers of A&A with whom we are merging will now benefit from a wide range of additional services including painting and decorating as well as gas and electrical services.”

Select Property Maintenance website

The website will have detailed listings of the wide range of services Select Property Maintenance now have on offer, which include ground works and construction, interior decorating, kitchen and bathroom installation, an emergency call out service and a carefully designed package of Service Level Agreement tariffs.

The easily navigable website is fully editable via Invosoft’s advanced .NET content management system (CMS). Full Search Engine Optimisation should give this brand new website a great start.

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Invosoft help launch Rehab4Life brain injury rehabilitation scheme

Friday, 27 February 2009 16:19 by Ben
rehab4life book by andrew lindsay

Invosoft do not exclusively build holiday home websites. Recently, we developed Rehab4Life.co.uk, a site dedicated to helping those suffering from traumatic brain injury.

Rehab4life are two Preston solicitors, Andrew Lindsay and David Smith, who have brain injured children themselves. They have launched this pioneering scheme to maximise the recovery chances of brain injured adult and child victims of no fault accidents. Andrew’s daughter Tracy, 26, has quadriplegic cerebral palsy and can only move her right arm. David’s son Peter, 20, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at four months and was later found to have autism.

Cerebral palsy was prominent in the news this week because of the very sad news of the death David Cameron’s son, Ivan.

Andrew and David have won millions for clients over the years, but were concerned that not enough was being done for traumatic brain injury patients between injury and final settlement and so launched this scheme to increase the access to quality rehabilitation.

We are very proud of this site, not only because it’s a great cause but because we have worked hard to include some great functionality. As well as using the Invosoft Content Management System, there is a custom-built document and case management system helping the referral process behind the scenes. Partner law firms who sign-up to the rehab4life scheme can login and submit new cases for review and then manage their cases throughout the rehabilitation process.

You can keep up to date on Rehab4Life by reading Andrew's blog here.

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Adding extra days on to a booking

Monday, 19 January 2009 19:02 by Ben

I often get feature requests from customers. Just recently I had one such request regarding availability management. The client had an as yet unencountered availability requirement that doesn’t fit into the current system scope.

On the surface it was a standard setup with full week bookings going from Sunday to Sunday. But, they wanted the ability to add on extra nights to the full week booking and not have the extra nights available otherwise. So you can buy extra nights on the condition you have already booked at least one full week. This would have required a custom solution; the integration of an extra step giving the customer the option to add on extra days to the booking. I considered going down this route but decided there was no market for a feature such as this (I’ll explain why later on) so decided against adding it as a product feature. I thought I’d lost a customer until I considered the problem for a little while and realised there is a reasonable solution.

Availability already has an “Active” field (we are delving into the database here). If I expose this not active data in the administration panel but not on the customer facing side then (if I implement one small change) I can use the system as it currently stands. I do this by using the in-built products feature; I add the extra days on as products then block off any extra days as they come through on a booking.

Although this system will work, there are some shortcomings you have to work around. The obvious one is the extra work involved. It removes some of the automation from the booking process. Once a booking is made, you have to login into the administrator panel and block of the extra days manually - they would also have separate booking ID’s and a value of zero (which is not ideal). In addition, you would have to do this reasonably quickly.

Which brings me to my next point, if you don’t block-off the extra availability promptly, you run the risk of someone booking the following week and ending up with a double booking and the extra headache that comes with!

A final drawback is that as you can’t assign products to particular availability slots, only on a site-wide basis, you could not account for seasonal variations in pricing for the extra day. So if two bookings were made on 1st February one for a peak summer week the other for an off-peak February week, in both cases an extra night would cost (say) £100. Again, far from ideal!

I told the client, there wouldn’t be much need for this conditional extra days feature. Not only have i never been asked for this before, I have not heard of any rental properties that operate this way. It is too cumbersome from an administrative standpoint, but it also has some more compelling drawbacks.

That extra day or two added on to the booking eats into your next week meaning – if you are running on a week to week basis – you can’t book out the following week! This makes no business sense at all. If a system is setup this way, you could be losing the income on one full week just for the sake of booking an extra day on the previous week. It could also disrupt your regular changeover days. Are your cleaners and other staff on the ground flexible enough to accommodate?

More often than not, being really flexible on dates and offering many options is not effective from a cost/benefit standpoint. My advice is keep things simple and straightforward unless you have the resources to cope with the extra complexity. Do you have use conditional extra days or think it could be a valuable feature? I would love to hear your opinion.

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New Hardware Investment for Invosoft

Tuesday, 6 January 2009 19:03 by Ben

Invosoft has continued it's investment in new equipment and technology purchising a new server from Rapidswitch.  We have other servers in the US, with the Planet and also host some services out of our offices here at Lancaster University.  But with the rising cost of the buyig US dollars and the falling cost of bandwidth in the UK, it doesn't make sense to by new equipment in the US.  Plus UK sites supposidly perform better in teh search engines when hosted in the 'UK.  Wether this is true or not, I don't know?

The server from Rapidswitch was outstanding.  The server is lightning fast and was configured and ready to go withn 2 hours of placing the order!  New customers have been amazed at teh speed of the new service. Hosting in the UK will help us improve our service and free us from flutuations in the currency market.

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