Thursday, October 29, 2009

Suburb changes in OMS

Please note that we have moved the suburb 'Kosmosdal' from Midrand to Centurion (under South Africa/Gauteng province)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

New - MyProperty fixes spelling errors on search

We've made the iSearch (intelligent search) feature on MyProperty even more intelligent.
It will now suggest the correct area on a search if you've made a spelling error.
For example if you search for 'dynfern' it will suggest the correct 'Dainfern' for you.

Some other samples it will suggest the correct locations for (correct names in brackets):

Click on the links to view the actual results in MyProperty. As you can see, it is a quite accurate!


Partial searches now available on MyProperty iSearch

We've added a cool new feature to MyProperty's iSearch (intelligent search). You can now enter part of the area and it will highlight all possible matches as illustrated below.



Thursday, October 22, 2009

Don't forget to list your on show properties for this weekend

Don't forget to list your on show properties for this weekend - it attracts a lot of interest from visitors.
Your on show properties are automatically displayed on the MyProperty website - on show section. Currently we have 100-200 on show properties listed every week with the figure increasing.

To list a property for on show:
- in the OMS open up the listing;
- click on 'on show';
- add a new on show date, venue and directions and press save;

That's it, within a few minutes your listing will reflect as on show on the MyProperty website.



Did you have any success marketing your listings as on show and getting walk-in's as a direct result from that? Please tell us on our Client Testimonial Form.

Duplicate suburbs (Hout Bay, Western Cape)

Today we've moved all listings appearing under Cape Town/Hout Bay and Cape Town/Llandudno to Hout Bay/Hout Bay and Hout Bay/Llandudno.

Since Hout Bay is a town on its own the incorrect suburbs under Cape Town were removed.

MyProperty paging issue corrected

Many people complained about the way the paging works on the new MyProperty website. It used AJAX technology to update only the listings displayed when clicking on the page numbers in the search results (and not the completed page).
This resulted in visitors viewing a property say from page 5, when the click the back button in their browsers it jumped to page 1 of the search results - which is frustrating.
We have the 'view property in new window' link but maybe that link wasn't too obvious.

We've therefor changed it back to 'normal' web pages in favor of usability.



On a technical note:
This is one of my biggest frustrations with Ajax technology. Most people are used to using the back button in their browsers so your browsing history is completely lost.
We are however busy figuring this one out - rest assured we will find a solution.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

New FREE agent portfolio sites

Just when you thought you've seen it all! If you haven't already noticed, we've launched a new feature called - 'Agent Portfolio Websites'. It is free - and it is yet another industry first by the Entegral team!

Your Agent portfolio website is like your own personal real estate website which is usefull if you don't already have one of Entegral's template or custom build websites.
It features your profile (photo, logo, contact details and description), a contact form, featured property listings and links to all your listings per suburb and status.

How to access it: Open one of your property listings on www.myproperty.co.za, you will notice a new 'visit my portfolio website' next to your photo. Click on it, this opens up your portfolio website. It is a unique address you can use to give to clients or include in your email signature. It is unbranded and when visitors search listings here, it only filters for your own listings!

Link your domain! For only R300/year we will register a co.za domain for you, renew it on a yearly basis and link it to your portfolio website. E.g. if you register www.markholland.co.za we will link it to your profile site, when someone enters this address it opens up your portfolio site.
Add one of our cost effective email packages and you can have your own personal site, with unique domain name and email for under R100/month! (exluding OMS subscription).
If you'd like to register and link your own custom domain name to your profile please email the Entegral Helpdesk for info.


Thursday, October 8, 2009

OMS GIS Explorer to be launched

Great news today is that we are getting ready to launch the OMS GIS Explorer!
The OMS GIS explorer allows automatic mapping of property listings on a Google Map.
It furthermore has filter functionality to narrow down to a specific area, agent or property features (status, price, type etc). For our national clients this can for instance plot properties across the entire country for specific parameters you've set.

Our aim is to integrate additional views e.g.
- 'in which areas have I listed sole mandates in the last x months' or
- 'identify areas where agents or offices need to focus on getting mandates' or
- 'show my sold listings over the last 6 months' or
- 'show listings in a specific area or specific radius' or
- 'identify areas where I need to open franchise offices'

The possibilities are endless. The GIS Explorer will be a great tool for agents and their clients to for instance identify matching listings per filter criteria and map location.

We will launch the OMS GIS Explorer within the next couple of days.

MyProperty website updates

1. We've enabled your office website address on your office portfolio. This is pulled through from the OMS or from your feed if you use the OMS GRID import interface. This is a direct link to your website which will benefit your website SEO.
If you don't have your own Entegral-build website check out www.entegral.net for details - it links with the OMS and is cost effective to run!


2. We've enabled AUCTIONS portfolio links on your profile. This will automatically compile a list of suburbs where you have auctions, with quick links for visitors.




Tip: visitors can search for auction properties in MyProperty by simply searching with the auction keyword and area, e.g. 'cape town auction'.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Firefox image upload problem resolved - plus photo uploader update

We've fixed a Firefox browser problem with uploading photos on property listings.
An improved photo uploader was also loaded, the following updates were made:
  • Faster initial download/install time for new users;
  • Overall performance improvements including faster folder browsing;
  • Improved photo rotation operations;
  • Problems with support of cameras directly connected to the computer have been fixed;
  • Handling files on network drives works faster;

About the OMS property photo uploader
The OMS allows you to load an unlimited number of photos to property listings. Best of all, you can select all your photos for a particular property listing to be uploaded at once - the system will automatically resize your photos!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Increase file upload size for documents in news manager

We've increased the maximum allowed upload size for documents in the document manager for the news component. You can now upload documents (to be displayed as downloadable hyperlinks on your website) to just under 2MB (1910kb to be exact).


About the OMS news content editor:
The OMS news editor (available through the Marketing & Content menu / external news) allows you to load your own news articles to your website (if hosted by us). The built-in document manager allows you to upload files (e.g. PDF's) you want to make available as a downloadable file on the article.