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Project Summary

Garden Homes has been a client since 2003.  Garden Communities, the rental arm of Garden Homes was established in 1954 and has been offering a wide variety of rental units throughout the northeast ever since.  Weblications provided an online solution that allows the Garden Communities staff to add and maintain their properties throughout New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, California and Florida.  A Resident Login allows residents to pay rent online, request maintenance, provide feedback on service and access appliance manuals and information.  Weblications also provides E-Newsletter and blast functionality allowing Garden Homes to reach existing renters and prospects.

The major objectives of the redesign project were to:
  • Update the layout, navigation and architecture of the website
  • Use of Kentico CMS for website content management
  • Create a Resident Login that contains options for requesting service, pay rent online, provide feedback
  • Search for properties using location services (Mobile) for proximity Google Map searching.
  • Use of Google Mapping to show locations and directions
  • Property Detail includes Google Map w/ directions, property information including models, pricing, floor plans, and community information – Use of Kentico Custom Tables to drive functionality

Project Implementation

In order to meet the requirements of Garden Communities, Weblications worked with all of the departments and staff involved in the planning and day-to-day operations. For example, to insure that the development property information would be available in real-time for visitors to the website, we used custom tables editable through the CMS to drive most of the content. As soon as the information was updated, it would be live on the website.

One of our WEBPartners redesigned the layout and navigation per our direction resulting in an improved and more intuitive structure and functionality. Weblications used the Kentico CMS system and the integrated functional widgets to implement much of the functionality.

The main function of the site was to search for properties - The search was based on location (State, City, County), along with Price range and amenities.  The results are displayed on a Google Map using the latest API that allows for directions. A tabular listing with amenities. All of this information is contained in a custom Kentico Database table.

The detail pages contain an image gallery along with descriptive detail and a Google Map.  A contact form specific to that property is available and is tracked in the Kentico Form database.

A resident Login allows Garden Communities renters to pay their rent online, request service, get event information and provide feedback to the company.  These are all implemented as Kentico Forms and all results are kept in a database.
 

Project Results

The Garden Communities Website took approximately 3 months to redesign, implement and launch. The Florida and California websites took about 2 months each. It was launched in both desktop and mobile versions - the mobile version tailored very specific to what a visitor would need to access while on the go looking for apartments. The maintenance and updating of the site by multiple personnel at Garden Communities was new and has proved to be very useful to the visitors who can now receive up to the minute information on properties and promotions.

All of the contact requests, service requests, surveys and feedback are tracked and followed by Garden Communities personnel. This information is contained in a Kentico Custom Table that can be exported on demand into Excel for analysis.

Weblications
191 Clarksville Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
(609) 799-3022
info@weblications.com

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Last Updated: 01/01/2018

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