You have been heard....NEW FEATURES ARE HERE!!!!
and it is packed with new features that we think you will LOVE!!
The first major enhancement is we have made the online calendar interactive so you can manage your vacations directly from the online calendar. Just click on the calendar day and an edit box appears which will allow you to add, edit and delete vacations.
We have also added color options to both the background and text so you can now color code your calendar. This should definitely liven things up a bit.
Next, we decided that since people are getting more use out of their vacation homes thanks to the online calendar system in TheVacationCalendar.com, we needed to provide a way to memorialize the great times you are having. So we added a new photo album. It is pretty simple for the first iteration, just add photos and comments. As always, the Administrator has the ability to remove any photos or comments that are inappropriate.
Since we were on a roll, we decided to pick up two more enhancements that were requested by the user community. Through the Administrator's manage account screen, anyone who wants to be notified when a vacation is added, updated or deleted can now get an email with the changes. Additionally, some users want to use the blog as a way to notify the group they share their vacation home with. Now, the initial add of a new blog can be automatically emailed to any one or list of email addresses. All of this functionality is easily maintained the Administrator's manage account screen under the Manage Website heading.
Lastly, to be able to provide better service, some hidden features were added to the website. We added auditing so we can track all of the changes that occur on the website so we can answer any questions that come up. Additionally, we added more logging so that TheVacationCalendar team can see what functionality everyone is using and what functionality is not getting used. This will help us focus our efforts on what is the most important to the user community.
Well, that is it (whew!) for now. Now get back to planning your next vacation!!
TheVacationCalendar Team]]>We are back....
We hope you are reading this as we are going to use this forum as our main method to pass on news and keep everyone up to date on TheVacationCalendar.com.
It has been an interesting start to this website. We launched in late October and were pleased to see a fair response. Unfortunately, we broke a Google search rule and ended up getting banished from the internet. We made countless changes to the site in an effort to undo our error, but it cost us about 3 months. We are now finally back on page one of Google for the search term "Vacation Calendar". Our SEO focus is now going to be to move up on the term "Online Calendar" which will prove to be an interesting challenge as we are currently not listed on the first 100 pages of Google for this term.
So, we are happy to be back. We hope to pick up where we left off. Thank you for those of you who helped TheVacationCalendar.com continue by referring your friends. We are looking into a way to reward you (and future referrers). Please keep an eye out for this under the category "Specials".
Now, stop reading this and get back to planning your next vacation.
Some of you have asked what is next. To request an enhancement, please either use the contact us email or add a comment below. Below is the list of tasks (in order) for TheVacationCalendar Development Team:
Add functionality to remember the last house a user logged into in order to remove the need to always search for their vacation home.
Set a maximum of 50 rows to come back in house search
Create functionality to allow for a guest to request open time on the calendar. The Admin will need a control to have the email go to the Admin or to all owners
Build functionality to delete all house data for incomplete houses or houses that no longer have a subscription
Rework the schedule guests screen to improve the formatting and usability
Improve the sign-up process and ensure that a user can go back without disrupting the process. Additionally, add functionality to allow a partially created house to be finished.
Create subscription management screen
Add the ability to delete a comment from the Blog
Create email for support links that pops a new window and allows for user to submit issues
Timeout should automatically redirect to home page
Functionality to rent unused vacation time
More robust Photo Album functionality including categories
Section for recommended things to do like restaurants, activities, shopping, etc.]]>News