Templates let you create a fully functional website and customize it in a matter of minutes.
This guide will get you up and running so you will learn how to display properties online, brand your website with your logo or create new pages. It can be seen as a sort of check-list and following it step-by-step ensures you'll get the most out of your website.
To start we will consider that you already added properties in the back-office.
Add custom fields
Now the first thing you might want to do is to add your own fields to the properties. For example a list of nearby metro stations or a review of restaurants to try in the area. You can do so using User-defined fields.
Google map on property pages
Among the most popular fields to create is one to show the location of the property on a Google map. A good width is 650px and a maximum height 350px.
Setup a property template
It's easier than ever to add the previously created custom fields to property pages, using a Property template.
Display properties online
You naturally want to select properties to be displayed online and in what order.
Setup search engine and filters
Allow to search for properties by dates only? A search box? Or use a dropdown of pre-defined cities? The choice is harder than the actual configuration which is pretty fast.
Additionnaly make properties filterable using custom search categories.
2. Look and feel of the website
This is where you make the website truly yours by branding it using your logo, colors, etc.
Add your logo
The first thing visitors will notice is your logo so it might be the single most important step to own the website.
It is important to not go over a certain width or height to not break the design!
Upload a favicon
A small icon for your browser, a giant leap for your website.
Advanced: use custom CSS
WARNING: it is not advised to add custom CSS that will override the defaults rules if you don't know your way around it. Kigo cannot be held responsible if things are getting messed up (but we can help going back to initial state).
We also update the template on regular basis and make changes to the base CSS.
Now that you have been warned we assume your familiar with HTML + CSS, if not there are some great ressources online. You might also refer to our more advanced guide for designers and front-end developers.
Addons are coming soon and we'll provide sample CSS code to change: fonts, headings, colors (links, background).
3. Pages and content
Quality content not only attract visitors (and retain their attention) but is also part of your search engine optimization efforts.
Add pages and select order
Our content management system lets you add any number of pages and select their position in the menus (primary at the top, secondary in the footer).
Create blocks of content
Different types of blocks gives you the liberty to arrange information in any way you want. Kigo comes with single-column blocks, double column-blocks, property blocks (displaying the same info as in search pages).
Upload images or flash animations to make visual statements.
Add HTML widgets
Wether it is to add the weather on the homepage or to embed reviews from Trip Advisor, using the HTML mode for blocks can come in handy.
Organize by Search results pages
Group properties per areas or categories ("Family-friendly", "Business", etc.) using Search results pages. It makes navigation easier for the prospective guests and has good benefits for SEO.
Creating a form is useful if you need owners to contact you to advertise their properties on your website for example. It can be a simple contact form too.
We recommend using the default request form to receive inquiries about your properties. It's the only form that will create and fill out reservations inquiries with info from guests.
Optimizing a website for the search engines is the last but one of the most rewarding tasks. Few of the effects are immediate but doing what's necessary now will have some benefits in the long term. Little efforts can do big things too.
Track your website visits with Analytics
Adding Google Analytics is a no-brainer. Even if you don't have the resources or time to invest into analyzing the data, do it now.