Responsive Joomla! CMS hotel websites

With more than 25% of visitors on mobile devices – does your site deliver?

Responsive Joomla! CMS hotel websites

With the phenomenal growth of internet users on tablets and smart phones there are some industries that noe get less than half their visitors from  desktop computer users.
A typical small to medium sized hotel website for example gets more than 25% of its traffic from devices with tactile screens. So what does this mean for those websites that are trying to convert visits into room reservations?
There are currently 3 kinds of website:

1. Fixed size websites that were designed to run on the internet browsers of desktop computers.
2. Websites as in example 1 but with an additional app that will display a customised version of the site on smart phones.
3. ‘Responsive websites‘ that adapt to display on any device in a user friendly manner.

So what do these 3 kinds of internet presence do for the hotels that run them?

Fixed size websites that were specifically developed to run on desktop computer type devices will not be user friendly when viewed on a tablet such as an iPad or smaller devices such as a smartphone.
Often these sites still run FLASH that will not even show up on IOS devices and site visitors get frustrated quickly trying to navigate the pages of these sites that are just too big and clumsy to push around on a touch screen – not to mention much to heavy in terms of bandwidth use. These websites currently lose a lot of business.

Many websites in an effort to get around the problem explained above also offer a smartphone version of their website. This is often in the form of an app that has been made specifically to run on smartphones.
Unfortunately many hotel websites have been enticed into purchasing the app at additional cost and often the app must be updated as a separate item, which in effect doubles the work involved in updating a website.

Responsive websites offer the perfect solution. They automatically adapt to display on any device. The site won’t just show up – it will actively adapt each page within the site to display attractively and keep the navigation user friendly. So whatever device your clients are using – they will be able to view your website in the way that you want. That is the key to more traffic, more business and with no extra work or costs!

The Responsive web design approach allows you to make a single low investment and run just one website that can scale up and down to all the different display sizes and resolutions available.  It means that the same web page can be viewed on a 3.5 inch screen all the way up to a 27 inch desktop monitor – and even super sized flatscreen TVs.

There is simply no other option available for creating a cost effective, user friendly website that works everywhere and is simple to manage and update – especially because you don’t know what new devices are around the corner or what size and resolution they will be.

Think beyond the desktop – think Responsive Web Design!

To learn more about successful, manageable responsive websites that turn visitors into purchasing clients – visit Navega Bem Web Design.

The hotel and device usage graph pictured above is from Quinta Jardins do Lago on Madeira island.
The Quinta Jardins do Lago has long enjoyed superlative traffic and a high percentage of online reservations directly from its website. To ensure this growth continues ‘Navega Bem – Web Design‘ were once again commissioned to create their new responsive website.

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Quinta Jardins do Lago

Madeira island’s top rated hotel Jardins do Lago site relaunch

Quinta Jardins do Lago

Winner of the 2013 Tripadvisor Traveller’s Choice award for #1 Hotel in Madeira and #2 in Portugal, Quinta Jardins do Lago is synonymous with quality, style and elegance.

This delightfully situated small luxury botanical garden hotel has published its new website and whilst the appearance is very much in keeping with its traditionally elegant branding, the site utilises the latest technology and offers a quite amazing web encounter which allows visitors to fully immerse themselves in the holiday experience awaiting them.

The new multilingual website provides rich image galleries with truly wonderful photography and the complete production is ‘responsive‘ which simply allows the site to adapt to display on any device. View the pages on a smart phone, a tablet or a wide screen desktop computer and the site is always easy to read, navigate and enjoy.

The Quinta Jardins do Lago has long enjoyed superlative traffic and a high percentage of online reservations directly from its website. To ensure this growth continues ‘Navega Bem – Web Design‘ were re-commissioned to create the new website.

Chris Szabo, Creative Director of Navega Bem explained “We have always enjoyed a close professional relationship with Jardins do Lago and we are fully aware that the success of any website will result in our continued success. We strive to provide the best possible service to our clients, both during the development process and long after a site has been launched. This philosophy is the reason we have many return clients for whom we have done not only a second project but in some cases a third or even a fourth.”

“We have created this website around the Joomla CMS framework. We have absolutely no doubt that open source technology provides the most innovative and cost effective solution to web development.
Too many hotels have been enticed into the web of proprietary software and found at their cost that they were imprisoned in a system that didn’t allow then to switch their booking engine or development partners. The Joomla CMS gives a hotel the best of both worlds; an easy to manage website that has zero outsourcing requirements and the flexibility to use any web design company and any booking engine.”

To learn more about successful responsive multilingual Hotel Web Sites visit this page: www.navegabem.com

To visit the new Quinta Jardins do Lago website follow this link: www.jardinsdolago.com

Author: Chris Szabo

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Traveller’s Choice Winner Quinta Jardins do Jardins Lago

Quinta Jardins do Lago - Madeira

The spectacular Quinta Jardins do Lago has been awarded the prestigious Traveller’s Choice award by Tripadvisor viewers.

Ranked #1 in Funchal of 93 hotels and ranked #2 in Portugal, it is no surprise that the romantic getaway is also ranked #12 in the whole of Europe.

This charming Madeiran Quinta was built in the 18th century. More recently it was the home of well-known French and British families. During the Napoleonic wars General Beresford, Commander of the British forces on the island chose it as his residence. His magnificent sideboard, a reminder of his stay, still adorns the dining room.

Today the Quinta Jardins do Lago, with its 31 double rooms, 4 historical Junior Suites and 5 Premier Suites, all facing south to the luscious gardens and the blue Atlantic ocean, have been passionately designed to offer the best accommodation with modern functionality in traditional comfort and style. This is undoubtedly one of the many reasons why we have become Madeira islands most sought after small luxury botanical garden hotel.

The exclusive property is the favoured location for many celebrities and heads of state. A long list of prominent guests include Mr. Helmut Schmidt, ex-Chancellor of Germany. Sir. Peter O’Toole (a legend in the world of cinema). President of the European Commission Dr. Durão Barroso and Dr. Alberto João Jardim, President of the Madeira Government. Local rumours also tell of many visits by Madonna, but discretion on the part of the hotel leaves us unable to confirm this.
The Quinta Jardins do Lago web site has been carefully crafted by Navega Bem – Web Design, a full service digital marketing, development and web design agency which is also based on Madeira island, Portugal.

Navega Bem’s MD and Creative Director Chris Szabo explained “we have always admired Quinta Jardins do Lago since it was first opened. We were very honoured to be asked to develop the new website and we hope we have done this amazing botanical garden hotel justice with our efforts. We have spent many a day on the property – officially for research motives – but in all honesty it is just a wonderful and calming place to be.”

“The website has been developed around the Joomla CMS Framework and that gives full management control of the site to the hotel. They need no knowledge of programming or HTML. They can edit their site at any time from anywhere in the world via a standard web browser. More importantly they have the option to work with any web design agency in the future and are not tied in to a proprietary CMS system.”

“Jardins do Lago is the perfect example of how a hotel website can generate an excellent  amount of reservations.
In fact more than 30% of reservations for the highly popular Madeira Quinta come from the website and that means NO commissions to pay and the the hotel has full control over its client database. Our continuing support for the hotel ensures a high ranking in Google, plenty of traffic and substantial online reservations. ”

To visit the attractive website of Quinta Jardins do Lago and enter an elegant world of Comfort, Charm and Beauty – go to www.jardinsdolago.com

To view Tripadvisor ratings and reviews about the hotel visit this link:  http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk

Author: Chris Szabo

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A Fascination with Luxury Quintas on Madeira Island

What is a Quinta?

Many former Manor Estates and Countryside properties have been lovingly restored, improved and adapted to become luxury tourism getaways.
There are several on the island of Madeira and the majority boast quite unique surroundings and buildings.

However, there is now a new passion for luxury Quintas on Madeira and those that deliver exceedingly high standards have become especially renowned and are much sought after by both celebrities and the wealthier members of society alike.

Today we will cover two of the most graceful Quintas on the island. Both are luxurious, 5 star properties. But they are worlds apart in terms of location and what they offer to the discerning traveler.

Author: Chris Szabo

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Madeira islands most comfortable luxury botanical hotel

quinta-jardins-do-lago

This charming Madeira Quinta that was built in the 18th century has become Madeira islands most sought after luxury botanical garden hotel.

During the Napoleonic wars General Beresford, Commander of the British forces on the island chose it as his residence. His magnificent sideboard, a reminder of his stay, still adorns the majestic dining room.

Today the Quinta, with 31 double rooms, 4 historical Junior Suites and 5 Premier Suites, all facing south to the gardens and the blue Atlantic ocean, have been lovingly designed to offer the best accommodation in modern functionality and traditional comfort and style, for a luxury holiday in Madeira Island.

The exclusive property is the favoured location for many celebrities and heads of state. A long list of prominent guests include Mr. Helmut Schmidt, ex-Chancellor of Germany. Sir. Peter O’Toole (a legend in the world of cinema). President of the European Parliament Dr. Durão Barroso and Dr. Alberto João Jardim, President of the Madeira Government. Local rumours also tell of many visits by Madonna, but discretion on the part of the hotel leaves us unable to confirm this.

This elegant Madeira Hotel has now launched its new website and invites the curious and potential guests alike to visit the site and see in great detail what it is that makes Quinta Jardins do Lago such a special and beautiful choice for a holiday retreat. This is without exception one of, if not the top ‘Quintas da Madeira‘.

The new web presence has been carefully crafted by Navega Bem – Web Design, a full service digital marketing, development and web design agency which is also based on Madeira island, Portugal.

Navega Bem’s MD and Creative Director Chris Szabo explained “we have always admired Quinta Jardins do Lago since it was first opened. We were very honoured to be asked to develop the new website and we hope we have done this amazing botanical garden hotel justice with our efforts. We have spent many a day on the property – officially for research motives – but in all honesty it is just a wonderful and calming place to be.”

“The website has been developed around the Open Source framework and content management system Joomla! Now that the initial phase is complete and the site has been published online, we will add additional languages and focus on achieving the best possible ranking in the search engines.”

To visit the new website of Quinta Jardins do Lago and enter an elegant world of Comfort, Charm and Beauty – go to www.jardinsdolago.com

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