Villapuglia.com is a real estate rental website for luxury villas in Puglia, Italy. It features with some fine villas to showcase on the site to review and also book for rental. The site provides the guide and history of the Puglia region; and the site also provides informative blog posts.
About The Client
Previously based in London and having worked with three largest and most prestigious Fine Art Auctioneers, the client has over 25 years of experience. The client later became a specialist in luxury villa rental in Puglia. During the 25 years in Art World, assessing; buying; and selling beautiful paintings and works of art gave the client an exact understanding that appeals to the high end holiday maker. The client was a frequent traveller, he had spent most of his holidays in France and Tuscany during 1980s and gradually it translated into purchasing a villa in Puglia. In 2005, the client started to rent his villa and over the time with growing business the client now owns 14 properties. The client has a particular interest in wine and has a small vineyard of his own Valle d’Itria, Puglia. The client also owns olive groves and produce one of the finest biological produce Olive Oil in Puglia. He has a niche market for his wine and oil in Seattle, USA.
The Client’s Requirements
The client had a WordPress website which not mobile friendly; was with old WordPress version and was limited in terms of functionality. The website was also lacking in terms of design. It was a very plain and simple layout. The client needed to revamp the website with a booking functionality. The client had specific design and functional requirements. He did not want an e-commerce website but wanted a showcase site with feature to book a villa for a specific dates and make the payment later when a user has reached the destination. The client also wanted a very modern slider on home page with text for the villas; a fine slider for each villa to display features and villa gallery. It was specifically required from the client to use WordPress because in past their site was in wordpress and they were familiar how the WordPress worked.
We provided the client with four different layouts for the homepage based on the reference sites given by the client. After several revisions the homepage along with the villa pages were approved. Client was targeting a very niche market with specific properties and required WordPress, we customised the solution with a premium theme called Ushuaia - a child theme for the wpCasa Real Estate Framework. We customised the Ushuaia with for styling and branding. We used a premium plugin for booking called Booking System PRO. Along with the booking plugin we used Simple Custom CSS; Squelch Tabs and Accordions Shortcodes; Testimonials Wordpress plugin; and Advanced Custom Fields to extend the site funcitonality. We customised templates in the theme to achieve the functional and design requirements. We completed the project with 100% client satisfaction, the client was much impressed with the service and communication he decided to host the website on our server.