Guide to getting a new website

Getting a new website can be simple, straightforward, and speedy. It just takes a little bit of organisation and planning.

In fact, if you provide us with everything we need right at the start of your new website project, we could deliver you a new template site in as little as just a few weeks.

So, if you’re thinking about upgrading your site or starting a new business, here is our guide to ‘Getting a New Website’.

Everything you will need to know, consider and provide us with, to get your new website project off the ground and onto the launch pad:

Step 1. Template or Bespoke Website

At The Property Jungle, we made our name building fabulous bespoke websites, and in recent years we’ve also used our vast amount of knowledge and experience to create a superb selection of quality templates, so you can now choose the most suitable ‘Template or Bespoke’ option to fit your budget and desired timescale to launch.

When you select a bespoke option, our in-house designers will create a mock-up design based on your individual specifications for our development team to build your site from. Our development team can also work with designs from your own designer if required.

You can see some examples of our bespoke sites here: https://www.thepropertyjungle.com/portfolio/bespoke-websites/

However, if you are looking to keep build costs down or simply need a speedy launch without having to skimp on quality, then our template sites are the perfect option.

Our templates are incredibly versatile and suitable for every size of agency from multi-branch to start-ups.

Your chosen template site will be edited to display your logo and brand colours, and whichever images or videos you wish to use, including text, however, the basic structure of the site is set by the template.

Although a template design defines the layout of your website, we can make bespoke design modifications to them. This will incur additional costs and increase the time it takes to build your site.

If you are time-pressed, this work can be carried out post-launch as sites can be modified at any time after launch so it’s important to remember that a site can grow and change with your business, and can often look very different just a few months after their initial launch.

You can find all of our available templates here: https://www.thepropertyjungle.com/our-available-templates/

Or for examples of agents already using our templates, visit: https://www.thepropertyjungle.com/portfolio/template-websites/

Step 2. Logo, Brand Colours and Fonts

In order to create your bespoke site or style your template, we will need you to send through a good-quality copy of your logo. preferably in a transparent png format, and your brand colour pallet with Hex codes, if possible.

We will also need to know any font specifications.

Some fonts are not freely available and although extremely rare, you may need to purchase a font if the one you wish to use is unusual and not within our catalogue.

Please include any other assets and brand guidelines, images, videos and awards with this.

Step 3. Page list

Your page list will define the pages that will appear in your main menu. This is unique to your business and the services you provide.

Our Standard Templates come with 10 pages, whilst our Premium Templates come with 15 pages. You can increase the number of pages but this will incur further charges.

Bespoke sites are all priced individually.

Step 4. Content; Words, Images and Videos

Every page will need content of some sort. This includes the written words that tell visitors about you and your services and provides information, guidance and advice on moving, as well as homepage videos or images, team pics and bios, and often images of your local area to add to other pages where applicable.

If you’re happy with all or some of the content from your current website, then we can copy this over to your new site. You will have the opportunity to tweak wording through our content management system once it has been added. If this is not available, you will need to provide us with new content.

If you are struggling to find the right words or simply haven’t got the time to write them down, our in-house copywriter can help you at a nominal additional cost. Your project manager will put you in touch with her upon request.

Step 5. Legally required information and details.

We will need you to provide quite a few pieces of information to help make your website both legally compliant and to work effectively in capturing leads.

This includes:

  • Company Trading Name
  • Company Registered Name
  • Trading address
  • Registered address  
  • Registered Company Number
  • Vat Number  
  • Telephone number to appear on website  
  • Email address to appear on website
  • The redress scheme logo to be displayed on the website?

If you do lettings, please provide:

  • Client money protection scheme and certificate
  • Complaints procedure
  • Fees information inc VAT
  • Social media accounts you want to include on the site
  • Details of any instant valuation service you are using
  • The email address you would like website forms to send to

Branch details, as you want them displayed on your new website, including:

  • Branch names
  • Addresses
  • Postcodes
  • Telephone Numbers
  • Emails
  • Opening hours

Step 6. Software

You will no doubt be aware of the many different property softwares on the market and you’ll be pleased to know that we can integrate any one of them into your website.

Please confirm which software you are using to upload properties to your current site. We will then be able to request the property feed for you.

If you do not have a software provider, we can provide you with our own TPJ property software.

Step 7. Development

Your website will be set up in a test environment and a link will be shared with you to track its progress and where you can add comments and request changes. We can iterate over text and image changes until you’re happy for the site to ‘go live’.

We will need access to your domain in order to put the website live.

If you have an IT company that handles this for you, please provide us with their contact email address. Alternatively, please provide the logins to your domain registrar.

Step 7. Setting Up Google Maps

As you will be aware, we utilise Google Maps on your website in order to show property locations, amenity data and other location-based facilities.

Previously we took care of all the technicalities involved with creating these features for your website. Unfortunately, due to access changes Google have made to their maps data, you will need to go through a simple process to enable us to provide you with location-based services and retain Google Maps on your website.

We’ve devised a simple step-by-step process that we’d like you to follow. It shouldn’t take any more than ten minutes to go through the process and then you can hand the technicalities back to us.

You will need to create a Project, create a Billing Account and finally link the Billing Account to your Project.

A) Creation of a Project:

Visit https://console.cloud.google.com, logging in if necessary, with a Google Account attributed to your business. This might be the account you use to access Google Analytics for example. If you don’t have an account, create one

  • Create a new project – if you don’t already have one, there’ll be a button in the middle of the screen to do so; otherwise, the select a project button in the top-left pops up a modal, with a + button to create one. Name it [client name] TPJ Site
  • It may take a few minutes for the project to be set up
  • Once it’s ready, via the menu button in the top-left, click IAM & Admin
  • Click the +ADD button at the top
  • Enter the member name tech@thepropertyjungle.com, and select the role Project / Owner (You will see this convert to smuttles@gmail.com – which is totally normal)
  • Click Save

B) Creation of a Billing Account:

Google has introduced the requirement of a Billing Account linked to your newly created Project, this puts your business in a direct relationship with Google.

Please do not panic about charges from Google. We’ve put measures in place to circumvent charges on map usage as best we can. However, there is always a chance that you could be charged by Google in the future, please make sure that you use the correct payment method when creating a Billing Account so that you can keep tabs on it. Google will email you before taking payment in the unlikely event that you ever exceed your free quota.

Visit the Google Cloud Platform Console, https://console.cloud.google.com

  • Open the console left side menu and select Billing
  • Click the Link billing account button
  • When prompted, click on Create Billing Account
  • Enter a name for the billing account and follow the steps to enter your billing information
  • Click Submit and enable billing

PLEASE NOTE – if you complete steps A and B together, then you’ll not need to complete step C.

C) Linking your Project and Billing Account:

If you’ve got this far then you should have created a new Project as well as a Billing Account. To finalise this process, you will now have to link the two together.

Visit the Google Cloud Platform Console, https://console.cloud.google.com

  • From your Projects list, select the new Project you created to enable billing
  • Open the console left side menu and select Billing
  • Click link to billing account
  • Click Set account

Once that process has been completed, we will receive an automated email from Google informing us that your new Project has been created and we can then make amends and make sure that maps remain viewable on your website.

If there is anything in the above that you are struggling with or need explaining in further detail, please do not hesitate to contact your TPJ Project Manager or our support desk at: https://www.thepropertyjungle.com/support/