Realiaison is here to design, develop, and maintain enterprising web systems for brokers, agents, and homeowners looking to sell.
For Sale By Owner
Bring the character of your house or real estate listing to life with elegant designs.
Transform your realty site with our dynamic portfolio management solutions.
Realiaison Service Offerings
The estimates provided below are based upon the hourly rate that we currently charge. Project time various depending on the websites features, the iterations of changes, and on how much content editing and development we must do. To minimize cost and maximize the quality of your new website, please label photos well, prepare typed up descriptions, and look at a few other real estate websites, or the examples of ones we’ve created, so we can hone in on the features and style that you want!
Custom One Page Listing ($300 + $10/month)
- responsive website
- mobile version
- google maps
- property stats
- contact form
- social icons
- open house RSVP system
Deluxe Listing ($1200 + $30/month)
- responsive website
- mobile version
- virtual tour
- interactive lot and floor plans
- up to 10 web pages
- google maps
- property stats
- contact form
- SEO: Keyword Targeting
- sign up for email price alert
- Google Analytics Summary
Brokerage/Agency Sales Website (Starting at $3,000 and $60/month)
- deluxe listings
- Agent Pages
- IDX/MLS integration
Please inquire for estimates or more details about these add-ons and services
- Rental and booking systems
- Online Docu-sign
- Sell Ad Space
- Text Message Systems
- Interactive Floor Plans
- Interactive Lot Plans
- Loan Calculators
- Chat Features
- Blogging Features
Training and Support
- SEO Training
- Slideshow Editing or Creation
- Deluxe Listing Creation Training
- Social Media Marketing
Design and Branding
- Logo icon design
- Text logo design
- Full logo design
- Business cards
- Real Estate Descriptions
- Photo Captions
- Neighborhood Descriptions
Data Analytics Services
- SEO and Marketing Impact Reports
- Behavioral Analysis
- Conversion Tracking
Want something not listed above? We can program almost anything so please contact us for a quote. Above, we choose to list things we’ve made before, which are popular for real estate websites.
Changes and Additions
For changes to your website please contact us to discuss. Before commencing with any changes, we will itemize the tasks you request, review your current website, and then provide you with a preliminary estimate. For major additions and changes to your website’s functionality, we will need to have a discussion, then write a proposal with ballpark figures and have a follow up discussion, before calculating a preliminary estimate. Any variability in our estimates will be attributed to specific unknowns, which in some cases you may be able to help mitigate. For example, in some cases, a rather subjective task, such as acquiring photography by selecting and purchasing stock images, could be handled by you or your staff if desired.
Frequently Asked Questions
Warranty and Refund Policy
While we host your website we pledge to keep it accessible and functioning smoothly. If we do not host your website, we offer a 3 year warranty that your website will function smoothly.
This warranty however is invalidated if you have additional work performed on your website by other people or companies.
Any materials you provide us remain 100% yours. Any designs we create for you are 100% yours. The intellectual property of anything we buy or acquire to create your website such as stock photography, icons, and fonts; usually is retained by the original author.
This means that you cannot sell their work in isolation (ie you can sell your website but you cannot just sell the stock slide show image.) For our clients with ecommerce websites, some of the additional softwares (such as a UPS shipping calculator or Quickbooks Integration) require software licenses to update.
Therefore, if we do not host your website you will need to buy your own licenses to eventually update the softwares powering your website.
HIPAA Compliance Security
HIPAA applies to dispensaries. Essentially, you must be careful with patient information. Patient data must be encrypted while in motion and at rest.
If you are storing patient information, detailed access logs to this info must be kept for at least 3 years. Now, don’t get too worried- for most dispensary websites HIPAA does not apply.
For example, if a visitor to your website searches in your search bar for a symptom, to see whether marijuana may be an appropriate medication, the search query is not directly tied to the patient’s name. (Their search is, however, tied to their IP address, so having an SSL certificate to authenticate and encrypt communication with your websites server is a good idea. )
Please, contact us to discuss whether your current web system is compliant.
Do I need a new website?
Does your website serve your business objective?
The goal of your website should be well defined and may be similar to one of the below examples:
- Enable people aware of my name or business to find and contact me.
- Attract visitors in my general location to my business based upon keyword searches.
- Provide scalable customer support through my website.
- Improve customer retention and loyalty by having a website with ever-evolving content and two way communication.
- Sell products, streamline shipping, and improve customer support through my ecommerce website.
- Monetize or retain my social following by having my website as a central hub.
- Mockup an idea into a functional web app in order to woo investors and find partners.
- Get email signups via an attractive landing page for an upcoming product launch.
- My website is used for bookings and reservations.
- My website is used for receiving payments for goods or services.
Does my website load quickly?
A website should begin loading within 1 second and complete loading within 2-4 seconds. The rule of thumb used to be that webpages should be smaller than .5 megabytes but now with page compression and content delivery networks webpages can be between 2 and 10 megabytes and still load quickly.
Visit Pingdom or webpagetest.org and see how long it takes for your site to load. Yslow.org gives a list of 23 load time improvements that can be implemented. Google’s speed test will also analyze your site and tell you what improvements you can make for it to load faster.
How can I make my website load faster?
- Use appropriate sized and formatted images to maximize your content to webpage size ratio.
- Use page compression (such a gzip compression).
- Serve static content from caches rather than have your server build the same webpages over and over each time the webpage is visited.
- Specify expiry times for content, so that your visitors browsers store your content, making their browsing experience much faster.
- If you’ve got a lot of content (ie videos, photos, etc) use a Content Delivery Network rather than just one server to send content to your visitors.
- Make sure your DNS lookup is fast and doesn’t route you through any superfluous name servers.
- Chose high quality hosting and ask if they will do some of the above things for you.
What is Web Development
The process of defining the objective of your website, rebuilding (or creating) your website, and testing whether your objective is being achieved.
What is Website Hosting
The service of making your website accessible through the internet (so that it is not just a bundle of files sitting on a hard drive.)
What actually makes a website?
Cascading Style Sheets add the design accents to your content
These files bring the browsing experience to life by enabling your site to easily have cool little functional widgets like these tabs.
Hyper text markup language is what your web browser understands- its the underlying language of the internet. Your website’s platform, such as WordPress, makes html webpages to send to your visitors.
These are files on your server that produce html web pages usually by grabbing information from your database
These are your database’s files which hold the content of your website. They are a pretty much like nested spreadsheets.
A “Security Socket Layer” adds the “s” to the https:// you see in the top of your browser. Having an ssl certificate means that communication to and from your website’s server is encrypted. SSL certificates are needed if you’d like to accept credit cards directly through your website and SSL certificates may also give your website a little SEO boost.
Domain Name System (DNS) settings are used to hardwire your website system into the internet and essentially overwrite your servers’ IP adresses. “Pointing” is the term for setting your DNS record to an IP Adress of a server. If you use additional services provide by your Domain Name Registrar (most often email) then you would only set the A Record (Adress record), one component of the DNS settings, to point torwards a server hosting only your website. If a seperate server runs your email, then you will need to point your MX Records to this servers IP Adress. If your web developer provides email, hosting, and hosts multiple sub-domains (subdomain.yoursite.com) for you; then usually the developer will request to point your entire DNS record to the server.
How can I get more visitors to my website?
SEO: Search Engine Optimization
Search Engine Optimization is the process of tweaking your website so that it appears more in search engine results and higher up in search engine rankings.
The process of adding more information to your website that is specifically tailored so that search engines can better understand your content. For example, how can a search engine know what is in a picture? You can name the file appropriately, add an alt tag, a description tag, a caption tag, and the image can contain additional metadata like the author, the date taken, and whether other people can use the image or if it is copyrighted. Thats a lot of work for one image so we’d only suggest doing this for content that will be on your site for a while.
Is the process of getting links back to your website. This is a critical part of SEO. If you can get popular websites to have clickable links back to your website, not only will you get visits from that website, but you’ll also be sending the message to Google that your website has valuable content worth linking to. This will bring your website higher up in search results and the link text will influence what the search engines interpret as your keywords.
Links within your website- often going from your homepage and navbar to more specific web pages like your “about” page or “contact” page.
SEM: Search Engine Marketing
Search Engine Marketing is the process of advertising through search engines, partly to ensure that anyone looking for your company can find it, but also to generate new leads to your website.
Social Network Marketing
Social networks are morphing into the main hubs of the internet. Social Network Marketing enables you to boost your presence on social networks so that you can get more visitors to your website.
Email marketing is the process of sending mass or automated emails to potential clients, interested clients, and existing clients. Emailing your existing clients is often the first way you can boost your sales.
More information about the online world:
Writing up and posting content on your website on a frequent basis.
A component of a website that is usually oriented around new and time sensitive content. Often your blog will allow your customers or even just visitors to comment on the posts you make. A blog can attract more visitors to your website and enable you to engage efficiently with all your past customers.
Responsive Web Design
The process of designing your website so that your web pages automatically readjust to each of your visitors’ screen sizes. This is very important nowadays because so much of internet browsing is performed on cell phones and tablets. Also, search engines pay attention to this when they are deciding whether or not to put you in the top search results.
An extremely popular open source website platform. Click here to learn much much more about it.
Bits of php files that hook in to the WordPress platform giving your WordPress site additional functionalities. They are nearly 40,000 plugins.
An ecommerce platform for WordPress websites that facilitates almost any imaginable type of online store or transaction system. Woocommerce now powers over 30% of all online stores and is now owned by WordPress.
Woocommerce Extension, Add-on, or Plugin
Like a WordPress plugin, these bits of software extend the functionality of Woocommerce; enabling you to customize your online store or online transaction system. There are well over 1,000 Woocommerce extensions which means this ecommerce platform can be transformed into things as unique as a reservation and booking system, a taxi cab app, or an affiliate marketing network!
The process of producing and updating content and making it accessible within your website.
CMS: Content Management System
A content management system is an online dashboard or user interface that enables you and your employees to update and monitor your website.
These are codes used to connect your website with other web apps so that your website can automatically and securely pass data to and from the app.
A web application is a website that serves a functional purpose (as a posed to a website which is used for marketing and providing information).
What does HTTP and HTTPS stand for?
Why is Data Analytics important?
What is a Webmaster Account?
What is a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and how does it apply to websites?
What is a Sitemap?
What is a domain name?
What is a subdomain?
How can I choose a domain name?
How does my domain name connect with my hosting account so that I can visit my website?
Your domain name must be pointed towards your server (aka hosting account). In technical terms you must designate the domain names address record (A record) towards the IP address of the server.
What is an IP address?
An Internet Protocol Address is a sequence of 4 numbers separated by periods. An IP Address identifies the server hosting a website and it identifies your network connection so that your requests through the internet can be sent and received like mail. The beginning numbers in the IP address are related to your internet service provider (ISP) and the routers leading up to your home or the coffee shop you are at while the last few digits of your IP Address are assigned to your computer when you connect to the internet.
What is a TLD or top level domain name?
A TLD is your domain names suffix. Traditional the TLDs were .com, .org, .net, .edu, and .gov but now there are thousands. Search engines still seem to give the most credence to .com names.
What are DNS settings?
The domain name system settings are used to connect your website to your server (through an A record) and your @yourdomain.com email adress to your mail server (via mx records). These DNS settings can be edited through your domain name register or the permission to edit these settings can be passed on to your hosting company by pointing the DNS settings at their name servers.
What is a favicon?
Favicons are the small symbols that appear in the left hand side of each tab that is open in your browser window. It is important to have a distinctive favicon so that someone can easily find your tab in the event that they opened a link or visited another web page while browsing.
How do I keep my website secure and spam free?
Some hosting services offer a layer of protection however you can also have your web developer set you up with CloudFlare, which will help alot. They act as a barrier between your server and the visitors to your site. They maintain massive lists of hackers and spammers IP Addresses and will block them from even seeing your webpages. Akismet provides a specialized service like this for WordPress websites. These services will also protect your site from denial of services attacks (DOS) and decentralized DOS attacks where hackers repeatedly send requests to your server thereby clogging it up so that real people can visit your site.
Some things that will help secure your site:
- Add security widgets to contact or comment forms.
- If you have forms on your website, or basically any input boxes, parse the inputs to block certain commands (known as SQL injections).
- Make your passwords tricky.
- Keep your website’s core platform and additional software widgets upto date.
- Force secure connections with https using an SSL certificate.
- Use obscure usernames rather than things like “admin”
- Lock the login page.
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