Renting an Office, how hard can this be?
object(JRegistry)#247 (1) { ["data":protected]=> object(stdClass)#208 (78) { ["article_layout"]=> string(9) "_:default" ["show_title"]=> string(1) "1" ["link_titles"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_intro"]=> string(1) "1" ["info_block_position"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_category"]=> string(1) "0" ["link_category"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_parent_category"]=> string(1) "0" ["link_parent_category"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_author"]=> string(1) "0" ["link_author"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_create_date"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_modify_date"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_publish_date"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_item_navigation"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_vote"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_readmore"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_readmore_title"]=> string(1) "1" ["readmore_limit"]=> string(3) "100" ["show_icons"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_print_icon"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_email_icon"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_hits"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_noauth"]=> string(1) "0" ["urls_position"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_publishing_options"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_article_options"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_urls_images_frontend"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_urls_images_backend"]=> string(1) "1" ["targeta"]=> int(0) ["targetb"]=> int(0) ["targetc"]=> int(0) ["float_intro"]=> string(4) "left" ["float_fulltext"]=> string(4) "left" ["category_layout"]=> string(9) "_:default" ["show_category_title"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_description"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_description_image"]=> string(1) "1" ["maxLevel"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_empty_categories"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_no_articles"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_subcat_desc"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_cat_num_articles"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_base_description"]=> string(1) "1" ["maxLevelcat"]=> string(2) "-1" ["show_empty_categories_cat"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_subcat_desc_cat"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_cat_num_articles_cat"]=> string(1) "0" ["num_leading_articles"]=> string(1) "0" ["num_intro_articles"]=> string(4) "1000" ["num_columns"]=> string(1) "1" ["num_links"]=> string(4) "1000" ["multi_column_order"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_subcategory_content"]=> string(1) "0" ["show_pagination_limit"]=> string(1) "1" ["filter_field"]=> string(4) "hide" ["show_headings"]=> string(1) "1" ["list_show_date"]=> string(1) "0" ["date_format"]=> string(0) "" ["list_show_hits"]=> string(1) "1" ["list_show_author"]=> string(1) "1" ["orderby_pri"]=> string(5) "order" ["orderby_sec"]=> string(5) "rdate" ["order_date"]=> string(9) "published" ["show_pagination"]=> string(1) "2" ["show_pagination_results"]=> string(1) "1" ["show_feed_link"]=> string(1) "1" ["feed_summary"]=> string(1) "0" ["feed_show_readmore"]=> string(1) "0" ["layout_type"]=> string(4) "blog" ["menu_text"]=> int(1) ["show_page_heading"]=> int(0) ["secure"]=> int(0) ["page_title"]=> string(4) "Blog" ["page_description"]=> string(116) "Website Design, Development and Optimisation from Cumbria based Joomla, Wordpress and Magento Small Business experts" ["page_rights"]=> string(131) "All content is copyright Appropriate Solutions Web Development Ltd. No rights to reproduce or redistribute any content are granted." ["robots"]=> string(0) "" ["access-view"]=> bool(true) } }

 

If you want to see my property you have to say 'please'

So the first 2 results looked good, well relevant at least. The first was to CREA's incubator office space, a bit expensive for what I wanted, so on to number 2. This was looking hopeful The Office, a small office development on an industrial estate near town (opposite an animal rendering plant, nice!) and the first hint of the problems to come. The website is presentable enough but has some usability issues, the scrolling text and mouse-over tabs on the front page are annoying, but we can forgive that as they are a common mistake. The real issue comes when we look for an available office.

In their favour they have a page for availability, which has a floor plan to show which offices are available with links to individual pages for each, presumably providing further details, maybe some photographs, dimensions, rates, facilities? I clicked on one that looked likely  with an expectation of more information to come and instead was presented with a contact form requiring me to initiate a discussion with the site owner just to find out the details of the room.

#Fail

At this stage in my search I did not want to enter into a discussion with any landlords, I was in an early phase of my search, I wanted to get the  lie of the land, see what is available and get an idea of what you get for your money. Why go to the trouble of having a website, implementing a specific navigation just for your vacant properties, then demanding that anyone interested contacts you before they can even find out how big the room is?

Content Aggregation - the curse of the Searching Classes

So on I carry on down the page and I start to encounter the low value websites that tend to inhabit many of the long tail, typically geographic based searches, Content Aggregation sites, Portals and Agencies. These are simply middlemen who add another layer of navigation or interaction to the task and are definitely not the websites I was looking for. So where were all the Cumbrian Estate Agents I was expecting to find in my search?

Occasionally I would find one, but they all suffered from the same issue. They didn't want to tell you anything until you had contacted them. Too often I would find a short description of a possible office, only to meet a dead end unless I called them, emailed them or supplied my contact details. I know every business wants to build it's contact list, chasing those precious qualified leads, but on the web if you start putting walls around your content, you're more likely to annoy your visitors and send them elsewhere.

Let your visitors access the information they need, don't impede them or try to trap them. Yes they may leave your site, but if your website has been helpful and easy to use the chances are they'll be back.

Unlimited Access

The good news is we did find an office in Penrith, which is ideally placed, clean and comfortable, and if anyone wants to drop by they are more than welcome.

And no, we won't ask for any details before you can look inside.

example skill resume template #PVLSDXIURWUV8171756883 . 5 paragraph outline essay 5 paragraph outline essay source abuse report #KEKJWUOYEZAV6568836889 . find more info #TPELYDLXYBZP7084887169