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Why do we think that a widget can be useful, while we have a website with design flaws and usability problems that doesn’t transmit anything? Or a simple booking engine that hasn’t been upgraded in ages and doesn’t use CRO techniques or which persuading messages are nonexistent or wrong (for example, the sense of urgency is in green and the positive reinforcement in red - the contrary of what it should be-).
As you may have noticed, we have completely revamped our website! The reason is that with the release of our next generation of products, our old website was not useful anymore.
If you are new here, you have to understand that we have started from scratch. Everything! Our solutions, but also our pricing and business model have been renovated.
In the last months we have completely pivoted our business model, from an hybrid open-source/proprietary cloud service, to full open-source GPL solutions.
The new open-source version, is ready to download! We are sorry for the delay in this release, that has been caused by a deep refactoring of the whole system that we have been performing since February. We decided to do this refactoring based on the suggestions of our early beta testers.
THIS IS A BETA RELEASE WITH NO SUPPORT - USE IT AT YOUR OWN RISK
We are pleased to announce the release of the first beta of our new products. This will be the “third generation” series and introduce a brand new version of every extension in our hotel website suite:
The first theme demo Flat, is online, so you can check-it out!
We plan to release the fist public beta during this week, the whole new system is actually in private beta, we are still working on the documentation and bug fixing. Please note that the release of the first beta will be only for testing, so no documentation and support will be provided till the production-ready version is released.
We plan to launch the first beta version by the end of this month. A production ready release is espectied in Oct/Nov 2015. The new release will include a new version of Cloud Admin Panel (that we will call Cloud Admin Pro), and a new version of the website building suite:
The new CloudHotelier Admin Pro panel will be open source, so it can be used as a normal Joomla extension (although you will continue to have the new product as managed Cloud service also).
With the release of CloudHotelier 3.1.7 we have introduced the ability to track Google Analytics e-commerce conversions, every time a reservation is processed on your hotel website.
With this new feature you will be able to obtain the conversion reports using Google Analytics, amongst other useful information.
The new version, that we plan to release in mid 2015 will provide the hoteliers the ability to set multiple rates for one single room. This will give the hoteliers more control over rates and simplify the availability update process.
Joomla 3.4 is stable so you should update your Joomla. If you use one of our Joomla 3 packs, such as Base, Classic, Minimal, Boutique or Glassy, we recommend tu upgrade your Joomla to be ready for the upcoming releases.
We are currently preparing a new version of the Cloud Admin Panel administration system, a new version of the Joomla client CloudHotelier Booking Engine and a new generation of templates based on the UIkit framework.
Every hotel website has a natural traffic produced by direct searches based on the hotel name. If you take a look at Google Analytics you will see that the number #1 keyword for your website is the name of the hotel. More important, the name of the hotel produces the 99% of the reservations at your website.
This is consecuence of users seeing your hotel in a reservations portal, such as booking.com, and then looking for your hotel website trying to get more information.
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Why distract your potential customers with multiple fireworks, when you can just show them your product, your hotel?
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