You are bidding on a project that will have a similar look and feel as apartments.com. The entire project will be built from the bottom up. You will need to familiarize yourself with [url removed, login to view] prior to responding to the request. Please respond to each question in detail.
Website Design (visual layout)
Please describe your experience in designing websites. Please provide specific examples (URLs). We are looking for a fresh design with vibrant colors.
The site will need to be developed with advertising in mind. Do you have experience in designing sites that are advertising space friendly?
Have you ever designed a layout of a website and worked with another company to integrate work?
The site will need the same location search technology as apartments.com. Do you have this capability or have a way of obtaining this type of search technology?
We will rely on you to create administrative pages that will help us update pages with information. Please describe the level of administrative access you can provide via web pages.
All users will need to create a profile. These users will need the ability to update/change their profiles on a regular basis. Do you have experience in creating administrative access for users? If so, please provide examples.
It will be necessary to track the number of times users logon to the site. Can you track and provide feedback on number of users who logon to site?
Maintenance and Support
What type of on-going maintenance can you provide?
Have you ever integrated merchant accounts into a website? If so, please provide examples and a list of preferred merchants. Merchant provider will need to have the ability to automate billing on a monthly basis.
The owner will choose their level of service based on a list of packages. Do you have the ability to provide this service?
Based on the packages the user selects he/she will then be given different profile options. Do you have the ability to automatically provide a specific profile based on the package the user purchases?
All information collected will need to be stored in a relational database. What is your level of expertise regarding relational databases?
The site will be maneuvered through searches. Users will be able to search based on certain criteria. The results will then be displayed much the same way as apartments.com. Are you able to create searches and bring back specific information as requested by the user?
Have you ever integrated MapQuest into a site? Please provide samples.
Have you ever worked with advertising space on the web? If so, please provide specific examples.
Can you provide traffic reports based on link hits?
Can you provide dynamic advertising? Meaning links will only appear for certain pages or as a result of user searches?
Will you be able to create a detailed timeline with deliverable dates?
I will create the initial requirements documents. Will you be able to maintain the requirements document, make updates and provide suggestions based on best practices?
All coding will need to be turned over after completion.
The candidate who is selected will not be based on the lowest bidding price. Our selection will be based on the candidate who answers the questions thoroughly, provides specific examples and has positive reviews. Please send an e-mail directly to me with answers to the above questions. Again, the site will be very similar to [url removed, login to view], but with a different industry in mind.