Holiday Tots is a multi-award winning website aimed at families looking for child friendly holiday accommodation around the world. It's a feature packed website with fantastic modern design and usability principles.
"Not only is the design a winner but their technical knowledge is spot on."
I wanted a website that would express a friendly yet professional feel and that is exactly what I have. Not only is the design a winner but their technical knowledge is spot on. The guys at AWD are very patient and continue to be so even after the launch! Thanks guys look forward to phase 2!Read in full
We originally redeveloped the existing Holiday Tots website in 2011 and over the course of the next few years added many new features as the company grew and moved into new areas of business.
As a result of the the rapid growth in website browsing via mobile devices, during the summer of 2014 we got together with the client to put together a detailed project brief for a total rebuild of the website from the ground upwards, which as well as taking into consideration responsive design, also utilised the most modern user experience features and development techniques available. Part of our brief therefore was to create an interactive, user friendly and informative website with optimal viewing capabilities across all web browsing devices, whilst continuing to appeal to the target demographic of families specifically looking for child friendly holidays.
As well as adding new User Experience features such as an interactive map search facility which helps simplify a customers property search based on their specific criteria, the brief also required us to maintaining all the existing features but to carefully redevelop each one to consider the responsive layout and development standards.
In the background a comprehensive but intuitive Content Management System was required to allow property owners to fully manage their property(s) and update the live availability calendar.
As with the original build, the new 2014 revamp, we responded in a big way. Firstly lets talk about the fantastic responsive design. Not only has the design considered the target market, it has also been carefully constructed for 4 main screen types (Retina/HD displays, Desktop, Tablet and Mobile) to ensure optimal viewing and ultimate usability for that device. We are incredibly proud of the design we created and our customer, the property owners and the website visitors have all provided exceptional feedback.
For the map we used Google maps as a basis. Not only is Google's mapping system excellent and easy to use, but it has a very powerful API associated with it. That's not to say integrating with the map was an easy task. Our skilled developers have created a fully custom and bespoke integration into the mapping platform. Each country and region is plotted on the map and is fully interactive. You can click on the icons loaded and get a break down of properties in that region. Then you can carefully navigate through each property.
The beauty of the map is that not only it it interactive. It responds completely with the search you have entered. The developers at AWD programmed an AJAX front end that doesn't reload the map like other sites, it plots the locations on the fly. This means results are fast and fluid.
The advanced search facility in the site is powerful and highly comprehensive. You can search by region, city, price range, availability individual facilities. You can even mark properties as favourites and then search within those favourites.
Property owners can login and manage their properties. Calendars, offers and review responses are all managed using their login. Even the login area has been carefully redeveloped for full AJAX and JSON forms. We at AWD do everything the best way possible in the most modern development standards.
Website viewers can join the Tots Holiday Club which allows them to review the accommodation and receive newsletters.
We feel the website speaks for itself. There are numerous other features in the site. Why not head over to it, play around and just see how good web design can be.