WHAT WE REQUIRE:
We need a COMPLETE modern and unique dynamic website developed (though the graphic design element may be outsourced depending upon whether you have a GOOD talented designer on staff…or can recommend one… and of course “cost vs. quality” considerations in reviewing portfolio work and price quotes will be considered). This website will utilize many existing open-source software tools already in popular use. This website is for a U.S. based NON-PROFIT 501(c)(3) Charity that provides FREE vacation home accommodations to military families, so experience in developing "VACATION RENTAL" or "HOME EXCHANGE" websites (similar to real estate listing systems) in regards to the navigation systems and database requirements is critical, and experience in building sites for Non-Profit organizations is a PLUS (but not necessary), as this would help in integrating the CMS with the CMR (constituent relationship management) software as well as with TAX REPORTING software (Ex. Quickbooks, etc) as you well know, "Non-Profits" must have FULL disclosure and are under GREAT SCRUTINY in the U.S.
In regards to the CMS…JOOMLA, DRUPAL, PLONE, etc (or a new "player"... NONPROFIT SOAPBOX?)…doesn’t matter as we will rely on your suggestion and the site administrator is open to learning whichever choice has the most FUTURE potential for the GROWTH of our organization. We are looking for a “look & feel” and well as similar functionality (i.e. navigation systems, "matching" e-mail notifications, format of individual "property profile" web pages, etc.) to a [url removed, login to view] (Here is a sample “property listing page“: [url removed, login to view])…mixed with a [url removed, login to view] (Here is a sample “property profile” page: [url removed, login to view]) YET not an exact "clone" of either in that we will have additional search fields, a unique design “look and feel”, THREE “USER INTERFACES” (Site Admin, Donors…i.e. whom will upload property listing profiles, and Program Recipients that are to be CONNECTED with one another by Site Admin based on their "Top THREE" destination choices OR time frames available to travel) and in general we will have a broader appeal to the “Non-Profit” and "Military/Veteran" communities respectively via unique CONTENT and individually designed “LANDING PAGES“. The amount of pages will be minimal at first, but of course if one is familiar with the model of VACATION RENTAL/HOME EXCHANGE websites, you know that the “property profile” template pages will grow in number as individual “property profile” pages are ADDED so the site must be developed with that in mind. Finally we know there are several software programs that can accomplish a specific task we require; however, we are looking to find a product that can copy “property profile” information from other websites (to include contact details) to allow for an easy “sign up” process for our donors (in transferring their data into our database or onto our provided webpage).
What we will contribute vs. What is required by the Web Developer:
This site is NEW and requires all stages of development. As aforementioned, we need modern, vibrant, "attention getting" design so at this stage we may or may not assign this portion to an artistically talented designer that has the "look & feel" we want (please submit bids with this in mind, i.e. "with design", "without design"). We will provide most ALL content (text, navigation search fields, etc), and we have a marketing plan to promote the website once it is already developed (and "about to launch"). Many of the tools we will utilize are “open-source“ and thus non-proprietary or FREE to use, whom most of you should be familiar with, and “property profile“ websites (real estate, home exchange, vacation rentals) are ALREADY in existence and universally utilized so this technology should be familiar to the development team already; however as we are NOT the EXPERTS in the Web Development field, we are humbly open to ANY suggestions you may have. We will refer ALL of the open-source tools WE are aware of to the developer, as again as we are a “NON-PROFIT” PUBLIC CHARITY thus we must be VERY modest in our spending in order to comply with the U.S. Government and please the public we serve (but…this is a BALANCE as with ALL things…as it should NOT be at the expense of the QUALITY and EFFICIENCY of the final product). Finally, on that note, as we are a patriotic organization AND intellectual property/"legal recourse" is a concern (starting with an NDA for the protection of both parties)…our first priority must be to U.S. based web developers. If however, overseas developers provide a SUPERIOR PRODUCT and a SUPERIOR PRICE, then that will also be taken into consideration in the interest of our organization and the military families we serve. On an unrelated note…to our friends in India…our deepest condolences for the unspeakable horror your nation has recently suffered. Please know that our U.S. Military community supports YOU in your darkest hour and if possible IF our organization may expand to help military families of ALL of our TRUE allies and friends in the world such as you…we most certainly WILL expand the scope of our mission.
Timeframe for Delivery:
This is dependent on many factors such as Total Development Cost (and payment schedule), Production Pre-Approved “Mile Stones”, Post-Development Support/Training, etc. We are looking to launch a quality “one of a kind” website. Given the abundance of FREE tools available, and the simplicity of this site...we expect a relatively short period prior to our “BETA” launch soon.
Many Thanks for your TIME Ladies & Gentlemen and Many Blessings...
The Staff at The Military Travel Charity, Inc.