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Are your social posts not getting any attention? Here’s how to make your posts unforgettable…

A lot of of accommodation owners find social media hard work…and it’s understandable. After spending a long day sorting out your accommodation the last thing you want to do is spend ages on a computer or phone, trying to create an engaging, upbeat post. So here are some great resources that will help! Get your …

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Preparing for 2021…and get more direct bookings

2020 has been a very bad year, and the pandemic has impacted everyone, with the hospitality industry being particularly hard hit. We’re hoping 2021 will be a better year for accommodation owners, and to that end, we have put together a checklist for accommodation providers so that they can feel more confident that they are …

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How to remove or copy a row

When you are working on your Build With Us website, we provide a lot of content rows, you don’t need to use them all, so often you may wish to remove some of the rows on the layout we have provided. Likewise you may wish to duplicate a row! Here is a video tutorial to …

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The Successful Accommodation Owner’s To-Do Checklist

A lot of our website owners often get so busy that they don’t get round to doing all the online jobs that they should be doing periodically to ensure that their online presence is being updated, and more likely to get noticed…below are some “jobs” that every successful accommodation owner should be doing each week… …

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What are the ideal sizes for website images?

The simple answer is, it depends! For site owners who are looking to ensure that their sites load quickly, then it’s imperative to have a crunched-down version of the full resolution image uploaded, with a max file size of about 250kb. (Have a read here on how to resize really large images). As a quick …

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How to edit your Global Testimonial Slider

Having testimonials on your website from past guests is a vital way to increase confidence in your website and your accommodation. The global testimonial slider is added to the bottom of all your pages on your website; you simply edit it in one place and the slider will show your updates on all pages. Here …

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Can’t access a site? Find out why!

One of our customers recently asked for help; she couldn’t access her website at all, although others could. If other people can see and access a site and you can’t then the problem is localised to your device or wi-fi issue. Try the following to fix the issue: Try loading the site in a different …

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Build With Us – Editing your Reviews Page

Follow the quick video showing you how to edit your reviews page:
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Build With Us – Editing Rates & Availability Page

Please watch the below video to show you how to block off your calendar dates, edit the rates table, and edit the Terms & Conditions area:
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Build With Us Tutorial – Editing the Gallery Page

A quick video showing you how to edit your gallery page:
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Build With Us Tutorial – Editing The Accommodation Page

Take a look at this tutorial video that covers editing the accommodation page and also shows you how to: how to delete rows how to duplicate rows how to move rows
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Build With Us Tutorial No. 2 – Adding your own photos

We recommend you add all your photos to your media library before you start editing your website pages. (Shown in Starter Tutorial Video) Please watch this video to show you how to replace the stock images with your own photos:
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How to link to a specific area on a page (using a bookmark)

Sometimes you may find that you want people to be directed to a specific area on a web page. You can do this easily by adding a bookmark anchor to a module on a webpage. A good example of this would be if you wanted to provide a link to the Terms & Conditions area …

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How to add / edit your INFO bar or Footer area (eg Update Social Links)

If you need to edit any of the information in your Header’s Info Bar (Email address, Telephone Number, Social links) it is really easy, you just need to know where to access these. The below video tutorial shows you how it’s done!
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Fake Ransomware Bitcoin Scam Claims “Your Site Has Been Hacked”

We have heard from a lot of our website owner customers that they have received these scam emails, and thought it would be useful to create this article to allay fears that these emails could be genuine… The ransomware scam targets website contact forms. It sends an email to the site owner with the subject …

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How to change the link text colour

Sometimes you may find that you wish to add a text link to a text area that has a background that is set to the same colour as your default link text colour. So when you add the link you can’t see it as it is the same colour as the background! It’s really easy …

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How to add a blog article to your website

Follow the video tutorial below to see how to add a blog article to your website:
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How to add media (images) to your website

Follow the below video tutorial to show you how to upload images to your website…
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Build With Us Website – Starter Tutorial

Welcome to your first video tutorial – please watch this video completely before you commence editing your website! You will have been provided with your login details and password; as well as a link to your website’s dashboard. You will need these to access the backend of your website! We also recommend you create a …

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How to edit your ‘No Work’ Website

We hope you like your new website – one of the key features our website service provides is the ability for site owners to edit their site’s text and images themselves; with nothing more than a computer and internet connection! We don’t recommend trying to edit your website on a tablet eg ipad, or a …

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How to add HTML to your website (eg Booking system, 3D Tour, Tripadvisor Award etc)

You may need to add some HTML code to your website to add something from a 3rd party website eg, a booking system widget, Tripadvisor award, or a 3D tour. The below video shows you how you can do this if you have a website built by us; (either using the Build With Us, or …

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Why online reviews are so important to an accommodation business

Online reviews can make or break an accommodation business. Whether you’re a self catering property, hotel, B&B or campsite reviews have a huge impact on occupancy, and the ability to drive new customers.  Over 90% of guests will read at least three reviews before deciding to book a stay. So what do your reviews say …

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Is an SSL certificate essential? Here are our 4 top reasons.

Google makes an SSL mandatory without actually making it mandatory.  Google now flags websites that do not have an SSL/TLS Certificate installed on their website. Without an SSL all the popular web browsers used around the world like Chrome & Mozilla will punish websites by giving a warning message. In effect, Google has made having …

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What every good accommodation website should have

“What pages should my accommodation website have?” This is a very common question among self-catering, bed & breakfast, hotel, and campsite owners when they are looking to develop their existing website or design a new one. Here we list the most important must-have pages or content your accommodation website should have. When it comes to …

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How to add a Coronavirus Update on your website

We were asked recently by one of our Accommodation Owners how website owners could add a Coronavirus Advice Update to their website as attractively as possible…here are some suggestions… Some owners just want to show a small paragraph of text to quickly advise onsite visitors what their current status is with regards to taking on …

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How to add Page Titles & Descriptions (Meta data) for search engines

All of our website services include on-page search engine optimisation; which covers your website’s Page Titles, Descriptions and the use of H1, H2, & H3 tags. If you are experienced in optimising a website for search engines, you can do this part of our service yourself – the below video will show you step by …

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“Build With Us” websites – How to save and re-use a row

You will already have seen from a previous article how to add new rows to your “Build With Us” website; by using the pre-designed rows we have made. But did you know that you can save any of your existing rows and then add them to different pages on your site? Watch the video below; …

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Challenge #7: Social Media & Your Website

We get many website owners asking us about social media and how they should be using it with their website. First and foremost, you want your website visitors to be able to easily achieve the following on your website: Be able to EASILY find your social media accounts links; i.e. a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest …

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How to add new rows to your “Build With Us” website

Your new website comes ready for you with pages already designed, with text and image placeholders that you can replace with your own text and images. You will most likely want to add more content than what is set – you can do this by adding new rows to your pages. We have designed lots …

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Challenge #6 How & What to post on your Facebook Page

It’s hard for accommodation owners to know what to post on their Facebook Business Page. For today’s challenge, you are going to create a post and publish it on your page. Here are some guidelines for creating content. If you’re new to Facebook you will want to start with an introduction/welcome post Introduction / Welcome …

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How to use rows – duplicate rows, delete rows etc

We hope you are enjoying your “Build With Us” website – you will already have watched our first video which showed you how to get started with adding your website text and photos… our next video takes you a bit further, and shows you how to duplicate a row, delete a row, duplicate the bits …

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Challenge #5 – Create an eye-catching social post using Canva

Have you ever wondered how some people have created such wonderful social post images? We use Canva for so many things; from creating Logos, to making great social post images. We are using the Pro version, but the free version is pretty amazing. You will be able to spend hours of fun making great images …

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Challenge #4 Create a Twitter Account for your Accommodation Business

Twitter might not be up there with Facebook and Instagram for promoting your accommodation business but with over 500 million users, you need to have a presence there. Luckily setting up a Twitter profile is incredibly easy especially if you follow our step by step guide below. 1. Go to Twitter.com and complete the sign up. Entering your …

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Challenge #3 – Linking Instagram with Facebook

Save time and effort by linking Instagram with Facebook. These two offer a level of integration you won’t find across any other social media platforms. Linking your accounts will allow you to post the pics and videos you take or edit using the Instagram directly to Facebook. Each image or video you share goes back …

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Challenge #2 – Create an Instagram Page

Instagram launched in 2010 and has fast become an important platform for digital marketing. Sources suggest that there are now over 1 billion users worldwide making it an effective tool for growing your accommodation business. Step 1: Download the Instagram App Instagram does have a web version but it is primarily used on a smartphone. …

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Challenge #1 – Create a Facebook Business Page

You already most likely have all the photos, text, and ideas you need to build your Facebook business page. You just need to sit down and work through a few simple steps to get your page up and running. 2.5 billion people use Facebook every month, and more than 140 million businesses already use Facebook to connect with …

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I don’t use a channel manager – can I connect calendars from the likes of Expedia, booking.com, airbed etc?

The simple answer is yes. However, the process will need to be repeated with each calendar you would like to manage. You can sync calendars directly but you might prefer to choose a main calendar to act as a central point.  Options available could be an existing booking system such as the one offered by …

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What is a Domain Name?

A domain name is the address of your website. It is what people type in the browser’s URL bar to visit your website. For example, the domain name of this website is accommodationcloud.com.
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What is website hosting?

Web hosting is a fundamental necessity for any website. It is the place where all the files of your website are stored. A good analogy would be that if the domain name was the address of your house, then web hosting is the actual house that your address points to. Please note that not all …

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How do I create a Facebook Page?

To create a Facebook page Go to facebook.com/pages/create. Click to choose a Page type. Fill out the required information. Click Continue and follow the on-screen instructions. Credit: The answer to this question was found at https://www.facebook.com/help/135275340210354/?helpref=hc_fnav We’ve created a more indepth set of instructions, please click here to view: http://www.accommodationcloud.com/challenge-1-create-facebook-business-page/
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What is a booking engine?

A booking engine is an application on your accommodation website that securely processes online reservations. The main purpose of a hotel booking engine is to allow reservations to be made and managed on your own website. Simple booking engines may only make a reservation. However, most will also allow you to securely take deposits and/or …

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What is a channel manager?

A channel manager is an online system that manages multiple booking engines such as AirBnB, Booking.com, Expedia and many more from one account. An effective channel management system can greatly reduce your workload and eliminate double bookings whilst helping you reach a wider audience.
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