Thesaurus Technology will integrate your applicant registration form free of charge into your existing web site, however if you would prefer your own web designer to implement the form, the information below outlines the different options available for this feature.
An ‘Applicant Registration Page’ is supplied as part of your Universal subscription. It is implemented in a similar way to the Online Property Search in that a link/button should be added to your existing web site and the page displayed (supplied by Thesaurus Technology) allows an applicant to register on your mailing list. This data is automatically downloaded (when the Sync button is clicked) with an option to insert into your Universal system.
The colours of this page can be changed to match your own web site from within the software, however the content of the page cannot be changed.
Specific Property Types and Areas are displayed in the new Applicant’s notes and should be added into their requirements (requirements tab).
For an example of implemented Applicant Registration features visit www.apple-estates.co.uk
Adding the Applicant registration page to your web site is a simple process:
The URL for your search will come in the form of:
(e.g. br0=demo&brn0=Wetherby - these details are supplied when a customer subscribes) This is an example only. Your specific code will be supplied once you have created your account.
To fully integrate the property search a slightly more complex method is required that uses frames. This involves a web technique that essentially "splits" a web page into sections that, when viewed on screen, appear as one page to the viewer. One usage of this method is to provide a common, static navigational element in one part of the screen while the content that changes appears in another part. You may have visited a web site where one portion of the screen stays still while the other side scrolls - this is Framing.
Notice the names for the frames - Top and Main. Top is the frame that contains the navigation buttons in this example.
<title>Welcome Apple Estate Agents</title>
<frameset rows="90,*" border="no" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0">
<frame src="top.htm" name="top" scrolling="no" resize="no">
<frame src="home.htm" name="main" scrolling="auto" resize="no">
This page splits the screen into 2 frames. A 90 pixel high top frame to hold the navigation page and a larger bottom frame to display the home page, search page etc.
<a href="home.htm" target="main"><img src="home.gif"></a>
<a href="http://www.housescape.org.uk/cgi-bin/Applicant.aspx?br0=demo&brn0=Wetherby" target="main"><img src="applicant.gif">
This is a sample navigation page with 2 buttons. This allows the user to switch between the home page and the property search page. Notice that when creating links in this page, the target="" attribute uses the name of the bottom frame (main). This cause the links in the top frame to open pages in the bottom frame. There is one link that appears with http:// in front of it. This is called an absolute reference. That is what you will use to make your Universal Search appear in your frame, since the Universal search is on a different server than your web site. The other links are using relative references, since they are referring to documents that appear on the same server.
The standard search parameters can be changed for more customised searches if required as follows:
To display sales or rentals only (the drop down Sales/Rentals would not be displayed but defaulted to only sales/rentals accordingly), put &fo=s or &fo=r after the search URL