Website Functionality

Upgrade Virtual Selling Screen-time to Facetime

| Dennis O'Neil

One-click video meetings and model home tours. We’re excited to share the details of a new Homefiniti feature designed to provide immediate support to the new normal of virtual and video selling. Available today, Homefiniti hosted builder websites can easily add and quickly manage virtual calling buttons for their online and onsite sales teams. We’ve […]

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It often takes something major to take us out of our normal ways of doing things and challenge the status quo. It’s a huge understatement to say: this is one of those times. Every part of our lives has been affected and businesses have had to quickly adapt to change the way they interact with […]

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How We Improved Homefiniti in 2019

| Jenna Verrecchio

We love making Homefiniti better and it shows. We made hundreds of Homefiniti improvements and optimizations last year, but instead sharing every nerdy detail, we’ve collected just a few of our favorites. January Custom Page Templates New ability to specify a custom layout when adding Pages. This feature allows for better functionality of specially designed […]

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All design is a demonstration of values. The website design process involves decisions on the arrangement of information and assets. The decisions on the placement, prominence, and presence of an element are a manifestation of what you value, how you see your customer, and what you think they want, or should want, to experience. If we […]

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When a builder designs a new website with our team, we’re commonly asked for our recommendations on how to make it the best it can be. And our answer is, to every builder, designs are best created through a process of deep collaboration — one that allows us to learn about a builder’s values, goals, […]

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Is WordPress Right for Home Builder Websites?

| Dennis O'Neil

ONeil Interactive has designed and developed WordPress based homebuilder websites for some of the largest builders in the country. Those builders came to us knowing they required a WordPress solution and they knew of our experience making it work for the industry. Why was WordPress a requirement? In almost all of these cases it was […]

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Accessibility, WCAG, and Home Builder Websites

| Dennis O'Neil

Home builders are deflecting threats all the time, and I really don’t like to be sounding alarms on new ones without clear evidence. I believe the topic of web accessibility is a real vulnerability to the business. So much so that it I feel failing to bring it to your attention would be a disservice to […]

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Why is your Google Map Broken?

| Dennis O'Neil

Have you noticed an epidemic of broken interactive maps on websites that used to work just fine? You may have been greeted with an image like the one below instead of the interactivity you were expecting. Website owners and developers have enjoyed the power and freedom of Google Maps for many years, but for some […]

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Mobile vs. Desktop. Who’s on the Ropes?

| Dennis O'Neil

In this final installment of the mid-year 2014 Builder Web Stats report, we dive into the trends of mobile device usage and traffic. Mobile device traffic has been on the rise since we’ve been measuring it, but has more recently hit some major milestones. Watch the video now for a can’t miss perspective on how […]

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A Glimpse into the (not so distant) Future? [UPDATED]

| Dennis O'Neil

A few week ago Jeremiah Owyang (@jowyang) tweeted a photo from inside the Hyatt Hotel in Santa Clara, CA. The photo, as you can see below shows how the hotel manager rolls around the hotel while remaining stationary. As you can see, this rolling stand with an iPad mounted on top allows the hotel manager […]

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The Sales & Marketing Pulse Webcast – This Thursday

| Dennis O'Neil

At the 2013 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, I had the pleasure of presenting the results of our annual Sales & Marketing Pulse report with our partners, Shore Consulting. Jeff Shore and I presented the results to the crowd in Sales Central with standing room only. If you missed us at IBS, you’ve got […]

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How Does Your Website Traffic Measure Up?

| Dennis O'Neil

Just like every market is different, every builder is different. This means how best to judge a successful campaign or online initiative will be different for every builder. Despite my best efforts to convince builders to compete against themselves when determining their success, most builders still ask, “So how am I doing compared to other […]

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Sorting Out the Hype. Putting it into a Plan.

| Dennis O'Neil

The huge number of online marketing options available creates a virtual cosmos of possible entry points. Builders are bombarded with messages about everything they have to start doing “right now!” Get a new website. Invest in search engine optimization. Spend money with Google AdWords. Do lots of follow-up with email marketing. Everyone’s on facebook. You […]

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