17
Nov

Getting Data to your Customers

Many businesses need to provide updates on repairs, production and delivery schedules, accounting information, staff and employment information and even provide methods of online payments. The problem for many businesses is that they have numerous internal IT systems which control these functions and they are not designed to allow customers to access them directly. There are also significant security risks and implications in allowing access to internal IT systems and most businesses simply could not accept these levels of risk.

Cleartarn has developed a highly flexible portal system which collects data exported from internal systems and allows customers to log ...

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11
Oct

cleartarn On The Market / Agents' Mutual Real Time Data Feed

CLEARTARN PROPERTY WEBSITE AND ON THE MARKET PROPERTY PORTAL FEED

INTRODUCTION

The cleartarn Property Website and OTM (On The Market / Agents' Mutual) Property Portal Data Feed System is a self contained internet based content managed website and portal property upload system which is controlled from any internet connected PC, tablet or phone.

The system has been purposely designed to integrate with OTM or Rightmove’s latest Real Time Data Feed, so that as soon as a property is ready to be published on your own website it can be sent to OTM, Rightmove or any pother portal individually or as ...

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4
Apr

Providing Secure Data to Customers

There is a growing need for businesses to provide real time data to customers from their internal systems, not only to improve communications with customers, but also to reduce the number of telephone requests for information which could be provided more easily on line. Of course customers who need to speak to you will continue to do so, but where they simply need information many customers would prefer to ‘help themselves’.

For many businesses providing this information presents very serious security risks. Although current accounting information, copy invoices, delivery and production schedules are readily available internally, granting access to those ...

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7
Jan

Where next for internal IT systems?

In many years as a designer and specifier, and more latterly as a developer and provider of IT systems one thing has proven time and again to be a winning IT formula: using internal IT systems to make dealing with your organisation as easy as possible. This sounds simple and probably even obvious, but there is a little more to it.

Making properties available online undoubtedly helps to market them and I am sure every agent in the land has some form of website. This is (now) very obvious, but it is not too long ago that some businesses decided ...

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2
May

Websites for New Businesses

Choosing a domain name and getting a website up and running are often a key early tasks for most new businesses and this can be done very cheaply with some of the hosting companies using template based websites with limited numbers of pages and the promise of ‘Search Engine Optimisation’.

These are good starting products, but actually do very little to raise a company’s profile. The reasons for this are that the search engines require good content, links to that content from other sources and meta data which is presented within the webpage to be pertinent to the page ...

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9
Apr

What next for Estate Agents’ Websites?

The launch of the Rightmove Real Time Data Feed, which enables Estate Agents to add properties to their websites and then immediately upload and publish the details on the Rightmove site, heralds a change in property marketing. There is a clear need in fast moving property markets to rapidly get new properties in front of potential buyers and the serious buyers will be expecting to get immediate notifications of properties which meet their requirements. The huge growth in the use of mobiles for data has been led by the younger generation and it is they that represent the inexorably growing ...

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8
Apr

Solutions for Windows XP Computers

What to do now support for Microsoft Windows XP has stopped?

As of today Microsoft has stopped support for Windows XP this means that machines as young as five years old are no longer supported. So what are the options going forward?

Keep Calm and Carry on using XP?

XP may have worked well enough yesterday and if you do not access the internet at all using the computer running XP and it does not have access to a network that connects to the internet then it is safe to carry on using XP. However, the problem comes if you ...

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7
Apr

eCommerce Website Development Help

This summary is aimed at helping you to create an eCommerce website that adds real value to your business. This summary should help to identify some of the decision points to ensure that your site meets your objectives. For more information on delivering a website project please take a look at our Website Design Help. The full eCommerce Website Development Help can be viewed on this site.

The key headings to consider in your project can be summarised as follows:

  • Design and Speed
  • Product Selection
  • Product Display Pages
  • Product Options
  • Things Your eCommerce Site Should Have
  • Shopping Cart
  • Completing the ...

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5
Apr

Website Development Checklist

cleartarn has produced a Website Development Checklist to help people considering developing or purchasing a new website. The full detail of this checklist can be seen on this site at Website Help.

The main headings of the checklist are as follows, but a detailed explanation and help can be seen by following the link above.

  • Type of website required:
    • Simple static site which will not have ongoing content changes
    • A regularly changing site
    • E-commerce site
    • Internal intranet site
    • Site with secure content
    • Website which will include technical calculations
    • Database website containing large volumes of data for download
  • Site Purpose and ...

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4
Apr

Outsourcing your website

Creating and managing your own website is easy – right? Well, yes it is, but it also becomes a time consuming job as the business requirements change, technology moves on and the search engine rankings aren’t what they ought to be. So where do you go next?

The simple solution is to get a website company to design a new website and re-do all of the content adding in the new things and features that the business needs. Providing you choose the right company then hopefully they will continue to support you, suggest improvements to your site and keep checks ...

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