The Company

Epping Property specialises in the buying, selling, and leasing of industrial and investment property in the greater Cape Town area, South Africa.

The Challenge

The first site we built for this client dated from 2011 and although the client was very happy with his original site, we agreed that it was in need of a complete overhaul to bring it up to more modern standards of form and functionality.

The Solution

We used the AgentPress theme by StudioPress for the basic layout of the website. The client chose this theme due to it’s simple and modern layout and functionality.

We used the Advanced Custom Fields for WordPress plugin to build the custom field required by the client on his single property landing pages. This changed the permalink structure of the site, and so 301 redirects needed to be set up in order to maintain the site’s SEO.

We used FacetWP for the Search functionality on the site because the built-in search on the AgentPress theme was not suitable for our needs because we need to search on property type (sale or rent) and property location. We also used FacetWP to create the Google map functionality for a map of the property to display on a single property listing when the co-ordinates are captured.
We used FooBox Image Lightbox for the single property listing image galleries.

We did not use the built-in image gallery in AgentPress as it did not suit our needs of being able to add a number of images to a single property listing and scroll between them.
We used Caldera Forms to create a custom contact form that displays on each single property listing.

If a user fills in the form, the relevant property listing page URL is pulled through automatically to the form entry in the backend, and included in the contact form notification that is sent to the client so that they know immediately what property they are being contacted about.

Every aspect of the Epping Property website was improved. The site content remained exactly the same as the previous website, but visually the site has had a completely modern makeover, with bigger, higher resolution images, and clean, easy-to-use, functionality. The website also has a fully responsive layout that displays beautifully on all devices.

The Results

Tony Bales
Role & Company: CEO | Epping Property

LightSpeed initially facilitated the development of our website 7 years ago. They have also hosted our website since inception. Early in 2017 we decided to upgrade our website to a more modern platform. The LightSpeed team assisted Epping Property from start to finish. Their access to specialised people greatly enhanced the entire process, which was actually less traumatic than we had envisaged. The Lightspeed team has always been there to assist us, through every hitch during the last 7 years. No problem was too small for them to attend to or sort out. I have really felt comfortable that LightSpeed have my best interests at heart I feel they are more “partners” of Epping Property than website facilitators.

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