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Lodgify: setting up a vacation rental site (for non-techies)

Lodgify gives you everything you need to set up your own website for your vacation rental business; no technical skill required.

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Lodgify requires no tech skills

Lodgify seeks to be the “Shopify” of the vacation rental market and with its newly launched website, it is well on the way. Lodgify gives you all the tools you need to set up your own, fully customizable, website for vacation home rentals.

Whether you have one property or twenty, it is easy to integrate your listing with the Lodgify site. It offers quite a few features to simplify the rental process: custom designs, or pre-made templates, booking support, payment integration, customer service, unlimited hosting, and more.

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The responsive design templates are stunning

Perhaps the best part of Lodgify is the design templates. These are especially helpful if you are new to web design with no knowledge of coding. Everything is drag and drop and the software will automatically align and adjust it to the chosen template. There are over thirty templates available, or your can customize your own design with several options.

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Today, the majority of travel search is conducted via mobile devices. Using the responsive web design, their themes automatically adjust to the screen, no matter what device is being used, to showcase your website at its best. You can create an unlimited amount of pages as well, giving you free reign to add pictures, in-depth descriptions, and the like. You can go online with your website in just a few clicks: enter your property details and set pricing, and you can be ready to go. But, if you want more options, you have them.

Synching with HomeAway and others

You can synchronize your Lodgify account with your listings to make sure all the information published is up-to-date and consistent across the board. It currently supports 9flats.com and Roomorama; it will soon support HomeAway and VRBO. You can automatically synchronize your availability calendar and reservations and updates on your website will automatically trigger updates on your external listings. Lodgify helps you manage all your external listings and reservations with less time and hassle.

Lodgify eliminates the frustration created by the booking process as well. It is simple, secure, and integrated from the guest’s initial rental search to the final credit card payment. In five easy steps bookings will be completed. First, they will search for a specific date range and number of guests. Then, Lodgify will automatically calculate the exact booking value. The guest can either pay the full amount or the reservation deposit; you decide. You can then review each booking and guest details before accepting payment. And your calendar will always be updated, automatically, to prevent double bookings.

And when it comes to payment, you no longer need to manage it manually. The system enables you to accept credit card payments online, as well as PayPal and Stripes. No booking commission or merchant account is required. Simply configure your rates (per night, week, month, or even per person) and you are ready to start accepting bookings.

SEO and marketing tools

You also have a full range of SEO and marketing tools available. Lodgify’s SEO friendly website follows the best practices supporting on-page optimization (title and meta tags, plus SEO friendly URLs). The site also automatically submits sitemaps to major search engines to ensure your website is properly indexed. You can also use integrate with social media. “Like” and “share” buttons are placed throughout your website so visitors can share your content on social networks, putting your guests to work for you. There is also a section for guests to add reviews and ratings, building credibility and reputation.

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Pricing varies by the month, year, or two years. Also, by three different levels: basic, professional, and multi-property owner. The multi-property level is broken down further by size: small (2-5 properties), medium (6-15), large (16-30), and extra large (51-100).

Jennifer Walpole is a Senior Staff Writer at The American Genius and holds a Master's degree in English from the University of Oklahoma. She is a science fiction fanatic and enjoys writing way more than she should. She dreams of being a screenwriter and seeing her work on the big screen in Hollywood one day.

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