RentABeach.com Gets a Performance Reboot
RentABeach.com is the brainchild of Fred Sheffield, an entrepreneur and innovator who created an algorithm that pulls rental listing information and indexes it all on one website. Vacationers to the North Carolina and Virginia coasts use RentABeach.com to search and request reservations for their perfect beach rental without visiting multiple websites. The website has grown exponentially in listings over the years but wasn’t scalable to meet user search demands. Fred was ready to take it to the next level of speed and expand the searching capabilities to better serve visitors and rental agencies.
Enter Inclind, with Shaun Tyndall leading and front-ending the project, Alex McCracken engineering the improved search with a power combo of Drupal 8, Angular and Apache Solr and Amy Wood on design with the goal of keeping the basic look and feel while subtle improvements to the user experience. The project was executed within a short completion timeline to ensure the new site could serve visitors ready to book for the upcoming summer season.
When asked why he chose team Inclind, Fred remarked, “I met with Shaun a year ago to talk through the requirements and felt good about his interest in the challenge.“
The result is a website of 10,000+ listings that now delivers search results in mere milliseconds along with a better user experience particularly on mobile. With the new Drupal 8 layout builder, Fred can easily create landing pages to drive traffic and improve conversions.
“I’m very excited about the speed and the capabilities of the new site and it’s a ton of pressure off of me to have a team behind me providing support,” said Fred. “I really enjoyed working with the team and Shaun in particular. He definitely has his customer’s best interest in mind and wants to deliver what they need.”