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I have been hired to build a new website for one of the LDS in Venice (more like working off future debt to them, so winwin). Although they have their ideas, I am interested in any suggestions from those who know, like my SB friends, so I pose this question;
"If you could have anything on a LDS website to make your dive experience better, what would it be?" Post thoughts here...
We already are adding daily weather updates from dive charters, tank rentals, trip planners, dive sign ups, and class enrollment/tests.
Would love to hear from others. I will only give out web address to those who ask via pm (not looking for free ads, though working on a link to SB gratis)
I'll start with what I think are the basics of a dive web site. There has to be plenty of information about courses. The contact section should include store hours and location. There has to be information about local diving as well. Photos will help draw people in. Rentals, sales, and deals should have their own section. Any other pertinent links should be included, such as drop-in dives and recent news.
You have to make sure the site design (font, colors, etc.) makes the pages easy to read and the layout makes it easy to navigate. Make sure there are no major errors with the site and the content before you publish it, as that might turn off potential customers. The site should be updated frequently.
Now for the extras - I think a dive web page could link to local currents and tide tables. There could also be dive maps of local shore dives. Here's an example web page designed by one of the instructors at a local dive shop Dive Scuba Steve Home . It's probably one of the best dive pages I've ever seen, with very detailed dive maps and site information.
Also, there could be a page for customers to upload photos or give their opinion on the shop (though that could be negative too).
From a business perspective, I'm thinking good reviews of gear the shop carries. Especially useful would be a good, step-by-step article on choosing and configuring a BP/W setup & its advantages, if that's a product line you carry. Links to DiveNav's website for dive computer comparisons & training could also be useful, assuming the shop carries a line that stacks up well.
Links to equipment manufacturer's websites (& ScubaBoard forums on those brands) could be useful; helps with tech support & perhaps warranty concerns.
You mentioned trip planners. To 'capitalize on relationships,' so to speak, are there area dive trip organizers who might like to use your web site as a place to publicize trips (e.g.: Bonaire, Cozumel. Live-aboards)? The idea would be to strengthen shop relations with instructors.
Thanks guys. I will check out that site, scuba-noob. I should mention, I own a web hosting and design company, so I agree about colors, etc being very important...web sites are like people, there are too many ugly ones out there already....
Richard, yes, the plan is to offer local dive captains and trip planners to be involved, thus helping the local economy and other dive partners. Also plan on allowing local clubs, etc to have blog sections with local happenings.