- CASE OF STUDY -
Platform for Listing & Booking Accommodations
The ultimate solution, that simplifies every aspect of your property management business!
What is Hostie
Hostie started as a vacation rental property manager and knows what it takes to deliver the perfect property. This is why all of Hostie properties go through verification before publishing them online.
Hostie is also an online community for vacationers, what empowering people to plan the perfect getaway without the “what if’s”. No flat pillows, no complications with bookings…no surprises. Hostie is the best way to get away.
Hostie has high standards when it comes to vetting users, building safe community by ensuring all users have government-issued IDs. All users such as Home Owners, Cohosts, Real Estate Agents, Multi-Family Developers, and Vacation Rental Companies are vetted and hand picked by Hostie.
Our market place creates a standard and Hostie makes it easy for Home Owners to connects them with the top 1% of cohosts in the world, in addition, connect them with Interior Designers, Trip Planners, Professional Housekeepers, Photographers, Content Writers, and Real Estate Agents.
The application is done based on WP Rentals theme provided by Rentals Club, and integrated with powerful Channel Manager for Vacation Rentals.
The Client (Anthony) came to us via our partners. He is a founder of Airpads, a vacation rental management company that takes the work out of vacation rentals for hosts and homeowners on Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia, HomeAway and many other popular channels. The company based in Los Angeles, USA.
They used another property management software before, and after a while they wanted to get independent and build their own solution. Thus WP Rentals theme provided by Rentals Club was bought, customized, integrated with powerful Channel Manager for Vacation Rentals - Rentals United (RU).
Before us, WordPress theme customization was started by another team of WP developers. They didn’t have any requirements specification documentation, just some high level features formulation, based on which they made an estimation which eventually appeared to be inaccurate.
So the first team extremely needed to:
- organize a development process,
- take over calls with Client,
- perform business analysis,
- put additional resources for development of integration with RU, frontend development, and software testing.
Therefore Client has decided to join forces and unite 2 teams into the one, so we started to work together in order to achieve a common aim. Once system released, we keep working on developing new challenging features and integrations.
After uniting 2 teams and getting the one distributed team of developers in 2 different cities of Ukraine and the Client in different time zone in USA (10 hours difference with Ukraine), it was decided to work by Kanban methodology. We decided not to plan/commit/execute two week iterations but rather work in a continuous flow, pulling issues from the top of our to do list. Fully described by business analyst issues fell into the JIRA board twice a week after the call with the Client. Next day after the late call team could keep the work on raised tasks, business analyst could sleep till late, work keeps going smoothly. For work the Time and Material pricing model was chosen.
Before proposing solution to the Client we analyzed the project needs from features and technology perspectives, estimated a ballpark number. After that, we sent a proposal that completely satisfied the Client's needs. Next, we carried out a whole complex of works on project management, business analysis, frontend, backend development and testing.
- work closely with our Client to keep improving the product
- develop new features and integrations for the Hostie website
- carry out consultations for the system support team
- 1 Project Manager
- 1 Business analyst
- 3 Backend Developers
- 1 Frontend Developer
- 1 QA Engineer
- 1 DevOps Engineer
- Stripe API
- Facebook API
- PHP + WordPress
- Rentals United API
- Google API
- PayPal API
- WP Rentals plugin customization
- Rentals United integration
- WordPress plugins setting up
- Properties and bookings manager
- 4 subscription plans implementation
- Invoices for different subscription plans
- Operational Dashboard creation
- Monthly Statements with total payout & owner revenue calculation
- Inbox for cohosts creation
- Import old bookings from RU to WP
- Import existing properties from RU to WP