|IRM.Net Configuration Tabs|
Interactive Map (Module T4 Required)
Owners Tab (Module R3 Required)
Reservation Priority (Module R6 Required)
Virtual Store Tab (Module S1 Required)
The Interactive Map features allows properties such as campgrounds to have a map integrated in to the IRM.Net. The guest enters their arrival and departure date and the interactive map will display, using "hotspots" for the room or site, if it's available. The guest can hover over the site to view a description, pictures, and the rate for the arrival date. Clicking on the site will start to the booking process with the IRM.Net.
Note: A map image of your property is required. For large properties, the map must be a Scalable Vector Graphic (SVG) file to allow for maximum zooming capabilities.
The following topics are explained on this page:
For a demonstration of the features, see RDP's Interactive Map.
The Interactive map is hosted using Maps Alive. A Maps Alive Pro Plan account is required for the Interactive Map. The customer provides the map image of their property and Maps Alive program allows each site to plotted as a "hotspot."
- Tour ID
- An interactive map is referred to as Tour in Maps Alive. Each Tour is assigned a Tour ID. Enter this number in the Maps Alive Tour ID field and the IRM.Net can communicate with the map.
- Click on the Available rectangle to change the color of available sites on the map. This colors the hotspot marker on the map. The availability of the sites are based on the guest's arrival and departure date.
- Click on the Unavailable rectangle to change the color of unavailable sites on the map. This colors the hotspot marker on the map. The availability of the sites are based on the guest's arrival and departure date.
- Filtered Out
- Click on the Filtered Out rectangle to change the color of sites that don't meet the guest's search criteria. The guest can select various preferences in order narrow down the site selection, displaying only the ones that meet the criteria. Guest preferences are configured on the room master and can be passed into the IRM.Net. Preferences include electrical hookup, vehicle length, view, location, etc. The IRM.Net Preferences tab controls whether the preference is available on the IRM.Net. For more information, see IRM.Net Configuration - Preferences Tab.
- Treat as Unavailable
- When this radio button is selected, the rooms that don't meet the guest's criteria display as unavailable. The guest cannot select theses sites. This is useful if the guest has made requests that cannot be accommodated, such as the vehicle length. The site will display in the same color as other unavailable sites.
- Use Filtered Out Color (Can Still be Reserved)
- When this radio button is selected, the sites that don't meet the guest's criteria display in the color select from the Filtered Out rectangle. The guest still has the option to select the site, but they are made aware, based on the color, that the site doesn't meet their requests.
- If People 1 Exceeds Maximum People for the Room Type, Show Available but Filtered Out
- When checked, the interactive map will show room types that exceed the maximum people as filtered out but available. For example, if the guests has 10 people for the reservation, room types that have a maximum of less than 10 show in the filtered out color but can still be booked. The option for Use Filtered Out Color (Can Still be Reserved) must be selected in order for this feature to be enabled. This is only applicable for the People 1 category. It does not count People 2-4. If booked, the People 1 value will be changed to the maximum for the room type (S1 Table) and customizable message will display in the reservation summary to guest. This message resides on the IRM.Net server in C:\INETPUB\WWWROOT\IRMNet\Custom\<DataServer>\RDP<xx>\UserText\MaxPeopleExceeded.htm
- Select the opacity of the site marker on the interactive map. 100% = solid. By default, Maps Alive automatically displays the site number over the hot spot. When the map image already has the site number, the site number would display twice, once one the map and once from Maps Alive. In this case, set the opacity to 100, which covers the site number already on the map.
Click this button to select which information displays for each hotspot on the IRM.Net Interactive Map. This includes the text that displays if a site is available, the guest preferences, maximum people, descriptions for each site, and much more. The first time the button is clicked, a message stating "Initializing Default Settings" appears. Click OK to retrieve that data. This appears only once.
Choose content template elements from the list. These items will displays for each site when hovering over the site on the interactive map. The template settings are the default and are copied down to each site when the Propagate Changes button is clicked. However, items can be turned on and off on an individual site basis. The information in the Content Configuration is stored in the IRMCTENT file.
The table below explains the elements from the Configure Content grid.
|Room Label||This uses the IRM.Net Configuration --> Appearance Tab --> Label Room Each Room With settings. The options are Room Type, Room Number, Room Number & Type, or Alternate Room Name.|
|Nightly Rate||Rate from RDP for the site. This is the rate for the first night of the stay, not an average of the stay. This rates does not include tax.|
|Availability||There are three options for the Availability element, if the site is available, unavailable, or if not dates have selected by the guest. The Content is customizable. Enter the message that will display for the three scenarios. HTML may be used in this field. RDP does not check if the HTML code is valid.|
|Description||If using room description files from the IRM.Net (roomDescShort.htm), check In Use box for the Description element. If using only the guest preferences or entering a description from the Configure Content, do not check this box.|
|Photo||One photo can display per site. Images are saved on the IRM.Net server in C:\INETPUT\WWWROOT\IRMNet\Custom\<RDP Data Server>\RDP<xx>\images\Rooms folder using the site number or site type as the file name. For example, if the site number is 101, then file would 101.jpg. If the site type, PREM, should display, the file would be PREM.jpg. The images must be .JPG in order to display.|
|Guest Request 1 - 9||Guest request configured on the each site or room master. The Element name can be changed by overriding the text in that field. If certain requests don't apply to certain sites, they can be turned off on the individual sites by expanding the Configure Content for Room Type or Number, and then unchecking the request field. For example, guest request 1 is Rig Length. This applies only to the campsite but not the cabins. Deselect this|
|Max People||Displays the maximum number of people allowed in that room or room type. This information is stored on the room master or room type in RDPWin.|
|People Categories 1 - 4||Displays people categories configured in RDPWin under the Reservations Configuration --> People tab and many are allowed per category for each site.|
Expand this section to change the template and information that will display per room. All elements selected in the template will be active by default. However, each room can be configured individually. This includes adding a text description of the room. Do so by adding an element and entering the text.
The interactive map can display availability of a particular site without providing the guest the option to book. Instead, it displays a message that the guest must call the property to book the site.
To configure the map to display certain sites with "Call to Reserve":
- Hotspot Title Prefix
- The Hotspot Title Prefix can be used in the front of the room or site number. For example, if the property is a campground and sites are used, the Hotspot Title Prefix could be "Site" and would display as Site 101. A Hotspot Title Prefix is not required, and therefore would display as just 101.
- Hotspot Marker Name
- The Hotspot Marker Name is for the marker used to indicates where the site is located on the map. If using the interactive map to display a change in color based on availability, the marker must be transparent. RDP will send the availability information to Maps Alive to color transparent marker based on the color selected from the Available and Unavailable rectangles above. Maps Alive offers a circle and rectangular marker. However, other markers can be created.
- To created a different marker (like the one used the RDP Interactive Map Demo), the specifications are listed below:
- Marker Type = Text
- Shape = Circle
- Style = Transparent No Fill / No Border
- Text Color = Black / Black
- Font = Arial 11 Bold
- Horizontal & Vertical Align = Center
- Text Padding = 4px
- Auto Size = yes
- Circle radius = 40px
- Note: In order for the marker to change colors, it must be transparent. Maps Alive provides many different marker symbols. However, using these will not allow the marker to change colors based on availability, because the marker is not transparent.
- Retrieve Hotspot Information Dynamically from IRM Server
- When selected, Maps Alive retrieves the IRM short description for each site. If the site number's description does not exist, it will look for the room type description. It can also display the rate for first night of the stay and whether the site is available for the selected arrival and departure dates.
- Upload Static Hotspot Description Text
- When selected, the interactive map uses the information entered directly into the Maps Alive program for each site. It does not pull information from the IRM such as the rate, description, and availability.
- Override Hotspot Popup Size
- If using Pop-ups to display the site information, the popup size can be changed. Enabling Pop-ups instead of a Tiled description is done through the Maps Alive Configuration.
The grid below displays each site from the Masters --> Rooms that are set to display on the IRM. The site displayed on the interactive map follow the same rules as the rooms displayed on the IRM.Net.
Click the Create Hotspots for Import button to generate the data in the grid. Right click the grid and select Export to Excel. Save the Excel file.
WARNING: DO NOT change the data in the columns. This the java script code needed to communicate between RDP and Maps Alive. Deleting or changing information can result in the map not working properly.
The Use Guest Request feature is designed to link one of the 9 Guest Request to a people field in order to filter out rooms based on the selection of one of the people categories. For example, People 4 is for pets. Use one of the Guest Requests as "Pets Allowed". When linked and, the guests enters a pet in People 4, only rooms that have the Guest Request for Pets Allowed will display. Only People 2-4 can be linked to a Guest Request.
Configure the Guest Request from the IRM.Net Configuration --> Preferences tab to show as Display Only. On the IRM.Net Configuration --> Reservations tab, select the Guest Request that will apply to the appropriate People category from the Use Guest Request drop down.
This feature is available on the ResMain.aspx (reservations page) and the SiteMap.aspx (interactive map page). If the using the Interactive Map, sites that do not allow pets will display as filtered out but can still be booked.
The Maps Alive Tour ID can be passed in using the URL. This will override the what is configured in the Tour ID field on the Interactive Map tab. The URL is: /IRMNet/Res/SiteMap.aspx?tourid=xxxxx (replace the xxxxx with the Tour ID).
Each property code can have a different Tour ID for the interactive map. When that property code is selected, just that property code's interactive map will display. To enable a different Tour ID for each property code,
This speeds up the map display because just that property code's sites are retrieved. The Tour ID is passed into the map, not the property code. Below is a sample of the link needed for the property code.
The interactive map can be customized and styled to match the marketing website and IRM.Net. Descriptions of the sites or site types can be added, as well as images of the site.
A description of each site or site type can be added to display on the map. If the hotspot is using the Static Text option for the description which is hosted on Maps Alive, then the description resides on the Maps Alive site. It must be updated and maintained manually on their site.
If the hotspot uses the Dynamic Text option, there are three options for descriptions. A combination of descriptions can be used and customized on an individual site basis within the Dynamic Text option.
Photos can be uploaded to each hotspot to display with the hotspot description. If the hotspot is using the Static Text option for the description which is hosted on Maps Alive, then a single photo can be uploaded into the description on Maps Alive. Both the description and photos are hosted on Maps Alive for each hotspot.
If the hotspot uses the Dynamic Text option, a single photo can display. From the Content Configuration Template, check the In Use on the Photo element. Images are saved on the IRM.Net server in C:\INETPUT\WWWROOT\IRMNet\Custom\<RDP Data Server>\RDP<xx>\images\Rooms folder using the site number or site type as the file name. For example, if the site number is 101, then file would 101.jpg. If the site type, PREM, should display, the file would be PREM.jpg. The images must be .JPG in order to display.
Change the look of certain areas of the map using stylesheets. The image below indicates the locations on the map that can be customized. The number next to the red arrow corresponds to the number in the table below. This table provides additional information about each item.
Note: Before making any changes, see information about how to Create a Custom Theme on the IRM.Net. If changes are made to the standard themes shipped with the IRM.Net, they will be overridden when the IRM.Net is updated.
|Number on Map||Style Class Name||Location of Style||Description|
|1||mapDatesContainer||ResMain.ccs style sheet located on the IRM.Net server in C:\INETPUB\WWWROOT\IRMNet\App_Themes\<theme name> folder||Change the color, size and corners (to round the edges) of the box that contains the dates|
|2||mapDatesContainer (used to center on page)||ResMain.ccs style sheet located on the IRM.Net server in C:\INETPUB\WWWROOT\IRMNet\App_Themes\<theme name> folder||Position (i.e. center) the map on the page|
|3||mapButton||ResMain.ccs style sheet located on the IRM.Net server in C:\INETPUB\WWWROOT\IRMNet\App_Themes\<theme name> folder||Change the look of the Check Availability button|
|4||hotspot title from Maps Alive||The site number is exported from RDP to Maps Alive. See step 3 of Interactive Map Configuration||This is the hotspot title (i.e. site number) exported from RDP to Maps Alive|
|5||mapSiteLabel||Change the color and font of the description of the site. Site descriptions are generated from the short description on the IRM.Net|
|6||mapRateMsg||Change the color and font of the rate message that displays "Nightly Rate"|
|7||mapRateValue||Change the color and font of the rate price that will display. The rate displayed is based on the RDP rate configuration|
|8||mapAvailableMsg||Change the color and font of the Available Message|
|9||mapDescContainer and maDescList||
Photo of the site must be saved to the IRM.Net server in C:\INETPUB\WWWROOT\IRMNet\Custom\<RDPServer>\
RDP<xx>\images\Rooms\<SiteNumber or SiteType>.jpg
Change the style of the photos from ResMain.css style sheet located on the IRM.Net server in C:\INETPUB\WWWROOT\IRMNet\App_Themes\<theme name> folder called mapPhoto
Add the site photo and styling to the map description file. Each site or site type can display a photo. The file must be a .JGP file in order to display. For example if the site is 101, the file is 101.jpg. If the site type is to display instead and site is PREM, then the file would be PREM.jpg.
This is an extra element added to the template under the Content Configuration
|Add as many elements as needed, which can include policies, guest information, etc.|
Last Updated 03/22/2013
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