Web Application Research

After some discussion, my group decided that we should base our web application on a travel website, allowing users to compare different holidays. As is required in the brief the users can sort the holidays (possibly by location or type of holiday) and will be able to refine their search using key words and filters.
There should also be an option for a user to add an entry, although I’m not 100% sure how it would work. At the minute I think this would be more effective as a user-based rating website, similar to something like tripadvisor, where a user could post an image and a description of a holiday they had been on, and other users could see this review of their holiday. This aspect of the project will need to be discussed more as a group to figure out the logistics of it but overall I think a travel website is a good, achievable project.

I began some initial research into similar websites, to get an idea of a good website structure. Here are three examples that I looked at:
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First Choice – http://www.firstchoice.co.uk/
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Direct Holidays – http://www.directholidays.co.uk/Screen Shot 2015-03-09 at 18.10.59Thomas Cook – https://ww2.thomascook.com/

Something I noticed with all three of these websites is that the search bar is easily seen straight away, positioned at the very top of the page so no scrolling is required to reach it. I also think that the Login/Register button being located at the top of the page is a good idea, as if a user had to scroll for ages to find it they would probably give up and use a different site. A simple layout with clear buttons is something these three websites all have, and is a key feature which I would like to incorporate into our web application.

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