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Property Center Oct 2007 Update

This last week, I pushed live a pretty significant update for Property Center.  This update has been a long time in the making… damn near 9 months actually.  I’d wager that I refactored about 70% of the code for Property Center.  Let that be a lesson, if you think you may want to support localization at some point, it’s better to do it early than go back and add it later.  But anyway, the update is out there and the response has been excellent. 

I wanted to thank OrcsWeb for the amazing job they do.  I have never been so satisfied with a hosting company that i am with OrcsWeb.  They will definitely get all of my future Asp.net business.  I was updating the database and thought something went wrong.  So, I tried and failed to restore to a backed up version.  At that point, I started to get worried and called their tech support.  Within three minutes, they had my database restored and everything was happy again.  Again, I tip my hat to that kind of support (especially when they have that kind of response level at 11pm).

Overall the update went really smoothly.  I’m completely satisfied with the current version of Property Center and look forward to adding additional features to the platform.

Property Center is tenant friendly!

I just completed updating Property Center with a couple new features.  This update most notably allows tenants to request user accounts.  Tenant user accounts allow tenants to log in to your website to add maintenance requests, view their maintenance request history, check their current balance, and view their lease history (including payments/fees). 

By default, Property Center turns on anonymous maintenance requests and tenant user account requests.  As always, Property Center is very configurable and allows you to turn off tenant user account requests and/or anonymous maintenance requests.  So it’s simple to facilitate these additional cases:

  • You can set up Property Center so that tenants have to log in to request maintenance.
  • You can configure Property Center so that tenants cannot log in, but anyone can request maintenance.
  • You can set up Property Center so that tenants cannot request user accounts and anonymous maintenance requests are disabled.

These are all of the changes made with this update:


  • Tenants can be assigned to user accounts. This allows tenants to
    log in to perform certain tasks not available to anonymous users. You
    can assign roles to these accounts just like any other user account.
    They also have special permissions:

    • They’re able to view lease information and lease transactions only for leases assigned to them.
    • They cannot view other users in the system.
  • Maintenance requests can be requested anonymously or with a tenant user account.
  • Email addresses are validated properly throughout the system.
  • Added additional name templates for generated units (add a new property page)
  • Export as pdf menu item added to the account invoices action menu


  • Vacant unit counts on the map where changed slightly. Red unit
    counts were hard to see on the orange background, so they were changed
    to black.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed the vacant unit count color on the property details window
    in the map view. It used to show a green count if there were vacant
    units. Now it correctly shows the count as red.
  • Fixed custom appearance render bug with IE 6

Fresh coat of paint for the Bia Creations website

I updated the core framework and theme for Bia Creations, today.  Truthfully, I updated the framework last week, and pushed the new theme today.  I ditched rails & typo for a straight php/mysql/apache solution.  It’s not that I don’t like rails or typo, I just wanted something all around more mature for that site.  I have to admit, installing WordPress was like christmas morning.  It still excites me to think about that platform.  The guys behind WordPress really did a solid job with that blogging framework.  As a bonus, it has a ton of themes and addons.  Oh… speaking of themes, the Telligent guys could take a few notes from WordPress.  Designing a custom theme is straightforward and easy.  I am seriously considering moving this blog to that platform as well…

Now, I have to also acknowledge the Apache Friends project.  Finally someone has come up with a simple way for the latest versions of php, mysql, apache, and various utilities to install/run on Windows (and many other platforms as a bonus).  I looked at how they do updates, and they even have that figured out.  Everything is simple and easy.  If they could plug Rails in on top of that, xampp would be a home run.  It’s really worth checking out if you want to use alternate technologies on windows.

Anyway, I hope you all enjoy the update to the Bia Creations site… let me know what you think

Property Center Launches!

I am extremely happy to announce Property Center, an online real estate management service.  To compliment the Property Center site, there is a blog setup at Bia Creations.  I began working on Property Center shortly after leaving Edstrom and couldn’t be happier.  The Property Center service uses prototype and script.aculo.us to enrich the user experience throughout many parts of the site.  So please, have a look and let me know what you think!

Also, I want to thank Aeron Glemann for getting me started with portions of the site theme.