Michael met me in July 2023. He and his wife had just started a new business called Tipper Truck Trailer Hire in Mareeba and needed a website. I had bumped into Michael by chance, and we got talking about websites.
Michael and Jane were both competent with spreadsheets and didn’t want to learn how to use WordPress.
After a chat, we decided to use Airtable for the website’s backend database because it’s easy to use, like a spreadsheet and Softr for the frontend.
Although I met Michael in Mareeba, I was just starting to live on the road, so all subsequent communications to build the site were by Zoom. This worked well and was an efficient use of our time in discussions – particularly when we used Zoom’s screen share capabilities.
They have 3 vehicles, well 2 vehicles really: 1 truck and 1 trailer, and you can hire the truck and trailer together. So the Tipper Truck Trailer Hire Airtable booking calendar understands if the truck and trailer are hired for a day, then neither the truck nor the trailer are available on the calendar, and vice versa if the truck is hired for the day the trailer is available but the truck and trailer together are not
They needed the booking page on the Tipper Truck Trailer Hire website to show only the vehicles that were available on the days that their clients required them.
They use Airtable to make most changes to the website. For stuff that doesn’t change much, we kept it in Softr – it’s slightly quicker to load that way, and they ask me if they need major updates. We chose a paid version of the software but stuck with a free Airtable plan for now.
The booking page on their website is simple. They have two things to hire – one truck and one trailer. You can hire both together or just one at a time. The calendar knows if you book the truck, the trailer is still available, and vice versa.
The website looks clean and clear now. My graphic designer, Cate Adams from Serendipity Projects, helped make it look even better. Softr has limited templates (compared with WordPress), but you can tweak them. Cate’s final touches really improved the site.
Michael and Jane are very happy with their new Tipper Truck Trailer Hire website.