5 WordPress Plugins for Real Estate Listings (IDX/MLS)Thursday, December 2nd, 2010
Uncovering What Are the Best IDX Programs for WordPress that Every Real Estate Agent and Broker Should Know About
WordPress is a powerful CMS that can benefit Real Estate Brokers and Agents. It provides an easy way to create localized content that helps you promote your property listings.
However, up until now, there hasn’t been an easy, affordable way to add searchable listings to your WordPress blog. Previous, to the evolution to WordPress plugins, your options were to purchase an expensive Internet Data Exchange (IDX) solution, manually enter your property listings into your blog manually by hand, or place an i-framed widget inside your blog. All in all, here is a simple review of the various sites I have located through searching or have had personal experience with in the past.
Quick Review and List of WordPress MLS Plugins
Diverse Solutions Plugin (http://www.diversesolutions.com)
Using our state-of-the-art dsSearchAgent MLS IDX solution, visitors on your website can search for and view properties like never before. In the administration area, real estate professionals can then track those users across searches they made and properties they visited to find out what they really want. My Thoughts: This company has been around for a while and they have some good products. I think you would learn quite a bit by giving them a call. Also, it’s the MLS / IDX solution we add www.jhresidential.com. Need help with your website MLS integration, then contact us or give us a call.
Real Estate Web Masters (http://www.realestatewebmasters.com)
Your real estate website belongs with a professional, expert firm. We build complete web properties so agents can focus on working leads (lots of them). My Thoughts: I’ve kept track of them for quite a while now. These guys are the real deal and their custom solutions are great but expensive.
IDX Press (http://www.dsidxpress.com)
A plug-in for WordPress that gives IDX functionality to your website, allows your users to search for and browse available properties in your MLS, and lets the search engines index properties from the MLS on your website. My Thoughts: It’s simple, straightforward, and easy to use for a WordPress marketing site we would provide for you.
RealShout offers a Real Estate Search Portal for Broker and Agent WordPress blogs that is search engine friendly, captures buyer leads, and doesn’t break your bank (meaning, it’s free). My Thoughts: This is probably outside of our capabilities but it was free so I included for reference.
Ultimate IDX (http://www.ultimateidx.com)
The UltimateIDX™ was designed by REALTORS® for REALTORS® utilizing the most up-to-date technologies available. The UltimateIDX™ provides the most comprehensive custom IDX/RETS solutions available without gouging our Clients on price. We do not charge Clients for features that are standard and unlike our competition when a new feature is added to our system we share it at no charge with all UltimateIDX™ Clients. My Thoughts: Definitely looks professional and capable. Not sure about multiple IDX listings on the same site.