dsIDXpress can be downloaded, installed, and used on your site for free indefinitely with our included sample MLS data. Once you install and activate dsIDXpress, the plugin will create pages on your domain for every listing in the IDX feed. The default free version of dsIDXpress adds 100 sample MLS listings to your domain. The free version is fully functional.
To add live MLS listings to your site that are regularly updated, you would need to purchase additional activation keys for each MLS feed. We send you the necessary paperwork and help you through the approval process for each MLS (which may include tweaks to your site for compliance) - which is why we have the $99.95 setup fee. The monthly fees of $29.95 pay for the costs of maintaining and updating the data feed on our end, regular product updates, as well as phone and email support.
In most cases, our fees of $99.95 setup and $29.95 cover all the costs for the data. We usually pay each MLS a bulk price for all our clients, and roll those costs into our $29.95 monthly fees. In the cases where the MLS charges us (or the member) fees PER USER, then you would be responsible for those costs on top of the $29.95.
All the links here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/dsidxpress/ should work (and did initially), but we recently changed our wiki domain from wiki.dsidxpress.com to wiki.diversesolutions.com - - so any of the links going to our wiki pages are now broken. Sorry for any confusion; we're fixing those now. In the meantime, the two broken links are corrected below:
On the INSTALLATION tab...
- install wiki should go here:
- getting started guide should go here:
I hope this helps clarify a bit. The plugin is free to download and use indefinitely, but there are fees to use additional (live) data feeds with the plugin.