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[closed] Real Estate IDX Feed plugin for MLS listings (49 posts)

  1. Jonas Grumby
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Just wondering if anybody out there is working on a plugin to display IDX feed (MLS listings) in a WP blog. I seem to be getting requests lately to develop sites for real estate brokers. It may be possible for me to get someone to pay for such a plugin to be developed.

    I'm hoping Roger Theriault will see this as it would be a great addition to his Great Real Estate plugin, which currently does not seem to support display of listings from incoming feeds, although it does send exclusive listings out through outbound real estate feeds, which is nice.

    Thanks

  2. jimknox
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I too am trying to build a Blog with an IDX feed, has anybody responded to you and if so, can you help ME?

    If not, when I find the answer I will let you know about it.

    Jim
    webmaster@800-734-6964.com

  3. Adam W. Warner
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I would also be interested in learning if this exists, and if so, how to obtain it.

  4. getyouridx
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    We are developing a GPL'd WordPress plugin which will work with our GetYourIDX Web Service which will be released within the next couple of weeks.

  5. jimknox
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I tried Jared Ritchey, will not recommend him... As soon as you get the IDX Web Service ready I have 5 customers standing by.

    Jim

    webmaster@800-734-6964.com

  6. Adam W. Warner
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    @ getyouridx

    Looking forward to it:)

  7. Chuck Reynolds
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I'm not a realtor but know a lot of them and I deal with WP very often... I'd like to know when you get that ready getyouridx...

  8. robk30
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Count me in as well. Also, can people please pots links to real estate web sites that use WordPress? Thanks!

  9. Roger Theriault
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Sorry, as long as the MLS world remains fragmented (and real estate remains the dinosaur of tech) I'm not planning to pursue any IDX solution for my plugin.

  10. evanlittle
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I'm a real estate agent in a big office with lots of agents and what's already available to agents is WAY more than they can handle. Even the many of the most successful agents are 5-10 years behind in online technology. There's many reasons for it, but what's out there now is good enough, I think. Especially now when we're all cutting back on expenses BIG TIME.

    The MLS that the REALTOR(R) Association that I'm a member of gets a free feed from http://www.diversesolutions.com which I have set-up on the blog below. There's a bunch of other features that I can add on later once I'm finished with the blog and begin actively marketing with it.

    http://permacultureproperties.com/property-search/

  11. lslocum
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    evanlittle, do you mind sharing the steps for getting the Diverse Solutions map search script to work, including the plugins that you used?

    Thanks!

  12. Harrison O.
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Evanlittle has just iframed the mls listings. That is not an IDX feed.

    As a WP developer I personally don't recommend wasting time with custom scrips for IDX on WordPress. There is a very good solution that it is cheaper, better SEO and you will have no worries about the IDX feed, updates, headaches etc.

    That is idx broker, I have been using them on my clients' sites and it is perfect. Here is an example: http://www.fidelitynj.com.
    It is cheaper because you don't need a dedicated server to handle the thousands of listings. It is not iframed, and has better SEO because the links back to your site are externally and not internally as any other on-site IDX.

    Here is another example: http://www.michaelkrotchie.com/ and this is a nice one: (not wordpress though but can be accomplished as same: http://gibsonintl.idxco.com/idx/3358/details.php?idxID=144&listingID=09-356189

    The best thing it is to have the GRP and idx broker and you are good to go.

  13. php4ever
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    We have two plugins working now, one is fully WP integrated and works exceptionally well with MLS data.

    The other is a bridging solution we use where clients require separate types of data sources. Since MLS providers will not generally allow you to feature your own listings in the same search as an MLS empowered one, you need to keep data or at least appear to keep data separate. The second solution works in that situation.

    Jared

  14. harleyrider
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    http://wprealty.org has the only real idx/rets/mls compatible plugin - its fully loaded and works with any data feed - of course you will need to hire them to tie it in for you or hire your own programmer as there is nothing out there that is a one size fits all plugin-solution but they can make it work with any type of feed.

  15. NicPub
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I agree with using IDX Broker. I have used them for adding some advanced IDX features to customized themes. Works fantastic. Sample
    South Walton Luxury Homes

    Nic

  16. craigbaranowski
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I have been using IDX Broker with WordPress for almost 10 months now and LOVE it. The features are amazing and very user friendly. Over the past 10 months they have continued to increase functionality and lead the industry with their product. They even have a customizable iphone app with my Name and logo that my customers download for free from the iTunes App Store. I run two blogs for real estate and a weekly Radio Show. I have been able to run them easily and deliver fresh content on a weekly basis. I use the folks at wpidx.com to set my sites up and any future customizations. The sites are SEO optimized and I am at the top of the search rankings for my area and Nationally for some topics [Google: bank of america short sale]. Additionally, my listings are syndicated across 20+ mediums automatically. I was going to spend $15,000 on a single website and was able to get two sites for much less. I am a very very happy customer and would highly recommend this solution.

    PS - I found this post since it mentioned my site though my WP Blog Stats. Pretty cool.

    You can check out my sites...
    South Walton Luxury Homes
    Distressed Property Expert

    Craig

  17. REinvest
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I have been working on a RE site for a while and I like the sites you have. These are not traditional WP themes, so I would be interested in knowing who designed your websites?

  18. craigbaranowski
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    REinvest,

    WPIDX.com designed both of my websites. They are a custom WP Theme with full IDX Broker information.

  19. ezpr
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I was looking at all this "HYPE" about IDX BROKER - and it sounds and looks good - Until you take a closer look at whats really going on here.

    First of all - 100% of all of these sites DO NOT INCLUDE a integrated MLS solution into your wordpress!

    What they are doing is setting up a wordpress on "YOUR" domain and then they are skinning the theme/template and wrapping it around "THEIR" MLS and putting YOUR theme on THEIR server as a SUBDOMAIN!

    http://www.southwaltonluxuryhomes.com = IP Address 69.89.31.142
    http://www.southwaltonluxuryhomes.idxco.com = IP Address 198.145.37.19

    Come ON People - this is JUST AS BAD AS ALL OTHER FRAMED MLS SOLUTIONS.

    There is only One REAL MLS-IDX-RETS WordPress Plugin that is 100% embedded and has the right SEO/SEF and that is the plugin called WP Realty. ...but of course you would have to be on a "real server" or host with them because the 5 dollar shared hosting wont work when you go with a Real Embedded MLS.

  20. php4ever
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Actually there are only three people that are doing anything with WordPress and IDX/RETS.

    WPRealty, UltimateIDX, and ME!

    WPRealty and WPRealty 3.0 are the best solutions because they are unbranded which means you are not married to identity requirements on your domain.

    Also, when WPRealty 3.0 is released, not only is it fully GNU/GPL but it is 40% lighter.

  21. salz789
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    About WPRealty, I noticed the release for 3.0 is in March 2010. Visiting their site, it appears their MLS/IDX integration function is still not available. Am I understanding this correctly, or can WPRealty20 be integrated with an MLS/IDX feed now?

  22. salz789
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Also just found a WordPress plugin for IDX called GetYourIDX Anyone heard of it or used it? I noticed it was very new.

  23. djmorrisinc
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    After much pain and frustration...along with wasting thousands of dollars, I finally am able to have a website powered by WordPress with IDX displayed on the site, not via an iFrame or 3rd party.

    The real bonus is, it is costing me 1/4 of what my old site cost with the IDX framed in, plus I save $30 a month on hosting and IDX combined ($60 vs $90 / month), it's a custom theme and personalized, and I have control through the dashboard....also, the turnover and building of it is not taking 2 months like my old site took to build!

    This is all being custom built for me by WP Realty who created the WordPress Realty plugin, and obviously knows wordpress. You can check out some of the custom themes he has created for other Realtors using WordPress in his portfolio. Chad answered all my questions and I knew immediately that he was the one to use to combine wordpress with IDX.

  24. NicPub
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    EZPR, you actually believe this. You ignorance is shining.
    The IDX is integrated into the sites. The fact is, We can claim and prove excellent search results from the actual MLS listings.
    Juat as bad as Famed Site? I can send you a beginners guide to HTML if you would like so you can learn what a framed site is!
    You do know how to look at the source code. It will reveal the truth.

  25. re_pro
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    ezpr and php4ever are just here batting for the same team.

    The authors of WP Realty would like everyone to believe they have the only WP plugin that can handle MLS listings, but their products are always "almost finished" and will do what you want or need "when completed". Yes, they probably even offer a version that will feed your Unicorn, and lucky you, that version is almost done.

    How can a v3.0 solution be the "best" when it isn't even available yet or finished?

    The truth is, the WP Realty 2.x plugin being hyped today is a buggy, incomplete, work in progress created by a couple of disgruntled hobbyists. Download their 10-day trial (if you can) and see for yourself.

  26. Josh
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    +1 on re-pro.

    I've tried to contact the wp-realty guys. No response. It looks like they've responded here on this thread though. And if their site is any indication....
    I'm checking out getyouridx for my client. I will post here on how that works out.

  27. php4ever
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    BuiltByNorthBy

    The 800 number is on our site and you can always email us.
    sales@wprealty.org

    Jared Ritchey
    WPRealty.org

  28. php4ever
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    re_pro is anything but a pro.

    We know exactly who you are and haven't you been banned from just about every blog you try to shoot your mouth off in?

    Our plugin works just fine, jealousey is painful.

  29. Chad1964
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    EZPR, you actually believe this. You ignorance is shining.
    The IDX is integrated into the sites. The fact is, We can claim and prove excellent search results from the actual MLS listings.
    Juat as bad as Famed Site? I can send you a beginners guide to HTML if you would like so you can learn what a framed site is!
    You do know how to look at the source code. It will reveal the truth.

    Just looking at this and I think I would have to say it that ezpr makes some very valid points here - I "have" taken the liberty to look at the code and "I" should perhaps be the one giving the html lessons here. The product your company produces is in fact "integrated" but is not in any way shape or form integrated into wordpress and as a true plugin or widget like WP Realty is.

    And further more he is not claiming that you are iframing the mls - just that you are hosting the clients "theme" wrapped around your mls on a subdomain of your site (which is worthless) since it's NOT the clients real domain.

    And NOW let’s talk more about "MY" favorite subject "SEO" …btw this is what I do for a living – Main reason I financed WP Realty is because I use it for all my SEO client sites.
    Since you said to take a look under the hood at the source code – let’s do that =)

    Let’s take a look at your “wordpress” mls solution that you are pushing us here:

    First let’s take a look at your url structure:
    http://www.southwaltonluxuryhomes.idxco.com/idx/4422/details.php?idxID=123&listingID=485297 and this is supposed to tell google what exactly?
    Now for the listing page “Title”
    <title>WaterColor Luxury Homes : South Walton Luxury Homes</title> - same on every listing regardless = worthless
    Next For the “Meta”
    Ooops – no meta keywords!
    - and though Google may not use them there are other search engines that still do so it’s still important if you want to have the best seo/mls solution out there.
    Ooops – no meta description!
    - You are trying to “hope” that google will find something relevant to show in the search result but what will it look like?
    I know mine will be what I want it to be "every-time" …and I know what mine will "look like" every time!

    I just pulled up one of my client sites and wanted to give you a idea of what a “true” seo’d MLS solution should produce.
    All the below is “Dynamic” – meaning each and every mls listing is “unique” and thus easier to get all of your listing pages indexed into google for relevant search phrases based on MLS#, street addresses, subdivision, condo name etc..anything you want as long as it’s in the db.
    Our listings can be structured anyway you want in the titles, urls, and meta – client can set their own structure within the admin panel.

    First off --- urls and titles are permalink and all-in-one-seo compatible.
    Myclientsite.com/realestate/listing-710677-waccamaw-lakes -141-cockle-shell-pawleys-island-sc /
    <title>141 Cockle Shell Waccamaw Lakes Pawleys Island SC MLS# 710677 Home For Sale.</title>
    <meta name='keywords' content='141 Cockle Shell Waccamaw Lakes Pawleys Island SC MLS# 710677 Home For Sale.'>
    <meta name='description' content='141 Cockle Shell Waccamaw Lakes Pawleys Island, SC. MLS# 710677 Home For Sale.'>

    I think before you shoot off your mouth - like you have something better than you really do - you should do your homework first because there are lots of seo people that would gladly back me up that we are comparing apples to lemons here….but in the end ..the choice is up to the public as to what they are getting themselves into – but based on the facts I just provided I don’t think you will see a lot of buyers from this thread anytime soon =)

  30. IDX_Broker
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Thank you Craig for sharing your IDX Broker experience.

    Here are some facts:

    The dynamic title tag feature is available in IDX Broker via a select button in General Preferences. IDX websites should definitely contain dynamic title tags vs. static title tags or worse yet, IDX hosted inside of an iFrame that contains no links back to the host.

    Regarding the IP lookup of an IDX Broker subdomain; since when did search engines care who registered the IP? All IDX Broker subdomains can be claimed by the owner using simple "verify" meta tags provided by Google, Bing, etc.

    As for dynamic Meta keyword and description tags, great suggestion.

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