Rover IDX


* Rover IDX 3.0 is here! *

Rover IDX was already fast. Rover IDX 3.0 is re-factored for performance – and it is about 3 times faster!

Rover IDX for WordPress is a mobile responsive real estate IDX Plugin, providing fast, searchable real estate listings for website visitors. The plugin is highly configurable and flexible, allowing you to create a unique website. Most data is stored on our highly scalable servers, and renders on your WordPress website with lightning speed.

Rover IDX for WordPress

Up and running in minutes

Activate Rover IDX, choose the MLS region, and add the [rover_idx_full_page] shortcode to a page. Boom – your site is displaying searchable real estate listings. You can then customize what cities are offered for search, what the search panel looks like, what the listing layout looks like, and how the property details page is displayed.

Unbelievable levels of customization

Out of the box, Rover IDX just works. You do not need to know html, css, or php. Further, Rover offers many listing layout templates to choose from, so you can customize your listings with a click. You can also customize the search panel with drag and drop efficiency. If you do want to get into the nitty gritty, you can create your own layout templates – and we offer basic templates to get you started.


Maps can be integrated into [rover_idx_full_page] as a dynamic search experience. Define locations (towns, counties, subdivisions) via polygons, and allow visitors to search by clicking on these defined locations.


Rover IDX has a CRM, used to track and organize your leads. See the searches / properties visitors have viewed. Add Notes and Todo’s. Keep a follow up calendar.

WordPress Widgets

Add straightforward widgets for Quick Search, Ask a Question, Featured Listings, Quick Links, and Mortgage and Affordability Calculators.

Conveniently Add Shortcodes

Within the WordPress visual editor, Rover IDX offers a add-a-shortcode button with the kitchen sink of parameters. Just adjust the parameters you care about, and remove or ignore the rest. Rover IDX shortcode guide

Unbelievable SEO

All Rover IDX pages are SEO friendly. Clean urls, and there are no iframes or subdomains. Rover IDX also adds structured data where appropriate. All the property detail pages are in your domain, and Googlebot will find them. And Rover IDX maintains a sitemap of all the active listings represented by your website, and the various crawlers are updated every 24 hours with that updated sitemap.

Mobile friendly

All Rover IDX pages are mobile friendly, as long as the WordPress theme you’ve chosen is also mobile friendly. Rover IDX has a Mobile settings page that allows you to tune mobile behavior.

CSS Frameworks

By default, Rover IDX creates beautiful pages. If your site is already using Bootstrap, or you would like Rover to create it’s elements using Bootstrap, simply choose ‘Bootstrap’ in the CSS Framework section of the Styling >> Quick Start page.


  • Setting up Rover IDX is a breeze
  • Type in the name or broker last name of the office, and select the active agents. You can set meta data for the agents as well.
  • Choose from any of the listing layout templates that ship with Rover IDX, or build your own.
  • Super easy to add searchable pages - [rover_idx_full_page] creates a fully searchable page with search panel, listing results, and in 2-column mode a sidebar with highlighted listings.
  • Simple, clean layouts for highly usable pages.
  • Don't forget to include a map. Visitors love maps!
  • Easy add links to your sidebar, footer, or page. These links take advantage of the Rover IDX dynamic url feature. If the page does not exist in your website, Rover IDX will parse the url, hoping that the url is calling for searchable listings specified by the url. See for more information.


  1. Upload the rover-idx folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the Rover IDX plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Configure the plugin by going to the Rover IDX menu that appears in your admin menu


Does Rover IDX work with any theme?

Yes, as long as the theme follows WordPress conventions. Themes created for WordPress 3+ are better.

How is Rover IDX priced?

See for pricing.

How many websites does my Rover IDX subscription allow?

You can run one subscription of Rover IDX on up to 5 websites for the active agent.

If I have multiple websites with Rover IDX, can I tie them together?

Yes! Rover IDX has a ‘link this website’ feature that allows you and your clients to log into any of the websites and manage their settings and criteria.

Does Rover IDX work with my MLS region?

We work with about 50 MLS’s, and that list is growing every month. If we don’t currently have your MLS region, we are happy to investigate adding it. We do all the paperwork (except your signatures), and setting up a new region usually takes 2-3 days.


March 24, 2020
I think I've never seen such support. I know I'm asking a lot with so many questions since I work in a niche market, but they answer and find a solution for everything. This plugin is fast, easy to install and good for SEO. What else? Thank you guys. Sylvain
February 5, 2020
Out of the box, the built-in design templates are well thought out and look good on all device sizes but are also highly customizable. I love that I have control over search panel criteria, complete property detail page layout, map pages, listing pages and more. Customization is also integrated into lead generation behavior so new leads can be assigned to round-robin style or to an office catchall. Another big plus is the built-in SEO functionality including an auto-generated property XML sitemap. This plugin also creates a new blog post when there is a new listing or a price change for all agents in the office. This is a big SEO booster. The developer has been extremely helpful when I have had questions and this has been a big time saver for me. If I could give this plugin a 10-star rating I would!
June 1, 2019
Robust, intuitive, fantastic plugin that comes with Tech Support that is truly AMAZING. 5 stars plus!!
May 24, 2018
Customer service is excellent and very prompt and we've always been pleased with the product. Steve typically replies very quickly to all our requests and is helpful to resolve any issues we have.
May 24, 2018
As a former website designer & marketer, I’ve spent months looking for the right IDX solution for my own website. This plugin is AMAZING! Super user-friendly, best build-in SEO, great looking search & results pages, and awesome support team. Selling point: I use this plugin on two of my websites while paying for one subscription only (I think rover allows up to 5 websites).
May 23, 2018
After trying 10+ IDX plugins for a client, we chose Rover IDX for it's flexibility and design. The plugin is easily customized to fit our site design and functionality. Templates are easy to adjust and even offer custom coded solutions. Short codes are easy to use and allow for an infinite styles and layouts. Any questions we have run into the support team has been extremely quick to respond and assist. They worked with us to add a new region and were so helpful in the process and quick to get things up and running. They go above and beyond.
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Contributors & Developers

“Rover IDX” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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  • Improve dropdown Login / Register menu structure for some themes

  • resolve undeclared ROVER_JS
  • For some themes, add presentation span for dropdown Login / Register menu

  • preload important css during activation

  • Improve support for Yoast premium plugin and Rover IDX dynamic page titles

  • resolve logging error

  • resolve kit error

  • Performance: Refactor javascript loading for significant performance
  • Performance: Remove all jQuery dependancy. Your theme can now dequeue jQuery, for faster page loads
  • Performance: Searches are now faster
  • Customization: Search panel colors can now be changed via plugin settings
  • Usability: Mobile touch Slideshow now available for many listing layouts

  • Performance: Tune javascript loading for significant performance boost

  • Performance: Faster DNS lookup for faster page loads.
  • Allow selecting default page template for dynamic page layouts

  • Feature: Ability to add Favorites and Saved Searches menus to WordPress menu.

  • improve auto-blogging tracking
  • improve auto-blog titles

  • deactivation and reactivation could result in some settings being lost
  • add logging to detect settings changes

  • Fix php warning on hosts displaying warnings

  • Avoid situation where non-expanded shortcode can appear in cached page

  • Upgrade admin panels to Bootstrap 4

  • Fix Social key mismatch for auto-blogging

  • Add reset feature to clear WordPress options

  • Fix setup issue that resulted in incomplete data being saved to WordPress options

  • Complete testing for WordPress 5.1 support – no issues

  • Minor fix for multi-region handling

  • Rover IDX 2.1.0 release

  • Tested up to WordPress 4.9 / add capability to exclude url slugs / additional debug capability

  • Add helpful debug / php 7 check for item existence

  • Improve logic of url parsing to avoid conflict with third party plugin

  • Improve reliability of sitemap when allow_url_fopen is disabled

  • Fix PHP 7 incompatibility with affordability calculator

  • Fix regression in previous release

  • Improve admin_notices to warn administrator when activated Rover plugin needs a region to be selected

  • Improve algorithm that decides to load js / css from cdn for performance

  • add back old [rover_idx_login shortcode] that has been removed before 2.0 was released
  • improve reliability of email unsubscribe

  • prepare for new feature – custom, non-MLS listings
  • default system pages (/rover-control-panel/, /rover-custom-listing-panel/) to naked page template for maximum screen real estate
  • improved reliability of automatic sitemap generation

  • added ‘Search Panel Orientation’ radio button to Rover Omni Search, Rover – Search by MLS Number, and Rover – Search by School widgets

  • quick search widget now defaults to price range dropdown, which is more mobile friendly
  • declare support for WordPress 4.8

  • added help text to Rover IDX >> SEO >> Dynamic Page Definitions
  • improved reliability of automatic sitemap generation

  • quick fix for regression in 1307

  • Improve reliability of automatic sitemap generation
  • Fix error when loading rover-control-panel using the naked_page.php template

  • PHP warning for admin panel
  • Load help (Rover IDX >> Help) over https

  • Remove empty ‘Last’ label from recently viewed widget
  • Resolve issue with selected cities not being passed to new and updated widget

  • Improve custom template – no longer need to create a page using that template to see template in dropdown
  • Default dynamic page post_type to page
  • Follow WP codex example to return custom template, and not exit

  • Fix strpos() issue for older Rover version upgrades

  • Fix uncommon path that could result in css not loaded for back end plugin

  • New search panels!
  • Facebook Login!
  • Property Highlight Banners!
  • Map polygon search for visitors!
  • Automatically add Login / Register to WordPress menu!
  • New rover_idx_registration shortcode – highly customizable!
  • New rover_idx_contact shortcode – highly customizable!

  • Resolve parse error on old unsupported php versions

  • Improve saving of Styling settings to WordPress options.

  • Rover IDX will now process Diverse Solutions shortcodes and IDX Data Filters.

  • Avoid duplicating Rover shortcode button on Visual tab when editing Post / Page
  • Add ‘listings per row’ to Styling >> Listings page settings
  • Use key ‘search_panel_layout’ for all quick search widgets
  • Allow “Print” to work correctly when in a property details dialog (worked correctly in a new window)


  • Although Rover IDX is 8 years old and used in many real estate sites, this is the initial WordPress repository release.