This plugin allows WordPress to embed live real estate data from an MLS directly into a blog. You MUST have a dsIDXpress account to use this plugin.
I have handled clients sites for several years using this IDX system, and am currently shopping for a new one. The main gripe is the search widgets can't be easily styled or laid out differently. Additionally, on several large updates, this plugin conflicted with others. Rather than learning how to play nicely, Diverse Solutions just claims that other plugins or themes should change their ways.
Good feature set, but I have encountered a serious error that prevents the slideshow photos from displaying: "Juicebox Error: Config XML file not found." If I downgrade to a much earlier version of the plugin, the problem goes away. Stinks because I can't take advantage of the newer features. Unfortunately, I can't give this plugin more than 1 star because of this bug.
The plugin works well, but it is very hard to customize, and technical support is spotty--emails go days without an answer, the phone is often simply not answered, and messages are not responded to. The big negative is that it will not work on an HTTPS site.
After the latest plugin update, the forms no longer display properly and will require entirely new css to fix.
Overall this looks like it will work. But after a month or two we are learning that their support is sub par. They don't return emails or phone calls to paying customers, and the WP support thread is often ignored.
We have problems with the plugin outputting errors in the code causing a site to not run well, and they don't support HTTPS / SSL. Google rewards sites with higher SEO rank for secure sites. This plugin can't run under the HTTPS secure URLs and will fail your users.
Constant Blackouts :
"We're sorry, but we ran into a temporary problem while trying to load the real estate data. Please check back soon."
Especially for a paid plugin, I expect a whole lot more. The default styling is horrid. I've spent hours and my theme designer has spent hours upon hours with CSS overrides trying to fix the styling to make it look better. I have the Pro version plugin that allows site visitors to save searches and favorites, but there is no page to link directly to, so they can't see what they've saved?!? Hunh?
Here is their customer support's response:
"I am afraid that at this time, Diverse Solutions does not offer the option you wish in regards to a link for previously registered users to login."
So yeah... you can register, but we can't give you a link to log back in...
I've been using this plugin for few years on my real estate site. The main problem is it spits out total duplicate content and the designers make it almost impossible for you to change that. Also if your not careful they have it set up so every listing on your site has a link to the same listing at Zillow! Talk about brilliant SEO for them. Just make sure you turn those links off. the positive is that it gets indexed great and you can get traffic off it if your site has a lot of authority.
I had a client purchase this plug-in (about $120 for "installation" - total ripoff, & another $50/month for the service) and it doesn't work with the WordPress site we have built.
First off, the activation code somehow gets erased about once a day which then completely erases any placeholder content in place via widgets or shortcode - so half the time someone visits the site any search forms from this plug-in are gone. We were told over a week ago this was due to GoDaddy's security settings and that they would install something to correct this problem as they have had people complain about it before... Well a week later it is still being erased and we have to manually re-enter the activation code everyday. Awesome.
Second, horrible customer service and SNAIL slow troubleshooting by their developers. In addition to the above issue the plug-in flat out doesn't work with our GoDaddy hosted WordPress site.
When the search forms aren't magically erased any attempted search comes up empty - and I'm talking even the most basic "Los Angeles" search. We submitted a support ticket & spoke with customer service May 19th, it is now May 30th. It takes days for them to replay to any email and when we call they give us the run around. Mind you these clients are paying for a monthly service they can't use.
They've had a fair chance to fix the issue or at least make it appear a priority. We are now requesting a refund and finding a different plug-in that can actually work. Save yourself the headache and DON'T purchase this service.
dsIDXpress is #1 for getting your site ranked well in search engines.
Don't listen to people about their Zillow paranoia: this is the easiest, best way to get your website ranked. You don't need to have any Zillow links on your site or anything like that.
Get this plugin. It's the best out there.
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