i had every intention of purchasing this plugin - but unfortunately their support reps and docs are lackluster at best and they DON'T SUPPORT COLORADO - which they DO NOT ADVERTISE ANYWHERE ON THEIR SITE.
do yourself a favor and stay away.
Ive used this plugin for at least 3 years with various clients and it had some hiccups with generated urls for SEO. There were other issues for sure, but overall they fixed them and the plugin is actually really solid and wasn't that hard to customize. Time to give these guys credit they have been around a while.
We did both WordPress posts for properties and IDX feed on one site and you can see the difference. The posts one looks better to me, but it obviously was much much more effort.
If you want a out of the box solution, very little work, minimal customization but stable, its a great fit.
If you are a agent looking to build your brand outside of your brokerage, this is a great tool that can take your business to the next level. This plugin is easy to use and can be setup within minutes if you are familiar with WordPress. Whether you are brand new to Real Estate or a long time contender, the IDX Press plugin can help you build your personal brand on your very own agent website. From pulling in your personal listings via your Agent ID to allowing you to pull in all of the listings in your Office via the Office ID, Communities, zip codes, tracts, cities, state, MLS#'s and by address, this is a great addition to any agents / brokerages website. Not to mention the SEO ability of this plugin via indexing is incredible. When I was using a different IDX, I was sitting around 3,000 total indexed pages, but when I installed the IDX Press plugin into my WordPress website and followed the steps that support provided to me I saw my indexed pages jump from the low thousands to the upper 20,000+ indexed pages in a few months time. You do have to put in work to get the results like I did, however if you follow the steps that the support team provides you with you can see results like I did!
Overall I give this plugin a 5 star rating. Great support team, great product, 600+ MLS's covered and growing. I am here to stay with Diverse Solutions and there IDX Press Plugin.
If you are a Realtor or Broker looking to increase your exposure online, dsIDXpress is a great tool to add to your existing or new SEO campaign.
It is not, however, a miracle pill for your site. If you buy dsIDXpress and expect it to magically increase rankings and traffic to your site you will be disappointed.
But if you use it in addition to a well planned SEO campaign you will reap the many benefits it has to offer.
Using its many widgets, IDX Pages tool, and adding property listings to your real estate blog posts via shortcode, you'll definitely see a noticeable increase in the number of pages indexed in Google and other search engines which can lead to increased traffic and ultimately leads.
But remember: to get something out of it you need to put the work into it first.
I have been a web developer for over a decade now and some of my main clients are real estate agents. I've gone through several companies claiming they provide the best solution for IDX search in WordPress. Diverse Solutions and the IDXpress plugin thus far has been the best to use, easiest to integrate, and simple to customize. Since i found them back in 2011, I've kept them as my exclusive IDX service provider when recommending search to my realtor clients.
There are a few disclaimers that I have to disclose. The installation is very easy but you will definitely need help (a programmer) if you want to make adjustments to the original theme design. It does get a little tricky. Also, this is an IDX search plugin that can be integrated into a WordPress site, not Zillow! I was reading a few comments below and it's ridiculous to see how many people misunderstand the use of this plugin. This is a web service owned by Zillow. You are not integrating Zillow into your website. Zillow is a multimillion dollar company and employs several developers to maintain the site while paying them a hefty salary. You are downloading a $30/m plugin to integrate into a WordPress website. It's a huge difference!
That being said, I highly recommend using the plugin (especially if you're a developer). Once you understand how it works, it will be easy to package up and reuse it for other sites.
Wow, I cannot believe what folks have written here. I have been making a living as a php developer and SEO since 2009, started my own company in late 2011. I have tried developing with every single idx vendor out there idxbroker, ihomefinder, Etc. you name it and I've tried it. For $100 set up fee and then $30/month you can use dsIDXpress on your wp site and they have a great map interface iframe product you can use on top of it for an additional $100/month. If that wasn't enough included in the $30 fee with your plugin is their mobile web application which you can position on a cname mobile.mysite.com. This is a powerful idx system at a rock bottom price, it is the best idx out there which is why Zillow bought them! Yes it doesn't work on https, is that an important SEO factor, no it is not! Is it a perfect product, no it is not, but they are working very hard to continue to make it the best product out there which I do strongly believe it is. All of the "problems" I have read in these other reviews with the exception of the https issue are simply because that person did not know html/php and should have hired someone that did. If you want to see how a wp site can and should work using dsIDXpress please have a look at these sites on my profile linkedin.com/in/matthewbrubin watch and learn my friends, LOL. Quit being so darn cheap and hire a profession php developer, stick to selling real estate (if an agent) or doing graphic design (if a web designer) and leave developing sophisticated wp sites to the pros.
Almost no updates since bought by Zillow. Very outdated. Support bad. Only good usable with $1000k annual fee for non SEO add on + $360 for this plugin.
Bad, bad, bad
Killed an entire day over paid pro idx plugin and themes. Two themes later discover the darn plugin only works with short codes! Support for this plugin is terrible. You sure can't pickup the phone and call anyone that's for sure. Proper expectations is your going to have to build your theme around the plugin and plugin design features are "technically speaking" null... Good luck getting a long list of short codes for advanced search...
Sad when you by a theme from Theme Forest "WP Residence - Real Estate WordPress Theme" that says it's compatible with dsIDXpress and it is not. Like buying a car and finding out the engine does not run.
Though I was broken until digging around to find after the fact it does not work! Hired a freelancer as I am getting to old for the frustration... I am sure this will cost a few $$$
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.
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