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Optima Express IDX Plugin

Embed real estate property listings & data from the MLS on your WordPress site. Elegant, responsive interface, great SEO, and proven lead capture.

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Good for the basics, decent* for custom features
By , for WP 4.1.1

*Update: See iHomeFinder's response. An API is available to get properties in PHP. It's called "Web Services": http://support.ihomefinder.com/index.php?/partners/Knowledgebase/Article/View/87/52/featured-listings-web-service

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If you need what is presented by this plugin out of the box, then this plugin is a good choice. It works well and isn't difficult to set up.

But a lot of the interface is ugly. Some design choices are really silly, like putting the next/previous arrows ABOVE the gallery slider. The CSS is also pretty bad. They style everything their own way. Links are blue, overruling your theme with their ID tags. Many elements have really obscure padding and margin values that are not consistent cross-browser.

And if you want to create your own widget to show say, 4 featured properties, you can't just use a PHP call like "get_featured_properties(4)" and build it yourself. The HTML is generated on their servers and sent to your website. This means you cannot use a custom template unless you scrape data from their HTML. They do offer a shortcode but you're stuck with their default layout - which is also silly. Address, then photo, then price, then details. Not configurable at all.

You can use JavaScript to adjust layout clientside, but this gives a flash of their ugly default layout. You can mitigate this by hiding it until JS has loaded of course. You can also adjust layouts serverside with a DOM parser - but if you don't cache this, you're going to murder your server.

Overall, I might still consider this plugin in the future for basic IDX-based sites. I'm very disappointed that there is no API in the plugin. That's kind of the point of WordPress, customizing everything...

Bad Code - Many invalid Markups
By , for WP 3.5.1

This is a good plugin and the price is affordable, but the code is very bad. It's giving much validation errors. Developers of this plugin is just making silly mistakes, like not giving 'alt' attribute in image tag. There are also missing end tags of some, inserting CSS files with in body. So horrible code. I Have used 1.1.6 and also used latest version. In both validation errors are available. This is not expected.

Easy To Use And Great WordPress Integration
By , for WP 3.4.2

Great IDX plugin. It is easy to install and implement into WordPress. Also very easy to customize and code into any custom HTML.

The map and functionality is more simplistic than many other IDX companies. Some find that to be a fault. I find that to be more simplistic for the average, perhaps novice, internet users.

Great SEO value and lead generation capabilities if used properly.

Looking forward to improved map features. I would like to see a method of drawing a boundary within the map to view homes for sale within that boundary.

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