Just Launched Complete Re-Design of Jeff Jones Real Estate WordPress Website

After several short… long weeks we’ve completed development and launched a responsive WordPress website for a hugely successful Brisbane real estate agent, Jeff Jones. This agency was established in 1977 and has been recognised for many REIQ Awards.

Working hand in hand with Troy Woodward a staff member working with Matt Jones who has put forth an incredible effort to gather and write a huge amount of informative content. This initiative helps property owners in Brisbane navigate all aspects of real estate transactions in Queensland.

If you are buying property, need a property manager in Brisbane or are a tenant needing advice be sure to visit jeffjones.com.au as you will find the answer you are looking for.

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How to set up your REAXML listing provider on your website to FeedSync with better security and safety

Once you have a portal provider in place and you’ve uploaded your listings and photographs into it you’re ready to configure the FeedSync for your website.

Step 1: Decide where the final hosting server will be

Its much easier to to this once on the final server then to change things later. You have enough to do when launching a new website that you don’t want to add another step in the way and have to wait for your provider to adjust their settings on your tight schedule.

For example: You are developing a new WordPress web site on your local development server which will eventually replace an existing one but the client plans on keeping their current hosting.

Perform the following steps on the intended live server.

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Easy Property Listings releases first major official update version 1.2

We’ve been hard at work developing real estate websites and making major changes to our free Easy Property Listings WordPress plugin and are pleased to announce that we have just released  its first official major update Version 1.2. Since its initial launch only six weeks ago we’ve helped thousands of WordPress developers and real estate agents build web sites quick and easy.

This release packs a serious punch with hundreds of changes, new features and tweaks that make creating a real estate website even easier. Download your copy from WordPress.org or your plugin page.

Read about all the changes to the plugin here.

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FeedSync REAXML Processor updated to Version 1.1.3

We’ve just updated FeedSync to version 1.1.3 which now supports REAXML files that are delivered in zip files which also contain property images. This is a major version release that adds support for zip format REAXML files as supplied by some providers like Rockend Rest and Console.

What it now does to support the zip REAXML format is:

  • Unzips the zip file(s) and moves the images into the processed/images folder.
  • While processing the REAXML xml files it rewrites the image location with a valid URL so they hey can be imported.
  • Moves the processed zip filed into processed/zips.
  • Lists zip files waiting to be processed.
  • Transfers content from current and appends new status when input file only contains status update.

Grab FeedSync REAXML processor here.

Why You Should Use iThemes Builder for Your WordPress Real Estate Website

We’ve been creating website exclusively using iThemes Builder Framework since it was version 2.1 and have watched it grow and get better over the years and is now at version 5 with full responsive design.

Back when starting web development and building WordPress real estate websites with limited knowledge of CSS and PHP we were really looking for a framework that allowed for content targeting but didn’t require us to write a lot of custom code.

Content targeting is where you can customise and target every single part of the page from sidebars, widgets and footer areas to support the content on each page. This is very difficult for many themes as they may provide a handful of individual layouts. Not good when you need to specifically target widget areas sometimes down to a page. You can use widget logic, but when there are a lot of layouts its next to impossible to use a widget plugin.

You can build any site with  iThemes Builder. Most of my themes start from their Builder Air Theme which allows complete and total control over CSS as it is very minimal.

It’s funny, one of the main reasons for selecting that framework many years ago was their Styles Manager CSS plugin.

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Just Released v1.1! Easy Property Listings real estate plugin on WordPress.org grab it now!

We’ve been writing real estate software for a website development platform called WordPress that allows for plugins to make your website better. Finally the software is to a point where its ready for the general public as I had to make sure its right before release.

So after seven months of coding and working out all the abilities its ready! Time for a beer or several.

Click here to grab your copy from WordPress.org and tell us what you think. Your feedback will help make this better for you on your real estate website.

How to Import REAXML files into Your WordPress Real Estate Website

In this tutorial we are going to walk through the steps of importing REAXML files into your WordPress real estate website.

Basically we are going to create two import jobs for each REAXML property element, one for current and one for sold/leased. FeedSync merges the REAXML files and creates three output files: current, sold/leased, withdrawn/offmarket. We only need to import the current and sold/leased as because this is more efficient by reducing import file sizes, leaves the withdrawn/offmarket out of the database.

To do this you are going to need a few tools.

What You Need

  • FeedSync: This processes multiple REAXML files into merged files.
  • WP All Import Pro: You can import CSV and XML files into WordPress quickly and easily it’s the best import plugin for WordPress.
  • WP All Import Scripts: Scripts you can use to configure WP All Import Pro.
  • Easy Property Listings: The best real estate plugin for WordPress.

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How to use the free Easy Property Listings plugin for WordPress with any theme to build real estate websites quickly

Tired of asking yourself “Oh no… I’ve got to make a real estate website…! ”

You’re not alone. There are thousands of agents, PA’s and developers who want to build a real estate website using WordPress and are trying everything to get the right property plugin to work, and then having to deal with:

  • Different listing types: Rentals, residential property, land, commercial, rural, business.
  • Allowing for different pricing: fixed price, no price, range price.
  • Under Offer/Contract flags.
  • REAXML and XML feeds.
  • Show/hide property address.
  • Property searches.
  • Listing features.
  • Multiple agents.
  • Featured listing widget.
  • Creating dozens of custom fields.
  • Trying to get it to work with your WordPress theme.

But alas, at the end of the day, you just want a real estate plugin that has already taken care of all these problems. You just want to be able to install the plugin and add your listings, so you can get on with the rest of your life.

Mostly you’re thinking, “It’s just too hard”.

Well, finally you can relax knowing that all the hard parts are done when you use the right real estate plugin for WordPress.

Easy Property Listings plugin for WordPress has been created to solve all these problems for you.

Also it’s free.

It’s quick to set-up, and you’ll be adding your first listing in a few minutes.

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How a push helped me to finally release Easy Property Listings. A free real estate plugin for WordPress

Just one more day…

If you’ve been uttering these words to yourself because you are finishing a project and it needs more time, like a lot more time you are not alone.

I’ve been uttering these words to myself every day for the past 6 months and thanks to you a ecommerce push post that I read on Chris Lema’s blog and his challenge that gave me a tight deadline to release my real estate plugin for WordPress.

This challenge gave me a launch date to strive for.

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How to use FeedSync REAXML Pre Processor to merge thousands of xml files into something you can import into your WordPress website or custom software

Here is a script that you can upload to your server and configure in a few minutes with ease and you can do it all without FTP software and it is only $87 for a single site license.

The core of FeedSync was developed over 3 years ago to solve the problem of dealing with multiple REAXML files that need to be merged into a single file that can then be imported by your software. So FeedSync has been working on dozens of different real estate websites

I didn’t realise that there are so many developers looking to solve this same very problem.

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