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.

Developer friendly and built for scale

When you want to create a real estate website for yourself, a broker office, large agency, or even want to create the next property portal, Easy Property Listings is the WordPress plugin you need.

You can read about the many challenges we faced and struggles we had and why we built Easy Property Listings plugin for WordPress.

Lets face it, you don’t want to spend hundreds of hours configuring a real estate plugin to suit your real estate business, or your customers needs.

Lets walk through the steps of installing Easy Property Listings plugin on your WordPress website

Head over to Easy Property Listings to download the plugin and save it to your computer.

Be sure to subscribe to the Easy Property Listings email so we can let you know about new Easy Property Listings versions and upcoming features.

* Its will be now available in the plugins directory at WordPress.org with automatic updates.

Backup WordPress Easily

Take a backup of your website before you start

We use and recommend BackupBuddy plugin for WordPress website backups.

BackupBuddy – WP backup, restore, migration plugin

Install Easy Property Listings from your WordPress dashboard plugins page

Login to your WordPress Dashboard and visit Plugins > Add New.

WordPress Plugins Add New

Select Upload. Choose the saved zip file you downloaded before and press Install Now.

WordPress Plugins Upload

Activate the Easy Property Listings plugin

Once the plugin is installed press the Activate Plugin.

Installing and activating WordPress plugin Easy Property Listings

After Easy Property Listings it has been activated you will see the Getting Started page with quick help.

Welcome to Easy Property Listings Plugin for WordPress

You can re-visit this page later by clicking Getting Started on the plugins page or from the Settings page under the Easy Property Listings tab on your WordPress dashboard menu.

How to re-visit the getting started page of Easy Property Listings

Activate the listing types you need

Not every real estate website needs support for all the different listing types, here you can add the ones you need.

Once you have activated Easy Property Listings, the menu will now appear in your admin but listing types are not activated until you enable the ones you need from the Settings page.

Easy Property Listings admin menu

Visit the settings page and tick the Listing types you want to enable from the list and press Save Changes.

Listing types supported:

  • Property (residential sale)
  • Rental
  • Rural
  • Land
  • Business
  • Commercial
  • Commercial Land

You may need to re-fresh your browser to see your newly activated listing post types. Also it is a good idea to re-save your WordPress permalinks, go to: Dashboard > Settings > Permalinks – press Save Changes.

Set your default currency

Set your currency options from the settings page.

Set your Location Label

The Location label is what the plugin uses to automatically link similar listings, authors and additional extensions to a location. You can use uppercase letters and spaces here. The resulting taxonomy slug will be formatted e.g.; Sydney Suburb becomes sydney-suburb.

In future if you decide to change the Location Label, remember to re-save your WordPress permalinks.

General Settings page of Easy Property Listings WordPress plugin

In Australia you would set the Location Label to Suburb, or if you are in Melbourne and want a SEO boost, enter Melbourne Suburb. Or perhaps you prefer City or Neighborhood to group your listings, change that here.

This is also the WordPress slug of the custom taxonomy “location“. This allows you to have a page showing listings from a specific location and is also used with the included EPL – Listing Search widget and various extensions.

EPL Stands for: Easy Property Listings.

Configure your general display settings and labels

These settings change how the different listing pages display on the front side of your website. Hop over to Easy Property Listings > Display and configure the general display options and customise your labels.

Display and label settings for Easy Property Listings

General Display Options

Bond Amount: on/off

  • Hide or show the rental bond with the rental amount. When set to on the rental listing price will be $400/week Bond $1,200. When of it will just show $400/week.

Gallery Automatic: Yes/No

  • Automatically display images associated with the listing. When set to no you can create manual image galleries to the content area to control the order, or you can use the EPL – Listing Gallery widget to add images to widget areas in your theme.

Gallery: Number of image columns

  • When using the automatic gallery, here you can set the number of image columns.

Feature List: Number of columns

  • For the property features list, set the number of columns you want to display.

Excerpt: Number of words on listing archive pages.

  • Set the number of words that display on the listing archive pages.

Labels

Configure the labels.

  • Suburb/City/Town.
  • Postcode/ Zip Code.
  • Home Open Label/ Open For Inspection.
  • No Price Label: POA, Offer, Contact for Price.

Once you have configured your settings press Save Changes.

* Additional extensions like the Staff Directory and Listing Templates add more settings to this page when enabled.

Add your first listing

If you have enabled the Property, Land and Rental listing types they will appear in the admin menu under the main Easy Property Listings menu option.

Enabled property, rental, land listing types

The add/edit listing pages have been configured using the standard WordPress format which is responsive and allows you to enter information and publish listings quickly and easily.

Each listing type has slightly different information requirements and settings but all follow the same clean format.

Hover your mouse over Property tab and press Add New.

Add new Property Listing menu

The following are the sections that appear on the Edit Listing page


Post Title

  • This should be set to the full property address, e.g. 12 Somewhere Street, Somewhere WA 6020.
  • Using the property address as the title is better for your SEO efforts and prevents WordPress re-direct issues. Often you will change the listing headline multiple times while selling or leasing a property. This causes problems with you trying to link to with emails and can cause endless loop redirects because of how WordPress works.
  • If you have a listing where you don’t want to show the address, use a unique listing number and location, e.g. 1234567 Somewhere WA 6020.

Content

Enter your listing text description here as you normally would with any WordPress post. Add any amount of text, insert images, create bullet lists as you can with your regular WordPress posts.


Location Box (Will be named as you have set it; Suburb, City, Neighborhood)

Set the location of your listing. Sorrento, Craigie, Sydney, Gold Coast, New York, Manhattan etc.

Listing Edit - Location


Author

Select the WordPress user/author. This will be the real estate agent selling or managing the listing.

Listing Edit - Author


Property Address

Add the full property address here for your listing and press the green icon to generate coordinates for the listing. If you don’t want to display the address, enter in the details anyway and press no for Display Address. On the front side of your site all that will be displayed is the Suburb/City, State and post/zip code.

Listing Edit - Property Address


Featured Image and Additional Images

You can add as many images as you like to each listing and they will be displayed as you have set in the Display settings, automatically, manually or using the EPL – Listing Gallery widget.

To add images do this as you normally would for a WordPress post or Gallery with the Add Media button. If you decide to automatically add gallery images to the post just add your images to the listing.

Listing Edit - Add Media

Be sure to set your featured image for the listing too. This will be the main image for the listing on the single page and archive pages.

Listing Edit - Featured Image


Listing Details

Enter in your listing heading here along with other details. The Listing Agent and Second Listing Agent boxes are for automatic REAXML import support and are not needed if setting the author above. However if you require a second real estate agent, to appear with a this listing, enter their WordPress user name in the Second Listing Agent box.

*If you are importing listings from XML this is where the details are saved.

Property Status

Select the listing status, eg. current, sold, leased, withdrawn, off market. If a property is “under offer/contract” it should be set to current and just select yes for “under offer” in the Pricing section.

Inspection Times

Enter in the inspection times that are scheduled, e.g. Open Saturday 1-1:45 and Sunday 2:30 – 3pm

Listing Edit - Listing Details


Pricing and Rental Pricing

Configure your listings pricing settings here.

Always enter in a figure for the Search Price field even if you are selling a property with a no price marketing strategy. This field accepts numbers only and is used with the EPL – Search Widget.

Set your “Under Offer/Contract” here so you’re under offer label will display where the price is.

If using a no price strategy, set display price to no and if you have entered Price Text, e.g. “Call for Price” that will appear or if blank your default POA label will appear.

Listing-Edit - Pricing


Listing Features

Enter in your property features for your listing. All these details will appear in the Features Lists.

Listing Edit - Listing Features


Features

Add your property features here separated by commas like post tags, e.g. Study, BBQ, dishwasher, veranda, alfresco area etc.

The added benefit here is all your listings will be grouped so buyers can click view all your listings with a study.

Listing Edit - Features


Additional Features

These features provide full REAXML and other XML format import compatibility. If you are manually entering listings its better to use the Features box mentioned above to add your special features, as you can have any features you like with the automatic benefit of grouping.

All these details will appear in the Features Lists.

* If you are not importing listings from a feed like REAXML into the plugin, we recommend you ignore the Additional Features box and use this Features box to add as many property features as you like, just how post tags works.

Listing Edit - Additional Features


Files and Links

All of these fields accept a URL link to the media types. Copy and paste a link to any additional media types you have here. For a floor plan, upload the file or image as you would for listing images and copy the URL and paste it in the floor plans boxes.

Listing Edit - Files and Links


Don’t worry if there is additional information that perhaps you don’t have or use. Your site will still display perfectly fine without it.

Easy Property Listings is built to fully support the widely used REAXML format

In future, you or your client may need to import listings from a XML feed instead of manually entering listings. The additional fields are here to allow full REAXML support, but works without them.

Preview and Publish your listing

Press the Preview button to review your listing until your ready to publish your listing and save your changes to make the listing live.

Your WordPress theme may require a couple of tweaks to work correctly

If you are using a WordPress theme built using the HTML5 Twenty Twelve format, iThemes Builder Framework or Genesis Framework it should work automatically. Other themes and frameworks may require some custom code added to the theme/child themes template files.

If you get a page not found or blank page when displaying your listing, first make sure you are using the pretty permalinks, if you are then you may need to clear your permalinks.

Visit DashboardSettings > Permalinks and press Save Changes to clear them.

View your listing again to see the result.

* If you still see an empty/white page or error, your theme may require some additional customisation. Read here for additional instructions on how to configure your WordPress theme template files.

To view the archive page of your listings go to:

{your_website_url}/{listing_type_slug}/

Listing Type Slugs:

  • property
  • rental
  • land
  • rural
  • commercial
  • commercial-land
  • business

e.g. http://easypropertylistings.com.au/demo/property/

Or http://easypropertylistings.com.au/demo/rental/

Create a blank page for each listing type you have enabled so you can use the WordPress menu system

Create a blank page for each listing types you have enabled using the listing type slug. This will allow you to add the page to your menu without having to create a custom menu.

For Example, if you have enabled these listing types: property, rental, land.

Create a new page for each listing type and make sure each page slug is: property, rental, land.

Update your user profile to populate your author box

The single listing template includes an author box with optional tabs of information and links to you social media profiles.

tabbed-author-box

Go to Users > All Users and edit your profile.

Edit User - Contacts

Easy Property Listings allows you to add additional information to the author box, it uses your bio text, YouTube video, slogan, contact form and links to your social media profiles. Edit your profile and save, this will add additional tabs and social media links to the author box.

Edit User - Author Box Info

Added to Contact Info section:

  • Mobile
  • Skype
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google Plus
  • LinkedIn

Author Box Profile Information:

  • Position
  • Slogan
  • YouTube Video URL
  • Contact Form Short Code

Repeat for each author.

Add and configure your Easy Property Listings widgets

Once you have previewed your listings and listing archive pages, you may want to add widgets to your blog page, home page or other pages.

Included with Easy Property Listings are 4 widgets:

  • EPL – Listing
  • EPL – Listing Gallery
  • EPL – Listing Search
  • EPL – Author

EPL – Listing

Widget - EPL Listing

EPL – Listing Gallery

Widget - EPL Listing Gallery

EPL – Listing Search

Widget - EPL Listing Search

EPL – Author

Widget - EPL Author

How to use the same tabbed author box on your blog posts

You can display the Easy Property Listings tabbed author box on your posts by adding a simple line of code to your single.php file.

<!--?php do_action( 'epl_single_author' ); ?-->

Take a backup of the files you edit first then open it in your favourite code editor. Add the following line where you want the author box to appear, usually above the comments function.

This will insert the author box before the comments on your posts.

Explore the Add On Extensions for Easy Property Listings

From your dashboard you can check out the add-on extensions that are available for Easy Property Listings. Click the Add Ons menu option button under the Easy Property Listings menu option.

Grab all 10 of these extensions at once for with the core bundle.

Support this dynamic real estate and property plugin, and let us know how you go

This plugin has taken several months to create for you to use and we have decided to release this for free to the wonderful WordPress community.

We would really love if you were to purchase an extension or two to help us to continue to add more features and expand the development of Easy Property Listings.

Let us Know how you go using Easy Property Listings plugin for WordPress on your next real estate website. Tell us if it really was easy to use or difficult. We need your feedback to make it better. Also submit your real estate website to the Easy Property Listings showcase.

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Merv’s insatiable thirst for knowledge and a burning desire to create a unique marketing weapon which would help real estate professional’s move with the times and jump on board the internet phenomena, lead to the development Real Estate Connected and WebConnected Website platform.

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