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Flexmls Introduces IDX WordPress Plugin

by Jay Thompson on 12:47 pm February 1, 2011

Today Flexmls has taken its IDX WordPress plugin out of beta and it is now available for purchase and download. I have been beta testing the plugin for a few weeks and found it works well. There is a $240 per year annual fee for the key to activate the plugin. To qualify to use the plugin, you must: Be a member of an MLS using flexmls Web; Be authorized by your MLS for IDX; and Be a subscriber of flexmls IDX 2.0. Meet those … Read More »

This is cool: Win a free setup for a "Website that Works" from Virtual Results

by Jay Thompson on 11:14 am January 12, 2011

Virtual Results makes beautiful, and functional, web sites. And they recently announced a new product, “Predesigned Websites that Work“. To sweeten the pot they are having a drawing for a FREE setup of a “WtW” (I just made that “WtW” up) — saving you, assuming you win, $699… Both Drew Meyers and Jim Marks are currently at Inman Connect in New York City. If you’re there, just find them and hand them a card. They won’t be hard to find. Are you like me and … Read More »

1000watt Index Goes Global

by Jay Thompson on 11:59 am December 21, 2010

Since launching their “1000watt Index” in January, the folks over at 1000watt Consulting have amassed quite the collection of real estate technology service providers. Today they announced that the index has gone global, and is now called the Global Real Estate Index — complete with it’s own dedicated site. The index site allows you to drag and drop (and remove) the various categories to suit your individual needs and preferences. Why would you want to remove a category? Maybe you don’t care about something. That … Read More »

Diverse Solutions releases dsIDXPress WordPress plugin

by Jay Thompson on 5:54 pm January 30, 2010

Back on December 23, I wrote an article here on GeekEstate Blog about a WordPress plugin that Diverse Solutions was developing that would allow IDX listings to be fully indexed by search engines. Earlier this week, the plugin came out of beta testing and has been released for general availability. Here is part of the Diverse Solutions press release (full release): Diverse Solutions announced today that they have released a new IDX product called dsIDXpress. The product allows agents and brokers using WordPress to get … Read More »

A sneak peek inside Diverse Solutions dsIDXpress WordPress plugin

by Jay Thompson on 4:21 pm December 23, 2009

Last night, Diverse Solutions announced their new plugin, dsIDXpress (currently in beta testing). I’ve been fortunate to be an early tester of this plugin, and can sum its potential up in one word: Awesome. Radical. Kick ass. OK, that’s four words. Work with me… What dsIDXpress does, in a nutshell, is create search engine indexable pages of listings. This can be done via widgets for your  listings,  cities you work in, zip codes, communities, and even specific IDX links you create in the backend of … Read More »

Zillow Adds Rentals. And more.

by Jay Thompson on 2:49 pm December 15, 2009

If I were Craig Newmark — the “Craig” in that little site known as CraigsList — I’d be looking over my shoulder with my eye on Seattle. There lies the corporate home of Zillow, where they just rolled out the latest addition to the second most visited real estate web site on the planet (after PhoenixRealEstateGuy.com Realtor.com). Zillow has entered the rentalz market. (Sorry, “rentalz” makes better use of the “Z” than zentals.) Yessir, now in addition to seeing homes for sale, recent sales, and … Read More »

Realtor.org Redesigns Home Page

by Jay Thompson on 3:30 pm October 28, 2009

Realtor.org released a new home page design this morning. And unless you are a fan of circa 1990 web design, the change is long overdue. Here is what it looked like yesterday: Here’s what it looks like today: Thoughts on the redesign My initial thought was, “What’s up with the still ugly left side navigation?” Todd Carpenter, the NAR’s Social Media Manger, told me that since this is not a site redesign, only a refresh of the home page, the menu is necessary for navigation … Read More »

Disqus Commenting System

by Jay Thompson on 7:00 pm July 12, 2009

[Author’s note: This article was originally posted on Phoenix Real Estate Guy. Drew and I both thought it might be good for Geek Estate Blog readers as well. It’s been modified ever-so-slightly from the original] Back in May 2008, I tried out the Disqus (pronounced “discuss”) commenting system on Phoenix Real Estate Guy. That test failed for several reasons, primarily I didn’t like the fact that comments were stored only on the Disqus servers. I was concerned what would happen to the 13,000+ comments on … Read More »

Point2 Agent Changes Pricing Model: Will no longer support free sites

by Jay Thompson on 8:29 am February 6, 2009

Point2 Agent, one of the leading suppliers of templated real estate web sites, has announced a change in their pricing model. Effective March 9, 2009, Point2’s “Standard” level of web site will be moving to a paid pricing model. All previously established and new Standard level sites will cost $9.95/month (or $99.95 annually if paid in advance). In a message and FAQ posted on the Point2 Agent site, CEO Saul Klein had this to say about moving from a free to a pay model: . . … Read More »

VendAsta Secures Funding for MyFrontSteps

by Jay Thompson on 1:38 pm August 7, 2008

VendAsta Technologies just announced they have secured $3M in venture capital for MyFrontSteps.com. What is MyFrontSteps? From the press release (PDF file): MyFrontSteps connects people over social networks allowing them to share their home and home experiences with friends, family and the world – from their front steps in. Allowing everyone to leverage the collective experiences of their social graph – people they know and trust – to find inspiration and local service providers to improve home and lifestyle. Consumers are beginning their search for … Read More »

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