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A WordPress Plugin to Pull & Display Zillow Reviews?

by Drew Meyers on 7:00 am October 31, 2016

WordPress

Zillow has an API that returns reviews for a specified screen name. They clearly want agents and brokers to use those reviews on their own websites (see their widget here). We all know a big percentage of agent and broker websites are built with WordPress. I’ll wager a guess I’m not the only one that’s thought there should be an easy way to integrate reviews from Zillow into WordPress. Yet, I looked on the plugin directory – https://wordpress.org/plugins/tags/zillow – and didn’t see one. Thus, I’d … Read More »

Looking for a Great Example Integration of Local Market Explorer

by Drew Meyers on 3:22 pm April 19, 2016

Anyone reading using the Local Market Explorer WordPress plugin that I blogged about several months ago? I’m looking for an example integration or two to highlight (and yes, that would mean you’d get a link or two from this blog).

The Solved Problems Of Real Estate Tech

by Ben Kubic on 5:15 pm January 18, 2016

Solved Problems in Real Estate Tech

For obvious reasons, this blog tends to focus a lot on the opportunities in real estate technology. This is great food for thought for all the entrepreneurs out there, but I think it’s equally as important to consider the solved problems in real estate. Since I’ve entered this world I’ve talked to and advised many real estate tech entrepreneurs, and I always feel bad when I see excited entrepreneurs tackling “problems” in real estate with solutions only a little bit better, or in some cases exactly the … Read More »

Is WordPress Power/Penetration in the Real Estate Industry Dwindling?

by Drew Meyers on 11:15 am January 5, 2016

WordPress

As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve been thinking about WordPress a bit recently, having spent time re-launching Local Market Explorer and looking into agent review plugins. I can’t help but notice the fact that the largest real estate technology player, Zillow, doesn’t seem to be aggressively pursuing WordPress development as a distribution strategy. Sure, their agent websites are built on WordPress (see coverage here) and they still actively maintain dsIDXpress (last update 3 weeks ago). That said, as an actual distribution platform for content — there doesn’t appear to … Read More »

Want to Put Agent Reviews Directly on your WordPress Website?

by Drew Meyers on 4:27 pm January 4, 2016

The other day, we got a referral from Google for the search term: real estate ‘agent review’ plugin widget for websites Clearly a tech savvy agent looking for a response. So here’s the answer. RealSatisfied is one of the clear leaders (from what I can tell) in agent reviews. (see my previous post about the opportunity to help consumers determine who to trust). Knowing Jeff Turner the way I do, it didn’t surprise me to find they have a WordPress plugin which allows agents to display ratings and testimonials … Read More »

HTML to WordPress

by Drew Meyers on 10:45 am December 7, 2015

I came across HTML to WordPress on Product Hunt this morning. Those of you who have deployed custom WordPress sites know the process is first to design a PSD, then slice that into CSS/HTML, and then connect that to an actual WordPress theme. HTML to WordPress seems like it simplifies the last step in that process. Are there any techies reading this today who can test it and report back with results?

WordPress.com is Now Open Source

by Drew Meyers on 10:56 am November 23, 2015

WordPress

There are many, many people in the real estate industry who have WordPress powered websites. Most of those know there are two arms of WordPress. WordPress.org (self hosted, open source) and WordPress.com (hosted, not open source). The big news today is that WordPress.com is now open source (via Ben Thompson). That’s a big change by itself, but there is also another is a big change — it’s now Javascript based (Node & React) rather than PHP. More details on the release can be found here. I’ll be … Read More »

Local Market Explorer is Back, What the Locals Think Added (Powered by StreetAdvisor)

by Drew Meyers on 6:21 am

Those of you who have had self hosted WordPress real estate websites for a number of years may remember the local market explorer WordPress plugin (released back in 2009, see launch post here & here). The plugin makes it simple to create city, neighborhood, and zip code pages filled with useful content within any self hosted WordPress blog. After a long hiatus, Local Market Explorer is back on the plugin directory along with a new “what the locals think” module powered by data from StreetAdvisor. The module displays a ranking for neighborhood or city, as … Read More »

Layers for WordPress

by Drew Meyers on 8:14 am February 20, 2015

I don’t think I’m along when I say WordPress is too complicated / bloated. There are way too many options available. I saw Layers on Product Hunt which seems to address the issue, and thought it’d be worth sharing here. Check it Out Note: I have NOT personally tried it yet. If someone tries it, let us know what you think in the comments.

Responsive real estate website design – a DIY project, Part 2

by Mike McGee on 6:09 am February 3, 2014

OK, it’s taken a lot longer than I expected, but it’s finally time for the “big reveal” of the new, mobile-responsive makeover of my company’s website, IntownElite.com. But first, some background on the project. If you have a fairly simple site, consisting primarily of text with some photos, this can be fairly simple. A well-designed, responsive theme takes care of the rest, making your content look good on all devices, right out of the box. However, if you have more complex content, your workload can … Read More »

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