Making big changes (for me), changing blog and website and IDX spaces...

Real Estate Agent with Roy Wheeler Realty Co.

For the past couple of months, as time has permitted, I've worked on creating a new online personae on the Wordpress platform.  It's still not perfect, but it's getting there.  I've never been satisfied with the lack of functionality offered by the Active Rain outside blog, so soon it'll be history.  For anyone who receives updates to (currently the ouside blog associated with AR), you will not need to do anything... One day, will simply point to

During the process of making these changes, I looked into several services by actually buying the services and trying them out.  This has cost me money, of course, but the "Free Trial" offers are horrendous... they lack functionality and never give you a true picture of what you'll be buying (in my opinion).

This process has been far from simple, but the only way to meet my goal (simpler, cleaner, cost effective) was to get my hands dirty (up to my elbows!), be frustrated and full of angst, learn a lot of "stuff", get mad, stay up late, and ignore my family for long periods of time at the computer.

One of my first mistakes was thinking that Free Blog Factory would offer a solution for my problem.  I think they are probably the perfect solution for the right person, but in order to simplify, I needed a much meatier solution and more good support.  I ultimately turned to the woman who handles the site for the artist co-op with which I work.  Her business is, and her specialty is setting up websites for artists.  Her name is Kim Bruce, and she's great. 

I chose to make Wordpress work for me in total...  website, blog, IDX.  This is not for the faint of heart.  You need to have an understanding about how Wordpress works, about widgets and frames and static vs dynamic and menus and all that sort of thing.  If you have also been thinking that this would be something you'd like to consider, email me (don't depend on the comment section for a response to lengthy questions), and I'll share my thoughts.

I also paid for Diverse Solutions for my IDX, and I can tell you without question that IDXBroker is superior, when you compare services for the price.  And the customer service is so far superior at IDXBroker, DS is not in the same league.

So, these are my experiences.  Someone else will have other experiences.  I would say I have an average understanding of technology, an average budget, probably better-than-average patience, and exceptional determination, lol.  In the end, the results have been worth every moment of anxiety.

If you have a moment to look, is the new place.  (still a work in progress)

Comments (4)

Mark Delgado
houses for rent, Solano County & Glen Cove - Benicia, CA
Benicia and Vallejo, Property Management, rental h
Your undertaking is not for the faint of heart but the payoff should be well worth it. Who knew that we'd have to become "mini" computer experts in order to be in our line of business.
Dec 03, 2011 07:46 AM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential


Thanks for saving me some time and trouble. I hope Wordpress and all that you are going to do with it works out well.

Dec 03, 2011 08:49 AM
Virginia Gardner
Roy Wheeler Realty Co. - Charlottesville, VA
Realtor, Charlottesville, Serving Central Virginia

Hi Mark... It really is amazing what an investment in time it is, but it had to be done.  No one else can tell me what I like and need, only I can determine that.

Hello David, what a cute photo!  Thanks for the well wishes!

Dec 03, 2011 10:22 AM
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Virginia, I just stopped by to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

Dec 24, 2011 06:00 AM