Character Building and Site Building - same thing! Part Deux

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Character Building and Site Building - same thing!    Part Deux

Part One   This post will deal with the different IDX's that I went through and how I wanted to use them.  The purpose of my new site was a niche wordpressmarket for townhomes and condos only in my area.  I've had this domain name for years and never really implemented what I wanted - don't let that happen to you!

So, this is the IDX portion which will hopefully save you time and much aggravation.  I am currently using Showing Suite IDX in HD.  It is a very cool idea with many nice new tricks that will impress buyers.  Plans start at $39 to $129 per month.  They are currently running a 30 day free startup promo so you can test it out.  The Penthouse version has many cool features that someday I hope to implement but right now I want to see if this niche site will pan out with traffic.  

Install is easy and customization is easy.  Yes, I customize each search for a particular subdivision or you can do the same with each town.  Draw a boundary map with your mouse and voila! What I like about Showing Suite is when the landing page comes up people can immediately see listings on the map landing page.  Good way to pull in buyers.  Move the map with your mouse, additional listings pop up.  

Option 2 is IDX Broker.  Supposedly this can be customized the same way but guess what - I couldn't figure it out!  IDX Broker said that I needed 'additional help' (probably psychological) and referred me to the list of tech guru's to help me out.  But .... after cruising through all their flashy examples, NOT ONE has any customization (by subdivision, etc.) like I wanted.  In fact, I even dabbled in a CSS course and with my MLS feeds I couldn't get it to work.  They say that you can customize it but won't prove that it can be done, so buyer beware.  Besides, this is the visually boring and ugly IDX mentioned in my 1st post.  Erica Ramos has this on one of her company sites as a reference also.


To be continued .....


Special appreciation and accolades go to Steve Russell who helped me behind the scenes with coaching, suggestions & technological wizardry.  He was referred to me by Sharon Tara who read my plea for HELP! here on AR.  Without his help, I would not have completed my Wordpress elephant.  I suggest getting help from professionals that can make the process go more smoothly.  Steve can help.

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Anna Banana Kruchten Broker/Owner, CRB, CRS
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Lyn I'll be following your journey.  I did look into showing suite and they've got some nice features but it seems a bit pricey to me for what you get.  I asked for further examples and never did get any for their facebook feature.  Let me know how it goes and good luck!

May 17, 2013 12:21 AM #1
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Lyn Sims
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AB:  They are definately not the best in answering emails.  Best to go to the Showing Suite site & the chat pop up window comes up - start a dialog with an actual person that will help.  That's what I do. 

May 17, 2013 12:24 AM #2
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Sharon Parisi
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Lyn, this is good information.  Thanks for sharing your experiences. I'll check out the Showing Suite IDX. I love the photo of the baby and the ease of one handed push-up!

May 17, 2013 01:14 AM #3
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Brad MacKenzie
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I'm going to check out the SSsite. Thanks!

May 18, 2013 01:27 AM #4
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Tammie White, Broker
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I'm chuckling because you refer to BrokerIDX as boring and then send us to Erica's site to see it.

May 19, 2013 11:01 AM #5
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Lyn Sims
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Tammie:  You're right, I should probably have used the word 'bland'.  It's not that Erica's site is boring at all but the search page is so basic it looks 10 years old to me.  Just wanted everyone to know that I don't think Erica's site is boring at all - it's great, search feature & how it looks, not so much.

Brad:  Went thru many sites (at least 10) and these are the only customizable ones I've found.

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