Character Building and Site Building - Part 3

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Character Building and Site Building - Part 3

The purpose of these posts is to save you time and put you on the scent of some new features/ideas that you might not know about.  On mycharacter building 'Wordpress' journey I had decided on building my own custom site that I designed with colors, widget features, shadowing, etc.  I thought it was the BOMB!  

It still is .......  It initially was more awesome until it became a little too temperamental. Since I am not a CSS expert by any means, I required help. (Enter Steve Russell)  Please consider using help at your initial idea of doing your own website.  Have someone in mind to take over when you realize you have gotten yourself into a perpetual HTML sinkhole. (Previous to this I had done 2 WP sites and I thought they were easy. This time I'm not sure what happened but it could have been the customizations that changed everything around).

So, if you are in the mood for a complete redesign, this is the place to go Wordpress Theme Generator. One price, go nuts on designing your colors, your features, 1000's of design elements. This was really interesting to me because, let's face it, real estate sites are BORING.  Blah, boring, and too many large photos of the agents themselves.

Now there are WP theme sites that you actually 'join' and can download all the different themes that they have available.  Good if you want to design a main, then a niche, etc.  These are just a couple of good samples that I've found.

True Themes - Karma sample
Elegant Themes - has a nice House sample called Webly

One of the newer features is the slider that draws in clients and customers which is one of the main features I wanted to take advantage of instead of just a static page.  Think new, think visual.

 

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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Rainer
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Dan Hopper
Keller Williams Realty Downtown LLC - Denver, CO
Denver Realtor / Author / Advocate/Short Sale

Lyn, great information for us to review and apply to our own blogs.  Also, I have decided to include links to other sites when someone clicks on my photos!  Just another way to draw attention to the business!

May 18, 2013 01:50 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Lynn,

Good to know..great information to share..Thank you!!

May 18, 2013 02:40 AM #2
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Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

I so appreciate all tutorial style posts...thank you for your informative one, here!

May 18, 2013 03:03 AM #3
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Lyn- I'm enjoying this series.  I'd always thought creating a Wordpress site to be intimidating but you've given me some ideas. 

May 18, 2013 03:17 AM #4
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Kathy:  There are many sites now that look like Pinterest which would be very good for your business I believe. Much more visual now then what you would expect.

Li:  Passing along some good ideas I've found.

Dorrie:  Thanks.

May 18, 2013 03:47 AM #5
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Good tips on improving amd protecting our character.  It is hard to cahnge, but modify may be possible.

May 18, 2013 07:21 AM #6
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

May 18, 2013 12:03 PM #7
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Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Thank you for your coaching. I continue to learn so much from many real life experiences that have been had ans shared about.

May 18, 2013 08:17 PM #8
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Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
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Lyn, 

Congartyulaiyion on your new worpress . .now is the time to push it above on rankings. .I write posts here on  ActiveRain to send links there. . never send links to Activerin from your wordpress. .

May 18, 2013 11:20 PM #9
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Fernando:  Ok.

Joe:  In case someday you want to do an additional site.

May 18, 2013 11:59 PM #10
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Brad MacKenzie
Brad MacKenzie - Duxbury, MA
Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore

Well, this is a journey.  I'm just looking.  WP continues to confuse me.  I can't find resources that make sense to me and that explain what I need to do.

May 19, 2013 09:05 AM #11
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Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Lyn, I am so happy you did this series. This is valuable information that is good for us to know.

May 19, 2013 11:06 AM #12
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