18 Best WordPress Plugins for Real Estate 2013

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My goal was to provide you with the best WordPress plugins for the essential functions of your Real Estate website.  During our extensive analysis, we searched for plugins that were intelligent, beautiful and lightweight.  The following plugins made our list for 2013.

 

Content

Nivo Slider – I like the Nivo Slider because it is beautiful, simple and easy to use.  The bonus is that this slider is completely responsive and has minimal impact on your page loading times.  The slider is great for posts, communities or your images.

The Slide by SimpleReach – Help readers discover more of your awesome content.  The slide recommends posts from your site that slide in at the bottom of the page.  This is great for increasing your page views and time on site. 

WordPress Related Posts – The plugin generates a list of related posts with a thumbnail to increase the engagement of your readers.  It is fully customizable and delivers statistics on views and clicks. 

 

SEO

WordPress SEO by Yoast  – This is the default WordPress SEO plugin for most of the WP community.  The plugin is very powerful and efficient if set up properly.  Make sure you get some advice, if you are unsure how to set this up. 

Google Analytics for WordPress by Yoast – Not only will this plugin make your Analytics set up easier, it improves the quality of data you receive with tracking.  You can find out which authors, categories or posts are receiving the most views.

 

IDX

IDX for WordPress by Diverse Solutions – Integrate IDX content into your website with advanced search tools and lead capture.  One of the best ways to add dynamic content and generate qualify leads with your Real Estate Website.

IDXBroker – IDXBroker is a great alternative to the DS IDX plugin.  This system includes the Google Map Search at no extra cost.  The system is scalable for an individual agent to a full blown office system. 

 

Lead Capture

Gravity Forms – Easily create beautiful contact forms for WordPress with Gravity Forms.  This is a paid plugin, but well worth the cost if you need forms that look as great as they convert.

Magic Action Box – This plugin allows you to easily make call to action, opt-in and sales forms in any location on your website, including pop-ups. 

Contact Form 7 – If you are looking for a simple, flexible and free solution; Contact Form7 may be the right choice for you. 

 

Engagement

Disqus – This free plugin offers beautiful, real-time conversations on your website.  Disqus works with any blogging platform and is in use by millions of fans and national brands.  The conversations on Disqus are indexable by search engines adding more recognized content to your site. 

SEO Facebook Comments – Do you prefer to keep your conversations moving in Facebook?  This plugin adds a Facebook comment box to each of your posts.   The comments are also stored on your site’s database to make them viewable by search engines.   Old comments are automatically added to your posts upon setup. 

 

Social

Get Social – This plugin adds a floating social media sharing box on your blog posts and pages.  It is compatible with most of the leading social sites, flexible and customizable to the look of your site.

Feed Them Social – Feed Them Social allows you to add a social feed to your site from the following:  Instagram, Facebook Groups, Twitter and YouTube.  The shared feed can be from your profile or anyone else. 

 

Performance

W3 Total Cache – This plugin improves your readers experience by loading pages faster.  Why is this important?  70% of people will click off your site if it does not load in 3 seconds or less.  Recommend by most web hosting services and millions of users.

WP Smush.it – Real Estate websites are loaded with pictures.  Shave seconds off your load times by installing this awesome plugin that compresses and optimizes your pictures. 

 

Safety

Backup Buddy – Real Estate sites are hacked every day.  Your valuable content is at risk.  Protect your content and restore it easily with this simple solution.  New features allow you to migrate your site easily and quickly.

Sucuri WordPress Security Monitoring – This great plugin will monitor and protect your website from intruders.  This plugin includes a firewall, integrity checks, audit trails and hardening of your site.

 

Did I miss your favorite Real Estate Plugin for WordPress?  Please share it below!

  • http://www.albuquerquehomesandrealestate.com/albuquerque-relocation.aspx Albuquerque Relocation

    Great selection, I like WordPress bullet proof security

    • http://www.NashvilleRealEstateNow.com/ Steve Jolly

      Approve Thanks for sharing. I will have to check it out!

      Steve Jolly, Broker

      Benchmark Realty, LLC

      615-371-1544 – office

      615-519-0983 – mobile

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    • http://www.NashvilleRealEstateNow.com/ Steve Jolly

      Thank you for sharing. I will have to check it out!

  • Glenn Flinchbaugh

    Another IDX plugin to consider is the Optima Express IDX Plugin from iHomefinder — http://www.ihomefinder.com/product/optima-express/ It’s easy to integrate, provides a very attractive search and listings interface, has broad MLS coverage, and comes with a Facebook IDX App and a mobile MLS/IDX site as part of the package. Full disclosure: I am an iHomefinder employee.

    • Steve Jolly

      Glenn, Thank you for your input and disclosure. Is the IDX plugin from iHomefinder indexable? Otherwise, will these listings show up in search engines?

      • Glenn Flinchbaugh

        Hi Steve. Yes, the listing pages are designed to be very search-engine friendly. Listings appear under the domain of the WP site, the URLs contain the address and MLS#, the title and meta tags contain address info, and the page coding is designed to be easily indexed. We recommend that customers create saved search pages for the neighborhoods and/or property types they specialize in. Search engines will then follow links to these pages and index all the listings on a regular basis. A customer’s own featured listings page is also regularly indexed.

        • Steve Jolly

          Awesome explanation! Thank you.

  • Chad

    I personally think that the best WordPress Real Estate Plugin is WP Realty. I also like the free plugin called WP Property.

  • http://www.webmaisterpro.com/ Kaloyan Banev

    I am personally looking for much more flexible option, sure these are probably the most popular real estate plugins and general interest plugins, but certainly doesn’t really fit into what I am looking for.

    • http://www.NashvilleRealEstateNow.com/ Steve Jolly

      Kaloyan,

      What do you mean by a more flexible option?

  • Shreyo Gi

    i used Diverse solution’s IDX. it was quite fast. support too was good.

  • Yvonne Maddox

    Do you know of a good real estate plugin for real estate agents to easily add a property with photos, description, prices, etc.?

    • http://www.NashvilleRealEstateNow.com/ Steve Jolly

      Yvonne – Diverse Solutions IDXpress plugin will automatically place and update new listings on your site with photos, descriptions, prices and more. You can even set it up to pull your listings, your offices listings or by other search criteria.

  • Travis Mavado Pastore

    Hi Steve, I’m just curious if you have done any research on Home Junction Inc and their new Lifestyle IDX called SpatialMatch!? If so, what is your take on it??

    • http://www.NashvilleRealEstateNow.com/ Steve Jolly

      Travis,
      I think that the multiple layers of information in the home search is a great idea, but I have not used the SpatialMatch plugin. I expect more blending of information in future home search platforms.

      • Travis Mavado Pastore

        I just like the fact that it steers away from that tax-return form looking IDX and gears toward a more user-friendly experience. Not to mention I did some research on time-on-site with that plugin and there’s a huge jump from 8 minutes on a regular MLS IDX to 15 minutes on a SpatialMatch IDX. Seems pretty significant considering the Panda/Penguin/Hummingbird Updates.

  • Guest

    Are you going to comment on SpatialMatch??

  • Dimple

    is there a plugin for creating a listing notifier on a WP site, so that when a listing matching a prospect’s search criteria (captured in a form called the listing notifier) is listed, the prospect is automatically sent the listing via email?

    • http://www.NashvilleRealEstateNow.com/ Steve Jolly

      I am not aware of any plugin, however, many IDX systems allow you to mail the listing to yourself or someone else.

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