Essential Plugins For Your WordPress Real Estate Blog

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Essential Plugins For Your WordPress Real Estate Blog

  1. 1. Essential Plugins for your WordPress Real Estate Blog<br />Jay Thompson – PhoenixRealEstateGuy.com<br />
  2. 2. Not a plugin, but the most important thing you can add to your real estate blog is…<br />An IDX search solution<br />IDX – Internet Data eXchange. The “MLS” on your website<br />Choices vary by MLS<br />Not all IDX solutions work in all MLS’s<br />Not all IDX solutions are created equal<br />Test with actual home searchers<br />Most likely, you will need a “no sidebar” template<br />4/6/2010<br />TPREG.com Jay Thompson - Virtual RE Bar Camp<br />
  3. 3. What is a plugin?<br />A piece of code that adds functionality to your blog.<br />Don’t freak out on “code”<br />Some plugins conflict with each other.<br />Add one at a time, and test<br />Some plugins only work with specific versions of WP<br />The vast majority are free. Some are not.<br />Be careful, some are poorly coded and not supported well. <br />4/6/2010<br />TPREG.com Jay Thompson - Virtual RE Bar Camp<br />
  4. 4. Anti-spam<br />Akismet<br />Included in standard WP install. Need WP.com API<br />WP-SpamFree<br />Compliments Akismet. Stops many spambots<br />Bad Behavior<br />Similar to SpamFree. Plays well with Akismet. <br />Captcha’s<br />Can be annoying to users<br />4/6/2010<br />TPREG.com Jay Thompson - Virtual RE Bar Camp<br />
  5. 5. Contact Form<br />Gravity Forms<br />*Not* free ($39 for single site)<br />Flexible, easy, sidebar compatible<br />Free add-on tracks page formsubmitted from.<br />Referrer info for Gravity Forms<br />Cforms II<br />Powerful, but can be complicated.<br />Plethora of other options<br />4/6/2010<br />TPREG.com Jay Thompson - Virtual RE Bar Camp<br />
  6. 6. Social Bookmarking<br />4/6/2010<br />TPREG.com Jay Thompson - Virtual RE Bar Camp<br />Way for readers to share your articles on social sites.<br />Sexy Bookmarks<br />ReTweetand Facebook Share buttons<br />
  7. 7. Subscribe to Comments<br />4/6/2010<br />TPREG.com Jay Thompson - Virtual RE Bar Camp<br />Subscribe to Comments<br />Allows commenters to get emails of others comments<br />Set so not enabled by default<br />
  8. 8. Email & Print Post<br />4/6/2010<br />TPREG.com Jay Thompson - Virtual RE Bar Camp<br />WP-Email and WP-Print<br />Surprised how much email link is used.<br />Some analytics provided. <br />Exercise caution – Big Brotherish<br />
  9. 9. Subliminal Message<br />4/6/2010<br />TPREG.com Jay Thompson - Virtual RE Bar Camp<br />Please contribute if you can:<br />DanKeitz.com<br />
  10. 10. Mobile Themes<br />4/6/2010<br />TPREG.com Jay Thompson - Virtual RE Bar Camp<br />WordPress Mobile Edition<br />WordPress Mobile Pack<br />WptouchiPhone Theme<br />
  11. 11. Cache Plugins<br />4/6/2010<br />TPREG.com Jay Thompson - Virtual RE Bar Camp<br />Reduce server load and speed up sites<br />W3 Total Cache<br />WP Super Cache<br />
  12. 12. Increase time on site plugins<br />4/6/2010<br />TPREG.com Jay Thompson - Virtual RE Bar Camp<br />Recent Posts<br />Recent Comments<br />Similar Posts<br />Random Posts<br />Popular Posts<br />All available at http://rmarsh.com/plugins/<br />
  13. 13. Encourage Commenting<br />4/6/2010<br />TPREG.com Jay Thompson - Virtual RE Bar Camp<br />CommentLuv<br />“DoFollow”<br />Numerous options<br />
  14. 14. Nerdy Plugins<br />4/6/2010<br />TPREG.com Jay Thompson - Virtual RE Bar Camp<br />Executable PHP Widget – php code in sidebars<br />Google XML Sitemaps – helps SE’s crawl site<br />FeedburnerFeedsmith – Track RSS subscribers<br />Feedlist – converts RSS to HTML<br />FLV Embed – embed video directly<br />TS Custom Widgets – different widgets on pages/posts<br />WP DB Backup – back up your database, a MUST have<br />
  15. 15. Product Specific Plugins<br />4/6/2010<br />TPREG.com Jay Thompson - Virtual RE Bar Camp<br />dsIDXpress<br />Must be a Diverse Solutions IDX subscriber<br />Altos Connect Widget<br />Must be Altos Research Pro subscriber<br />
  16. 16. Finding Plugins<br />4/6/2010<br />TPREG.com Jay Thompson - Virtual RE Bar Camp<br />See something cool? Ask!<br />WordPressPlugin Directory<br />Google – “Cool plugins” “Essential plugins”<br />
  17. 17. Thanks!<br />4/6/2010<br />TPREG.com Jay Thompson - Virtual RE Bar Camp<br />Presentation posted on Slideshare:<br />http://www.slideshare.net/PhoenixREGuy<br />Please, help my friend Dan Keitz<br />http://DanKeitz.com<br />

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