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Estate

Important: This theme was retired in February 2014. Documentation is no longer being updated.

Overview ↑ Back to top

Estate is a powerful app theme that enables your site to list real estate properties and index them with an advanced search system.

Explaining Estate taxonomies

A taxonomy is a way of classifying data in WordPress.

What this means is you can better separate your data in the frontend and backend.

You can create new taxonomies for posts, and also new Post Types such as Properties. In Estate, we have created a Properties post type and three custom taxonomies — locations, property types, and additional features. This extends the default usage of WordPress to include powerful features.

The Estate 'properties' custom post type
The Estate ‘properties’ custom post type

Installation ↑ Back to top

After installing the theme, go to Settings > Permalinks and click the Save Changes button, even if there are no changes. This registers the custom post types used in Estate.

Setting up your layouts ↑ Back to top

With Estate you have a certain amount of flexibility with the page layouts for the home page, property single page, property archive page, property search page and property author page.

You can choose a layout with or without the sidebar for each of these pages.

Setting up your Estate layouts

Setting up the home page ↑ Back to top

The home page can have three widgetized areas for placement of custom Woo widgets in the sidebar, if the sidebar is enabled under the Layouts theme options.

Also remember to add the footer widgets, which will be used across all the site pages.

See our demo theme options at: http://demo.woothemes.com/estate/

The widgetized regions of Estate
Widgetized areas of Estate

Adding a Property post ↑ Back to top

Adding a property to your website is similar to adding an ordinary blog post.

  1. Go to the Properties custom post type panel in the WordPress admin.
  2. Click Add New.
  3. In the WYSIWYG editor, enter the property name and details. Ensure that you fill in the Estate custom settings, such as number of rooms, size of property, price, etc.
Adding a property custom post type. Remember to fill in the "Estate Custom Settings" panel.
Adding a property custom post type.

The features content is pulled from the Additional Features form next to the WYSIWYG editor when adding a property post. The rest of content can be added via the normal post editor shown above.

Adding images to your property posts ↑ Back to top

Estate has an image management system. Adding your images to your property listing is done in a two-step process.

The main featured image that displays as per default for the archive pages, search results and as the first image viewable in the slideshow on the single property listing page must be uploaded via the “Estate Custom Settings” panel (shown above).

The other images need to be uploaded via the WordPress Add Media uploader. You do not need to add these images into the post as a gallery, but should click the “Save All” button once you have uploaded the images. They are automatically arranged and resized for the property image slideshow.

Click "Add media" to access the upload manager
Click “Add media” to access the upload manager
Images uploaded to your gallery are shown here.
Images uploaded to your gallery are shown here.

Setting up the Featured Properties ↑ Back to top

The home page featured panel can be used to display noteworthy property listings.

It is tag based. Once you specify the tag it must loop through to display posts, ensure that you add that tag to the blog posts you want to feature. It displays the title of the property, the excerpt, the property listing info, and the optional but important custom image that is the focal point.

Be sure to add the tag to the property and specify the image to use in the Estate Custom Settings panel below the WYSIWYG editor on the Add/Edit post form.

Estate featured panel theme options
Estate featured panel theme options
Adding the featured tag to a post
Adding the featured tag to a post

Adding agents ↑ Back to top

Once the Estate theme is installed, you can set up a new user type called Agent. When this role is selected in the WordPress admin, you can can add the telephone number and email address to their profile. This is displayed on property listing posts.

Setting up the agent theme options
Setting up the agent theme options

Setting up an "Agent" WordPress user under "Users" in the WordPress backend. Remember to fill in the user's contact telephone number and email address.

Once you’ve assigned the agent to a property, their details appear on the property listing, allowing site visitors to contact the agent to express interest.

Assigning an agent to a property when adding/editing a property

Setting up the agent contact forms

When a visitor clicks on Contact Agent, they can “Email this agent” directly from the site using a contact form if this functionality is enabled in the theme options.

Setting up the agent contact form
Setting up the agent contact form

The Property ID ↑ Back to top

The Estate theme gives each property entry a unique property ID which can be given to prospective buyers by the agent for them to search directly for a property online using the home page search facility.

The auto-generated property reference
The auto-generated property reference

You have the ability to change the prefix of the property web references in the theme options under the “Property Labels” tab.

Changing the web reference prefix
Changing the web reference prefix

You can remove the property reference from showing on the backend properties page. There is no option to remove it from showing on the single property listing pages.

Removing the web reference column from the backend property listings.
Removing the web reference column from the backend property listings.

Fine tuning the Estate search module ↑ Back to top

Within theme options, you can specify whether the search module must function and display results only if the exact search criteria is matched to the user’s input, or whether it displays search results if any of the search criteria is matched. For example, a listing for a 3 bedroom house on sale for $295,000 is displayed even if a user wanted a 3 bedroom house for $240,000.

Exact match vs minimum value search results
Exact match vs. minimum value search results

Customizing icons for taxomomies ↑ Back to top

You can add custom icons to display for various taxonomies you are using, i.e., Change the icon used to identify how many garages a listing has.

Adding your own icons to the taxonomy listings
Adding your own icons to the taxonomy listings

Adding MLS functionality ↑ Back to top

We’ve teamed up with the impressive team at dsIDXpress to provide you with indexable property listings on your domain, thanks to multi-listing service (MLS), the standardized service for property data feeds. Find out more here.

This gives you a boost in website visitors and in search engine rankings. It allows a site visitor to search listings added in your WordPress installation OR the complete database of MLS.

Installing the dsIDXpress plugin

The plugin can be found when searching for “dsIDXpress” in the WordPress repository from your plugin page.

dsIDXpress plugin in the WordPress repository
dsIDXpress plugin in the WordPress repository

Once installed you’ll see a new dsIDXpress panel become available in the WordPress backend sidebar menu system. You will need to visit the dsIDXpress site to purchase a license key, which required for the activation of the plugin. More pricing details available on their site.

Visit the dsIDXpress website to purchase a license and activate the plugin
Visit the dsIDXpress website to purchase a license and activate the plugin

Setting up the dsIDXpress options

In the theme options menu item, you can assign specific page templates we created for the Estate dsIDXpress integration.

Setting up the page templates in the options panel
Setting up the page templates in the options panel

More information on these options at the dsIDXpress website.

There are also options within the “Estate” theme options panel. Once dslDXpress has been activated, a panel opens:

The Estate theme options for dsIDXpress. Remember to enable the IDX plugin search!
The Estate theme options for dsIDXpress. Remember to enable the IDX plugin search!

You can specify cities and communities you wish to pull listings for. Enter the names of the cities and communities after reviewing the extensive listings that dsIDXpress caters for using hyperlinks next to the input boxes.

More information about the cities/communities/tracts/zips options at the dsIDXpress website.

Widgets ↑ Back to top

There are 13 custom widgets you can add to widgetized areas on the primary sidebar, secondary left sidebar, secondary right sidebar, and footer 1, 2 and 3. Some widgets are for the homepage regions only.

  • Woo – Blog Search
  • Woo – Adspace
  • Woo – Tabs
  • Woo – Custom Taxonomies List
  • Woo – Flickr
  • Woo – Custom Taxonomies Cloud
  • Woo – Twitter Stream
  • Woo – Blog Author Info
  • Woo – Embed/Video
  • Woo – Property Search
  • IDX Listings (available if you activate the dsIDXpress plugin)
  • IDX Areas (available if you activate the dsIDXpress plugin)
  • IDX Search (available if you activate the dsIDXpress plugin)

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