“Plugins should solve a specific problem or provide an essential function. They should not indulge our vanity or our desire for a “shiny new object”. (source: Web Synthesis)

If you have a Real Estate WordPress website you probably have tried some Real Estate WordPress Plugins. You definitely have some on your site. If we built your site you may have most of the list below on your site… if not every site comes with a couple plugins. I believe Akismet and Hello Dolly.

Plugins are add-on applications or programs for your WordPress website. Whenever you think you may need an added functionality to your website and you don’t have the coding skills to build it, or the budget to have it built, you can usually find a plugin that will add the functionality.

Often times they are free, but many times they do have a small cost. Usually between $9 and $99.

WORDPRESS PLUGINS ARE DEFINED AS:

WordPress plugins are bits of software that can be uploaded to extend and expand the functionality of your WordPress site.

Note: One of the primary advantages of using the self-hosted version of WordPress from WordPress.org is the ability to upload and use plugins on your WordPress site.

You can find Real Estate WordPress Plugins on:

Using Plugins can add cool features or functionality to your website such as:

  • MLS Listings
  • CRM
  • Social Sharing
  • Events Calendars
  • Memberships
  • Landing Pages
  • SEO optimization
  • Forms
  • Buttons
  • Sounds
  • Videos
  • Galleries
  • Widgets
  • Loading Speed
  • And So Much More

What You Should Know About Using Real Estate WordPress Plugins

While it may sound like getting free software that can fulfill the exact need you have for your website is too good to be true… it is not.  But it does come with its fair share of dangers.

Here are some things to think about when you are thinking about using a WordPress plugin for real estate:

  • Some plugins are developed for the sole purpose of filling your website with adware or worse a virus.
  • Not all plugins are coded equally.  Bad coding can equal a security risk or simply breaking other parts of your website.
  • Some plugins are not compatible with your hosting provider, or your theme, or other plugins you may have on your site.
  • Sometimes plugins are not kept up very well and when WordPress, your Theme, or other plugins update it can break your site.
  • Many plugins do not offer very good support so if you don’t have an idea of how to use it, it could become frustrating.
  • Plugins can put an excessive strain on your hosting and database resources.  Kinda like using all the hot water.
  • How many plugins can 1 site handle… depends on the plugins you are using.  Not all plugins are created equally.
  • Often times you can get by with the Free version of a plugin… so try it before you buy the premium version.

Still want to try plugins for your website?

Take some precautions before trying plugins:

  • Before you install or activate your first plugin make sure that you have a complete (wordpress and database) back up of your site.
  • Only upload and activate 1 plugin at a time.  Once activated check to make sure that your website is still working correctly.  That way you will know which plugin is not playing well with your site.  Of course you will not know what part of your site the plugin is not working with, that will take technical trouble shooting.
  • Due your Due diligence and research the plugin you are thinking of trying and make sure that it does not have bad reviews.  Your best bet is to get your Plugin from 1 of the resources I mention above so that you can check ratings.
  • All of the WordPress plugins listed below have been tested by our team on our own site and should be safe.  That is not to say that they may not be incompatible with some part of your website.
  • Try to stick to trusted Plugin Developers.

Best Free WordPress Plugins For Your Real Estate Site

There Is Not A FREE MLS Feed Real Estate Plugin

Many site will suggest a handful of MLS Style Real Estate Plugins that seem amazing.  I do not suggest them.  They do not pull in the feed from your local MLS.  That means that you will be required to enter in every single listing by hand, or manually.  You will then be responsible for changing their status from Active, Pending, and Sold.

If you want all the MLS listings to populate on your website automatically it will require:

Form 1040
Approval From Your MLS
Paid IDX Plugin

1.JETPACK

Jetpack by WordPress.com

You either love or hate Jetpack. It does so much and is 100% free.  This plugin is built by WordPress for WordPress and is designed to give you all the little useability, easability, and functionality you might find by using 10’s of 30’s different plugins in 1.

“Jetpack adds powerful features previously only available to WordPress.com users including customization, traffic, mobile, content, and performance tools.”

The plugin just does too much to list everything but a few of my favorites are:

  • Widget Visiblity
  • Sharing
  • Site Stats
  • Custom CSS
  • Commenting
  • Image Carousel
  • Testimonials
  • Enhanced Distribution
  • Related Posts
  • Spelling and Grammar

After you install this plugin your best bet is to log in to your WordPress Dashboard and click on the “Jetpack” >> “Settings” and take a look at what is available and see what, if any, of the features you would like to use.

COST:  $0
DOWNLOAD JETPACK

2. HUBSPOT

Hubspot Free CRM

My favorite Free plugin not named Jetpack.  Since uploading this plugin to our site we have seen an increase in leads and sales.  I am not going to pretend to tell you by how much percentage because there are to many factors that come into play… but it is not a coincidence.

I wrote a blog post about the plugin here:

Best Free WordPress CRM Plugin

First of all this plugin is made by the same people that make Hubspot.  They are one of the best Small Business Lead Generation Software providers available and they decided to turn their talents to WordPress Plugins.

“HubSpot Marketing Free is the ultimate marketing plugin for WordPress for building an email list, generating and tracking leads, and tracking user behavior on your website..”

The plugin offers a beautiful pop-up lead capture, captures all leads on your site, drops them in a CRM in your WordPress dashboard, collects insights based on the email address, and syncs with the top email marketing tools to create an automated drip campaign.

COST:  $0
DOWNLOAD HUBSPOT

3.YOAST

Yoast SEO

The definitive word in WordPress SEO is Yoast. WordPress SEO is a tricky thing.  You will hear that the WordPress platform is SEO friendly, and it is.  Possibly hearing that your Equity or other premium theme is SEO friendly, and it is.  They you hear that this plugin is SEO friendly, and it is.  Finally I am going to tell you that SEO friendliness will not get your site to rank on the search engines without content.

Yoast knows this to and that is why his plugin not only focuses on optimizing your site (on on-page SEO), but also helps you to build SEO friendly content.

“Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using Yoast SEO plugin.”

You can learn more about the plugin here:

WordPress SEO Plugin

COST:  $0
DOWNLOAD YOAST

4.CONTACT FORM 7

Contact Form 7 is bar far and away the best free contact form plugin.

Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup.

Integrates with Mailchimp, Aweber, Hubspot, and my favorite theme Avada.

This is not the simplest form building plugin to use, but it is not hard to build robust contact forms.

COST:  $0
DOWNLOAD CONTACT FORM 7

5.AUTOPTIMIZE

autoptimize

As you probably figured out I use WPEngine for all my hosting needs.  Their service includes baked in caching.  Because they do so much caching internally there are many caching plugins they do not allow (as you can read about below).  The Autoptimize plugin is one that they allow.

This plugin can minify and compress your website.  These are good things for speeding up your site.

“Autoptimize speeds up your website and helps you save bandwidth by aggregating and minimizing JS, CSS and HTML.”

Be careful when setting up this plugin.  Only turn on 1 option at a time and then check your website to make sure that nothing was broken.  Often times when you minify JS it can break a part of your JS on your site.  My friends at Nerdy Nerd Nerds wrote a post on how to set the plugin up here.

COST:  $0
DOWNLOAD AUTOPTIMIZE

6.SOCIAL WARFARE

Social Warfare Social Sharing Plugin

Social Warfare

Social Warfare has boosted social shares by 300% without slowing down my blog.
Eddie Gear – Professional Blogger

You can get a nice social sharing feature on the Jetpack plugin, but it is not as nice as the Social Warfare social sharing.

I love this plugin because it is simple and it feels lighter and more responsive than Shareaholics.

The floating share bar functionality is super cool.  It slides out when there are no buttons on the post or page and then slides back in when there are buttons visible.

The free version gives you choice of social networks, where you can auto place buttons, floating social share, and share count.  And takes about 5 minutes to load and set up.

COST:  $0
DOWNLOAD SOCIAL WARFARE

7.STRONG TESTIMONIALS

Strong Testimonials

I used to be an Easy Testimonials fan but ran into a situation that Strong Testimonials provided the tools I needed.  And have not looked back since.  This plugin offers everything that a real estate website needs.

Beginners and pros alike will appreciate the wealth of flexible features refined over 4 years from user feedback and requests

You can create a front end form if you want to make it easy for your clients to add reviews directly to your site… otherwise they are very easy to add from the back end.

There are multiple different display templates including sliders for the home page and widgets, and a grid or masonry grid for your testimonials page.

The layouts are easy to create and style and you can re use the layout multiple times.

MORE FEATURES

  • Sort by oldest, newest, random, or menu order (drag-and-drop)
  • Categories
  • Excerpts and “Read more” links
  • Featured Images (thumbnails) and Gravatars
  • Pagination
  • Embeds (YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook)
  • Custom capabilities
  • Developer-friendly (actions, filters, templates)
COST:  $0
DOWNLOAD STRONG TESTIMONIALS

8.AKISMET

Akismet

Akismet comes with every WordPress install for a reason.  It is a must.  WordPress websites by default allow your readers to comment on your content.  Unfortunately spammers, bots, and scammers like to try to take advantage of your website by posting spam, links, and viruses to your comments section.  Akismet virtually erases all of that.

“Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet Web service to see if they look like spam or not.”

My Akismet has protected my site from 276,893 spam comments already, this month.  In addition to blocking the spam you can also tell it to delete all spam so that you don’t have hundreds of thousands of spammy comments filling up your database.

$0 (requires a WordPress.com account)
DOWNLOAD AKISMET

9.IMPRESS LISTINGS

impress listings plugin

IMPRESS Listings is fantastic free plugin that can bolster your Real Estate marketing and save you money.  This plugin could be used for a replacement to IDX, although I would recommend using it as a complimentary tool.

This plugin can be a replacement for the Single Property Websites that you may be paying for.  How you say…  Read This Blog Post To Find Out:

Creating Single Property Websites With Impress Listings

You can use it to create a library of listings you have sold or showcase a particular niche of homes.

“Just like WP Listings, the IMPress Listings plugin creates a listing management system for your WordPress site. It still is fully responsive and works with nearly any WordPress theme.”

If you use this plugin in conjunction with the IMPRESS IDX Broker plugin, your listings will be inputted automatically.  You can read about it more here:

Impress Suite of Plugins

COST: $0

Agent Evolution No Longer Sells The Themes As A Stand Alone
You can download them in the Members Area

DOWNLOAD AKISMET

10.IMPRESS AGENTS

impress agents plugin

You can easily add a single about me page or a complete agent directory into almost any WordPress theme with the IMPress Agents plugin.

“Showcase your team or office with this versatile plugin that offers individual REALTOR® pages.”

If using the IMPress Listings plugin, you can connect Employees to Listings.

COST:  $0
DOWNLOAD IMPRESS AGENTS

6 Plugins That Are Not Essential Just Cool


1. MapPress Easy Google Maps

If you are going to be adding community pages or a sold gallery, or just want to show off your office this plugin may come in handy.

“MapPress is the most popular and easiest way to create great-looking Google Maps and driving directions in your blog.”

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2. The Events Calendar

Think it may be a value add to your website to display the local events?  This plugin should give you all you can handle.

“The Events Calendar is a carefully crafted, extensible plugin that lets you easily share your events. Beautiful. Solid. Awesome.”

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3. Google Language Translator

Do you speak multiple languages, have clients that do, or just want to look like an international player?  The Google Language translator gives your site an international flair.

“Welcome to Google Language Translator! This plugin allows you to insert the Google Language Translator tool anywhere on your website using shortcode”

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4. Membership 2

You may want to create a Membership style site where you require your visitors to become a member to access your special training material.  This is the best plugin I have found for that.

“Membership 2 transforms your WordPress website into a fully functional membership site.”

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Membership 2

COST: $0

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Membership 2 Pro

COST: $19 month

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5.  TubePress

We so often talk about adding video to your real estate website…well, why not add all your videos to your real estate website?!

Instead of copying and pasting individual videos to your site, now you can add an attractive grid style video series that will not only get folks to your site but more than certainly will keep them there!

“Modern video galleries for the web Adding video galleries to your website has never been easier.”

Easy to install and even easier to set up, this plugin offers a great way for you to take your videos and add them to your website without any technical knowhow!

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TubePress

COST: $0

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TubePress Pro

COST: $39.99 year

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6. Simple Real Estate Pack

I like to use this plugin for displaying Education.com school information for your local area.  You can also display Mortgage Calculators, Walkscore, and Yelp Business information.

“Package of real estate tools and widgets designed specifically for real estate industry blogs and sites”

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7 WordPress Plugins For Real Estate That Are For Looks


1. Soliloquy

Research tells us that our landing pages should not have sliders but real estate agents sure do love them.  Soliloquy is my favorite.  Not because it does the most, but because it does the least.  That means that it is easy to use, easy to set up and just works.

“The best responsive WordPress slider plugin. Made lite and free”

Don’t get me wrong it is still a good-looking slider it just does not have all the parallax and transition effects that some of the others do.[column_wrapper] [one_half]

Soliloquy Lite

COST: $0[/one_half][one_half]

Soliloquy Pro

COST: $19[/one_half] [/column_wrapper]


2. Tabby Responsive Tabs

Many themes have a built-in Tabbed shortcode, but if not, and you want to display content in a Responsive Tabbed way then Tabby looks great, works great, and is easy to use.

“Create responsive tabs inside your posts, pages or custom post content by adding simple shortcode inside the post editor.”

We often use a tabbed feature to display different types of real estate for sale in a community.

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3. Collapse O Matic

Have you seen a feature where you click on an arrow, text, or icon and a box full of content slides open?  This is called jquery and can be a pain to develop.  If you are looking for a simple sliding container that works well and looks nice this is it.

“Remove clutter, save space: display and hide additional content in a SEO friendly way by wrapping content in an [expand] shortcode.”

You have to be careful with jquery and javascript based plugins.  They can do some really powerful and cool things but they can also break your website.  Often times there will be a conflict in coding, but this plugin works with all the plugins I have mentioned.

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4. WordPress Visual Slide Box Builder

With this plugin you can add some cool hover effects to images, icons, and widgets.  This plugin is fairly easy to use but does require a little thought.  No coding.

“Fancy jQuery and CSS3 driven animations to display inside a box. No coding experience needed – WYSIWYG.”

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WordPress Visual Slide Box Builder

COST: $0[/one_half][one_half]

WordPress Visual Slide Box Builder Responsive Pack

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5. LayerSlider or 6. Slider Revolution

2 Popular and pretty much equally powerful fully featured slider plugins.  The possibilities are endless with sliders like these but they are not free and they are not simple to use.  Both require a little getting used to.

“Slider Revolution is an innovative, responsive WordPress Slider Plugin that displays your content the beautiful way. Whether it’s a Slider, Carousel, Hero Scene or even a whole Front Page, the visual, drag & drop editor will let you tell your own stories in no time!”

“LayerSlider WP is a premium multi-purpose slider for creating image galleries, content sliders, and mind-blowing slideshows with must-see effects, even from your WordPress posts and pages.”

 

If you are looking to wow your visitors you can do it with either one of these.

Some features of both:

  • Responsive
  • Parallax
  • Carousel
  • 100’s Of Slide Transition Styles
  • Drag n Drop Styling
  • Multiple Slider Skins
  • Import Content
  • Run Video
  • Link to Content
  • Unlimited Slides and Layers
  • Custom Fonts
  • Etc.

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LayerSlider

COST: $18[/one_half][one_half]

Slider Revolution

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7. Uber Menu

If you want a customized menu bar Uber Menu offers about any feature you could want from your website menu bar.  Like the 2 sliders mentioned above, along with great power comes a great learning curve.  This is not just a simple plugin it in and things happen plugin.  It will take you some time to learn what it can do and to set it up to work the way you were hoping.

“UberMenu™ is a user-friendly, highly customizable, responsive Mega Menu WordPress plugin. It works out of the box with the WordPress 3 Menu System, making it simple to get started but powerful enough to create highly customized and creative mega menu configurations”

Ubermenu offers more features than you would ever need, but a few are:

  • Responsive
  • Mobile
  • Add Images, Shortcode, Google Maps, Icons, or Contact Forms To Menu
  • Multiple pre-designed skins or customize your own look
  • Custom Fonts
  • Import Content
  • Multiple Menu Transitions
  • Vertical or Horizontal Menus
  • Display Submenu Items multiple different ways

[column_wrapper] COST:  $19[/column_wrapper]

8 Plugins We Don’t Use Because They Are Baked Into Our Premium Hosting

 

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1. W3 Total Cache

Downloaded over a million times for a reason.  If you do not have a Premium WordPress hosted website then you need some type of caching plugin.  If you are using one of the Big Named shared hosting providers you absolutely need a caching plugin.

“Easy Web Performance Optimization (WPO) using caching: browser, page, object, database, minify and content delivery network support.”

Real estate WordPress websites are resource heavy and often image heavy.  This puts a strain on your hosts server.  Caching plugins reduce the stress put on those servers by Caching or storing content that gets loaded often.  This helps your site to load quicker for your viewers.

Quicker loading times are important for 2 reasons.

  1.  Your visitor does not want to wait for your site to load
  2. Google uses load speed as an important SEO factor

W3 Total Cache is the best caching plugin available.  That being said it is also a bit confusing.  There are many tutorials available to teach you how to set it up.

If you are not interested in learning how to set up your Caching plugin there are easier to use caching plugins:

2.  WP Super Cache

A trusted Free Caching Plugin

“A very fast caching engine for WordPress that produces static html files.”

 

3.  WP Rocket

A slightly more powerful paid Caching Plugin.

“Simplicity & Speed.  Don’t waste your time struggling with complex plugin settings.  WP Rocket launches upon activation – minimal configuration, immediate results.”

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W3 Total Cache

COST: $0

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WP Super Cache

COST: $0

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WP Rocket

COST: $39

[/one_third] [/column_wrapper] *If you are going to pay to make your hosting better why not just upgrade your hosting.


4. iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security) or 5. WordFence

When my partner and I started building website,  years ago, we used the popular Big Named shared hosting providers.  Over the years it is hard to believe how many of those real estate websites were hacked or compromised.  Including my partners personal site, that was hacked by someone who left a terrible virus and a splash screen saying that he was a terrorist.

Yes, every day real estate agents get hacked.  You can not just have a, “that will never happen to me approach” because it can and it will.

Now that I have scared the bejeezers out of you… you can protect yourself.  Again if you have a Premium WordPress Hosting Provider like WP Engine then you are already protected.

“iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security) gives you over 30+ ways to secure and protect your WordPress site.”

“The Wordfence WordPress security plugin provides free enterprise-class WordPress security, protecting your website from hacks and malware.”

Either one of these popular security plugins should keep your website safe and sound.

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iThemes Security

COST: $0[/one_fourth][one_fourth]

iThemes Security Pro

COST: $80 year[/one_fourth][one_fourth]

WordFence

COST: $0[/one_fourth][one_fourth]

WordFence Premium

COST: $39 year[/one_fourth] [/column_wrapper] *If you are going to pay to make your hosting secure why not just upgrade your hosting.


6. Force Strong Passwords

As mentioned above, even real estate agent websites get hacked.  The easiest way to do this is with a weak password, or an easy to guess password.  This plugin forces you to choose a strong password, or one that is not easy to hack.

“Forces privileged users to set a strong password.”

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*You can also just force yourself to use strong passwords.


7. VaultPress or  8. Backup Buddy

In the beginning of this post I talked about taking some precautions before trying plugins; before you install or activate your first plugin make sure that you have a complete (wordpress and database) back up of your site.  This is important because sometimes uploading plugins or even updating a current plugin can break your site.  If that happens you will want to be able to switch it back quickly.

If you have a Premium WordPress Hosting service your site will be auto saved.  That may not be good enough.  You should do a backup right before you upload or update your plugin.  With WP Engine you can do this with a push of a button.  Otherwise you will want to use a plugin.

I like VautPress a bit better because it is run by the engineers at WordPress.com and that makes me feel a bit safer.  However, iThemes has been building plugins and themes for a long time and has a proven product.

“VaultPress is a subscription service offering realtime backup, automated security scanning, and support from WordPress experts.”

 

“The best way to back up (and move) a WordPress site.”

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VaultPress

COST: $99 year

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BackUp Buddy

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Real Estate WordPress Plugins We Don’t Recommend

[alert class=”alert-info”]8 Because you can get similar functionality elsewhere without loading your WordPress website full of resource hogging and oft trouble making plugins.[/alert]


1. Disqus

A commenting plugin like Disqus seems like a great idea.  The problem is that they are mining our sites to sell ads and if you are not careful when setting them up they will post ads on your site.

The Disqus comment system replaces your WordPress comment system with your comments hosted and powered by Disqus.

I use the JetPack Commenting feature.

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2. Yet Another Related Posts Plugin / 3. Related Posts For WordPress

These plugins offer a cool feature, but they are database resource hogs.

Display a list of related posts on your site based on a powerful unique algorithm. Earn money by including sponsored content!

I use the JetPack Related Content feature, Shareaholics also has a related content feature.

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4. Display Widgets / 5. Custom Sidebar

You may want your visitors to see different sidebar widgets when they visit different pages.

For Example:

You may want a Contact Us form to show in your widgets on most pages, but that seems redundant on your Contact Us page.  You can use these plugins to tell your site you would want to hide the Contact Us widget on the Contact Us Page.

Both these plugins work well and you may like them better but I like to use the JetPack Widget Visibility option.

“Simply hide widgets on specified pages. Adds check boxes to each widget to either show or hide it on every site page.”

 

“Create your own widgetized areas and choose on which pages they show up – “Easy to use. Even with complex themes. Made my work much easier.”

Display Widgets

COST: $0

Custom Sidebar

COST: $0

Custom Sidebars Pro

COST: $19 year

 


6. Google XML Sitemaps

This plugin is both resource heavy, and if you use the Yoast WordPress SEO plugin I mentioned above it has XML Sitemaps included.

“This plugin will generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines to better index your blog.”


COST:  $0

 


7. Any Plugin That Sends Emails From Your WordPress Website

It may seem like a cool idea to send your email marketing from your WordPress website, but it is not.  I tried it years ago and my site came to a screeching halt.  In addition most of your mail will go to your clients spam folder.  Plus you just don’t have as many features as you can get from MailChimp.

Just use Mailchimp.  Or AWeber Email Marketing.  Or even Constant Contact, Happy Grasshopper, Emma, or iContact.


8. WPtouch Mobile Plugin

I hope that you are not looking for a plugin to make your Real Estate website mobile friendly.  Most WordPress Themes and ultimately websites that are built today are Responsive.  Meaning they respond to different size screens and give a seamless mobile experience for all screens.  But if your site is not responsive then plugin will help you get it mobile-friendly.

“Make your WordPress website mobile-friendly with just a few clicks.”


COST:  $0


9. Simple Custom CSS

If you are going to style your website using the Styles.css then you can not use the master file.  If you upgrade your theme all your custom CSS with disappear.  Many themes come with a Custom CSS section… but they are usually a small box somewhere obscure with no line items.

This plugin creates a CSS Page that will not disappear when you update and is a full screen with line items.  Even gives you warnings if your code is not right.

“Add Custom CSS to your WordPress site without any hassles.”

JetPack has a custom CSS setting, but I do not use it because the jetpack plugin disconnects every once in a while.  If it does you do not want people to see your site without the proper styling.


COST:  $0

 


10.WordPress Button Plugin MaxButtons

Buttons play a big part in lead capture and user experience.  Contact Us, Sign Up Here, Download This, Read More, etc.  If you’re not sure how to make nice looking buttons on your site this plugin is easy to use and works well.

“A CSS3 button generator for WordPress that’s powerful and so easy to use that anyone can create beautiful buttons.”

Most themes come with built-in short code for building buttons, I just make them with html and CSS, if that sounds foreign to you this plugin is great.

MaxButtons

COST: $0

MaxButtons Pro

COST: $19 or $99 if want all their button skins


 

11.Broken Link Checker

You can check your broken links here:  https://www.brokenlinkcheck.com/

 

Summary

If you have a WordPress Real Estate Website chances are you are using WordPress plugins or have a need for one.  Plugins in general are a good thing.  But not always.  Sometimes they can cause some real problems on your site.

If you decide you want to use them to make your site better make sure you protect yourself.

We have reviewed 49 popular WordPress plugins for Real Estate and made suggestions based on our experience using them.

We hope that this will help you when deciding what plugins are best for your website.

 

Please let us know if there are plugins that you use that we should have added.

By |2018-12-10T16:14:45+00:00December 10th, 2018|

About the Author:

Jason Fox - Real Estate MarketingBusiness: We build WordPress Real Estate Websites with IDXMe: #GoHawks, #BringBackTheSonics, #MaybeNextYearMariners, #ILoveMyKids #SeattleSunLover #SeattleWaterLover #BFFBlog: Focuses on Wordpress Websites, Content Management, SEO Services, SEM Campaigns, Social Media Marketing, Email Marketing, Beautiful Design, IDX, and more.

20 Comments

  1. Zach July 10, 2016 at 8:13 am - Reply

    Hey really awesome article. The one plugin I wanted to hear about wasn’t listed though… What’s the one that gives you that killer full page banner?

    • jasonfox July 10, 2016 at 11:47 am - Reply

      Zach,

      Thank you for stopping by. Funny. I have been meaning to add it. The Sumome.com welcome matt.

  2. Pete Gregory September 21, 2016 at 9:10 am - Reply

    TY for all the outstanding information. I’m the “Web Guy” for a number of realtors and brokers and in the past I’ve used Diverse Solutions IDX plugin. Moving forward, I’m not so sure I’m comfortable to continue with them. When I build websites I do so with a mobile first and SEO first approach. Since page load times on mobile is to be a ranking factor by google, do you know of an IDX plugin that will load reasonably FAST on mobile devices? So far I’ve had little luck with this, but I have had some success using W3 Total Cache with Diverse Solutions. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    • jasonfox September 22, 2016 at 3:37 pm - Reply

      Peter… I know that IDX Broker gets some bad press for using Subdomains with SEO but that is because all the listings are hosted on their high power servers and not our shared servers and weak WordPress Database. I think theirs load the fastest.

  3. James Newrick October 26, 2016 at 5:42 am - Reply

    Hi

    INTERNATIONAL REAL ESTATE WEBPAGE
    Greetings from the UK
    I would be grateful if you could point me in the direction of a good plugin that would lend itself to listing international property as I wish to promote property lettings in North Cyprus, Spain, and later Portugal, France and Italy etc.
    Requirements:
    I need it show listing in the separate countries
    Features GBP £ and Euros €
    Show lots of images of the properties (Including sliders)
    Description and features
    Google map.
    And a management system.
    If you could suggest something that would be great, and preferably it is free.
    Thank you for all of your help so for.

    James

    • jasonfox October 27, 2016 at 10:51 am - Reply

      James,

      Unfortunately, I have no experience with anything outside of the states. If you find something and would like to come back and let us know that would be awesome. Good luck.

    • listingswp May 18, 2017 at 4:05 pm - Reply

      Hi James,

      We’ve recently released Listings WP which may be a good fit for what you require.
      It is a free plugin, so you can try it out – https://wordpress.org/plugins/listings-wp/

      I believe the plugin has most of what you are looking for. If it is missing something, we’d be happy to work with you to build the desired features.

      Thanks!

      • jasonfox July 24, 2017 at 3:04 pm - Reply

        Does this pull listings directly from the MLS or is it reliant on the agent adding each listing manually?

  4. James River Realty July 11, 2017 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    Hi Jason,

    Great review! I learned a lot from your post and its very informative. Thanks for sharing. Keep up the good work!

  5. Cat Smith October 30, 2017 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    A lot of these were not really real estate specific, but the few that were, I appreciated learning about!

    • jasonfox November 1, 2017 at 9:48 am - Reply

      Cat, they are plugins that I add to most of the real estate websites that I build.

  6. Cristina Ortega November 12, 2017 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    Wow! This article was certainly enlightening, I had no idea that so many different plugins existed. I have only had my website up and running for less than a year now but I am trying to fine tune where I could make the most progress and convert the most leads but using a few plugins. I must admit that this list overwhelmed me a little bit. If you experience, for someone that is looking to convert leads (ie, have someone fill out the short form on my site) what plugin would you recommend using to help with those results? Any direction you could give would be greatly appreciated 🙂 Thanks!

    • jasonfox November 30, 2017 at 10:46 am - Reply

      If lead conversion is what you are after you should invest in Sumo.me. They have a million ways to convert leads for your website.

  7. Bill Minozzi December 1, 2017 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    Hi,
    We just lauch the free wordpress plugin:
    http://www.RealEstatePlugin.eu
    Cheers,
    Bill

    • jasonfox December 1, 2017 at 3:24 pm - Reply

      Thanks Bill, I have never built a site for an agent in Europe.

  8. Michael Vilaggio March 12, 2018 at 4:14 am - Reply

    I’m looking for a product where the user can input their own property listing. The user will be limited to one or more listings. They can be charged a fee based on different packages (number of properties and length of time. Can I set a listing to expire at a certain time?

    I’m using Essential Real Estate now and it does all those things, the only problem is it’s difficult for users to navigate ERE’s listing process.

    I’ve tried so many but they all seem to fall short.

    • jasonfox March 19, 2018 at 1:15 pm - Reply

      Hey Michael. Sorry I have nothing for you. Good luck.

  9. Naji Boutros May 1, 2018 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    Simple Real Estate Pack has been giving me problems, and Local Market Explorer hasn’t been updated in over a year. Do you still trust these plugins? If not, have you spotted any alternatives that you can recommend?

    • jasonfox May 1, 2018 at 9:42 pm - Reply

      I agree. And unfortunately, no I have not seen anything comparable. Bummer.

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