A new real estate wordpress theme from Woothemes has been released called Estate and all I can say is that I am quite impressed. Not only does it look very professional and clean but it has some cool advanced features that should make real estate agents very happy. And I'm talking about the integrated IDX feature which allows you to include searchable and indexable property pages on your site. The indexable content is very important for SEO and I think if you're an agent and you're not using something like this that you're at a disadvantage to those that do. If you care about SEO then it's quite important to have lots of content on your site. Basically having IDX listings that are found by search engines and are able to be indexed means you expand your site's size. It now has a better chance at being found for the keywords that are included in your listings. Think “bigger net”.
Screen Shot of Estate
is not your ordinary real estate theme. It is more advanced, yet simple to manage real estate theme built specifically for real estate agencies. Built on the WooFramework it boasts advanced SEO controls, clean code and advanced styling features.
Making use of WordPress 3.0's custom post types and taxonomies the theme unleashes a new “Properties” management facility when installed – proving it's far more than just a WordPress real estate theme, it's a web solution. With flexible page templates, an advanced search facility that allows you to drill down into properties based on very specific criteria, Google Maps integration and smart property images management you'll find huge value in the modest price tag.
NEW: Now with IDX functionality thanks to dsIDXpress plugin integration.
Estate Theme Advanced Features:
Search all the property listings based on any combination of it's location, property type, price, number of bedrooms, to name but a few!
The home page scroller can feature any noteworthy property listings you wish to highlight in the most prominent home page space. Simply add a tag to the featured posts to enable them in the scroller.
Custom Post Types
Blog posts and pages are typical post types – this theme adds properties, with custom entry fields to populate it's property listing.
Choose whether you want a widgetized sidebar on the home and other page. Intelligent page templates determine if you have included a virtual tour, Google Map or property images and adjusts the listing layout accordingly.
On Show Properties
On Show properties get prominent styling, and all the “On Show” properties can be viewed on their own unique archive page template.
Associate a Google Map address to your property listing and enable street view and location maps allowing your site visitors to browse the neighbourhood.
This theme currently costs $200 which in my mind is a steal. But for some that might seem like a lot for a wordpress theme. But how I look at it is that you are paying for the advanced features. The IDX feature alone makes this theme stand out. If you care about SEO and getting more traffic the IDX is really a must have.