I’m happy to release IDX+, the best WordPress IDX solution.
IDX+ is a project I’ve been working on for months. It was born came out of necessity: a client told me “there is no perfect solution for WordPress real estate websites.” After looking into it, I realized he was right.
This WordPress real estate plugin changes the game of what you can do with your WordPress website — and for how much money. No longer do you need to pay tens of thousands of dollars for an indexed IDX solution.
Next week I will release a beta version, so stay tuned for the formal announcement.
RAMP allows you to make all the changes you need in your staging environment, then selectively push these changes to your production site. You can set up a new section of your site, upload some images to fill out a nice carousel for it, and add a link to it on your home page. Once this content has been reviewed and approved, you can go to your RAMP page, select these content changes, and push them to your production site.
In my last post, I wrote about the benefits of using YOURLS, a self-hosted link-shortening service. I’m finding that YOURLS is great, but it’s not perfect. Some of the issues I have experience are part of what you get using most URL shortener services.
Some of the downsides of using link shorteners are:
Google Analytics doesn’t always capture the original referrer (and I have no clue how they do the rest of the time!).
When generating links using the bookmarklet (or in this case, also the Yourls installation), there’s no easy way to add campaign, source, medium, content, and term tags for Google Analytics to track.
Yourls doesn’t allow query strings on URLs by default, making overriding existing campaign tags difficult/impossible. For example: `http://katz.si/t?utm_source=2300`
The +1 Button uses an advanced sprite technique to simulate an animated `gif`. The animation occurs when hovering over search results with +1 enabled, and the shine moves across the button. (The image to the right is an animated `gif` I made…)
The sprite image Google uses for the +1 button is below:
Pretty neat, huh?
Yeah, the +1 Button animation is pretty neat… …now turn it off!
Oh goodness gracious, the animation is annoying. After hovering over one search result, it’s obvious how awful the animation is and I want to claw my eyes out with a rusty nail. I wanted to find a way to disable the animation. Continue reading “The Google +1 Sprite Animation”
Easily add TruliaMaps to your website!
Add a Trulia maps widget showing homes in your area, without touching any HTML or code. This plugin allows you to configure tons of options; check it out today!
The Trulia real estate plugin includes options for:
Map, Satellite or Hybrid map type
Slideshow – automatically cycle through houses. Choose how quickly the slideshow displays, or to turn it off.
Map Background and Text colors
Easily add a real estate map to your page or post using “shortcodes”:
`[trulia city=”Bethesda” state=”MD”]`
will show a map for Bethesda, MD real estate.
`[trulia zip=90210 rotate=10 size=panorama]`
will show a wide map of the 90210 real estate for sale, and will rotate showing listings every 10 seconds.
[trulia title=”Boston Real Estate” align=right city=Boston state=MA background=”#cccccc” color=”#333333″ size=large rotate=10 logo_color=gry] The following shortcode produces the map seen on the right:
In developing the a website for professional genealogists, I was tasked with creating link directory functionality in WordPress. I didn’t want to install some big plugins; I wanted to use the Links Manager that’s built in to every WP install out of the box. There were two problems, however:
Link categories are not hierarchical, and;
There is no pagination in the Links Manager: all links are displayed on one page by default.
My client’s website will have over 20,000 links; having them all on one page was simply not an option.
Bit.ly is one of the most popular link shortening services, and rightly so: it is stable, easy to use, and has pretty looking statistics. One thing Bit.ly does not do is export data. There is simple no other Bit.ly exporter out there.