The functionality of a fully fledged real estate portal is always complicated and expensive. It would cost thousands of dollars to build such a website from scratch. Though entrepreneurs involved in this business usually have a good start-up capital, why spend it in such an inefficient way?
Meet Cherry Real Estate - a free solution able to transform any WordPress website into a robust user-driven portal. This free WordPress plugin built for Cherry Framework 5 but can be used as a standalone extension. You can download it from the official WordPress plugin repository.
Cherry Real Estate is a complex ecosystem of custom post types, widgets, and settings, which together make a convenient tool for managing the property featured on your website.
Property Post Type
The core element of its functionality is the custom Property post type. It provides you with a selection of forms, which allow you to create and publish a property listing quickly.
Types, Tags, and Features
Tags and features such as ‘Balcony,' ‘Parking’ or ‘Air conditioning’ can be applied to each post made with this plugin. You will also have to choose the category (type) of the property. These taxonomy options are essential for the plugin’s search functionality, as it allows your clients for a more precise filtering of your listings.
The users of your website can be converted into agents and contributors in the respective tab of your WordPress dashboard. You can display the details about them on the pages of your website using shortcodes.
Cherry RE Search
A complex set of forms and filters, which is designed to provide your real estate portal with a powerful search tool. It can be incorporated into any widget area of your website. You can also display a Google map with multiple markers.
Cherry RE Properties
This is the basic widget, which displays the property listings of your choice. The widget has lots of customization options, allowing you to show listings by type, tags or features, in ascending or descending order; and also choose what metadata to display.
A new button will appear in your visual editor after the installation of the plugin. With its help, you can insert various shortcodes into your posts and pages.
One of them creates a form, which allows your visitors to submit their own listings;
Property List – inserts a block with the list of the property of your choice;
Agents List – displays users, which you have converted into agents.
In the main tab, you can define how your prices will look like. You can choose a currency and how it will be displayed. You will also be able to choose between metric and US customary systems of units.
Here you can set the layout of your category pages and the number of listings per page.
In this tab, you will be offered to insert your API key so that you can use Google maps on your website. Here, upload a custom image and use it to mark the location of your property on the map.
In this section, you can modify the email templates. Available are two types of emails: notification and congratulation. These emails will be sent to your contributors after they submit a property listing, and after it is approved by you, respectively.
Meet Bellaina – a real estate WordPress theme with integrated Cherry Real Estate plugin. Its demo data contains a number of premade properties, which can serve as an example to help you easily establish your portal. Bellaina is compliant with the GPL 3.0 license and can be used on an unlimited number of domains.in this post.
Cherry Real Estate is completely free, yet powerful enough to turn your WordPress website into a full-featured real estate portal with extensive functionality.
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