Announcing Rover IDX 2.1.0

Rover IDX 2.1.0 is primarily a performance release.  It contains many enhancements to improve overall speed.  In addition, these features are included:

Layouts

  • Improved ability to display listings from multiple MLS regions in one search result.
  • Property Layout slideshow with lazy loading images and swipe gestures.
  • New Listing layouts, along with the ability to customize existing layouts.
  • Display both active and sold listings together in one search result.

General Usability

  • add 'Forgot password' to Login dialog

Search Panel

  • Price dropdown is now two simple <select> dropdowns.  Much simpler, more mobile friendly.
  • Improvement search panel responsiveness

Custom (non-MLS) Listings

  • Rover has long has the option to create property listings of any type: Single Family Homes for sale, Land for sale, Homes for lease, vacation rentals. This new release contains a feature for Lease processing: A lease can be created with the click of a button and emailed to the tenant. So the entire transaction can be paperless.

PHP 7.2

  • In addition, we've completed quality assurance testing and are happy to announce that Rover IDX 2.1.0 supports PHP 7.2.

New `slideshow` for displaying images in properties

We're happy to announce a new feature in Rover IDX 2.1.0 - a slideshow that has next / prev navigators and also two options to navigate to specific slides.  

This slideshow is mobile friendly, lazy-load enabled so it's very fast, and has swipe actions for usability on your phone.

You can select the slideshow and it's options in the Rover IDX plugin >> Styling >> Property Page:

There are two Slide Navigation options:

Drawer of Thumbnails: a horizontal group of thumbnails, each representing one slide.  This drawer itself can be paged left and right, and also has buttons for Google Streetview and, if available, the property virtual tour.

Bullets: A simplified interface of numbered bullets, each representing one slide.

Custom Search Panels

Many customers want a standard search panel displayed across all their search pages, but a custom search panel - often on the Home page.

Example:

[rover_idx_full_page search_panel_layout="custom" template_fields="street,mlnumber,beds,baths"]

This is what the shortcode would generate
This is what your shortcode would generate

For a fully custom experience, you can use the search_panel_layout="custom" parameter.  This tells Rover that you do not want to use the search panel template that was chosen as the default for the site.  Rather, you want to display a custom search panel, and specify which search fields are displayed.

template_fields="" is the parameter that instructs which search fields should appear, in what order, in the search panel.  You can specify any available search field.  For instance:

[rover_idx_search_panel search_panel_layout="custom" template_fields="cities,price,prop_types" min_price="150000" max_price="800000"]

And if you want a "More" dropdown that has more search fields within it (like many of the default templated search panels) you can do that too.  Just add advanced to the list of template_fields.  All fields after the word advanced will appear within the More dropdown, in the order you specified.  For instance:

[rover_idx_search_panel search_panel_layout="custom" template_fields="cities,price,prop_types,advanced,waterfront,yearbuilt,newconstruction" min_price="150000" max_price="800000"]

Don't forget that Rover displays property matches as the visitor makes selections.  If you want to force the display of a search button, just include that in the list of template fields.

[rover_idx_search_panel search_panel_layout="custom" template_fields="cities,price,prop_types,advanced,waterfront,yearbuilt,newconstruction,afteradvanced,searchbutton" min_price="150000" max_price="800000"]

The afteradvanced causes the searchbutton to be placed outside the More dropdown, not within.

The reference list of available search fields to include in a search panel are:

  • acres
  • areas
  • baths
  • beds
  • buildings
  • canalfront
  • cities
  • counties
  • dateadded
  • foreclosed
  • garage
  • golf
  • lakefront
  • mlnumber
  • newconstruction
  • newrow
  • oceanfront
  • pool
  • price
  • price_range
  • price_rental_range
  • prop_types
  • riverfront
  • school
  • shortsale
  • sqft
  • street
  • subdivisions
  • waterfront
  • waterview
  • yearbuilt

Dashboard

The Rover IDX Control Panel allows agents and brokers to analyze website success.  Key metrics are displayed in easy to read graphs, and also in tabular format.

These metrics allow you to understand how your site is being used, what is succeeding, and what opportunities there might be for tuning and further success.

This Dashboard feature is available in Rover IDX 2.1, which will be available very soon.

Announcing Rover IDX 2.0

We are thrilled to announce that Rover IDX 2.0 will become available this week.  A long time in the making, Rover IDX 2.0 is packed with new features you've been asking for:

  • New, more modern looking Search Panels!
  • Facebook login
  • Ability to combine counties, cities, areas, subdivisions… into one drag and drop organized search control on Search Panel.  See it in action here.
  • Upon setup, offer to add search pages for specific towns
  • Listing layout 'Active', 'Sold', 'New', 'Pool'… banner diagonally across photo.  See it in action here.
  • Allow multiple MLS regions to be searched in one page (if allowed by MLS)
  • Allow multiple search shortcodes on one page, each acting independently.  See it in action here.
  • Add ability to redirect non-Active crawled pages to the default 404 page, the Home page, or any selected page.
  • New Listing Layout `ritz`  See it in action here
  • Add ability to add Login and Register menu items to primary or secondary WordPress menu.  See it in action here.
  • Copy settings from one domain_id to this domain_id
  • Configurable registration dialog
  • Configurable wait icons.  Choose from five great icons.

 

Other great features:

  • Search button will auto-appear on non-custom search panels when search panel has no listing or map framework on same page.
  • New Contact form shortcode [rover_idx_contact]  See it in action here.
  • Add Captcha to Contact form.  See it in action here.
  • New Registration form shortcode [rover_idx_register]  See it in action here.
  • Map drawing tools for visitor.  See it in action here.
  • Allow sorting of Styling >> Search >> Property Types
  • Allow sorting of General >> Office & Agents
  • Allow removal of Emoji code (JS and CSS) added by WordPress 4.2
  • Agent can now manage agent cities that are used to generate Agent Newsletter