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How to create a real estate website using Directorist

Are you a real estate business planning to take your business online? With WordPress, you can create a vivid and feature-rich real estate directory website yourself! Yes, you read that right – you will not need to hire a website designer or developer or technical experts. Today, we'll see a step-by-step guide on how to create a real estate website using the Directorist plugin on the WordPress platform.

Whether you are a broker, an estate agent, or a realtor firm, you can earn some passive income via 3 types of real estate websites. Before we jump right into the process, you must identify what type of website you need.

Types of real estate websites:

You first need to decide what type of real estate website you want to create. It can be one of the following:

Single property website

You create a website for a single property to display its location, features, images, etc. This website is very basic with a few pages, lots of images covering the entire property, the pricing and location information, and the contact details for the interested customers for reaching out to you.

Real estate directory website

This is the standard format website where there are many properties listed in the form of a directory. On such websites, you can allow visitors to submit their property listings and categorize them as apartments, bedroom apartments, rowhouses, condos, etc.

Realtors website

This is the standard format website where there are many properties listed in the form of a directory. On such websites, you can allow visitors to submit their property listings and categorize them as apartments, bedroom apartments, rowhouses, condos, etc.

Realtors website

This would be a website where you showcase what you do as a business in real estates. It would tell your visitors about your real estate agency, what are the services you provide.

Once you know which type you need to create, you must then understand how a real estate website works and what are the ideal features.

How a real estate website works and what are the ideal features?

Ideally, a real estate listing website works as a location-based directory that acts as a middle ground between property buyers and property owners. Various categories of properties are posted under listings, such as apartments, condos, etc. 

Property owners can register on the website and submit their listings under the relevant category. As an administrator, you can choose to allow free or paid listings. Also, showcase featured listings for certain property owners. 

You can create payment submission packages to allow paid listings on your website. For example, real estate agents can register on your site, choose a pricing package for posting a number of listings based on their requirements, and submit their listings via a frontend submission form.

Ideal features of a real estate website:

  • User registration: A fully functional user registration and anagemen system that allows users to register for an account on your site.
  • Listing submission: Ability for administrators to create property listings from the admin dashboard. Also, allow registered users to submit their listing from the front-end which would be approved by the admin.
  • Payment packages: You can have multiple payment packages where users or property owners can submit a certain number of listings, verify their listings, post listings to certain categories. 
  • Payment processing: To accept payments for payment packages.
  • Listing submission form: Ability for users to submit their listings from the front-end via a submission form for a user-friendly experience. 
  • Listing management:Users should be able to edit and manage their property listings once they have submitted them.
  • Categories, search, and filters: Your site needs to caters to the different categories of property listing to target different interests of the visitors. Search and filters help visitors browse and narrow down the desired listings quickly.

All these features are available in the Directorist plugin, which we recently reviewed. Directorist is a comprehensive directory plugin for WordPress. It lets you create a local directory, job listings, service directory, classified ads, or a booking directory website like Yelp, Tripadvisor, Airbnb.

Let’s create a real estate website already!

Create a real estate website

In this tutorial, we’ll be creating a real estate website with few property listings created by the admin and also add a submission form where registered users can submit their listings for free.

Note: For this tutorial, we're using the DList theme, Directorist core plugin which we have already installed, activated and configured. Refer to the official documentation of Directorist for the initial setup. Also, we're using the Pricing Plans extension

Adding a new property listing

Go to WordPress Dashboard > Directorist listings > Add New Listing

Add a title, and other details of the property listing such as location, category, images, tags, etc and then click the Publish button.

Directorist - Adding a new listing
Directorist – Adding a new listing
Directorist – Single listing preview

Displaying all properties on a page

You can use the shortcode [directorist_all_listing] on a page to display all listings created on your website.

Directorist - Displaying all listings on a page
Directorist – Displaying all listings on a page
Directorist - All listings page preview
Directorist – All listings page preview

Adding a submission form on a page

You can use the shortcode [directorist_add_listing] on a page to display the add new listing form on your site where users can submit their property listings.

Displaying a submission form
Displaying a submission form 
Directorist - Submission form preview
Directorist – Submission form preview

Bonus tip: Adding a pricing plan

To add a monetization option via pricing plans so that you can charge property owners for posting their listings on your site. You can create multiple pricing plans to set the number of listing allowed for each user. Users can choose the desired pricing package based on their needs.

You’ll be needing the Pricing Plans extension for this. 

  1. Buy and download the Pricing Plans plugin from the link below 
    https://directorist.com/product/directorist-pricing-plans/
  2. Extract the downloaded directorist-pricing-plans.zip file to the WordPress plugins folder yourhostname/wordpress/wp-content/plugins OR
    Go to your WordPress Dashboard > Plugins > Add New. Click the Upload Plugin button. Browse to the download file location, select the directorist-pricing-plans.zip & install the plugin.
  3. Click the Activate Plugin button to activate the Directorist – Pricing Plans plugin on your website. OR
    To activate the plugin on your website site, go to WordPress Dashboard > Plugins and then click the Activate button for Directorist – Pricing Plans.
  4. Go to WordPress Dashboard > Directorist listings > Settings > Monetization > General Settings, click the toggle bar to Enable Monetization Feature. and then click the Save Changes button.
Directorist - Enabling monetization feature
Directorist – Enabling monetization feature

To create a pricing plan:

  1. Go to WordPress Dashboard > Directorist listings > Pricing Plans and then click the Add New Plan button.
  2. Add the details for the pricing plan, such as type of the plan (Pay Per Listing/Package), price, description, etc. and then click the Publish button.
    You can set the field configurations for each plan as required.
Directorist - Adding a pricing plan
Directorist – Adding a pricing plan

Create as many pricing plans as required. To display all the pricing plans on a page, use the shortcode [directorist_pricing_plans].

Directorist - Pricing Plans preview
Directorist – Pricing Plans preview

Wasn’t that quick and easy? You can also create a multi-directory website using Directorist and organize your listings in different categories to keep everything organized. Customize the submission form with unlimited custom fields too using the Advanced Form Builder. The possibilities are limitless if you think of it!

So, what’s stopping you from creating your real estate site? Get Directorist today. Here's where you can take a sneak peek at the customer sites created using Directorist for some inspiration.

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Francisco is a WordPress Jedi, Digital Marketing Wizard and Growth Expert. He has been working with BuddyBoss for the last couple of years and contributing to their fantastic growth! His mission is to help businesses grow by using his expertise in digital marketing growth and content creation to develop strategies that will take your business to the next level!
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