Easy Property Listings contains settings that need to be configured once activated.
This document will explain each of the settings pages and what needs to be done once you activate Easy Property Listings
General Settings #
So once you've activated Easy Property Listings the first thing you want to do is jump over to the general settings page in WordPress by visiting:
Dashboard > Easy Property Listings > Settings.
Listing Types and Location Taxonomy
Here is where you can activate the listing types you want to feature on your website.
- Property (Residential For Sale)
- Rental (Listings that are for rent)
- Land (Land property for sale)
- Rural (Farms, larger rural property for sale)
- Commercial (Commercial property for sale and/or for lease)
- Commercial Land (Commercial Land for sale)
- Business (Business for sale)
A lot of residential real estate companies, handle property for sale, they often also handle rentals for lease and land for sale. Other real estate companies may specialize just in commercial property that is for sale and for lease or business sales. Some may work with all of the listing types for one website.
It's best to activate the ones you need and leave the other ones deactivated.
Location Taxonomy #
You can modify the location label, which is very important to do at the start because this is the name of your taxonomy for your listings. The default is Suburb as we are in Australia. But this is where you can make it city, or town, or region, or any name that is applicable to you in your region.
Use these settings to adjust the address labels to suite your location and address format for your listings.
Suburb/Town/City Label: Change this to suite your region.
Additional Address Field: Enable or Disable the extra address field.
State/Province/Region Label: Change this to suite your region.
Postcode/ZIP Label: Post Code is great for Australia and other countries but you may need this to be ZIP code. Set that here.
Display Country: Enable or disable the display of the country set in the listing address. Default is disabled.
Default Country: This is used for map when listing has no address details.
These options alter the admin and search forms labels.
Customise the labels that are used to show the status and information on the archive and individual listing pages.
New/Just Listed Label: Will appear on the archive listing view on a listing image by default.
Home Open Label: This will display above the Open for Inspection times on your listings. Alter the label displayed as required here. Open Homes, Open Houses, Open for Inspection or whatever you need.
No Price Label: is for when the property is marketed with a hidden price like Offers, POA (Price on Application) or Contact Agent for Price, this is the default display for no price. Each listing can be individually changed with the Price text field.
Under Offer Label: Once a listing is checked as Under Offer (Under Contract) you can alter the displayed label. This will also alter the wording displayed in the pricing box.
Sold Label: When the status of a listing is marked Sold this is the label that is displayed.
Leased Label: When the status of a rental listing is marked Leased this is the label that is displayed.
Rental Bond / Deposit Label: Bond is the tenants up-front payment required before starting a lease, often this is four weeks rent.
Rental Bond / Deposit Label Display: The default is disabled. You can enable the bond display which will appear after the rental amount. Let your tenants know how much bond they require to rent or lease a property.
Once you're happy with your settings and setup press Save Changes.
The label settings alter the front end display on your listings.
Listing Single View #
Configure the default options when viewing a single listing.
Automatically display image gallery?: You can also enable automatic output of attached images in a WordPress gallery on your listings. The way it works is that when you are adding or editing a listing and you press the Add Media button like you would a post or page these images will be included in the gallery. If you're a WordPress developer you can use the included filters or create a custom template or use a light box plugin like Easy FancyBox that automatically turns WordPress galleries into a pop out light box. We also have the awesome Sliders extension with loads of easy to use options and fancybox built in.
Gallery columns?: You can also adjust the number of gallery columns to suit your front end display. If they are too small or big just come back here and adjust you setting.
Feature List columns?: This is the number of columns of property features you want to appear, so your listings may often have ten features ticked or added to the features taxonomy and here is where you can adjust the number of columns displayed. You can set the number of columns and come back and adjust it later, to suit your page design and look.
These options control the front end of your listings.
Listing Archive View #
Configure the default options for when viewing the archive listing pages.
Excerpt words: The number of words used and displayed on the listing cards like the archive page. Your theme may have huge fonts and need less words or small and need more words, adjust the number of words to suit your theme and to get the look you want. NOTE: This setting will have no effect when using custom excerpts on your listings.
Listing view type: This is used to set the default view of the listings to either grid or list. A cookie is saved in the visitors browser that will remember the last view state when visiting the site again.
Fancy pagination: This is used to configure either default WordPress < Previous Page / Next Page > pagination OR set to fancy to add page numbers for pagination.
These options alter the front end view of your Shortcodes, archive pages and search results.
Search Widget and Shortcode: Tab Labels #
Customise the tab labels of the EPL - Search Widget or [listing_search] shortcode.
These settings alter the default labels displayed when using the EPL - Listing Search widget and [listing_search] Shortcode.
Dashboard Listing Columns #
Use the following settings to change how the Dashboard > Property or any listing of the types you have enabled display.
These settings alter the details when managing listings from the Dashboard.
Theme Setup #
The following settings will use your theme templates to generate your listing pages. If your listings appear too wide or your sidebar is in the wrong place enable theme compatibility. When this is enabled you can use the included shortcodes like [listing post_type="property" tools_top="on"] to display your listings with sorting and grid options.
For best results, always use a Child theme with WordPress and follow the Theme Setup guide. Before you do search for your theme here as we have already created many templates for a number of WordPress themes free and premium.
If you use use your site with Theme Compatibility mode enabled you can disable the featured images if they appear doubled up with the following settings.
Theme Setup: Featured Images #
Some WordPress themes automatically display featured images on posts and pages which may cause you to see double on your listings. Use the following settings to adjust the featured image behaviour.
Theme compatibility mode is entirely theme dependent as each theme is coded differently. Use these settings to enable or disable the featured image. NOTE:As the theme is now controlling the display of the search results and archive pages, this removes the Grid/List, sort results and pagination features.
Select your default currency. If you can not find the currency you are looking for, you can add additional currencies with a filter, see how here.
These settings allow you to adjust the currency position, the thousand separator and decimal separator, so it should work wherever you are in the world.
Inspection Date & Time Formats #
These settings allow you to control how your inspection times display by default.
You can allow access to the Contacts system for logged in users.
Access your contacts from Dashboard > Easy Property Listings > Contacts.
You can allow access to the Reports system for logged in users.
Access your reports from Dashboard > Easy Property Listings > Reports.
Advanced Settings #
Additional settings to control how Easy Property Listings works. For even more advanced filters and hooks, start by reviewing the Hooks: Action and Filter reference. Review the Advanced Documentation and Developer Docs sections in the codex.
Once you've set these press Save Changes.
Now what's going to happen is and how WordPress works with custom post types is your Dashboard menu will look like nothing's changed, so just refresh your page and you will now see the activated listing custom post types under the Easy Property Listings menu.
Notes on other real estate themes and plugins #
If you are unable to see the Easy Property Listings menu or once you activate the Property post type some of the settings aren't quite right this is due to a conflict with another real estate plugin or theme that provides real estate options that use the same custom post types.
Select another theme or figure out how to disable the property system in your theme. This is how WordPress works and there is no need for a redundant property listing system inside another theme.