WordPress Plugin Pack: Real Estate

We continue our WordPress plugin pack series that we started yesterday with the Photography pack, by announcing the Real Estate Pack. While I am not a real estate professional, I do know that real estate folks need as much help as they can get right now. Fortunately for you folks, you do not need to manage a mortgage to get these plugins. As usual, Akismet is included by default as the recommended anti-spam plugin. Keep in mind commercial licensing (you do have to pay, but it’s not much. Go to Akismet.com for more info) and the All in One SEO pack is necessary for marketing and search engine reasons.

Aside from that, here are five plugins you might consider grabbing if you’re in real estate:

  • Great Real Estate – turn WordPress into a full featured Real Estate management center.
  • Insights – Allows quick additions of photos, videos and other “bling” for posts.
  • Lightbox Plus – Similar to the Lightbox 2 plugin listed in the Photography pack.
  • WordPress Word of Mouth Marketing – adds the ability to “share” content across a variety of mediums. Personally, I prefer AddThis but AddThis is not GPL compatible so cannot be bundled in this pack. We use AddThis on Technosailor.com and it can be seen in the “Bookmark” button below this post.
  • WP-Realty – Useful for integrating listings into WordPress

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WordPress Plugin Pack: Photography

Every day, I get emails, IMs and other questions asking me “What plugins do I have to have in WordPress?” My answer is always the same – depends on what you do or want to accomplish. There are two plugins that are absolutely required, in my opinion, for any WordPress blog – Akismet to combat blog spam and All in One SEO Pack to handle all the basic search engine marketing stuff that most of us forget (or maybe don’t even know how to do) every day.

I will be releasing these “plugin packs” regularly so feel free to request (by email) packs you’d like to see. All plugins released are GPL and publicly available – but I will provide a zip that includes all the plugins for one easy download.

The first plugin pack is for photographers.

  • Lightbox 2 – frames photos in an aesthetically, pleasing frame over a darkened screen.
  • WordPress Flickr Manager – provides controls for managing your Flickr library and inserting Flickr content into posts.
  • Yet Another Photoblog – allows you to turn a WordPress install into a Photoblog
  • SlidePress – Turn your photos into slideshows.
  • NextyGEN Gallery – built on the Gallery software, leveraging WordPress functionality.

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MobilePress Allows Readers to Read On the Go

As a fan of all things mobile, I have been continually frustrated by websites that do not render a mobile friendly version of their sites. Let’s be honest, I’ve been frustrated by me not rendering a mobile friendly version. As a Blackberry user, I’ve been tormented by the inadequacy of the mobile browser that has been supplied on handsets for a long time. Each new iteration of the Blackberry OS improves the browser, but nothing has been breakout. (That said, I hear the new OS 4.6 which is shipping with Blackberry Bolds and Blackberry Storms is quite nice, but I have not been able to independently confirm).

Captured with Safari 3 Simulating the iPhone
Captured with Safari 3 Simulating the iPhone

Fortunately, now you can read this site on most mobile web browsers including the iPhone (with iPhone bling!), Opera Mini, Internet Explorer for Windows Mobile as well as Blackberry and generic mobile browsers. This thanks to a WordPress plugin called MobilePress. I highly recommend it as a must have for every blogger who wants or needs their blog accessible to mobile users (they are becoming fairly common place).

The only hitch seems to be on the Blackberry browser (<=OS 4.5). You must disable javascript support in your Blackberry Browser configuration. Failing to do this will cause most sites that load javascript/AJAX libraries to spin unendingly and eat up your device memory. The only way to solve this is to pop the battery.