IDX Broker has been quietly rolling out quite a few new features this year, including dynamic single property page headers (including h1 and schema capabilities, great for SEO), a mobile responsive map search page and many more new IDX Broker features.
New IDX Broker OmniBar Property Search Widgets for WordPress
IDX Broker’s latest release includes two autocomplete property search widgets for IDX WordPress websites. The options for the IDX Broker OmniBar Property search widgets are just a search field, or a search field with preconfigured additional fields.
The image above shows the great new feature in action. Simply start typing the City, Zip or County and the OmniBar will appear auto-suggesting your entry. The field will also search Address or Listing ID, although these will not display autocomplete information.
IDX Broker Basic OmniBar Property Search Widget
The image above shows the basic IDX OmniBar Property search widget, which consists of a search field and a submit button. The search field will search City, Zip, County, Address or Listing ID (MLS #).
IDX Broker OmniBar Property Search Widget With Extra Fields
The OmniBar widget image above shows the IDX OmniBar Property search widget with additional fields, Price Max, Beds and Baths. As with the basic widget, the search field will search City, Zip, County, Address or Listing ID (MLS #).
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Adding The IDX Broker OmniBar Property Search Widget To Your Website
It’s very simple to add these new IDX Broker Property Search widgets to your website. There’s no setup required. If you’re running the latest IDX Broker WordPress plugin (version 1.2.0 or up) they will appear in your Widgets dashboard (Appearance > Widgets) and in your posts/pages WYSIWYG IDX toolbar . If you’re not running at least version 1.2.0 of the IDX Broker plugin, you’ll need to update to use this feature.
Adding The IDX Broker OmniBar Property Search Widget Via The Widgets Page
Visit your Widgets page (Appearance > Widgets) and drag the IDX OmniBar widget you want to use into your widget area. Optionally give it a title, which will display above the search on your website, and click “Save”.
Adding The IDX Broker OmniBar Property Search Widget To Your Pages Or Posts
You can insert the IDX Omnibar widgets anywhere into your pages and posts using the IDX toolbar button found on the WYSIWYG editor in your WordPress admin. Click the IDX button on your editors toolbar:
Clicking the IDX button will bring up a popup box for inserting your shortcode:
Select the “Widgets” tab and scroll until you find the IDX Omnibar widget you’d like to use. Click “insert” and the short code will be added to your text editor.
This is a great way to encourage property searches (which is great for lead generation) throughout your content.
Important Last Step
It’s very important that you complete one final step to make sure the OmniBar is displaying the correct information.
In your WordPress Admin, go to your IDX Broker admin page (Settings > IDX Broker), click on the settings tab and click “Refresh Plugin Options”. This will update the API to make sure it’s pulling in the correct information.
The one thing that I don’t like about the new IDX Broker OmniBar property search widgets is that the autocomplete (OmniBar) portion does not work for the property address and listing ID.
I understand that this may not be possible with the IDX Broker API, but I found it confusing when I tried to enter an address and no suggestions appeared. This might be confusing to end users that are used to searching addresses and listing ID’s on the larger sites (Zillow, Trulia, etc) with autocomplete suggestions.
Aside from this, IDX Broker has done a great job with their new OmniBar Property Search widgets and it’s a very welcome addition.