How to import the data feed into WordPress

Connecting a data feed to the backend of a WordPress website and importing the raw data into a real estate theme requires a significant amount of technical knowledge. The instructions and video below should guide an experienced developer to import the data feed.

Instructions

  1. Login to Locator IDX account at https://locatoridx.com.
  2. Go to Data Feeds.
  3. Select Dynamic Search or Static Search.
  4. Add properties to the data feed.
  5. Click “Open Data Feed” and copy the URL.
  6. Login to WordPress (you should have already installed WP All Import).
  7. Click All Import -> New Import -> New Download -> From URL -> Paste the Data Feed URL
  8. Follow the steps and continue to click Next through their drag and drop interface.

Data Points Included

*We don’t sell property email addresses or commission rates in our data feed.

<Property>
<Details>
<ID>DFW-8</ID>
<Name>
<![CDATA[ 1900 Pacific Residences ]]>
</Name>
<Phone>(972) 962-9131</Phone>
<Website>
<![CDATA[ https://www.1900pacific.com/ ]]>
</Website>
<Amenities>Air Conditioning,Alarm System,Balcony,Built In Bookshelf,Ceiling Fan,Designer Bathroom,Dishwasher,Garden Tub,Gourmet Kitchen,High Ceilings,Microwave,Oversized Closets,Pantry,Premium Appliances,Premium Flooring,Standup Shower,Wheelchair Accessible,Yard,BBQ Grill,Bike Storage,Business Center,Concierge,Courtesy Patrol,Dog Park,Dog Wash,Electric Car Charge,Elevator,Fitness Center,Free WiFi Community Areas,Media Room,Picnic Area,Playground,Pool,Pool Cabanas,Private Lounge,Public Transportation,Smoke Free Property,Storage,Trash Pickup,Walkable,</Amenities>
<Floors>17</Floors>
<LeaseTerms>12</LeaseTerms>
<Management>RPM LIVING</Management>
<PropertyStyle>High-Rise</PropertyStyle>
<PropertyType>Loft</PropertyType>
<Units>150</Units>
<YearBuilt>1952</YearBuilt>
<YearRenovated/>
</Details>
<Location>
<Address>
<![CDATA[ 1900 Pacific Ave ]]>
</Address>
<City>Dallas</City>
<State>TX</State>
<ZipCode>75201</ZipCode>
<Neighborhood>Downtown</Neighborhood>
<Market>Dallas</Market>
<Latitude>32.7826252000</Latitude>
<Longitude>-96.7957925000</Longitude>
</Location>
<Misc>
<Description>This Dallas apartment for rent is located in the Downtown area of Dallas TX 75201. One bedroom apartments start at $1913. Two bedroom apartments start at $2479. This property was built in 1952, and has 150 units.</Description>
</Misc>
<Images>
<FeaturedImage>https://locatorapartmentmaps.com/mapimages/DFW-8-16.jpg</FeaturedImage>
<ImageGallery>https://rentaladvisors.my.salesforce-sites.com/rentaladvisors/photogallery_mappoint?ID=a0H6e00000ZqYZLEA3</ImageGallery>
</Images>
<Parking>
<AssignedParking>Assigned Parking</AssignedParking>
<AttachedGarage/>
<CoveredParking>Covered Parking</CoveredParking>
<DetachedGarage/>
<ControlledAccess>Controlled Access</ControlledAccess>
<AssignedParkingBoolean>Yes</AssignedParkingBoolean>
<AttachedGarageBoolean>No</AttachedGarageBoolean>
<CoveredParkingBoolean>Yes</CoveredParkingBoolean>
<DetachedGarageBoolean>No</DetachedGarageBoolean>
<ControlledAccessBoolean>Yes</ControlledAccessBoolean>
</Parking>
<PetPolicy>
<CatsAllowed>Cats Allowed</CatsAllowed>
<DogsAllowed>Dogs Allowed</DogsAllowed>
<PetFee>400</PetFee>
<PetRent>25</PetRent>
<PetWeight>75</PetWeight>
</PetPolicy>
<WasherDryer>
<LaundryFacility/>
<WasherDryerConnections>W/D Connections</WasherDryerConnections>
<WasherDryerIncluded>W/D Included</WasherDryerIncluded>
<LaundryFacilityBoolean>No</LaundryFacilityBoolean>
<WasherDryerConnectionsBoolean>Yes</WasherDryerConnectionsBoolean>
<WasherDryerIncludedBoolean>Yes</WasherDryerIncludedBoolean>
</WasherDryer>
<PriceRange>
<BedRange>Studio,1,2,</BedRange>
<PriceRange>$1854 – $2483</PriceRange>
<SFRange>895 – 1295</SFRange>
</PriceRange>
<FloorPlans>
<StudioBed>0</StudioBed>
<StudioBath>1</StudioBath>
<StudioRent>1854</StudioRent>
<StudioSF>895</StudioSF>
<OneBed>1</OneBed>
<OneBath>1</OneBath>
<OneBedRent>1917</OneBedRent>
<OneBedSF>814</OneBedSF>
<TwoBed>2</TwoBed>
<TwoBath>2</TwoBath>
<TwoBedRent>2483</TwoBedRent>
<TwoBedSF>1295</TwoBedSF>
</FloorPlans>
</Property>

WP All Import

To import a data feed into WordPress, you must purchase a plug-in: WP All Import.

  • It works with practically any WordPress real estate theme.
  • It’s very inexpensive. One time standalone purchase is $99 for the Pro-Version so you can download from a URL.
  • I pay a monthly fee to WP All Import for their scheduling service. I can use it on unlimited websites so I can give you the key for free. After your data feed is set up, you can schedule it to run automatically by adding our key to the settings of WP All Import.
  • The interface is simple drag and drop.
  • Purchase @ https://www.wpallimport.com/

Property Images

We understand the importance of property images on your website to provide a quality user experience. We don’t sell the images in our image library and our licensing agreement includes a penalty of $10,000 if a locator or their developer scrapes, copies, or downloads our images without our written permission. Our image library has cost us $100K+ over the years so we aren’t going to sell it for a few hundred dollars a month. Google doesn’t rank images as high as they used too so this doesn’t affect your SEO.

Image Gallery iFrame

To show property images on your website, the data feed includes a link to a mobile friendly photo gallery that can be displayed with an iFrame on your property listings.

  • It keeps the images on our server.
  • It eliminates outdated images on your website.
  • It keeps your page load fast.

CSS Reference

<div class=”gallery-container” style=”margin: 0 auto;”><iframe class=”gallery-iframe” src=”{Images[1]/ImageGallery[1]}” frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no”></iframe></div>
 
<style>
.gallery-container {
    position: relative;
    overflow: hidden;
  padding-top: 25%;
  height: 500px !important;
}
 
@media (max-width:560px) {
.gallery-container {
    position: relative;
    overflow: hidden;
  padding-top: 25%;
  height: 300px !important;
  width: 260px !important;
}
}
 
.gallery-iframe {
    position: absolute;
    top: 0;
    left: 0;
    width: 100%;
    height: 100%;
    border: 0;
}
</style>

Inline Styling

<iframe src=”{Images[1]/ImageGallery[1]}” frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no” width=”100%” height=”600px”>

Download a Featured Image

To show a featured image on your listings and grids, the data feed includes a link to a single featured image name. Many WordPress theme’s require a downloaded image in the media library in order to display a primary image on a grid or neighborhood page. For this reason, we do provide one featured image file in the data feed that you may download to your server if required.

Alternatively, we recommend an inexpensive plug-in to display external images.

  • External Images from WP Intense. I’ve tested every image reference plug-in, and this one is by far the best one.
  • It keeps the images on our server.
  • It eliminates outdated images on your website.
  • It keeps your page load fast.
  • It’s very inexpensive. $79 annually for one-site.
  • It works with WP All Import.
  • Purchase @ https://www.wpintense.com/product/external-images/