UPDATE: The plugin is out of beta and is now available! See the FlexIDX WordPress Plugin site for details.
The plugin offers several cool features such as ways to generate and “widgetize” market statistics, a listing photos, searches and contact forms.
You can see some of what it does on this Phoenix Real Estate Listings and Market Stats page, or this Gilbert Homes for Sale page. These pages by no means have every feature of the plugin implemented, but they will give you a good idea of the power and flexibility the plugin offers.
More information and demos can be found on the website Flexmls is developing for the plugin.
If Flexmls is your MLS provider, and you use their IDX solution (which is very good by the way. It’s on this site as our “Advanced Phoenix Home Search”) then you may want to keep your eye out for the release of this plugin ”“ assuming of course you’re running a WordPress site.
There is a ton of potential in something like this. We’ll be exploring it further. If you want to follow along I’ll be putting new pages under the “Beta Stuff” menu up in the nav bar. Flex has been *super* swift to respond to feedback and bug fixes, so I suspect it won’t be long before this is released for consumption soon. I’m not sure what exactly the pricing will be, but it wouldn’t surprise me if someone from FLexmls doesn’t stop by and chime in with release and pricing info.
The plugin widgets are as easy as dragging and dropping into your sidebar, and there is a short code generator that’s very easy to use to build pages like I linked to above.
We recently added the beta version of Diverse Solutions upcoming revamped IDX search and now this beta of the Flexmls IDX plugin. Hopefully we don’t have a beta blog blowup (ooh alliteration!) happening soon. But hey, if you don’t try new stuff and push the envelope you’ll fall behind swiftly!