The IDX website pages that come with iHomefinder accounts include features such as property searches, property details, your recommended listings, contact forms, and more. In addition to these pages, there are many different IDX widgets that you can use throughout your site to help visitors search for listings, showcase listings you choose in listing galleries, and convert visitors into registered leads with a call-out. to action. This article shares everything you need to know about how our widgets work and what each widget is used for.

Widget Basics

Before we look at the widgets themselves, it is important to understand how you are going to manage widgets for your website platform.

WordPress and iHomefinder websites

If your website is on WordPress or if you have one of our hosted websites with your iHomefinder account, widgets are added to your website pages and blog posts using shortcode, and some widgets are displayed in the widget areas provided by the WordPress theme that you use for your website.

If you are new to using shortcode or widgets in WordPress, the following tutorials will explain how these tools work in WordPress:

Add a shortcode in WordPress
In some cases, IDX functions can be embedded in a WordPress page or posted very quickly using our Shortcode selector. This handy tool uses menus to select your preferred options, so you don’t have to enter the shortcode manually.

Add and use WordPress widgets

Wix, Squarespace and other website platforms

If your website is on another platform, such as Wix, Squarespace, or custom HTML, widgets are added to your website pages using JavaScript and some widgets appear in a sidebar on our IDX pages.

The IDX pages that come with your account contain a sidebar widget area for displaying some of our provided widgets. This article in our Knowledge Base explains how to use and customize these sidebar widgets. Other widgets we provide are not intended for the sidebar area and are added to your custom website pages using JavaScript.

IDX widgets and their uses

Let’s take a look at the IDX widgets available and what each is used for on your site. For step-by-step instructions, follow the appropriate links below for your website platform.

Eureka universal search widget

If your account includes Eureka Search, this widget puts the power of multiple real estate search options into a single search window where users can quickly search ads with the following options:

  • City
  • Postal Code
  • MLS ID
  • Address
  • Additional location categories such as neighborhoods, subdivisions, and school districts

instructions:
All website platforms >

Find Eureka Card

While it’s not technically a widget, you should know that you can embed a Eureka map search into any custom page or post, and each map instance can be set to a different default location. This is useful when creating custom community pages. Each page can provide an easy-to-use map search to invite visitors to immediately see and explore offers using the map.

instructions:
All website platforms >

Quick Search Widget

Use this widget to quickly access a simple search form with multiple layout options suitable for different website placements.

instructions:
WordPress and iHomefinder websites >

Wix, Squarespace and other websites >

Search by address or ID widget

With this widget you can quickly and easily find a listing by street or listing ID.

instructions:
WordPress and iHomefinder websites >

Wix, Squarespace and other websites >

Gallery Slider Widget

Use this dynamic IDX content widget to display recommended listings (your own listings) or listings from a market (saved search) created in your account.

instructions:
WordPress and iHomefinder websites >

Wix, Squarespace and other websites >

Sell ​​my house widget

Generate seller leads with this simplified valuation request form that collects basic property and contact information from seller leads. After the form is submitted, leads are taken to a results page with properties sold that match the zip code and minimum number of beds/bathrooms entered. If sold offers are not available in the MLS system or if their display is disabled, then active offers that match the zip code and minimum number of beds/baths will be displayed.

instructions:
WordPress and iHomefinder websites >

Wix, Squarespace and other websites >

Contact widget

Add an open lead form to a widget area using the Contact widget. You will be notified when someone submits the form and their information will be entered into the control panel as a lead.

instructions:
WordPress and iHomefinder websites >

Wix, Squarespace and other websites: Please refer our article for using sidebar widgets on these websites.

Email Signup Widget

Many of your site visitors would like to receive notifications for new listings that match their search criteria. Offering this option with real estate search results is a proven way to get more visitors to your site to submit their information. If your iHomefinder account includes MarketBoost, this widget also provides options to subscribe to the Market email reports for any Market (saved search) you create in your account, depending on which report a visitor is viewing.

instructions:
WordPress and iHomefinder websites >

Wix, Squarespace and other websites: Please refer our article for using sidebar widgets on these websites.

Registration Form Widget

Use this widget to request registration for any custom page you choose on your site. This is perfect for a custom landing page or gated site content used to generate new leads. After a user has entered their details, they can proceed to the content.

instructions:
WordPress and iHomefinder websites >

Wix, Squarespace and other websites >

More information widget

This widget displays an open form in the sidebar, right next to the ad details when visitors view the ad details page for a property. This makes it very quick and easy for visitors to add their name and contact details to request more information about a property. Open forms are proven to help your site convert more site visitors into registered leads, so make sure it’s on your site.

instructions:
WordPress and iHomefinder websites >

Wix, Squarespace and other websites: Please refer our article for using sidebar widgets on these websites.

social widget

This widget is useful for adding links to your social media accounts, to create a seamless connection from your site.

instructions:
WordPress and iHomefinder websites >

This feature is not available for other website platforms.

SEO City Links Widget

This widget makes it easy to display a number of links in a widget area, each linking to lists organized by city name. Unlike Markets, which displays lists for saved searches using criteria you choose, the SEO City Links widget is for organizing lists by city name and other basic criteria, and you set up the links all in WordPress, without your IDX control panel in your iHomefinder account. The city links are then found by search engines as they index your site so that the listing pages on your site are also indexed by search engines.

instructions:
WordPress and iHomefinder websites >

This feature is not available for other website platforms.

SEO Resources
Check out these articles for tips on using your iHomefinder account to support your SEO strategy and drive more organic traffic to your site:

Overview of Real Estate SEO Features

Building Your Real Estate SEO Strategy

MarketBoost Reports

This isn’t technically a widget, but it’s similar on WordPress and iHomefinder websites in that you can embed MarketBoost reports on custom pages and posts, rather than linking to the market report pages produced when you create MarketBoost markets.

instructions:
WordPress and iHomefinder websites >

Wix, Squarespace and other websites: There is no embedding option available for MarketBoost Market Report pages on these website platforms. Instead you will link to the MarketBoost Market Report pages or frame them if you are using the iframe integration option instead of the HTML wrapper integration. Learn more about these website integration capabilities.

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