Do you ever get a surge of new business that all seems to fit in together? If you’re an agent, maybe you have multiple clients all looking for the same thing all of a sudden. For me, I have a large group of new (and a few returning) clients who are all looking to move away from their templated real estate website to a new WordPress site.
Over the next few weeks I’ll be walking you through the steps that we take when an agent wants to do this quickly and cost effectively.
There are many, many ways that this can be done, and different people will want to use different themes or different methods. I’m sharing with you the way that I like to take an existing templated real estate site, use the content that is already there have a great WordPress site.
- Purchase hosting.* Most real estate website companies pay for your hosting out of your outrageously high monthly fees for your site, so you’ll need to purchase it. That is a Blue Host affiliate link, where you can purchase hosting. I love Blue Host and use them for all of my websites.
- Install WordPress on the Blue Host server.
- Point your domain servers to NS1.BLUEHOST.COM and NS2.BLUEHOST.COM (you will have to wait a little while for the transfer to go through).
- Make a note of your username (admin) and your password. You will login at http://yoursitename.com/wp-admin
- Go to StudioPress.com and find a theme that you like. Most agents are going to go with the Agent Press theme, but if you plan on installing IDX you can choose just about any site there. My advice is to choose one that is simple with clean lines. You’ll need to purchase the theme that you choose and the Genesis Framework. (Do not purchase these if you are hiring Virtual Assistant Chick to do this for you).
- Install the Genesis Framework as a theme, but don’t activate it.
- Install your child theme (Agent Press or whichever you chose) and activate it.