If you want to use the kvCORE WordPress plugin, there are a few things you need to know, including a some requirements for use.
Using the WordPress Plugin is committing to a 100% custom website. This means that there is no dedicated configuration support from Inside Real Estate. There are various technical aspects of getting your custom website up and running, designing it, and maintaining it. It is recommended you work with a 3rd party Wordpress expert if you are unfamiliar with this on your own.
So, what does the plugin and kvCORE WordPress token include? The token purchase (required to connect your WordPress website to kvCORE through the available plugin) grants you access to integrate your kvCORE account with a custom WordPress website. Listing data becomes available for you to use on a WordPress site and leads captured automatically flow back into your CRM.
Website & Domain Hosting
In this and subsequent WordPress guides, you can use any domain or website host you want. This article will use GoDaddy to demonstrate the different concepts, as the general ideas and processes will be very similar regardless of which host you plan on using. It's generally a good idea to purchase your domain and website hosting from the same place because it will save you a lot of time configuring the connections between your domain name and your Website Host.
Please Note: The WordPress option is great for a single domain, such as an Agent or Office website. Under no circumstances should you consider using the WordPress token on your COMPANY website without very careful planning. All of your Office, Team, and Agent websites are all subdomains of your Company domain.
As such, following this guide to install WordPress on your company domain will cause all of your Agent, Team, and Office websites to go OFFLINE. It is possible to use the WordPress plugin on a Company domain, however, it would require extensive and detailed planning to accomplish and, depending on your unique configuration, it may not actually be possible.
Please request a consult with our team before proceeding if you are considering launching a WordPress site for your Company's domain.
The first thing you'll need is a custom domain name. A domain is the website URL that people will use to access your site. Domains usually have a one time setup fee as well as a monthly or yearly maintenance fee. If you fail to renew your domain name ownership by paying these recurring fees, your domain name could get sold to someone else and their website would display instead of yours.
Your chosen domain registrar will most likely have a domain name search function on their website where you can confirm your desired domain is available.
- Begin by typing your desired domain into their search engine.
- Click Search.
- The Domain Registrar will tell you if a domain is available or not, followed by the costs of the domain. Generally speaking, ".com" is king. But, any short domain that uses ".io" or ".co" or anything that makes sense for a business is becoming more mainstream now.
- Once you've confirmed it's available, purchase the domain through that registrar.
The second item on your list will be web hosting. Usually when you're purchasing a domain name you'll be selecting a website hosting package at the same time. Website hosting is basically a piece of the Internet that you purchase space for your website to have a place to live in. You need to pay for storing the files that make up your custom website and providing access to it.
There are all kinds of ranges of website hosting options. For example: https://www.godaddy.com/hosting/wordpress-hosting
Looking at the hosting options on GoDaddy there are options ranging from $7 to $25 per month. There are lots of included features like a free domain and Office365 Email Account.
You also have options elsewhere like: https://www.bluehost.com/special/wordpress
Which is best? It almost doesn't matter. You can certainly start with the cheapest package and go from there. If you're getting enough website visitors or if your WordPress professional recommends an upgrade for performance reasons, then you can easily address it in the future.
Pretty much all of the hosts you will purchase services from make it easy to upgrade. And in most cases you can designate an Account 'Administrator' to let them handle those issues for you.
You must also set up a Mapbox account since you will need an 'Access Token' from them to use with the plugin. Please make sure to do this for successful installation and setup.
Purchasing a Token for the WordPress Plugin
In order for you to actually use the plugin that you download, you will need a special token. This token is emailed to you after you purchase the WordPress plugin from the kvCORE Marketplace.
Navigate to the Marketplace in kvCORE.
Find the DIY Wordpress Token tile in the kvCORE Extensions section and click 'Get This'.
Click 'Add to kvCORE'.
You will need to fill in your Broker of Record info, payment info, and billing info on the following form. After submitting it, you'll see a confirmation and an email will be delivered to you from 'firstname.lastname@example.org.'
The subject will be "kvCORE Wordpress token [for websiteurl.com]".
You will need this token after you complete the WordPress plugin installation.
Purchased your token and ready to get started? Click below for next steps