Wednesday, June 20, 2012

New “power” option for 3rd party HTML/Widget weblet

Sorry for having neglected this blog for some time. Things have been very busy at myRealPage. I was involved in a long running collaborative project which I am very thrilled to announce soon.

However, even though things have been quiet on this blog; they have not been quiet in development.

Today, I wanted to share with you a great “power” addition to our 3rd Party HTML/Widget weblet. This weblet has always been designed to let HTML and CSS-savvy users, or their designers, to add custom pieces of code to their websites. Now they have an option to “include” an external HTML file where the code may reside.

 screenshot2

This offers a great advantage now of being able to write a piece of reusable HTML/Javascript code and save it to the WebDrive; and then reference it from various different HTML/Widget weblets; but maintain singular location for the code. This allows you to modify the contents of this included file and the changes will be reflected potentially in many different places: everywhere where this file has been referenced. (Keep in mind also, that the WebDrive allows you to edit text file in-place: simply right click the file and select to edit it).

Hopefully, you will find this functionality useful. Have questions or feedback? Drop me a line to bill@myrealpage.com

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Using myRealPage custom listing categories for precise listing placement [video]

Sometimes you want very precise control over what listings are placed on what pages on your website. For example, you may want to enter some listings in a different language, or you would like to display new developments that are not listed on MLS®; in both cases, you want to display these listings separately, but you also don’t want to mix them with your regular listings, which we may be automatically importing from your Real Estate Board.

Listing Categories to the rescue! Watch this video for a brief tutorial.

In a nutshell, it’s simple: simply assign one or more categories in your Listing Editor under “Settings, SEO + more” tab, then use these categories when you select what listings to display in Listings weblet. You can now choose to specify what categories to include or exclude.

Hope you find this video useful! Have a comment: email me to bill-at-myrealpage.com

Monday, November 21, 2011

Updated myRealPage listing photo and form presentation (Video)

We have just published a sweeping update to our Listings product that changes the way the listings “present” their photos and forms. We have always strived to make our listings maximally interactive: have the photo galleries, maps, contact forms, mortgage and send forms available everywhere, so it’s not a chore for the user to get the tool or information they need on the listing.

One of the challenges was to make the way listings show their photos and forms attractive and consistent, given the variety of different ways that myRealPage listings can be used online. For example, here is a list of ways myRealPage listings can be displayed:

Technical obstacles were pretty high; Internet Explorer support didn’t help matters at all; but we have done it and it’s here and live. Check out my quick video below to see what I mean.

photos

map

send-form

Hope you like the new look! Let me know: bill-at-myrealpage.com

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Use Social Media Sharing buttons on your listings with myRealPage

There is a neat quick way to post your listing to Facebook. There are only two things you need to do:

  • Enable Social Media Sharing for your listings
  • Use the Facebook “Share” button to post your listing to Facebook

Here is where you can enable your Social Media Sharing: simply go to http://private-office.myrealpage.com and navigate to the Listings module:

enable-social-media-sharing

Then simply go to your website, find the listing you want to post and click on the “Share” button:

facebook-share

Hope that was easy! Let us know what you think: feedback@myrealpage.com

Monday, September 19, 2011

Multi-map tabs in the “Interactive Map” weblet on myRealPage websites

I wanted to share here a little enhancement that we have added to our “Interactive Map” weblet which you can now use if you have myRealPage website. In the past, our “Interactive Map” weblet was designed to let you easily add a particular map to your web page: a Google Map, or a Street View, or a Walkscore, or a Microsoft’s Bird’s Eye View. Now you can add all of them together and access them via tabs:

multi-map-example

To configure your “Interactive Map” weblet is very easy, simply open up the weblet screen and find these new additional controls (the screenshot below is from the new web-based Private Office, but these controls have also been added to the “Map” weblet in the desktop version):

multi-map-controls

You can also WATCH A VIDEO about how to add multiple tabs to your map weblet here:

http://www.screencast.com/t/SAt1qitZon1

I hope you enjoy this new enhancement.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Using jQuery with myRealPage custom layouts

In order to use jQuery with myRealPage custom layouts, you need to set jQuery library into the “noConflict” mode. This is what your code that includes jquery should look like:

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.4.2/jquery.min.js"></script>
<script>
window.$j = jQuery.noConflict();
</script>

Note, the: window.$j = jQuery.noConflict(); This assigns the typical “$” jQuery symbol to the “$j” symbol which you can now use instead throughout your code. For example, instead of using this:

$( “.some-element” ).each( …. )

You will use this:

$j( “.some-element” ).each( … )

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Custom code to include Wibiya toolbar on your myRealPage website

There are tons of widgets out there these days and you may find some of them useful. Including them on your website with myRealPage is very straightforward: we have a special dedicated 3rd party weblet where you can simply copy and paste the include code. But there is also a fly in the ointment…

If you include a 3rd party widget code and that code fails it may ruin the display of your page, but even more importantly, it may interfere with our page editor and you may not even be able to correct this problem on your own without getting technical support involved. I have recently come across an example of this with Wibiya toolbar. It appeared to work for the website, but was causing errors during the page editing.

So I came up with a discretionary inclusion of the Wibiya toolbar code which will run it only when the page is displayed outside of the editing mode.

Typically you would be including something like this as your code:

<script src=http://cdn.wibiya.com/… type="text/javascript"></script>


INSTEAD, you should do something like this:


<script>
try
{
var url = window.location.href;
if( url.indexOf( "__manage__" ) == -1 ) {
var s = document.createElement( "script" );
s.src = "http://cdn.wibiya.com/……";
document.body.appendChild( s );
}
}
catch( e )
{
}
</script>


(Please replace “http://cdn.wibiya.com/….” with your Wibiya javascript code URL.)



Hope this helps!