WordPress real estate websites are unique in the fact that they typically require some sort of 3rd party RETS plugin. When you choose a 3rd party RETS software to integrate into your website you should always have that company do all of their software/plugin setup for you instead of hiring someone else to do it.
One of the “Biggest Issues” you will probably encounter when building out your first WordPress real estate site is that you will probably forget to treat it the same way a general contractor would if he were building you your dream home. What does that mean?
If you are a General Contractor the first thing you do is line up your subcontractors to get their bids and schedules – why? because each subcontractor is a pro at their job – they know their trade and their product inside and out. If you hire some friend, web-dev or seo company then chances are they are only professionals at what they know or what they have previously used/built and are not going to know how to code or how xyz is compared to abc or even how to setup either one since they didn’t develop either one and or have never even actually used/worked with them.
Ever week we get calls or support tickets from some “new” web developer that has now taken over updating or moving someones website etc. The website owner, typically Broker or Agent has now hired yet another 3rd party seo or web designer person/firm who swears they can “do-it-all” when in-fact they typically can’t do half of what they claim in the first place. Typically the minute that they move the site, to yet another hosting provider or try to switch out to some other “better” theme, they start calling us for help.
The point that I’m trying to make here is “why would you ever hire the plumber to do the roof?” Sure he might be able to eventually get it done but its never going to get done as fast or as good as what a professional roofer would do and in the long run its always going to end up costing you more time and money every single time.
Remember to plan you project accordingly and you will end up with a great custom website built your-way via the best subcontractors available…..or …you may end up with a lot of frustration, wasted time and money.