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What is the difference between WP Property Drive and WP Property Drive Pro plugins?

August 12, 2021 #

Here is a quick breakdown of our 4Property/Design Bricks plugin suite:

WP Property Drive

PUBLIC


Features —

  • Available from wordpress.org
  • Basic property management
  • Basic property brochure page
  • Property search
  • Property grid
  • No support
  • No custom development

Get the plugin!

WP Property Drive

INTERNAL-ONLY


Features —

  • Exclusive Irish property market integration
  • Property Drive DB integration
  • Daft integration
  • MyHome integration
  • Acquaint CRM integration
  • Additional styles and themes
  • Additional property hero templates
  • SEO features
  • Reusable block support for the single property template
  • EU GDPR compliancy
  • Full support
  • Custom development
  • And lots more!

Contact us!

WP Property Drive Pro

INTERNAL-ONLY


Features —

  • All WP Property Drive features plus:
  • Supernova: Native WordPress theme
  • 4Bids: Native auction/private treaty platform
  • 4Leads: Native lead generation platform
  • Custom development and support
  • And lots more!

Contact us!

How to add a video when adding properties from Daft

August 12, 2021 #

Daft is notoriusly known for not sending vital data through their feed. One of these vital pieces of data is the property video or the property tour. In order to mitigate this, an unlimited number of videos or 360º property tours can be added via the WP Property Drive plugin. here’s how –

These details won’t be deleted when the next feed update runs and they will be safely kept inside WordPress.

How to display the correct image when sharing a property to social networks

August 10, 2021 #

Sharing a property to Facebook or LinkedIn has several requirements:

Pre-caching images

When content is shared for the first time, the Facebook or LinkedIn crawler will scrape and cache the metadata from the URL shared. The crawler has to see an image at least once before it can be rendered. This means that the first person who shares a piece of content won’t see a rendered image. The same happens if the image has changed or is not available.

There are three ways to avoid this and have images render on the first Like or Share action:

  1. Pre-cache the image with the sharing debugger: Run the URL through the URL debugger to pre-fetch metadata for the page. This can also be used to update the image for a piece of content.
  2. Use og:image:width and og:image:height Open Graph tags: Using these tags will specify the image dimensions to the crawler so that it can render the image immediately without having to asynchronously download and process it.

Updating images

We cache all images referenced based on each image’s URL, so if you replace an image:

Note that updating the image for a URL will not automatically update the preview for old shares. To do this, you must refresh the share as described here.

Troubleshooting

If you have any problems with images not being displayed correctly for a URL, try plugging in the image URL in the Sharing Debugger for any errors.

How to write your first blog post using the WordPress block editor

July 12, 2021 #

OK, so now you are ready to write your first blog post in the WordPress block editor.

STEP 1: ADD A NEW POST

First, log into your blog’s dashboard and select Posts > Add New. You should get a screen which looks like this –

STEP 2: GIVE YOUR POST A TITLE

Simply type in your title where it says Add Title at the top.

How to add a title to a new WordPress blog post in the block editor

STEP 3: ADD TEXT

To add text, simply type where it says START WRITING OR TYPE / TO CHOOSE A BLOCK. Every time you hit the return key to start a new paragraph, a new block will automatically be created.

Alternatively, you can copy and paste into the WordPress block editor from a Word document or Google Docs document. If you choose this option, a new block will automatically be created for each paragraph.

How to add paragraph text in a blog post using the WordPress block editor

STEP 4: ADD HEADINGS

To create a heading, simply type the text of your heading, then select the paragraph symbol (which looks like this: ¶) in the top left of the popup toolbar. This will give you the option to change the text from paragraph text to heading text. Select HEADING.

How to add a heading in a blog post using the WordPress block editor

For all your main subheadings you should choose the ‘H2’ H Tag. If you divide a paragraph into sub-sections, each with its own sub-sub-heading, then you need to use H3 tags (and H4 for sub-sub-sub headings!).

If you want to change the colour of your headings you can do this by clicking on your heading then selecting COLOUR SETTINGS in the right-hand menu

How to change the colour of a heading in a blog post using the WordPress block editor

STEP 5: ADD SPACES

To make your text easier and more enjoyable to read, it’s important to include plenty of white space – particularly between sections. Unfortunately, this doesn’t happen as easily in Gutenberg as it does in say Word or Google Docs (or, for that matter, the old classic editor).

To add in this white space, you need to hover your mouse between the two blocks where you want the white space to go and a + sign should appear.

Click on the plus sign and select LAYOUT ELEMENTS then SPACER.

How to add white space in a blog post using the WordPress block editor

Now, over on the right-hand menu, change the height of the spacer to 40px.

To be able to reuse this 40px spacer, you will need to save it as a reusable block. To do this, go to the three dots above the spacer and select ADD TO REUSABLE BLOCKS. Give your reusable block a name (for example 40px spacer) and hit SAVE.

How to add white space in a blog post using the WordPress block editor

I like to add a 40px spacer after each main section (immediately above a new H2 heading) and a 20px spacer after each subsection (immediately above a new H3 heading).

STEP 6: ADD IMAGES

To add an image, hover your mouse between the paragraphs where you want the image to go and click the + sign. Choose COMMON BLOCKS >> IMAGE >> UPLOAD and select a photo from your computer or COMMON BLOCKS >> IMAGE >> MEDIA LIBRARY to select an image from your media library.

How to add an image in a blog post using the WordPress block editor

Use the panel on the right to change the size of your image, if you want, and add an alt description.

How to add an image in a blog post using the WordPress block editor

STEP 7: ADD LINKS

To add a link, highlight the text you want to link to another post or page, then select the chain link symbol from the popup toolbar and paste in the URL you want to link to. Alternatively, if you want to link to a another post (or page) on your own blog, simply type a couple of words from the title of that post and select the correct post (or page) from the search results which will automatically appear.

How to add a link in a blog post using the WordPress block editor

To make the link open in a new tab, click the down arrow next to the URL and toggle OPEN IN NEW TAB to ON.

How to add a link in a blog post using the WordPress block editor

To set the link to nofollow, first ensure you have set the link to open in a new tab, then click the 3 dots in the popup toolbar that appears and choose EDIT AS HTML.

How to add a link in a blog post using the WordPress block editor

In the html code find the part that says rel=”noreferrer noopener” and change it to say instead rel=”nofollow noopener”.

How to add a link in a blog post using the WordPress block editor

Now click the 3 dots again and select EDIT VISUALLY.

STEP 8: ADD BACKGROUNDS

To give a single paragraph a different colour background, simply click anywhere in the paragraph and then select COLOUR SETTINGS on the right-hand menu and choose your colour.

How to change the background colour in a blog post using the WordPress block editor

To give a group of blocks a background colour, highlight all the blocks and click on the multiple block symbol in the popup toolbar. Select TRANSFORM TO… GROUP.

How to change the background colour in a blog post using the WordPress block editor

Now select COLOUR SETTINGS on the right-hand menu and choose your background colour.

STEP 9: ADD CODE

If you need to add a line of code into your blog post, simply select the Custom HTML block which you will find under ‘formatting’ in the list of available blocks.

How to add custom code in a blog post using the WordPress block editor

Once you’ve added your custom code, you can click on the preview button to double check it looks right visually.

I use this for things like embed codes for my opt-in forms and affiliate link code.

STEP 10: SET CATEGORIES, TAGS, FEATURED IMAGE AND EXCERPTS

Look over to the right-hand menu and select the DOCUMENT tab.

How to add categories, tags, a featured image and an excerpt in a blog post using the WordPress block editor

Now scroll down to where it says CATEGORIES and choose the correct category for your blog post.

Scroll just below to where it says TAGS and add your tags.

Next add a featured image by clicking on SET FEATURED IMAGE then selecting or uploading the image you want to use.

Finally, copy and paste your first paragraph into where it says EXCERPT (or write a custom excerpt if you prefer).

STEP 11: CHANGE YOUR URL SLUG

Your URL slug is the part of the URL after your domain name. For example, the URL for this blog post is www.productiveblogging.com/ first-post-WordPress-block-editor. The URL slug is first-post-WordPress-block-editor. By default the slug will contain all the words in your title. You generally want to shorten this to just a few keywords – this will make the URL more attractive when you share it and easier to share in certain contexts (for example in an Instagram post, on a podcast or in a YouTube video). In any case, it’s good practice to keep your slugs short!

To change your slug, simply head over to the right-hand menu and select the DOCUMENT tab. Scroll down to where it says PERMALINK and amend your slug as you wish.

How to change the permalink of a blog post using the WordPress block editor

STEP 12: PREVIEW AND PROOF READ

Before publishing your blog post, make sure you preview and proofread it! To preview, simply hit PREVIEW in the top right-hand corner. The preview window will automatically open in a new tab.

Proofread your blog post and make edits where necessary.  

STEP 13: PUBLISH OR SCHEDULE

To publish straightaway, simply hit PUBLISH in the top right-hand corner of your WordPress editing screen.

To schedule your post for a date in the future (or even backdate it to a date in the past!), simply head over to the right-hand menu and select the DOCUMENT tab. Scroll down to where it says STATUS AND VISIBILITY. Click on the word IMMEDIATELY next to where it says PUBLISH and choose your preferred date and time. Then hit SCHEDULE in the top right-hand corner of your WordPress editing screen. Your post is now scheduled for the time and date you selected and will automatically be published at that time.

How to publish and schedule a blog post using the WordPress block editor

SPECIAL FEATURES IN THE WORDPRESS BLOCK EDITOR

The WordPress block editor had numerous special features – cool stuff that you just couldn’t do in the old classic editor. Here are just a few of the special features I use most often…

MOVING BLOCKS

If you decide you want to move a paragraph, title, image, quote etc. to a different place in your blog post you can! Hold down the mouse key on the left-hand side of the block you want to move, then drag and drop the block to wherever you’d like it to appear. Alternatively, use the up or down arrows on the left of the block to move it to wherever you want it.

DUPLICATING BLOCKS

If you’ve created a block and you’d like to put that block somewhere else in the same blog post too, simply click on the 3 dots on the right of the popup toolbar and select DUPLICATE. You can now move that duplicate block to wherever you need it to go using the methods described above.

How to create a new blog post or page

July 12, 2021 #

Creating a New Blog Post or Page Using the Block Editor

You will start creating a new blog post or page like you normally would.

  1. Login to your WordPress site and click on Dashboard
  2. Click on Posts > Add New. If you are creating a page, then go to Pages > Add New menu.

Selecting Posts > Add New, will launch the block editor. The first block of every post or page is reserved for the title. Here, is where you’d type in the title of your blog post.

After that, you can use your mouse to move below the title or press the tab key on your keyboard to move down and start writing. By default, the next block is a paragraph block. This allows you to start writing right away.

If you want to add a different type of block, then you can click on the add new block button on the top left corner of the editor, or on the left side of a block.

Clicking on the button will show the add block menu with a search bar on top and commonly used blocks below.

Working with Blocks in the Block Editor

Each block comes with its own toolbar which appears on top of the block. The buttons in the toolbar would change depending on the block you are editing.

For example, in the screenshot below, there is a paragraph block that shows basic formatting buttons like text alignment, bold, italic, insert-link, and strikethrough buttons in the toolbar.

In addition, each block can also have its own block settings which would appear in the right column of your edit screen.

Publishing and Managing Options in the Block Editor

Each WordPress post contains a lot of metadata such as publish date, categories, featured images, and more. All these options can be found in the right-hand column on the editor screen. Be sure to have the “Document” tab selected in order to see them.

Block Types

WordPress has several different types of blocks you can add to the page or post to begin editing. to learn more about the different types of blocks available visit the WordPress support page using the link below.

How to migrate your domain to us

April 19, 2021 #

Before going live with your website, we need to get technical access to your domain registration, so we can set up our server, Google verification, Google Suite verification, antispam procedures, email setup and more.

There are three methods for migrating your domain to us. Here they are, listed in our preferred order:

1. Provide an EPP Code (recommended)

Your current domain registrar will be able to either provide an EPP code on-demand, inside your domain control panel, or within 24-48 hours via email. You can request the code from your registrar control panel or by sending an email to your account manager. Using this option, we will take care of everything, while you keep retain legal ownership of your domain.

2. Change Your Nameserver (NS) Records to Ours

On request, you can change your nameserver records to ours (we will provide them on request) and then we will take over your domain’s technical administration. Using this option, we will take care of everything, while you keep retain legal ownership of your domain.

3. Point Your A Record to our IP (not recommended)

If, for various reasons, you cannot use the methods above, point your A record to our IP address when you want to go live. Note that this option requires precise synchronisation between yourself (or your IT department) and our developers, so that we avoid any downtime. It is not recommended to proceed with this option in the afternoon or before (or during) the weekend, as we risk the website going down. Also, using this option, you have full reponsibility for managing your SSL certificate settings, email antispam, email delivery, email setup, Google verification, and more.

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Note than we can assist with methods #1 and #2, provided we have access to your domain registrar’s control panel.

Also note that any DNS change might take up to 72 hours to propagate and become active.

How to add Facebook Messenger Chat to your website

April 19, 2021 #

Go to your Facebook page, go to the Settings section (see screenshot below), go to the Advanced Messaging section and add your domain to the Whitelisted Domains list. Third-party domains that are accessible in the Messenger webview for use with the Messenger Extensions SDK, and for Messenger plugins.

Then go to the Messaging section above and add/enable Messenger for your website. Let people start a conversation on your website and continue it in Messenger with the Chat Plugin. It’s easy to set up, just follow the steps in the Get Started button.

In the last step of the Chat Plugin setup, you will see the CHOOSE AN OPTION TO INSTALL THE CODE. Select the “Email instructions to your developers” option and let us do the rest.

If you want to install it yourself, either use Google Tag Manager to add the code to your site or use the Facebook integration in Supernova.

You won’t need the code snippet provided by Facebook, you will only need your page ID.

https://www.facebook.com/help/1503421039731588

How to enable auction deposits

April 6, 2021 #

Enable and connect Stripe by following the steps below:

  1. Go to WooCommerce -> Settings -> Payments -> Stripe (Manage button).
  2. Click the “Setup or link an existing Stripe account” button.
  3. If the button above is disabled, use this link:
    https://www.example.ie/wp-admin/admin.php?page=wc-admin&task=payments&method=stripe
  4. Follow the “Webhook Endpoints” steps.
  5. Untick the “Capture charge immediately” checkbox if you want to capture payments (recommended for 4Bids auctions), instead of instant payment.
  6. Create a product called “Deposit for Property X” (where “Property X” is your property title/address) and assign the deposit in the property back-end.

Additional Steps

How to manually add bids (agents)

January 6, 2021 #

Agents can manually add bids to any property, provided the user/bidder is registered and verified.

After logging into your WordPress dashboard, open the Bids section in the admin menu and add a new bid:

Add all required details, such as the bidding property, the bid amount (do not use any currency symbols or punctuation marks, such as commas or periods, e.g. 250000) and the bid author.

Hit Publish when you are done.

How to use the Block Editor

March 12, 2020 #

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why should I use the block editor?

A. The Block Editor can help you produce nice layouts for your content with many in-built block choices and new block patterns. With the new Block Repository, you can also add new blocks into your Block Editor.

Q. I still use the Classic Editor, will this new update affect it?

A. No, the classic editor plugin will be maintained until 2022. In the Writing Settings of your site, you can decide if you allow choosing which editor to use for each page or post. Alternatively, you can use the new Block Editor and use the Classic Blockhttps://wordpress.org/support/article/classic-block/

Q. Do I still need a third-party page builder?

A. Whether you choose to use a page builder or not is entirely up to you as the end-user. We recommend using the Block Editor, though, as Supernova has full support for blocks and block patterns. The potential compatibility of the page builder with these new Block Editor updates is entirely dependent on the third party that develops your page builder.

Q. What’s the block pattern for?

A. The Block Patterns are ready-to-use blocks that you can add to your page. It can be a button, header, or any commonly used block. More patterns will be added with time. To understand the difference between blocks, patterns, and layouts, see below:

Layouts > Patterns > Blocks

Q. Can I use my page builder and the new block editor together?

A. It depends on which page builder you are using or want to use. We recommend you check the documentation for the page builder you use. We do not recommend it, though.

Q. Will I still need the Gutenberg plugin?

A. You do not need to use the Gutenberg plugin in order to use the Block Editor.

4Bids: User Setup

November 21, 2019 #

Step 1

Open bidding properties will have a prompt to login to bid.

In order to bid, you need to sign up as a site user. Creating an account is quick and easy.

Note that all the fields are mandatory.

When you are done signing up, you can log into your account using the left Log In section.

Step 2

Get verified by uploading requested documents.

After logging into your account, check the Online Bidding section and see which documents are required.

Head over to the My Documents section below and upload your verification files (scans of your documents in PDF or JPEG format).

Step 3

Find an open bidding property and bid (and respond to counterbids).

You will get notification emails for each counterbid instantly.

4Bids: Agent Setup

October 29, 2019 #

How do I enable the 4Bids module?

Log into your WordPress admin section and head over to the Property Drive -> 4Bids menu item. Follow the steps to change your settings or use the default ones.

General Settings

Make sure you read and understand each option:

Notifications
This option should be enabled (ticked) so that all bidders get bid notifications and other bid-related notifications.

Verification
This is what private treaty bidders should provide in order to get verified by the agent. Select all that apply. Note that the required documents can also be configured on a per-user basis. Also note that auction bidders can pay a deposit in order to get verified.

Legal Packs
This is an optional feature and allows the agent to add one or more legal documents to each property.

Bidding Settings
These settings include the refresh interval (defaulting at 5 seconds) and the bid increment (or decrement) amount. 500 is a good value. This is the amount that goes up (or down) when clicking/tapping the plus/minus buttons.

Bidding Rollover/Extension
This optional feature allows the agent to extend the auction time by X minute(s) if the latest bid is within the last Y minute(s). Use 0 to disable.

Agent Email
This email should be set in order to receive bidding and bid-related notifications.

Open/Active Auctions/Biddings

You can see your open properties on the Dashboard section. Click on each property to see its active bids.

How to enable/disable 4Bids per-property

Enable 4Bids for your property (or properties) and configure options.

Go to your Properties list (menu item on the left) and select your property.

Check the right sidebar and scroll down to the 4Bids Settings metabox. Tick the Allow bids for this property box.

Set the selling method to Auction or Private Treaty. All other fields are optional.

Remember to scroll up and Update your property when you are done.

How to check and verify bidders

Respond to buyer requests to bid (via email).

Whenever a new bidder requests access to bid, you, as agent, can check their credentials, their documents and override or request more required documents.

When the agent is satisfied, they can switch the status to Verified.

Note that all fields and settings related to each user are mandatory (status, verification, requested documents, expiration, maximum bid amount and so on).

How to send email notifications to all bidders of a specific property

When finished, close the bidding process.

You also have the option to send full and final emails or any other desired notification emails.

How to download a log of bids

Download a log of bids for PSRA or legal purposes, containing the bid amount, the bid date, the bidder’s name and the bidder’s email address.

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