- Read our SEO Guide for ways to optimize your performance with search engines.
- Learn about hotsheets and other ways to customize your site.
- Integrate services such as Facebook and Walk Score.
- Keep it simple.
We can not say this enough... the sites that our search works the best on are very simple. They don't have text or images above the search on the page and they don't have links everywhere. The most effective sites make it clear where the search can be found and use search widgets on the homepage so users can start searching right away.
- Pay attention to speed.
The speed that it takes to load a page is very important. If you don't have a fast website, your users will get frustrated and leave and search engines may not show your site in results as often. Our IDX plugin has been optimized to load amazingly fast using cutting-edge server and database technologies. Some themes, widgets, and large images load before the Showcase IDX plugin and can make it seem like the plugin is running slowly. In most cases it's not slow, it's just waiting for the other elements on the page to load before it. We recommend keeping your pages lean and minimizing things like weather widgets. At the end of the day, people are coming to your site to search for homes; all that other stuff just gets in the way.
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