Showcase IDX gives you the flexibility to use a theme and hosting of your choosing.
There are so many options out there, so how do you know how to pick the right one for your website?
We have compiled a list of themes that we know work great with our plugin, so you can make the right decision. This list gets updated all the time as we learn more about different themes and test them with our product. If you don't see a theme you're interested in listed below, don't worry! We might be compatible. Feel free to give it a try and let us know how it works out for you!
As a general rule of thumb, we suggest that you do not use a real estate specific theme on your website. There are a few reasons that we suggest this.
We don't fully integrate with any real estate themes at this time and given that they typically have their own search and property page features, those features would have to be turned off in order to let our widgets function. If you do turn those features off, they are still present in your website's code and can increase the page speed and load time. They can also potentially cause problems with any IDX configuration.
Using a theme that is not specifically for real estate will give you more flexibility. That said, we know some agents who are using our plugin with a real estate theme, so it's not the end of the world if you decide you want to use that kind of theme.
Here’s a quick video on choosing a WordPress theme for your website
WordPress Themes That Work Well with Showcase IDX
Here are some of the themes we know work well with our product, in no particular order:
- Jupiter X
- The Ark
- Elegant Themes
- IDX Themes Framework
- Default WP Themes
While we do not actually build websites at this time, we do work with many qualified companies that do. They can also suggest themes and hosting for you. See our Certified Partners here.
Choosing the right hosting platform makes all the difference in your website's speed and performance as well. Your web host provides the server space and the technology for your website to be accessed on the Internet. Everything that your website contains is stored and accessed through the web host. Avoid shared hosting plans. If you're sharing hosting, your website will absolutely take longer to load than if you were on a single hosting plan because you are sharing server space with who knows how many other people (it's probably A LOT). Give your website the love it deserves with a good hosting plan.
Here’s a short 2-minute video with on choosing your website hosting
There is no suggested server space for our plugin! We don't actually store anything on your server, so you can feel comfortable that we don't take up any space.
Suggested host platforms
See our real estate success guide to learn the features driving the 24 most successful websites powered by Showcase IDX. Look specifically for the sections on WordPress themes used and hosting.