We see it all the time! Agents are developing a new website and install their Showcase IDX plugin on their staging URL before pushing their site live. We totally support this but sometimes there can be an issue with the plugin configuration if you don’t do it properly. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to properly migrate your website and keep any Showcase IDX issues to a minimum.. or non-existent! Let’s get to it!
First things first, you need to properly deactivate your Showcase IDX plugin before migrating your website. To do this, login to your development/staging site and find Showcase IDX in the sidebar. It will open the page where you set up your default search URL. You will want to use the DEACTIVATE button on that page. See below:
When you deactivate, you want to make sure that it displays the screen below. If it doesn’t display on the first try.. try again!:
Now that you’ve deactivated the installation, head over to the PLUGINS section of your Wordpress. Find Showcase IDX and DEACTIVATE. Simple enough.
Now you can proceed with migrating over your website to your live domain.
Once you’ve completed your migration, you can go ahead and reinstall Showcase IDX like you did on your staging site when you first installed it! That simple.
Your shortcodes and searches will not be affected. Your shortcodes will remain on your site will only render as text while your plugin is uninstalled. They will work once you reinstall the plugin.
If you follow these instructions and run into any issues, let us know! We’re happy to help.