Awhile back I wrote a post on how to customize the homepage for the Associate Theme from StudioPress. I’ve got similar questions recently about configuring the AgentPress Theme, so I thought I’d outline how to set up that homepage like the StudioPress demo.
1: Widget Areas on the AgentPress Theme
For starters, let’s talk about the widgets that make up the homepage. There are seven widgets that are only displayed on the homepage with another six that get displayed both on the homepage and on the rest of the site pages (Header Right, Footer Widgets, and Disclaimer).
The image below shows the widgetized areas of the AgentPress homepage (left) and their corresponding widgets in your WordPress dashboard (right).
These widgets are called Legion, for they are many.
2: Plugins Needed to Power the AgentPress Theme
AgentPress is a little confusing at first. In order to set up the home page as seen in the demo, you’ll have to download a couple of extra plugins.
StudioPress created the AgentPress Listings plugin specifically for use with the AgentPress theme. Use it to create YOUR OWN property listings on your site (as opposed to general MLS listings). If you’re a realtor who doesn’t happen to list your own properties, you probably don’t need this plugin.
While this plugin is free to download, it requires a paid subscription from Diverse Solutions. This plugin gives you the ability to add MLS listings to your site (and your visitors to search those listings). There are other IDX plugins for WordPress available, but AgentPress was made to integrate with dsIDXpress. If you want to use another IDX plugin, you’ll just have to do a little customization (instructions for that are outside the scope of this article).
3: Which Plugins Power Which Widgets
Say that 10 times fast!
This is about to get fun. I’m going to knock out the
boring easiest widget areas first, which means starting at the bottom of the AgentPress homepage and working our way up.
Disclaimer: Use a Text Widget here to say whatever you want, like “I can’t guarantee there’s not a squatter living in these properties. Call me!”
Footers 1 – 4: You can technically use whatever widgets you want here, but if you want it set up like the demo, here you go:
- Footer 1: IDX Listings Widget
- Footer 2: Genesis Featured Posts Widget
- Footer 3: Genesis User Profile Widget
- Footer 4: Text Widget (Pair it with the Simple Social Icons plugin for some cool social media icons)
Featured Bottom Left: Genesis Featured Posts Widget
Featured Bottom Right: Genesis eNews Extended Widget (this particular widget will be deprecated in Genesis Framework 1.9, so I suggest downloading the pimped out version of the plugin that adds support for a variety of mailing services)
Communities: Don’t let the communities fool ya! These are just good ole WordPress pages. Use one Genesis Featured Page Widget for each community you want to highlight on the home page.
Keep on reading for a treat at the end.
We’re going to bust out the graphics for the top half of the page. This image is from the admin dashboard and shows which widgets belong to which plugins.
And here’s how those widgets correspond to the homepage:
Note that if you’re a rebel and don’t want to start off using the dsIDXpress plugin, you could use the AgentPress Listing Search widget as an alternative in the Property Search spot. This is not a great option (remember that this will only pull back results for property listings that you’ve individually/manually added to the site), but it’s a place to start.
And now for the grand finale
Since you’ve done the hard work to endure this post, I’m going to reward you with a fantastic video of Christmas lights synchronized to Gangnam Style. Enjoy!