The IMPress for IDX Broker WordPress Plugin includes a popular omnibar search. It can be placed anywhere on your website and allows for a simple search bar to automatically search for properties in your MLS with a single query.
If you don't yet have it, follow these instructions to install the IMPress for IDX plugin.
The omnibar can be added as a shortcode (via the IDX Button when editing posts or pages) or as a widget to a widget area. Make sure you are using the latest version of the IDX Broker WordPress plugin (2.0+) and hit Refresh Plugin Options button under IMPress -> Initial Settings tab. This will pull in data from your specific account.
There are additional settings to be adjusted by visiting IMPress -> Omnibar Settings in your WordPress Dashboard.
Here you will find the following settings:
City, County, and Postal Code Lists
If you have custom city, county, or postal code lists created in IDX Broker, you can apply those lists to your omnibar by choosing them from the drop downs. If you have yet to create these lists, you can create custom city, county, and postal code lists here.
If you want to direct your visitors to a specific property type, say Residential, or Condos, you can set a default property type for your omnibar in this section.
Don't settle anymore for the core fields like price or city to search from. Now you can add any additional fields that are available from your MLS. Don't forget to note what fields are available in the Placeholder text below.
Custom PlaceholderHere is the text that shows up before a visitor starts typing in the box. Tell them what to expect in this field. This is especially helpful if you choose to add additional search criteria.
Omnibar FAQWhy do Address and Listing ID not display in the autocomplete dropdown?
- There is currently no way to check for street names or listing IDs on the fly, but it will still pull a proper search if the query is correct.
What about other fields such as Price, Bedroom, Bathroom, etc?
- There is a second Omnibar widget available in WordPress called Omnibar With Extra Fields. This has Max Price, Beds, and Baths fields.
How does the omnibar work?
- It pulls Cities, Counties, and Postal Codes via the API when the "Refresh Plugin Options" button is hit. It then writes these to a file. The omnibar on the front end checks if the input matches city, county, or postal code, then checks for spaces. If there are no spaces, it runs a listingID search. If there are spaces, it checks for numbers. If there are numbers, it runs an address search with number and street name. No numbers, runs a search for street name.
Can I add this to my non-WordPress website?
- Not at this time, but we have developer partners who may be interested in creating a custom search for you. Find a developer, or send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
My cities, counties, and postal codes are not updating when I hit the Refresh Plugin Options button. How do I get them to update?
- Cities, Counties, and Postal codes are stored in a JSON file after hitting Refresh Plugin Options. Confirm that your web server has permissions to write to JSON files. Your website host should be able to confirm this.
When I click search, the page refreshes instead of a search being performed.
- This can happen if you've added custom fields that are already defaults for the OmniBar.
- Login to your WordPress admin
- Go to IDX IMPress -> Omnibar Settings
- If you see any of the fields (City, County, Postal Code, Address, or Listing ID) in the Custom Fields section, remove those items and save changes.