How to Add IDX and School Ratings Data to a WordPress Website
Please note that the Real Estate Transaction Standard (RETS) has been deprecated and is no longer recommended for use in MLS/IDX integration. Consumers are advised to use the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) Web API, which provides a more efficient and secure way of accessing MLS/IDX data. We strongly encourage all users to transition to RESO Web API for a better and more reliable experience. Learn more
To add IDX and school ratings to a WordPress website, you should download and install Realtyna’s Organic MLS Integration plugin and the School Info Add-On. Then you should add the RETS username and password from your local MLS and an API key from GreatSchools.
Modern homebuyers are seeking more and more information about the listings they see for sale. In most cases, information on local schools is among their priorities. With Realtyna’s Organic MLS Integration and School Info Add-on you can integrate school ratings data into your IDX listings for a comprehensive online property search.
What Is Organic MLS Integration?
Organic MLS Integration is Realtyna’s IDX plugin for WordPress. The software allows users to connect to their MLS and import listings to their website via RETS feed.
Because it promotes search engine indexing, Organic MLS Integration can boost the SEO content on a user’s site and improve page rankings.
Check out our demos to see how Organic MLS Integration looks live.
What Is the Schools Info Add-on?
The Schools Info Add-on is Realtyna’s plugin for integrating school ratings from GreatSchools into MLS listings. The API uses the listing address or geolocation to identify the proper school district and nearby schools and return their ratings based on state and national data.
For more on the GreatSchools ratings, visit www.greatschools.org
How to Add IDX and School Ratings Data to a WordPress Website?
- Log into your WordPress dashboard
- Install Organic MLS and School Info Add-on
- Acquire RETS login from your local MLS
- Acquire API key from GreatSchools
- Establish RETS data connection
- Map fields from the RETS server
- Set queries for fetch listings
- Run import
- Automate future imports
- Add GreatSchools API key
- Configure listing and school rating layout
Log into your WordPress dashboard
Log in as a WordPress admin and navigate to WPL
Install Organic MLS and School Info Add-on
Download Organic MLS package and School info add-on package from your billing account. In “Purchased Add-on” section, Click “Select your file” and select the package you want to install.
Note: You can purchase School info add-on from here
Acquire RETS login from your local MLS
Speak to your MLS administrator to find out how to acquire a RETS login.
Note: Contact us to find out how Realtyna can serve as your vendor.
Acquire API key from GreatSchools
Register for the GreatSchools API at https://www.greatschools.org/api/request-api-key.
Establish RETS data connection
Insert the RETS username and password into the plugin to connect to your MLS database and establish a RETS feed.
Map fields from the RETS server
Use Realtyna’s mapping wizard to select data fields from the RETS servers and assign them to locations on your website.
Set queries for fetch listings
Set queries for the listing and property types you wish to fetch from the RETS server.
Download all available listings to your site.
Automate future imports
Add cron jobs to launch future import processes automatically.
Note: If you don’t have RETS experience or you don’t wish to perform steps 5-9, Realtyna technicians will complete them for you at no extra charge.
Add GreatSchools API key
Navigate to WPL > Settings > Global > School Info Add-on and insert your GreatSchools API key.
Configure listing and school rating layout
Your IDX and school ratings feeds are now active. You may configure your listing layouts and lead capture settings.
Now you are ready to add IDX and school ratings data to your WordPress website. For more WordPress IDX tips, check out 13 Steps to Build An IDX Real Estate Website With WordPress and Top 9 Real Estate WordPress Themes for Realtors.