As a WordPress guy and a Tulsa REALTOR®, I’m happy to introduce you to wpCasa. The wpCasa WordPress theme framework has been in development for several years, created by the ThemeShift team (featured on last year’s Niche Showcase: WordPress Themes for Real Estate). wpCasa is flexible enough to handle the unique needs of a demanding real estate website. (FYI: I, Clifford, am not from ThemeShift. I’m just introducing you to the new wpCasa real estate theme framework.)
If you’re looking for a dynamic, all-around great WordPress real estate theme framework, you’ve got to consider wpCasa. It’s got so much to offer.
- Responsive design
- MultiSite-capable (see back-end demo link later in this post)
- 4 archive layout choices (2 with right or left sidebar, 2 without a sidebar), able to choose different layout for blog archives vs property archives
- 18 pre-made widgets and 12 widget areas
- Threaded comments
- Customizable header logo, favicon, and background
- Pre-built shortcodes for buttons, boxes, sliders, galleries, and more
- Multiple child themes available and more to come (or make your own)
- Fully localized (translatable) with English, Spanish, Portuguese, and German Language Packs already available
- Support for square meters, square feet, square yards, or acre(s) measurement units
- Support for USD, EUR, GBP, JPY, and 5 other currency symbols (also a customizable “Other” option), including support for decimal vs comma and placing currency symbol before or after the amount
Built for Real Estate Professionals
- Supports multiple listing statuses: For Sale, For Rent, and any others you enter
- Visitors can bookmark (favorite) listings and click for a print-friendly version
- Mapping of your input listings
- Multiple “Contact us” options and a customizable email template for when someone contacts you about a listing (i.e. the email notification that you receive)
- Custom dsIDX integrations (Diverse Solutions IDX), including option to search IDX or just the site’s (i.e. your) input listings, with customizable search settings (enable/disable each search field, advanced search, and filter options)
- Customizable author/agent and single listing slugs (URL rewriting)
- Sample content available to get you started (.xml import file)
Pricing and Terms
wpCasa is a theme framework (i.e. parent theme). By itself, it’s 59 Euros (USD conversion). If you add a child theme at the time of purchase, it’s an additional 10 Euros (USD). If you purchase a child theme in a separate transaction, each child theme is 19 Euros (USD). All purchases include unlimited use (including your agent or client sites), forever updates (guaranteed to work with the latest stable version of WordPress), and unlimited forum support for the purchaser. Additional terms can be viewed here.
Get Started with wpCasa
If you want to try out wpCasa for yourself, get started with the front-end demo (framework and child themes) and then get detailed with your own back-end demo (which runs on WP MultiSite so you know it’s compatible). Once familiar with it, you can purchase wpCasa or post in the pre-sales forum to ask any questions you may have prior to purchasing. If interested, they also have a wpCasa affiliate program.
wpCasa Launch Promotion
wpCasa launched in July 2012, and it’s already been enhanced with several keen features since then. To celebrate, wpCasa is offering WPMU.org readers a chance to get it free!
5 framework + 1 child theme packages will be given away on November 10, 2012.
Share your pain and how wpCasa can be your gain.
Option 1: Tweet this (fill in the blank):
I want to win the new @wpcasa WordPress real estate theme framework from @wpmuorg because ___
Option 2: Comment below, sharing why you’d benefit from a real estate theme framework like wpCasa. Are you a tech-savvy real estate broker or agent? Have you tried others and they just weren’t flexible enough to meet your needs? Or maybe you have real estate website clients and are looking for a platform to create child themes on?
We’ll semi-randomly draw names on November 10, 2012. There’s no extra benefit to having an extremely long or short comment – but content counts – and you can both Tweet and comment if you wish. We’ll comment below on November 10 to let you know who won.
Thanks to all the entrants for expressing their appreciation for wpCasa and for being patient…. Drum roll please… The winners are:
You’ll be getting a contact from Simon at wpCasa.
We had 13 contestants between Twitter and WPMU.org comments; thanks to all that entered. I hope you consider purchasing wpCasa even if you didn’t win. Special thanks to wpCasa for coming to me with the giveaway idea. Simon’s a good guy.