3/19 Update – Templates & Magic

Well, another week, some more new code. Almost feels like rhythm, doesn’t it?

I’ve got two themes for you in this update – templates & magic. Let’s start with templates. As we’ve discussed before, late in 2017 we began to transition a lot of our apps over to a new look and feel, one that included an option for templates.

Our push for 2018 is to populate these options for templates with, well, lots of templates, as you may have guessed. And are we ever!?!

In this update, you’ll find a new Blogger Pro app, which is a re-up of the old Blogger Pro, but with a beautiful template selector with template options for both the blog itself AND for the blog feed. Gaze on the beauty –

Bottom line – we’re talking about 3 beautiful blog feed templates and an easy selector that let’s you change easily between them. One for each day of the week, I mean, on a short week, amirite?

Speaking of templates, that reminds me about the IDX app – this one is so cool, it needs a video – a simple GIF just won’t do it. So here – check out the growth of the IDX App –

Speaking of Squeeze Templates – that reminds me of something so magical that just happened.

Squeeze Templates 5 & 7 have been re-written to use information from your site – name, colors, phone number, logo, and background picture as appropriate. The goal here is to make Squeeze more friendly out-of-the-box…

Check this out:

Above, you can see the background photo, logo, and button colors are all site specific. Now you can go even faster when setting up Squeeze pages without having to update info – we’ll be setting existing templates to use site information as the primary source going forward. Of course, you can always change any of these elements to different photos, text, logos, etc. This update just ensure that these basic pages are on-brand out-of-the-box.

Which, is almost magical, no?

Well, speaking of magic, some of you have already noticed our latest dose of magic on your site. We’re always looking for ways to save you time and make site editing easier. With that in mind, Tyler added a site editor that should massively decrease time editing in your site.

Here’s the easiest way to access this editor:

1. Log into your site.

2. Click the menu far right and select View My Site – this will open your site in a new window.

3. You’ll now see a green bar across the top of your site – the first button will take you to your dashboard, the 2nd button will go to the Apps screen, and any relevant apps by page will be shown in icons at the bottom – this page is an Instafarm and will take you to that app if you click the button

Or, here’s a blog shot, with a direct link to Blogger Pro

Which, is where we began our journey together just a few short paragraphs ago – and with that perfect circle of life, I’ll leave you to log in and find all this awesomeness on your own site.

P.S. More awesomeness ahead – the things I’ve seen recently in dev…just so exciting. And yes, we cleaned up some bugs, fixed a few things here and there, and generally tried to tidy in addition to these improvements. As usual, if you see something, say something. And thank you for reading, commenting with your questions or thoughts, and of course, for being such fab customers!!

12/7 – You’ve Got It

Breaking: EasyAgentPRO Improves the Product Again!

It is the season for gifts – so I guess we can’t be faulted for wanting to join in – and I know I sound like a broken record, but this dev blog task is the best part of my job these days – I love delivering improved features and performance in such tangible ways. I hope you’re enjoying the enhancements!

To be fair, I am currently equal parts excited about yesterday’s release and some features in dev right now. It’s like we’re riding in a rocket together and screaming ‘how high can this thing go?!?’ and it just. keeps. going.

Where to begin? I think I’m just going to start with cool and work toward supercalifragilisticexpifunctionalocious!!

App Search Feature

Just in case you’re overwhelmed by all the apps, or you’re working on a smaller screen, just start typing the name of the app you need in the box and watch the selections shrink:

LionDesk API Connection Improvement

Just a few days ago, I asked in Beat Zillow what CRM and content providers you would like to see us integrate with – I was surprised that many of the responses were actually for a better integration with LionDesk. When we initially built Paths, there was missing functionality on the LionDesk side of that connection. But no more – now you can choose additional variables to start automations on the LionDesk side:


Look for more connections with CRM’s and content providers coming soon!!

More Profile Fields

More and better EAP profile fields – yes, we know, having to ask Support to fix simple things is silly. That’s why under Apps –> Settings –> LeadSite Information you’ll find even more things you can change – logo, headshot, background image, etc. (More is coming on this – I’m. So. Stoked!)

Map View on IDX Search Results

Want to see a miracle? Well, okay, how about a map? Close, isn’t it? Now IDX search results have an optional map view – pretty sweet if you ask me:

New IDX Template

We’re all about the templates these days – we want to create easy-to-change options in different areas of your site. This release added another IDX single property listing template that you can choose – lookin’ good in the neighborhood:

This template is so beautiful, it brings a tear to my eye – check it out at Apps –> IDX –> Templates:

Oh, and this template has the printable PDF option as well. Mercy, two tears. Enjoy 🙂

New Help Center

Okay, I warned you we were going all the way to peak awesome in this release, right? Or did I say supercalifragilisticexpifunctionalocious?

Well, either way, here we are – the Education link on your site has been transformed to a help center that makes it easy to find help articles, open a ticket, sign up for daily Support Sessions, Office Hours, or locate specific videos. Look for us to improve the quality, amount, and organization of this content, but for now, just look upon the beauty:

I gotta get a hanky – I’m just so…moved. Next up – a ton of improvement in the actual help articles, so hang in there loyal readers, we’re just getting started!

And of Course – More Responsive, Speed, & User Experience Improvements

We’re continuously on the lookout for opportunities to improve overall functionality of LeadSites. This release had lots of little improvements and bug fixes that you may or may not notice, but little by little, these kinds of changes are tightening the user experience and expected behaviors throughout the site.

Specifically on the topic of site speed, we’ve talked here before about the weaknesses and challenges in all the speed measurement tools. We’ve addressed a number of speed concerns directly with massive infrastructure improvements, however, at this point, the measure I like best is my own satisfaction when surfing on a site – LeadSites load quickly and look good doing it – if you haven’t been on the ‘other side’ of your site in a while, I’d invite you to hop over to your URL and just cruise around a bit. Look at the beautiful site…mmm.

Whatever today finds you doing – all of us here at EasyAgentPRO wish you a fabulous Friday – stay safe, focused, and may all your real estate dreams come true!

Recent Updates – 11/28

Post-holiday Cheer

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday and Website Wednesday, right? Every day is a cyber deal here at EasyAgentPRO. We work hard every day to increase the value we’re delivering on your LeadSite and we’ve got some very solid improvements in our latest batch!

Boomtown

We hear from lots of our customers that BoomTown is an option for them, maybe through a team or broker relationship, however, they still want to own the front of their lead generating system. Well, now you can have it both ways. We’ve integrated Paths with BoomTown so you can flow leads from your site for follow-up with the BoomTown system.

Why is this important: BoomTown has a good lead follow-up system and if you have access to this as a part of an existing business relationship, why not take advantage of it? On the other hand, owning your lead generation system is critical to long-term success in the business, so generating your own leads then nurturing them in the BoomTown CRM seems like the best of both worlds.

What do I have to do: 

1. From the dashboard, navigate to Apps –> Paths –> API Settings

2. Click the plus sign to add an integration, then choose BoomTown from the dropdown:

3. Drop in your unique BoomTown lead address into the field and click save:

4. Add BoomTown to any Paths where you want leads to flow into BoomTown.

I’ll take Settings for $500

Settings – Change your settings, change your site! You can now enable a user profile to change your name, company, phone, email, and address site wide.

What do I have to do: Just click the box to enable and then make changes (there are still a few places that may not change – we’re deepening this feature by the day)

And Finally, it’s the Little Things…

Instafarm Photo Improvements: I don’t know about you, but some days drag and drop sounds like me after 5 PM…but in this case, I’m talking about re-ordering pictures in Instafarm. Yes – you can do it. We’ve also updated the photos on the front-end to use significantly less code and look much better on mobile.

Cache-busting: if you’re reading this, it’s possible you’ve had Support ask you to clear your cache so that your site looks ‘right’. We know this is frustrating, but by way of a little backstory, we’ve actually made this problem worse in pursuit of speed, by following Google’s directives to store files on your machine that typically don’t change often. We get it – you head over to your trusty website to see what your clients are seeing, and suddenly there’s weeping and gnashing of teeth. Well now, we’ve made it better. In most cases, this should happen automatically going forward with each release.

Faster and faster: And speaking of speed, we’re quickly approaching Tesla Roadster levels of site speed – with improvements both moving the needle on Google’s Pagespeed and in realized speed on your sites. Now, some assets are essentially pre-loaded at the closest point to you on the internet, just waiting for you to request them. Go ahead, make my day!

UI/UX/Bugs: I’ve worked around custom code now for almost a decade. Everything is born broken, and then we improve it. Over the past two weeks, we’ve shipped over 10 code deployments with a couple dozen bug fixes, UI improvements, and CSS fixes. Call it a general tightening up, but we’re doing some pretty heavy housekeeping and we hope it shows.

As always, if you have issues, please drop a note to [email protected] We’re constantly identifying improvements and moving them to the dev team to get them taken care of.

We did just wrap up a holiday of thankfulness and I’d be remiss if I didn’t note that all of us are deeply thankful for all of you. And I’m grateful to work on a team of passionate and dedicated folk who are focused on improving every aspect of what we offer. Whatever this season means to you, we wish you the best of it!