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Manually Create a Property in RentPress

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Overview

This document details the process for adding a new static property listing page to your WordPress website, which has the RentPress plugin installed.


Types of Property Listings Available in RentPress

There are two types of property listings which can be added with RentPress. One type is a static listing with manually-entered content. The ability to add a static page listing is immediately available after you install the RentPress plugin.

The other type is a dynamic listing. A dynamic listing allows you to share real-time pricing and availability directly from your property management system.

To upgrade to dynamic listings, purchase a monthly RentPress subscription. Click here to get started.


Manually Add a Property Listing with RentPress

  • Sign into the WordPress admin
  • On the left sidebar, under the “Properties” post type, click “Add New Property”
    • Add new property in RentPress from the WordPress dashboard from the Properties post type
  • Create a new property, giving the post itself a title (ex.: the property name)
  • At the bottom, in the meta fields, enter the Property Name and a Property Code
    • RentPress Metabox for Property General Information
    • Note: if you do not have a property code, create a new, unique code consisting of only numbers and letters.
  • These are the only required fields. RentPress will work better if you fill out the additional fields as detailed below.

If You Plan to Use RentPress’s Built-In Templates:

RentPress’s Search Page templates and property grid shortcodes require additional data ranges for a property. If you do not have a sync license, you will see additional fields to enter ranges for rent, beds, baths, and square footage. Properties powered by sync will handle this automatically. The Basic Search Page template requires only the Min and Max Rent filled out. The Advanced Search Page template requires all range fields to be filled out.

RentPress Metabox for Property Ranges

For more information, please see Set Up and Customize RentPress Templates: Properties Search and RentPress Shortcodes: Property Grid.

  • Once you property has the information it needs, Publish your new property.
  • From there, you will want to check the Add Floor Plans article and Add Units article.

Fields for Property Content

Property – General Information

These fields contain the your property’s basic information. Except where noted, it is recommended to fill out all fields for the best experience with RentPress.

  • Property Name: The name for the property used throughout the WordPress dashboard. Templates will display the title instead of this field. Required.
  • Address: The number and street name (with any suffix) for your property. This will be shown on the property listing, and will be used to create a “Get Directions” link.
  • City: The city your property resides in. This will be shown on the property listing, and will be used to create a “Get Directions” link.
  • State: The two-letter postal code representing the state your property resides in. This will be shown on the property listing, and will be used to create a “Get Directions” link.
  • Property Website: The link for the property’s standalone website. A link will be shown on the property listing. Must be a valid, absolute URL.
  • Availability URL: Will become the default “Request More Info” CTA destination when shoppers have not selected a unit. Must be a valid, absolute URL.
  • Property Description: Romance copy about the property.  Will be displayed in the “About Our Community” section. Limit of 1 paragraph.
  • Property Email: The email address for inquiries to the property. This will be shown on the property listing and let shoppers email the property directly.
  • Latitude: The latitude coordinate for the property. Not used in the property listing, but can be useful for constructing a map for search.
  • Longitude: The longitude coordinate for the property. Not used in the property listing, but can be useful for constructing a map for search.
  • Property Code: A unique identifying code for your property. Must be a unique string consisting of only numbers and/or letters. Required.
  • Office Phone: The phone number for the property. This will be shown on the property listing and will be used to create a “Call Now” link.
  • # of Available Units: Units available right now. This field is not used for a static property listing.
  • # of Units Captured: Total units at the property. This field is not used for a static property listing.
  • Import Source: For properties connected via sync, this field will show its original import source (or property management software). This field is not used for a static property listing.

Property – Special

A banner will show at the top of your property’s listing page displaying the special you’ve entered. You also have the option of adding a link for shoppers to learn more details, and you can add an expiration date after which your special will automatically stop displaying on your property.

  • Special Text: The offer, deal, or special the property is currently running. Required to display the special banner on the property listing and search pages.
  • Special Link: If your special involves sending shoppers to another page, you can add in a valid, absolute URL.
  • Special Expiration: The date on which the property’s special is no longer available. This is not displayed to shoppers. Once the today’s current date is after the date you enter, the special banner will remove itself. If you do not enter a date, the special will show indefinitely.

Property – Tracking Phone Number

  • Property Tracking Phone Number: A tracking phone number for your property. Must be only numbers, parentheses, periods, or dashes. Use this field to manually override the Office Phone field in the Property – General Information metabox.

Property Tracking Phone Number entry

Property – Apply Link

  • The URL to the property’s online application. This will be used in all “Apply Now” CTAs on the property page unless the “Apply Now” URL Override option is set in RentPress > Feed Configuration.
  • You will also see an option to use this link only for the main Apply Now CTA. When enabled, floor plans and units will fall back to using links provided specific to them.

Property – Residents Link

  • The URL to the property’s Resident Portal. This will be used to display a “Residents” link on the property listing pages.

Property – Tagline

  • A tagline or slogan to represent the property. This will be shown on the property listing.

Property – Social Media Links

  • Facebook URL: The full link to the Facebook page for the property.
  • Twitter URL: The full link to the Twitter page for the property.
  • Instagram URL: The full link to the Instagram page for the property.

Property Social Media Links entry

Property – Gallery and Reviews

These fields are meant to only support WordPress shortcodes. Double quotes (“) and multiple shortcodes per field are not supported.

  • Gallery Shortcode: Enter the shortcode for a photo gallery. This shortcode will be rendered in the “Gallery” section on the property listing.
  • Reviews Shortcode: Enter the shortcode for the property’s reviews. This shortcode will be rendered in the “Reviews” section on the property listing. Built with the RentPress Reviews Add-On in mind.

Property – Pet Policy Details

  • Add in the details of the property’s pet policy. This will be shown on the property listing in the “About This Property” section.

Additional Search Keywords

  • Use this field to add any arbitrary keywords for the property (example: a neighboring city). Use commas to separate out each keyword. These keywords will not be shown to website visitors but are used on the search page.

Pets

  • Use the pets taxonomy selector to note if the property is Cat Friendly and/or Dog Friendly by clicking the corresponding checkboxes. The property listing will show if the property is pet friendly, and the search page will support showing Cat / Dog friendly apartments. Additional pets are allowed, but are not currently supported with RentPress’ built-in templates. The property will also display on each corresponding Pet pages.

Amenities

  • Amenities can be entered in the Amenities taxonomy selector and, when enabled, they will show up in the “Features & Amenities” section on the single floor plan page. The property will also display on each corresponding Amenity pages. If your synced property’s import source supports amenities, you do not need to manage this here.

Cities

  • Add the property’s city here (matching the City in the Property – General Information metabox), and ensure that city is enabled. The property will display on each corresponding City pages. If your property’s is connected to sync, the city will be determined automatically, and you do not need to manage this.

Community Types

Community Types (or “Communities” for short) allows you to highlight what makes this property special. You can use this for any type you wish. Examples include “Student Housing,” “Senior Living,” or even “New Construction,” but you are free to add any type that make sense for your portfolio like “Furnished” or “City View” or any community type your desire.

To mark a property as being a certain type, simply click the checkbox next to the type you want to assign to the property.

To add a new Community Type, click the + Add New Community Type button. A text field will appear for you to type in your community type. Then hit the Return key on your keyboard or click “Add New Community Type” below. Your new type will be automatically assigned to the property you are editing. Your new feature will now be available to select on all other floor plans.

Finally, these Community Types can be used in URL parameters on your search pages, letting you make a “landing page” experience pre-populated with your chosen features. See the article about Search Page URL Parameters for more information.

Neighborhoods

  • If you have a neighborhood created in RentPress, you can assign the property into that neighborhood. This is not used by the RentPress templates.

Featured Image

  • Assign a featured image to your property. This will be used as the main “hero” image on the property listing and as a thumbnail for the property on the search and taxonomy pages. If a featured image is not set, the property will display the image set in the Property Placeholder Image option.

Office Hours

  • This metabox is not used on static property listings. Not all import sources support office hours. If your property supports office hours, they will display here. You will also have an option to hide the office hours from displaying to website visitors.

Additional Reading

Once you have added a property, we recommend adding a floor plan and and least one unit to it.