Set Up and Customize RentPress Templates
RentPress includes several templates to help get started right away. These templates can be used with static or dynamic property data. Make sure you have added a property to your site.
If you would like to use RentPress to build a fully-custom experience for your website, please check out the follow the How to Build Custom Templates with RentPress Data article.
Four templates are included:
- Floorplans Grid template
- Single Floor Plan template
- Property Listing template
- Properties Search templates
These templates are enabled in the RentPress plugin settings: Dashboard > RentPress > Template Options. You can then choose to enable each template individually.
Alternatively, you can leave any of these disabled if you would like to write your own templates.
After making your selections, click Save Changes.
Customize Included Templates
RentPress Templates Global Options
These global options will have an effect on multiple parts of the RentPress experience including the Floorplans Grid template, your property listing pages, or use of the [floorplan_grid] shortcode.
One Accent Color can be chosen that will make CTA’s, buttons, and other UI elements the selected color.
The next option provides options for determining Unit Visibility. Included are options to show units with date, availability status, only today, and to simply show all units. “Show units with date and/or availability status” is the default setting, and is recommended for most use cases.
“Availability Status” will be a true or false value, and can be determined by your data feed.
“Only Available as of Today” will show only units with and available date prior-to and including today’s date.
“Available as of Today plus Lookahead” is similar to the previous option, but will add your choice from the “Lookahead” option on the Display Config settings page as the upper bound for visible units. For example, you could use this option to show units available up to the next 30 days.
“Show all units” will show every unit stored in the Units table on your site, regardless of any qualifiers.
You can choose the Default Floor Plan Sort that shoppers will see when they first load your floor plans.
The default option is “Soonest Available” which will prioritize floor plans with units having the earliest available date at the top of the page, pushing floor plans with unavailable units towards the bottom of the page.
You can use the Show Pricing As option to show rent prices as either a “Starting at” value or a “Range” of the lowest-highest prices from available units for that floor plan.
The Floor Plan Availability Counter setting can be used to hide the availability counter from floor plan grid pages.
Use Hide floor plans with no available units to show only floor plans that have current availability. Floor plans without availability will be removed from view.
The Use floor plan marketing names option switches the RentPress templates to use the title of the Floor Plan post.
By default, each floor plan will be listed as its type – for example: “1 Bed | 1 Bath” but you can switch this to use a marketing name like “The Oak” if your floor plan has one.
You can see the name that will display in each floor plan’s Floor Plan Name field.
The Apply Link Opens In option lets you choose whether the “Apply Now” button opens in the same window or a new window.
By default, the “Request More Info” button links to /contact/ on your site. The “Request More Info” URL Override option allows you to entire the entire URL of where you would like to send shoppers seeking more info. Note that if you enable the “Request More Info” CTA option, you must enter a URL in this field. Only a valid URL will be accepted.
If your property allows shoppers to join a waitlist, you can enable the Show Waitlist CTA’s to enable a “waitlist mode” on the site. This will have three effects:
- On the floorplans grids, the availability counter will switch from showing “0 Available” to showing “Join Waitlist”
- On the single floor plan template, the main CTA’s will be updated to a “Join Waitlist” | “Schedule Tour” | “Back to Floorplans” set
When “Show Waitlist CTA’s” is enabled a new “Join Waitlist” CTA URL Override option will appear allowing you to enter a new URL for your waitlist. The default destination is /waitlist/ on your site.
Single Floor Plan Template
The Enable single floor plan template option, when set, will assign the included template to all /floorplan/ posts.
The Single Floor Plan Content Position option allows you to choose above or below the RentPress container to display any content entered into each floor plan’s post body editor. Content will be displayed full-width, allowing for page builders to be used.
Floorplans Grid Template
The Enable floorplans grid template option, when set, will assign the included template to a /floorplans/ page.
The Floorplans Grid Content Position option allows you to choose above or below the RentPress container to display any content entered into your floor plans page’s post body editor.
If you have set a featured image on the /floorplans/ page, you can use the Featured Image Banner option to show the image at the top of the page and the Featured Image Text field to add text to overlay on the featured image.
Property Listing Template
The Enable single property template option, when set, will assign the included template to all /apartments/ posts found under the Property post type.
Properties Search Template
The Enable properties search template option, when set, will assign the included template to a /search/ page. A page will be created to show all published properties and a search & filter experience for your visitors. Using the property grid shortcode with no parameters will result in an identical experience on any arbitrary page.
The Properties Search Content Position option allows you to choose above or below the RentPress container to display any content entered into the Search Apartments page’s post body editor.
With RentPress 6.3, the Select Search Template option allows you to choose a Basic Search page displaying a grid of properties or an Advanced Search with Map. The Advanced Search option displays properties on a map powered by a Google Maps integration. See RentPress Integration Settings for more info and options.
When using the Advanced Search with Map template, you’ll have the ability to set two additional options to further customize your map experience. Map Min Cluster Count and Map Marker Grid Size work together to fine-tune when, where, and how frequently map pins (your properties) cluster together in groups. Don’t fret if these fields are empty – without any numbers in the settings, your map pins and clusters will arrange themselves automatically.
If you want, you can set a minimum amount of pins needed in a given area before they are joined into a cluster. A larger number here will result in more pins and fewer clusters.
You can also set the size of the grid the map uses behind the scenes to determine where clusters should exist. A larger number here will result in more pin clusters.
The Default Property Sort option includes a handful of settings to choose how you prefer to display your properties. This option can be used on both Basic and Advanced search templates.
- Soonest Available – This will sort properties with the most available units on top. The default option.
- Specials – Sort properties with a special to the top. Secondary sort will be Rent: Low to High.
- Rent: Low to High – Properties with the lowest-priced units will sort to the top.
- Rent: High to Low – Properties with the highest-priced units will sort to the top.
- Property: A to Z – Sort properties alphabetically by their name.
- City: A to Z – Sort properties alphabetically by city name.
If you have set a featured image on the /search/ page, you can use the Featured Image Banner option to show the image at the top of the page and the Featured Image Text field to add text to overlay on the featured image.
When images are not included in your data feed, or not already set, RentPress will try to use the placeholder images set here. While generic images are included out of the box, you can upload images more customized to your site’s branding.
Placeholder Property Image will be used as the “hero image” on the Property Listing pages. This image will also be used as the thumbnail for the property around the site including on the Properties Grid search page, [property_grid] shortcode, and more. This image is generally not included in any data import source, so it is recommended to set featured images for your properties. Hero images will generally be displayed at a maximum height of 600px and we recommend no wider than 1920px. Learn more about adding content to properties.
Placeholder Floor Plan Image will be used as the thumbnail image representing any floor plans without images set. We recommend images with a square 1:1 aspect ratio, and no larger than 500x500px. Learn more about adding content to floor plans.
Placeholder City Image will be used on all Cities pages where an image is not set. This image will be used as a background image fullwidth banner on individual /cities/ pages and as a thumbnail representing the city elsewhere on the site. We recommend an image size between 640x480px and 1920x1080px.