Just when you were beginning to think that Houzez has all the features and functionality a realtor will ever need, along comes a new update with 30+ added features that provide our users with even more options.
The reason is simple. There’s always room for improvement, and there’s always room for growth. That’s something our users remind us through their comments and suggestions. We listen, and we take their comments and suggestions to heart. As you are about to see.
Houzez’ Main New Features
We’ve made considerable changes and additions to our set of industry-standard tools. These changes and additions will make it even easier for you to create a real-estate website that perfectly fits your business model.
As always, the Admin Panel provides the necessary options to help users find the property types they are looking for by using our advanced search criteria and techniques including Geolocation, radius search, property size and price ranges, and a range of listings options.
New Property Page Features
These include a Custom Fields Builder for adding a new property page, an option to add custom search fields, and a Logon Required option to view a listing’s details.
Clients can select different currencies during the submission process to get real-time conversion of property prices to their chosen currency or currencies.
There is also the option to choose a default currency for individual agents, agencies, or authors.
Energy Class Designation For EU Properties
We added for all those customers who do business in Europe. The Energy Class labels enable customers to choose products that consume less energy and thereby save money.
Fully Translated in 20 Languages
Houzez has increasingly become an international product. We plan to offer you this complete translation service because is a vital part of those ones who doing business around the world.
Languages available in alphabetic order:
Arabic, Chinese (simplified), Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese.
Multiple Show Featured Listings Options
Featured listings can be displayed at the top of a page (including a search results page); an x-number of featured listings can be shown at the top of a page, followed by non-featured listings; or, an x-number of featured listings can be shown at the top of the page in a random fashion.
Featured listings can be displayed on top of half-map listings; eliminating the need to switch pages. Showing x-number of featured listings on top is also provided as a sorting option when using property listing templates. Featured listings to be shown at the top of a page can be sorted according to a given taxonomy, i.e., by status, city, state, area, type, etc.
Additional New Features That are Guaranteed to be Popular
Overlapping Markers Solution
The overlapping marker Spiderfier for properties having the same address will happily spiderfy the markers when you get to the appropriate zoom level; similar to how clusters of markers are treated on Google Earth, but not on Google Maps.
Multi-Select Options for Properties
Properties can be displayed in customizable carousel formats (v1 and v2) or arranged by using the Properties Grids Module; also, customizable. Houzez grid filtering options include listings in terms of a specific City, State, Area, Status, or Type. Listings can also be sorted by price or date.
Agent Detail Page Listings
Property status tabs, e.g., For Rent and For Sale, now appear on the agent details page, together with properties sort options, and featured properties (shown on top of the page).
Property Listing Styles
v2 and v3 for Taxonomy pages, v2 and v3 for Search Results pages
Luxury Homes Listings
Functionality has been added to review and rate luxury homes and to schedule luxury homes tours.
Other New Features
Half map sort by properties, an agencies’ search widget, the ability to change agents and agencies slugs in the admin panel, and a custom link option for membership packages.
[NEW] Luxury homes schedule tours – Added the schedule tour system on the Luxury Homes detail page
[NEW] Membership custom link – Option to replace the default package link with your custom link
[FIXED] Youtube video lightbox for mobile devices
[FIXED] Thank you page text alignment
[FIXED] Z-index navigation menu in frontend dashboard
[FIXED] Expandable search z-index
[FIXED] Property taxonomy widget result counts CSS
[FIXED] Login modal window z-index
[FIXED] Ellipsis color on property titles
[FIXED] Property slider arrows color
[FIXED] Footer menu alignment
[FIXED] Drop-down menu shadow on Safari
[FIXED] Some responsive issue on the Csutom Property Slider
[UPDATED] CSS main file reduced from 438Kb to 364kb
[UPDATED] Code refactoring for Houzez Theme Functionality plugin
[UPDATED] WP Bakery Plugin
[UPDATED] Revolution Slider Plugin
Updating Houzez to the Latest Version
Updating your theme to the latest new version is not at all difficult. There are three ways to do so.
- Update Houzez via FTP
- Update automatically with the Envato WordPress Toolkit
- Update via WordPress
Before updating you should check our update notes, backup your files to ensure you can revert to the previous state should something go wrong, delete older copies of the theme, and reset the cache once you have updated.
Each of these methods involves an easily-followed series of steps as specified in this installation article.
Suggestions for Future Updates
Just as your feedback and comments have played a major role in determining the features incorporated into this update, we’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas on what we should be considering for the next or future updates.