Your Manual listing entry screen allows you to create and edit your listings through manual entry.
To access the Manual listing entry screen, log into your iHOUSEweb admin menu, and click Edit Website, then click Listings, then click Manual.
Some listings may not be eligible for auto-updates. For example, rental and commercial listings do not work with the auto-update feature. Also, residential listings sometimes cannot be found in our database, in which case you will have to add them manually.
If you think your listings can be found by our system, you can try adding them through our database automatically.
For more information on, see Listing Automatic Updates.
Note: If Auto-Update is used for a listing, you will NOT be able to edit many of the normal listing details.
Adding a Listing Manually
First, select the listing status from the dropdown menu. Most listings will have an Active status. A status of closed allows you to add notes and closing information to the property. Next, there are some checkboxes that will allow you to mark the listing as a rental or commercial listing. After that, you have the option to set a display status.
Next enter the basic information for the listing, such as MLS# (if you have one), Property Type, Price, Address, Lot size (in acres) etc. If you have a link to a virtual tour, you can enter it in the Virtual Tour URL box (please include the entire URL).
Next, you can enter a description for the listing.
In the Features module you start with some sample features. Edit them to say what you want, or you can just delete them. Use the Add a new feature link to add more features. In the Name field enter the title of the feature. In the Value field enter the corresponding description for the feature. You can add as many features as you want.
Adding a Video to Your Listing
When you embed video, you are basically adding it to your webpage. People will be able to watch your YouTube video (or other video provider) without leaving your website. The video is still “hosted” on YouTube, but you add the “embed code” so that people can watch it remotely from your website.
Paste the embed code (from YouTube or other video site) exactly as it was given to you into the Video field.
Note: The maximum size you can place on your listing page is 660 by 405 pixels. Larger videos may break your website layout. Once you have selected your desired settings, copy the embed code and paste it in the Video field of your listing detail page.
You have the option of assigning a tag to your listing. Tags allow you to create custom categories for your listings and then feature them on different Featured Listings pages. For example, if you assign your listing a keyword of Waterfront, you could then create a new featured listing page with a rule to only show listings with a keyword of Waterfront. You then have a Featured Listing page with only waterfront properties on it.
Once you're done, click Save Listing and you will be taken to the next tab to upload Photos.
Adding Custom Photos
You can add as many custom listing photos as you want.
Click the Upload Photos button, the select the photos you want to upload from your computer OR you can just click and drag your photos from your desktop to the custom photos area. You can upload multiple photos at once.
Once they've been added, you can reorder your photos by simply clicking and dragging them to the new desired order.
To delete a photo, hover your mouse over it and click on the trash can icon that appears in the lower right hand corner of that photo.
The third listing edit tab is Open Houses. Here you can add an Open House event for the listing. The open house event will display on the listing detail page, the Open Houses page, and the Open Houses homepage widget (if the widget is activated and configured correctly).
To add an Open House event, select the date, start, and end times from the dropdown menus and click Add this open house.
Editing your Listing
After initial setup of the listing, if you go back to the Listing Details tab you can follow the same steps from when you added your listing to Edit your Listing. There is also some extra options you can set for you Listing after you've created it.
If you're in Edit Mode, go to the Listings tab. under Manage your Listings click the edit link on the listing you want to edit.
Map Display Location
You can also add a Map Display Location, to allow this listing to appear in map searches. Just drag and drop the pin exactly where the listing is located. To remove a location, click Reset to default location.