Listings Management System Manual - Posting and Editing
Listings Management System is a simple and effective way to post and edit
your real estate listings any time you like from any computer with
Internet Explorer, Photoshop and an Internet connection. Instructions on
how to do both are below.
(Estimated time to post one listing
photos once the steps are learned: 10
Step 1: Logging
in. Go to your admin tool at
admin tool will look like Example A below. To login, enter your Login Name
and Password and click on "Log In." If you've forgotten your password, put
your email address in the bottom field and click on "Submit Query" to have
it emailed to you.
|Step 2: The
Administrative Area. Once you are logged in, you will be taken to
a page that looks like Example B. It is pretty self explanatory. One note,
the "Home" page link takes you to your site's home page.
Step 3: Adding a
Listing. Click on "Add a Listing." You will be taken to a page
like Example C below. Usually, the fields like "Title" that says "Lawson
Rock Village Home" would be blank, but I filled them in as an example. To
add a listing, you fill in the fields like you see below. There are some
things to keep in mind as you do so:
- There are 3
REQUIRED fields: Title, Island, and Price. Fill these in every time. If
you don't want to post a price, put in, "Inquire," "Negotiable" or
anything you like.
- If you choose
"Yes" for the "Featured Listing" dropdown, this listing will show up on
the home page under Featured Listings. If you add more than 3 featured
listings without turning off one of them, then the oldest will not show
up on the home page. Also, if you choose to make a listing a "Featured
Listing" then you will need to also fill in the last form on this page
entitled, "Short Description for Featured Listing."
- The "Price"
format is xxx,xxx and the dollar sign is inserted automatically. The
comma isn't inserted, so add it. You can add text there as well, like
"89,000 or Best Offer" or even just "Make Offer"
- It's OK to leave
whatever fields or check boxes you like blank, other than the three
required ones, since the titles also won't show up if you do. So the
listing won't look bad.
- I recommend never
deleting listings, rather just make them "Inactive" since the same
properties sell repeatedly on Roatan. Inactive listings don't show
- The Short
Description is for the Section Pages, like the Homes Section (that the
visitor sees) which lists all the homes for sale at once down the
- The Long
Description is for the Listings Details Page, (that a visitor sees)
which has just the one listing and everything about it there.
After you fill in
all the fields that you want to, click on the "Submit" button. It will
take you to a page that says, "You have created the listing. Now you may
edit it." Click on that link. You will be taken to a page that looks like
Example D to begin adding your photos.
Adding Photos. Click on "Edit Images" on the page that looks like
Example D. You will be taken to a page that looks like Example
|On the page that
looks like Example E, click on browse, find a photo you optimized for this
listing, and double click on the image name. The photo name and location
will fill in under "Send this file:" and you can click the "Upload
Picture" button. |
After you click
"Upload Picture," you will be taken to a page that looks like Example F.
The small picture (thumbnail) is automatically generated, as you can see.
There are two fields under the photo. The first is "Rank." If you want
this photo to be shown first on the page, give it a lower number like 1.
If you want it to be one of the last photos, give it a higher number like
10. If you leave it as 5 and other photos have the same number, they will
be randomly ranked.
The second field is
the caption field. There you can type in a short caption that will go
under the photo, like, "Lawson Rock Pavilion". After you change the
ranking and type in a caption, then the click on the "Update"
After the page
reloads (it will look the same with the fields filled in) you can click on
the "Browse" button, find the next photo you want to upload, then double
click on it. The photo location will be filled in the field and you can
then click the "Upload Picture" button.
Repeat the above
process to add more photos, change their rankings and add captions. You
can add up to 12 photos. After you are finished adding photos, click on
the "Return to Edit Listing" link at the top of the page. At the top of
that page (see Example D above) you will see a "Preview Listing" link to
see how your listing came out.
NOTE: Make sure that
you only upload resized (500 pixels across) and optimized photos, or you
will break the page or run out of server room.
never a problem to correct errors in your listings, raise prices, add or
delete photos or make any other changes you like. At the top of every page
in the Listing Management Tool, you will find an "Edit Listings" link.
That link takes you to a series of pages where you have all your listings
and you can click on any of them and make changes using the same steps