WordPress

Search Issues On WordPress Websites

This is directed at customers using a WordPress website hosted by ListingWare, but could affect any WordPress-based website.  A little geeky, but here goes…

When naming WordPress pages, it seems that the page (permalink or slug) ‘/search/’ is now off-limits.  It may have been part of the core code all along and just not mandatory, but it is definitely a reserved name/slug, only functioning for a website-wide text search.

When we created our original website template, our basic search page used the permalink of ‘/search/’.  Anyone that has been a ListingWare-hosted WordPress website that retained our original page permalink will probably be affected.

We are changing our templates going forward, but if you are having trouble with this, we can fix it for you.  Please contact Support and let us know.  Sorry for the trouble.

UPDATE:

I have found a way to get around this by renaming the Search page to ‘/home-search/’ and then creating a new page as a redirect with the permalink/slug of ‘/search/’.  It’s not elegant or complete, but it does at least show the search criteria page.  Still working on a final solution.  Will keep you updated.

Coming Soon: Indexable WordPress Listings

This is HUGE!  The details of the method are still being hammered out, but I can tell you now that ListingWare customers using our WordPress integration will soon have fully indexable listings!  That means search engines will be able to “crawl” your website and gather EVERY listing available!  More details to come soon…

New Theme For Our Website

Yep – I’m ALWAYS fiddling with stuff! When we made the switch to WordPress for our own home page, I had picked a theme that would get us going, but it wasn’t my final choice. I’ve continued to go through themes since then. I think I’ve finally found one I like – so here it is!

That’s the power of WordPress – being able to make big changes with only a little effort.  I hope you like it!

Upgrading WP Web Scraper to Version 2.4

Sorry for the delay, but we’ve finally been able to get the newest version of WP Web Scraper, 2.4, properly functioning with ListingWare. It required a bit of tinkering, but it’s now working.

The main benefit of upgrading WP Web Scraper to 2.4 is that it now uses file-based caching instead of database tables. Many busy websites had reported that their WordPress databases were growing too large because of all of the table activity. That’s much better now.

The trouble with the upgrade seems to have been that the new version wasn’t properly identifying itself as WordPress before trying to scrape content. To fix this, you’ll now need to add the parameter ContentType=WordPress to all of your pages where you’re pulling in ListingWare content.  Please see the WordPress documentation page for more information.

Sorry for the trouble, but glad we’ve finally been able to address it!  Thanks for keeping on top of us about it.

WordPress Integration and Upgrading WP Web Scraper

Some of you may have noticed that there’s an upgrade available for WP Web Scraper, which is the plugin that integrates with ListingWare to show listings through WordPress.  This upgrade (2.3) seems to have a bug in it.  I’ve let the author know.  We suggest you stay with version 2.2 until we let you know it’s OK to upgrade.

One thing about the new version that we’re excited about – the author has changed it from using database caching to using file system caching.  Some of you with really busy websites had been saying that it was clogging up your database.  This should be much more streamlined.