The Thinkery LLC

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Code, coffee and Coeur d'Alene. We're happy to live here, work here, and raise our families here. Since 2009 the Thinkery has been developing software for the world from North Idaho.

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Joomla Development with Joomla-Console

JoomlaTools has made available a nice little package to help make Joomla developers' lives easier. They call it the Joomla Console, and you can get it here: https://github.com/joomlatools/joomla-console

The Joomla console is a set of scripts that handles all the install / configuration of Joomla for you. As a Joomla developer, I tend to have to install a couple sites per day for testing new stuff and creating new RETS / IDX import routines. It gets to be a little annoying and time consuming extracting, configuring and installing Joomla, then installing our custom components as well.

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6 Ways to Connect Website Visitors to Your Community

Recently there's been a lot of FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt) among real estate agents about what will happen after the Zillow / Trulia merger is completed. Many agents and brokers are nervous that this suddenly more-massive player will steal pageviews from local real estate websites, force agents to pay for favorable rankings in search results, and possibly push smaller agents out of the game entirely.

There's no doubt that the merger is a bit of a game changer-- but that means it's more important than ever for your brokerage or agent website to be professional, polished, and above all, relevant to your local area! Your specialized expertise in the community you serve is the key differentiator between you and a hundred other places a potential buyer can get information. So play up this expertise and make your site the one-stop-shop for information about your turf. Here's some ideas on how to make this happen:

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Real Estate Agents Have a Choice to Make

The rise of the web caused a massive upheaval in a lot of industries. The real estate business was hit particularly hard. The advent of the internet meant agents could suddenly reach a whole new world of prospective clients and market to the masses-- regardless of location-- cheaply and effectively. Gone were the days of connecting to buyers through print ads and yard signs.

The continual commoditization of online real estate listings has recently led to listing aggregators Zillow and Trulia joining forces to create a monolithic vehicle for displaying property data. But keep in mind that they aren't the first to try, and it's unlikely that they will be the last!

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8 Elements of a Quality Real Estate Website

Reading the Thinkery's Twitter feed the other day, a post from one of the major real estate firms popped up saying "Twelve Essentials for a Real Estate Website". I clicked the link, thinking, "Wow! This might have some great insights into how we can make IProperty better!"

Unfortunately, the link simply went to an image with a "tag cloud" of items supposedly critical to a real estate website. It included such pearls of wisdom as ranking "Web Design" as the most important feature of a real estate website! Not a big help. . .

So we talked about this and thought maybe we ought to write our own version of what is required in a great real estate website-- we've been in the business for years and have built a specialized piece of software used in thousands of agent and agency sites worldwide. Why not?

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Coeur d Alene ID 83814

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