We’re pleased to announce that version 1.2.8 of Property Hive has just been released, containing support for the popular Yoast SEO WordPress plugin, as well as the ability to easily place Google street view on our property details pages.
The Yoast SEO plugin is undoubtedly the most popular SEO plugin for WordPress. Being used on so many sites, it seemed logical to ensure that estate agency websites powered by Property Hive support it also. If you use both Property Hive and Yoast SEO, here’s what you can expect from this update:
og:image tag – When sharing properties on social networks they’ll look at the og:image tag. Seeing as Property Hive doesn’t utilise the featured image part of WordPress this was always blank. Now the og:image tag will be filled with the first image in the list of uploaded property photos.
Taxonomies excluded from the XML sitemap – By default, the XML sitemap generated by Yoast would contain all of the taxonomies created by Property Hive, such as property_type, availability, and more. These will now be excluded from the sitemap.
Yoast meta box position – When editing properties in WordPress, the Yoast SEO options panel (also known as a meta box) will be positioned at the bottom, therefore not interfering when it comes to entering property details.
Hidden columns in property list – When viewing the list of properties within the WordPress admin area, the columns added by the Yoast SEO plugin will be hidden, meaning more room to display the property details.
You could already easily add a map to the property details page of your website by using the [property_map] shortcode. With this release you can now also add street view. Simply add the shortcode [property_street_view] where you’d like the street view to be positioned.
When sending property enquiries, the ‘From’ email address previously defaulted to the email address entered into the form. Some server configurations didn’t like this so we’ve added a new field called ‘From Email Address’ to the settings area of Property Hive. We’ve then added a ‘Reply-To’ header so it still defaults to the enquirer’s email address when you hit ‘Reply’.
This will be our last large release of 2016. We’ve got a really interesting post coming in the next few days where we’ll be announcing what features we’ll be bringing to Property Hive in 2017 so keep an eye out for that.