What is PropertyWebBuilder?
PropertyWebBuilder is a toolkit for creating real estate websites. Out of the box you get a fully functional website that allows you to manage properties available for sale or rent through the intuitive admin panel. It comes with great search functionality which allows users to search for properties by multiple criteria. The look and feel can be modified by adjusting colours, fonts, images etc. You can choose to display key information about your estate agency such as opening hours, location and your specializations.
Because it is open source you can customise any aspect of it and easily extend it to support scenarios not envisioned in the initial product. It is easy to deploy and will run on most servers that supports Ruby on Rails.
The source code is available here:
You can find out more about how PropertyWebBuilder can help your business here:
July 2019 update!
Over the last year or so I have made several improvements to PWB for various paying clients. I have not however had the time to merge those improvements back into the open source repo. If you have some specific requirements that you are willing to pay for, reach out to me (LinkedIn) I might be able to help.
Here are a couple of sites that I have built using PWB as a base:
Too many real estate websites are built with WordPress
WordPress is a great platform for managing content but it was not designed with real estate websites in mind. Building a real estate website on WordPress means being stuck with a bloated codebase, most of which will be unnecessary.
To use WordPress for your real estate website, you will need to choose from a dazzling array of plugins. Picking the right one is a task in itself. The best plugins come at a cost and even those require regular updates and might not support all the features you need. WordPress is famously susceptible to security vulnerabilities and is a popular target for hackers.
We offer a better alternative
Rather than building on a generic CMS, PropertyWebBuilder has been designed from the ground up to target property management. It has been built with Ruby on Rails, a framework that allows for a much more robust product designed specifically for real estate. It is a framework that operates at a lower level than WordPress so there is little redundant code Ruby on Rails is also less vulnerable to security vulnerabilites.
Deploy to Heroku in minutes
You can use this example repository if you want to manage your deployment: https://github.com/etewiah/pwb-for-heroku
Or simply click the button below for a fully automated deployment
- Powerful search component
- Fully featured admin panel
- Google maps integration
- Customisable look and feel
- Easily extendable
- Search engine friendly
- Mobile friendly responsive layout
- Fully open source