Instant Notifications? You want it. You got it.

You may have seen Redfin’s announcement about instant listing notifications, and you may be wondering how you can get in on this new feature.

Great news! GraphicalData has been providing instant updates for years (although you may not know about it, so here’s the scoop).

Here’s how it works.

First, you or your client can quickly and easily create an account on your GraphicalData website:

Just find the ‘Log in| Register’ link or the ‘Listings by Email’ feature on your Home page.

GraphicalData Log in | Register Link

Listings by Email feature

After creating an account, simply start a home search and select to save that search.

Save Search

Choose instant notifications when saving, and your client is set.

Instand notifications

Notifications—and even search details—can be changed or stopped at any time by clicking the ‘Searches’ link in the upper right of your website when the client is logged in.

Change Notifications

That’s it! Instant Notifications.

As always, we love to hear your feedback on how we can improve the service. Leave a comment or contact us.

Keep your website fresh! Add new content whenever you want.

Here’s a quick how-to on creating a new page as a blank canvas for…well, anything!

Begin at the gdSiteBuilder and click ‘Create a New Button.’

Choose the ‘Build your own page’ option.

Name the button and click ‘submit button name’. You can change the name at any time, so don’t over-think this step.

Then click the big big green link ‘Click here to build your own page.’

Choose any of the page content options from the left hand menu, and if you need to, change the button name at the top.

That’s it. Easy? Super-easy.

The one trick for an uncluttered main menu

Have you recently created a new page on your website that you don’t really need in your menu? Hiding a page takes a few moments, and using the URL (the direct link to the page) is easy. Read on for a quick how-to.

First, of course, build the page.

Once you have your page set up, return to the gdSiteBuilder, and simply select “Turn Off” under “Page Status.”

To access the page, you’ll need the direct link, so click the page to open it in your browser, then copy the URL. It will look something like this:

The contents of the page will determine what you do with the link.

Add it to a listing

If your page has a video or photo gallery, add the link to the listing. Begin at the gdListingManager and select the listing you want to add to, then paste the URL you previously copied into one of the Virtual Tour link fields. Click ‘set’ and you’re done.

Add it to another page

Add a link to any page using a page layout tool.

Edit the page layout tool,

and type the name of your link, for example “my cool new page”. Highlight the text and click the link button,

then paste the URL in the URL field and click OK.

Save your changes, and you’re done.

You can also share the link in your social networking sites!

What other ways do you use hidden pages? Tell us in the comments!

Video! One exciting way to use the Text Element on your gdWebSite

You’ve heard it’s a great idea to post video on your website, right? It can really help your SEO, adds interest and variety for visitors, and can get more buyers looking at showcased properties. What’s not to love about video?

If you’d like to take a crack at posting video on your gdWebSite, read on.

Your first step is finding a hosting site. There are a lot of free options to choose from, and for a simple home-tour video, they should all meet your needs. Squidoo has a good article listing many of your options for free online video hosting.

Host your video and then copy the embed code—which should be available after you finish uploading your video to the hosting site. Now you’re ready to get started!

Begin at the gdSiteBuilder and edit the page you wish to add your video to, or, start fresh with a new page.

Add a text element from the controller menu by clicking the green plus sign and then edit the text element.

Paste the embed code into the text box. Check the “Do not format…” box and click ‘Save Changes’.

That’s it! You’ve got video on your gdWebSite!.

Use a Text Element to Add Social Media Badges and Widgets to Your gdWebsite

So, you have a Twitter account, a Facebook page, and you blog faithfully on your gdWebsite. But how do you let your website visitors know what’s in your social feed or how to follow you? The answer is the amazing flexibility of the text element.

Begin at the gdSiteBuilder and edit the page you wish to add your social widget(s) to.

Figure 1. Edit the page.

Add a text element from the controller menu by clicking the green plus sign and then edit the text element.

Figure 2. Add a text element.

Copy the HTML code for your widget or badge—if you’re not quite sure where to get this, look in the help pages of your favorite social sites, or do a Google search for it. Then paste the code into the text box.

Figure 3. Paste widget code and save changes.

Check the ‘do not format…’ box and click ‘Save Changes’.

That’s it! You should see your widget or badge displayed on your page. If you want to change the placement, just move the text element up or down on the page.

Figure 4. Reposition the element on the page.

Note: With our new gdSocial product, we’ll not only add these links for you automatically and include them in context-intelligent locations on your site, but we’ll setup syndication to link your blog to your Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn account. Interested? Contact us to learn more about gdSocial.

Don’t Be Left In The Dark

Have you ever been unpleasantly surprised by a glitch in your GraphicalData products or service? Sometimes changes happen and we have to react. But while we’re working to fix things, you might see odd behavior from your IDX feed, your website, or the gdWorkSpace.

Stay up to date with development updates, MLS outages, and other unexpected interruptions.  We’ll even let you know if we find a work-around for a common support issue. Where, you ask? In the Dashboard System Alerts.

Look for it in the center-left of your Dashboard for the latest announcements from our development and support staff.

FlyerMaker in Internet Explorer

If you’re using the Internet Explorer (IE) browser, flyer changes may not be saved properly. We are working to fix this, but in the mean time use this work-around when editing and saving changes to a flyer.

With your IE browser window open, click on ‘Tools’ next to ‘Favorites’ in the browser navigation bar. Select ‘Internet Options’. In the 2nd section down you will see ‘Browsing History’, click on delete. This will bring up another box, and the first option you will see is ‘Temporary Internet Files’. Click on ‘Delete Files’, then click ‘Yes’ in the confirmation box.

Your cache will be cleared, and the saved flyer will be visible.

Virtual Media & Photo Galleries Now Swept From NWMLS

Recently new fields were added into the NWMLS data that IDX providers sweep to acquire listing information. In addition to the newer foreclosure fields, we are now able to sweep Photo Galleries that agents have added to their listing in this specific MLS.

Most photo galleries should sweep in automatically. If for some reason one fails to sweep in, you are able to add it manually via the listings section tab in your admin center. Merely copy the address link of your photo gallery, wherever it may be hosted, and then paste it into the appropriate listing.

If you need help on this feature, contact our customer support for assistance.

Troubleshooting – Sending a screenshot will help us, help you.

Occasionally, a strange occurrence may happen within your website system. Should that be the case, it will assist us in “troubleshooting” the situation if you are able to provide a “screenshot” of what may be happening. This is especially important if for some reason we are unable to replicate the same occurrence from our end.

How to take and email a screenshot:

First, have the “anomaly” showing on your computer screen. Then find the Print Screen button and while the anomaly is still on the screen, hit that button.

You will now need to paste this “screen capture” into a photo editing program, such as Paint. Once opened, click edit, and select paste. This will paste the screen into your paint editing program. You will then need to save it (gif, jpg or png), and when doing so, you should give it an identifiable name.

Then, open your email program and attach this file to an email. Be sure and explain what is amiss (unless you have already done so to client support and they are expecting this screen capture. Send it to where we will be able to take a look and determine the solution.