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OpenEstate PHP-Wrapper Component

OpenEstate.org provides a freeware software-solution - called OpenEstate-ImmoTool - for small and medium sized real-estate-agencies all over the world.

As one certain feature of this software, the managed properties can be exported to any website that supports PHP. Together with this plugin, the exported properties can be easily integrated into Joomla without any frames.


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HOW TO INSTALL
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In advance - you need to create an export interface within OpenEstate-ImmoTool. Select the format 'Website: PHP-Export' and transport method 'FTP'. Create an empty directory on your webspace and enter it's path in the FTP configuration.

After you've executed the export procedure for the first time, you should find some PHP scripts in the previously created folder on your webspace. These PHP scripts are compatible from Joomla 1.5 up to 2.5.

Afterwards you can install the OpenEstate-Wrapper component into your Joomla installation:

- Use version 0.1.x with Joomla 1.5: http://wiki.openestate.org/mediawiki/images/c/c9/Joomla15_com_openestate.zip
- User version 0.2.x with Joomla 1.6 / 1.7 / 2.5: http://wiki.openestate.org/mediawiki/images/5/51/Joomla25_com_openestate.zip

After the component is installed, you need to configure these settings - http://wiki.openestate.org/Datei:Joomla_addon-06.jpg

- Set the absolute path, that points to the export directory on your webspace. (script path)
- Set the URL, that points to the export directory on your webspace. (script URL)

If these settings are correctly configured, you can create menu entries to embed the properties into your Joomla website.

By the way: If you transfer the exported scripts manually to your webspace, make sure that the 'cache' and 'sessions' directory has write permissions for the webserver (CHMOD 777).

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2011-04-08
Reviews: 1
Once I figured how to install and use immotool on my local machine, I was able to export a php website that the program automatically ftp'd to a folder on my joomla site. After setting up the wrapper to wrap my ftp'd folder everything worked.

Some Rocket Themes for 1.6 don't render properly but the openestate content does.

I look forward to the development of this tool and wrapper and better usage documentation in english, but considering how well this tool and wrapper work now I am not complaining.