Install Buying Buddy on Joomla

There are 4 steps to install and setup Buying Buddy on your Hubspot website:

  1. Get a Google Map API Key.
  2. Install the Buying Buddy plugin.
  3. Create 2 new web pages and add the "results" and "details" widget short codes to them.
  4. Confirm that the websites settings in your buying buddy account match the pages you just created.

This article provides detailed instructions to guide you through these steps.

Here's how to add Buying Buddy to your Joomla website using the Buying Buddy Joomla Plugin.

Step 1: Get your Google Map API Key

A google Map API Key is required.
Follow these instructions to get a Google Map API key.

When you have created your Key, make sure it is added to Website Settings in your Buying Buddy account before proceeding with the next step.

Step 2: Add Buying Buddy Plugin to your Site

Step 2a: Download the Buying Buddy Joomla Plugin

First, download the Joomla Plugin ZIP file. Do not unzip!

Step 2b: Add The Plugin to Your Site

NOTE: The following instructions and screenshots for installing the plugin in Joomla were created for Joomla! v3 and should be used as a reference if you installing the plugin for Joomla! v4.

  1. In your Joomla Admin panel, navigate to Extensions > Manage> Install.
  2. Upload the file as shown below.
    If Joomla 4, then use the

Step 2c: Enable and Configure the Buying Buddy Plugin

In your Joomla Admin panel, navigate to the Plugins Administration area, and search for the plugin as shown below:

Next, click the plugin name to see the plugin details.

  1. On the settings panel, enter your Account Activation Key code and a Google MAP API Key.
  2. ENABLE the plugin
  3. Finally "Save & Close".

Step 3: Add Foundation Pages with Widgets

The following steps are important, they will guide you to:
* Create 2 pages that are NOT in your menus (they are reserved for use by Buying Buddy).
* Add the correct widget specified to each page. Only add one widget to each page.
* Ensure that the 2 page addresses are added to Website Settings in your Buying Buddy account.
* You must add a DNS record to enable social sharing of properties.

Step 3a: Add 2 Foundation Pages

You need to create and identify 2 key pages to be in your Buying Buddy account:

  • Results Page (which will show the "Results" widget)
  • Property Details Page (which will show the "Property Details" widget)

Plus, you will also need to add a Search Form widget on any other different page too for testing.

  1. In your Joomla account create 2 extra pages for your site.
    We suggest you give them appropriate titles, such as "results" and "details".
  2. Create an Article/K2 Item/SP Page Builder page.
  3. Next, create a menu item linked to this item/page, and title it accordingly ("results" or "details").
    You can also choose not to show this menu item in your menu bar by clicking on: "Link Type" tab and turn off "Display in Menu".

Step 3b: Insert Buying Buddy Widget Code to Display Widgets

It is recommended that you use the Sourcerer Joomla Extension to paste in the various <div> shortcodes for Widgets into your pages.
Make sure your Joomla! editor is on “Code” mode as shown below:
If using JCE Editor, change to code mode

If using Tiny MCE Editor, change to Source Code view:

  1. Check that the Sourcerer plugin is enabled.
  2. Edit the new "results" page you just created.
  3. Paste the following short code for the Buying Buddy "Results" widget:
    <div id="MBBv3_ListingResults"></div>
  4. SAVE your page
  5. VERIFY. Once you have SAVED this page, preview it to see Buying Buddy results widget being displayed on the authorized domain (this will not display if you are using a sandbox development domain).

    Excellent! You have set up the Results Foundation Page.
  6. NOW REPEAT the above steps to setup your Details page ** Do not forget to do this! **
    The Widget short code to use is:
    <div id="MBBv3_SearchDetails"></div>

    Note: The details widget may display a SQL error if you preview it - ignore this.

    Excellent! You have now set up the Details Foundation Page.

    If you use Sourcerer, then the code you add would actually look like this:

    Results widget on your designated 'results' page:
    {source 0}<div id="MBBv3_ListingResults"></div>{/source}

    Property Details widget on your designated 'details' page -
    {source 0}<div id="MBBv3_SearchDetails"></div>{/source}
  7. Finally, paste the Search Form widget to any other page using the process described above (this is for testing the search - this is not a foundation page).
    The Search form short code is:
    <div id="MBBv3_SearchForm"></div>
  8. Clear Cache!
    To ensure the most current version of the site is being served, you should delete Joomla’s cache and delete Joomla’s expired cache.

    (See Joomla’s Documentation for instructions). In addition to Joomla's cache and expired cache, if you are using any CDN service, you also need to clear cache in the CDN server too.

Step 3c: Configure your Buying Buddy account so that page names match

It's important that the Buying Buddy system knows the page address you used for your Foundation Pages, as Buying Buddy needs to know where to go to show search results, and where to direct your leads (via emails etc.) to see search results and details of a specific property.
So, in this step, you will add the page addresses to the Website Settings in Buying Buddy.

  1. In your Buying Buddy dashboard, from the current "Get Widgets" page, click the link at the top of the page to go to Website Settings.
    Or, Navigate to: Widgets > Website & Settings
    Then click the "Website Settings" link for your website.
  2. Scroll down to section "4. WIDGET FOUNDATION PAGES" to review the page addresses of the Widget Foundation pages.
  3. Check the page names shown and update them if needed.
  4. You will see that they are probably shown as just results and details. If the details and results pages are using different slugs, then you need to change these to say the actual names of the pages you created, and in the browser when viewing these pages you will see the full address.

    NOTE: Use the actual page names for YOUR site - don't assume that they are the same as shown in this example!

Step 4: Enable Property Sharing

If you are going to use the PHP Class to create SEO indexable page content, then this step is not required.

Stay in the Website Settings panel in your Buying Buddy account for this next step!

To ensure that the social share options can be used to share properties from your website on Facebook etc, you must add an A RECORD to your domain's DNS records.

  1. In Website Settings, scroll to review section "3. SOCIAL SHARE OPTIONS".
    Or, Navigate to: Widgets > Website & Settings
    Then click the "Website Settings" link for your website. and then scroll down.
  2. Modify the DNS records for your domain as follows:
    Add an A-RECORD for the subdomain "bb"
    to point to:
  3. Once you have added your A-RECORD, set the 'Social Share Option' (below) to be YES, and SAVE SETTINGS.

Troubleshooting Tips

Some of Joomla! Component will by default strip down any raw html, css, JavaScript and php codes. Below you will find some of the most common issues of why the entered codes are not working:

  1. If you are using JCE Editor, please be sure to go to:
    Components-->JCE Editor->Profile-->Default-->Editor Parameters
    and turn on: "Allow Javascript","Allow CSS" and "Allow PHP".
  2. If you are using RSFirewall, please be sure to go to:
    Components-->RSFirewall-->Firewall Configuration-->Active Scanner and turn off: "Enable active scanner in the /administrator section".
  3. If you have default editor set to anything other than "Editor - none" or "Editor - CodeMirror" in the Global Configuration, change the editor to "Code mode" prior to entering the codes.
  4. If you are using "SP Page Builder", please be sure to use "Raw HTML" instead of "Text Block" to enter the codes.
  5. If you have Mootools plugin installed and you are seeing conflcit issues, then you should consider removing Mootools.

"SQL Error" on Details Page

If you see this message then this is because you are attempting to view the Property Details widget on a page on its own without a reference to a property! Ignore this, the widget is installed correctly and this error is never seen.

Staging / "Sorry this domain is not authorized"

If you see a message that says "Sorry this domain is not authorized", then this means that the Widgets and Plugin JavaScript are indeed working correctly, BUT that your page address is a domain that is not authorized to display Buying Buddy Widgets.

There are two options for dealing with this:

  1. Make sure your actual domain name is applied and working - and then view the "live" site in which case widgets will be displayed correctly. You can then choose to ignore this message while in development.
  2. If you need to do more extensive development then you can request (via Help Desk) to add your development staging domain as an extra (free) "authorized" domain on your account.
    We call this a 'sandbox' development URL and it would be authorized temporarily while you do development.

Doing More

You can use your website editor to create custom search forms and use all the capabilities of the Buying Buddy widgets.

Some example that you may like to consider include;

  • Adding a Featured Listings page to display your own listings
  • Showing your Sold properties
  • Creating neighborhood pages with properties for neighborhoods
  • Adding lead capture forms that send leads directly to the Buying Buddy CRM
  • Adding a general contact form widget
  • and a lot more!

You can now use Widget Themes to style widgets - or even add custom CSS too if you wish to.

See our demonstration websites for ideas and inspiration

If you need more help please contact us.

Updated on November 23, 2022

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