Multiple MLS Support

If your account includes multiple MLS / IDX feeds, then it's important to note that the default Search widgets only support search in one MLS at any time.
This means that any function specifying a search (or filter) such as "searching" and Property Alerts will always need to specify the MLS to be used.
Apart from RAPB+GFLR, we do NOT co mingle MLS data.

Search Widget

When there are multiple MLS in an account, the Search Form widget will display an option that allows the consumer to select the MLS from your account to search.
The Search widget will only show valid search form / fields for the chosen MLS. See this image below that shows the choice of MLS and the selection box which allows the selection of MLS.

With multiple MLS in your account you should consider the search experience you want the consumer to have. These options can include:

  1. Directing consumers to a MLS-specific landing page where the search form is set to search from a preselected MLS
  2. Creating a custom search form that chooses the MLS (either visibly or as a hidden field)
  3. Using Custom Search Links (as buttons for example) to go straight to the Results view and show results for the specified MLS

The rest of this article provides further guidance on how to setup these options.

In addition to the capabilities discussed here, "custom search forms" offer additional capabilities as described in these articles:
General overview of custom search forms, and see How to support multiple MLS in a single custom search form.

Pre-selecting Choice of MLS on Search Widget

Typical use of these approaches is where YOU want to direct consumers to search by a specific MLS, i.e. you don't want to leave it up to them to make that choice!

Page with a Search Form dedicated to a specific MLS

If you want to have a dedicated search page that ONLY searches a specific MLS you configure the Search widget on that page with a filter.

The filter should be created using the following parameters:

  • show_switch:no - shows the search form without the MLS switcher option
  • mls_id:{mls-code} - determines WHICH MLS to be searching ***NOTE** This is the MBB mls_code, which you can discover using the Widget Wizards in your LAC account.

[label color="success"]Example[/label]

<div id="MBBv3_SearchForm" filter="mls_id:ks228+show_switch:no" ></div>
Or for WordPress:
[mbb_widget id="MBBv3_SearchForm" filter="mls_id:ks228+show_switch:no"]

This example would load the Search Widget on the page, and in this case, the search form would be set to search Denver MLS only and not show any options to change that.

Use URL parameters when linking to the search form page

If you wish to pre-set the selection of the MLS when directing users to your search page, URL parameters can be used as follows:

  • show_switch=no - shows the search form without the MLS switcher option
  • mls_id={mls-code} - determines WHICH MLS to be searching ***NOTE** This is the MBB mls_code, which you can discover using the Widget Wizards in your LAC account.

[label color="success"]Example[/label]

http://www.mysite.com/search-denver-page/?show_switch=no&mls_id=denver

This example would direct to a special page with the Search Widget, and in this case, the search form would be set to search Denver MLS only and not show any options to change that

This can be a handy method if you want to have a set of options that you present to website users, for example, where you might say "click here to search THIS mls area, or click here to search THAT mls area" and so on. These links would go to the single page containing your Search widget and the URL should include the appropriate parameters.

Updated on November 4, 2021

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