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Bellaina – A Fully Fledged GPL WordPress Theme for Real Estate Sites [Review]

We’ve seen so many loud releases of ready-made WordPress themes that it seems impossible to impress us with anything new. TemplateMonster has made an attempt to do this and updated their collection of real estate WordPress themes with a new design, which visual presentation and functional filling will hardly leave you indifferent. As you could have already guessed, in this blog post we will take a closer look at all aspects of this theme. So, please welcome Bellaina.

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The primary goal of the template is to help business owners build a fully-featured real estate project. The theme’s layout is focused on the effective presentation of the property listings and user-friendly search. We will speak about each of these elements in details a little bit later in this post. First, let’s review its design.

The layout is clean yet functional. A neutral color scheme with the whitespace is intended to appeal to the wide audience. With the purpose to showcase the property in the most favorable light, the theme features retina ready images, which are intended to look razor sharp on all screen sizes. To capture the user’s attention once they land on the site’s front page, an edge-to-edge slider was added to the theme’s header. Drawing the users’ eye to the featured property, it also features a brief property description, making it possible for the website visitors to look though the basic characteristics without the need to navigate to a separate page.

Another element that will captivate your attention when browsing the theme’s front page is an advanced property search form with Google maps integration. In such a way, people can see the search results displayed right on the map.

Moving further down the theme, people will see other featured property, agents, and user testimonials organized in an easy-to-scan manner. The footer of the theme is no less functional. In addition to the quick links to the rest of the site’s pages, you can find brief information about the company, a set of social media icons, and a newsletter subscription form.

These are the basic elements that were added to the theme’s front page. Now, let’s dig deeper and see what other functionality is stored under the hood.

First and foremost, Bellaina is a fully responsive WordPress template running on Cherry Framework. The theme is licensed under GPL v3.0, which gives you the freedom to install the template on as many websites as you wish, as well as tweak its code in any way possible. Cross-browser compatibility and SEO-friendliness have become indispensable components of all TemplateMonster’s themes. Bellaina is no exception. The theme is well-documented. If you have any questions regarding its installation and/or modification, you can always rely on the help of a qualified free 24/7 support.

One of the most basic and outstanding features of the template is Cherry Real Estate plugin developed by TemplateMonster’s Cherry theme. With its help, you can feel the ease of adding properties to your website. It also provides the web users with an advances property search form, letting you preview the search results on the integrated Google map widget. Moreover, there is an option to review the specifications of the chosen property by clicking a marker on the map. If a person would like to assign a property request to a specific agent, the theme supports such functionality as well.

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One more plugin that is at the core of the theme is Cherry Projects. It was also custom-made by TemplateMonster. With its help, you can showcase the real estate listings in a user-friendly, catching style. The plugin is loaded with a number of pre-designed templates, letting you get started with a portfolio in an instant. In addition, Cherry Projects plugin includes a set of product display features, sorting and filtering options, and a number of additional settings to manage columns/posts/items.

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One more element that will turn your website into a real estate property selling machine is iDX support. With its help, you can embed live real estate listings from an MLS to your website’s pages and posts. Although the plugin is not included into the download package, you can get it for free at wordpress.org.

Power Builder and WordPress Live Customizer are two more features that are custom-made by TemplateMonster. While the former allows you to build versatile layouts by simply dragging and dropping different elements, the latter provides you with a user-friendly dashboard letting you see the results of your customization live, without waiting for page re-loads.

Selections of content modules and custom widgets are also added to the theme. All content modules of the template are fully customizable, and are intended to make it easier to add audio and video files, CTAs, sliders, images, accordions, and other elements to your site’s page and posts. By means of the built-in widgets you can enhance your site’s performance to a great degree. Thus, RE Search widget is a universal tool combining the functionality of a live search and a map. Recently Added Property widget is intended to keep the users notified about the recently added offers.

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Every user who reaches your website can enjoy a quick and seamless registration. Thus, by simply entering an email address into the respective field, every user gets registered in an instant. Additionally, people can benefit from a simple property request form that can be assigned to any agent that a person needs.

Since we have started to speak about the agents, the latter can be found on a separate Agents Listing page. Here the users can find contact details, quick links to the agents’ social media profiles, a brief ‘about me’ story, and more. When reaching an agent’s page, you will be introduced to the more detailed information about his/her projects, and see a map supporting the property localization feature.

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Property pages also include a Google map widget with localization support. An image gallery at the top of the page demonstrates the property elegantly. A brief description below it lets the users learn more about a specific offer. At the bottom of the page, one can find contact details of an agent who sells the property.

These are the key innovations that TemplateMonster’s WordPress team added to their new release. Traditionally, the theme is pre-loaded with a number of additional pages, like 404, coming soon, typography, contact details, pricing and other. For a quicker layout modification, the theme’s developers added 3 header and 3 footer variations of the theme. 6 post formats and 6 blog layouts are also included, as well as a fully featured blog support.

Here we go. If you enjoyed the theme, you can take a closer look at all of its elements via live demo. If you have any questions/ideas/suggestions regarding Bellaina real estate WordPress theme, you are welcome to leave them below.

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