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I’m pleased to announce that we are in the final hours of production and release of our latest 100% FREE addon titled “OR Menu Creator” for Open Realty. This new, 100% FREE addon will extend the menu management features in Open Realty to a new level by allowing site owners to control what, when, where and how links are added and managed on an Open Realty site.
What is Open Realty?
Open Realty is a freely available open source application for managing real estate listings among other features. Open Realty, developed by Transparent Technologies, is likely one of the premier web applications used for turnkey real estate websites in part due to its abundant out of box features and ease of implementation. Open Realty has been used in a wide range of web sites including; automotive, pets, classifieds, boat sales, flower shops, furniture stores, used cars, and even a Actors guild. This due in part because of the very purpose Open Realty was built which is to provide a gallery of sorts for properties and the like. Open Realty is currently the only truly open source free for use application of its type with a license that permits it to be used in a commercial venture.
Open Realty Add-On Environment
Open Realty as with many open source applications does not make a bold attempt to be the jack of all trades or the end solution for all situations by loading it with exhaustive features. Because of this, the developers of open source applications may deliberately leave some features out in order to better address them in a modular or plug-in type environment. As with Open Realty, most application developers would end up building counter productive results in terms of design and efficiency if they included every possible feature one would conceivably seek. Therefore the technique or feature that these application developers use to extend their software like Joomla, WordPress, Drupal or Open Realty is through its modular system.
Plug-ins, add-ons, modules, components, etc.. are ways for applications to have an ever expanding set of features without the need for maintaining endless revisions to the core structure of an application. Once a solid foundation is laid out, expanding or adding modular features becomes the optimal method for customizing an application to work in unique ways. Open Realty does this quite effectively with its addon system. An addon basically extends the features core to Open Realty and may be miniature applications in and of themselves. Our new plugin is an addon that extends Open Realty by providing some unique menu management features without the need to modify the core structure of the application.
As with all Open Realty addons, installation is done by simply uploading the files to the openrealty/addon/ folder and navigating to the admin panel with your browser to complete the installation. Once installed menu management becomes a breeze and includes endless possibilities for the types of menus you can add to your site. Some of the features included are briefly outlined as follows;