After logging into your Chime CRM account, you can start building your website through what is called the CMS (Content Management System). You will want to do this ASAP in order to avoid delays with connecting MLS(s) to your Chime IDX website.
To get started, make sure you are logged into your Chime account and click on the CMS icon on the top menu:
You will then be asked to pick the website template that you want to start with before clicking the Let's Go button to continue:
A .chime.me website will be created for you automatically using your first and last name (plus incremental numbers if the name has already been used and is a duplicate):
The next steps to set up the website are outlined at the right side of the CMS. The first being to set up a vanity domain. This is a required step before getting to the MLS process. The .chime.me domain will be used only temporarily in getting your website set up and running.
After clicking the Set Up Now button for the vanity domain step, you will be presented with the following two options:
- Use Your Own Domain
- Search for and purchase a domain
If you want to use your own domain that you already own, you will input the domain you own and then your Chime site will remain on the auto-generated .chime.me domain until your first MLS is ready to go and you are ready to point your personal domain. This will also generate a ticket for the Chime Support Team to follow up and guide you through the process.
If you do not want to use your own domain or do not own one, you will need to use the option to search and purchase a domain. It is important to note that even though you cannot stay permanently on the .chime.me domain, you will always have the option to select a free .net domain (or purchase a domain that you want to use) as shown below:
*IMPORTANT: If you choose to use a FREE domain provided by Chime, please note that you will not be able to take it with you if you cancel your Chime subscription. However, if you purchase a domain via Chime, you can transfer it out if needed.
Once the domain request is submitted, the process can take up to one hour to complete and this will be shown when hovering over the options within the CMS:
When the domain is configured, it will automatically be changed within the CMS as seen here:
When it is available to go the next step, you will be able to refresh the page and see that Vanity Domain Setup has been marked as complete and there is now a button to Connect MLS(s):
After clicking on the Connect MLS(s) button, you will be guided through the MLS process for each individual MLS. You will repeat this process if you have multiple MLSs to connect to your Chime website.
If the MLS is not appearing on the supported list, you will be able to provide more information so that our MLS Team can have the necessary information to make contact and work towards becoming a vendor. Just type in the MLS name and then click the link to provide the necessary details.
Clicking on the Submit button will send in the necessary information for this one specific MLS and then a screen will appear with the next steps for that specific MLS which can consist of a PDF to download or simply informing you that the application has been submitted online, etc. Follow the on-screen instructions.
If you need to add another MLS click the Add Another button at the bottom-right to repeat the steps for another MLS:
Once the MLS process has been configured, this will be marked as complete on the CMS Dashboard where you can also see a preview of the MLS application as well as the option to add another MLS if desired.
The framework of your website is now finished! You will now need to use the CMS to edit your website content, upload images, etc. The most important part, however, is to watch for any email communication from our MLS/Support Team providing you with next steps to get the MLS integrated if there are any. Be sure to respond back to any emails from the MLS or Support Teams as quickly as possible to avoid any delays.
If you have not already participated in a training on how to set up the basics on your Team Website, you can find tools to get started HERE.
More information on how to build out the individual sections of your website can be found HERE.
If you have any questions regarding this topic or any others, please reach out to our Support Team via email at <firstname.lastname@example.org> or by phone at 1 (855) 981-7557.