The process of getting properties to appear on the live Rightmove website is normally as follows:
1. Purchase, install and activate the RTDF Add On
2. Contact Rightmove and inform them you’re looking to start sending properties using the real-time feed
3. They might send you a form to fill in asking for the client details and your details.
Important: If they ask for ‘data provider details’ this will be your details. Property Hive is not the data provider, We're simply the tool being used.
4. They will send you the following:
- A zip containing a variety of certificates. The one we’re interested in is the .pem file
- A password needed to extract files from the zip (sometimes referred to as an ‘Archive Password’ or 'Zip Password').
- A password for the certificate itself
- A network ID
- A branch code
- A set of URLs
The first set of details provided will likely be for testing purposes and will change when the feeds are ready to go live.
5. Once these have been entered you’ll then demonstrate that you can add and remove properties successfully.
6. When everything is ok and all tests pass, Rightmove will send you a new set of certificates and URLs from step 4 to be uploaded.
That is obviously a high-level overview of the process. Next we’ll look at how and where to enter the above information, as well as common troubleshooting issues.
Note Regarding Boomin
The Boomin setup is a little different from other Real-Time feeds in that you need to generate the certificate yourself, as opposed to them sending it to you.
You'll need to visit https://developerportal.boomin.com/ and register for your production credentials. Complete the fields required, choose 'minimal 'and 'rtdf' and upload a Certificate Signing Request (CSR).
You can use a website like CSR Generator to generate the CSR and private key. Alternatively you'll need command line access to create a CSR. Whilst on the command line run the following to create private/public key pairs:
openssl genrsa -out private.pem 2048
Do not enter a password during this step.
openssl req -new -sha256 -key private.pem -out public.csr
The output from this will be a CSR which can be opened in a text editor, copied and entered into the registration form.
If you are unable to generate this CSR do let us know and we'll gladly do this on your behalf.
Once you've uploaded the CSR they'll verify this with you and you'll be provided with a one-time link via email to view the Boomin certificate (CRT). In a text editor (i.e. Notepad) you will need to combine this certificate they've provided with the private key generated using the original command. This then forms the PEM file which can be uploaded into WordPress.
Again, if you get stuck at any point during this process do let us know.