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  • Celebrating the redesign with an offer. Buy 1 product, get 1 free! 19 June 2015

    Most of you have probably noticed something different about Templatic.com in the last few days. Along with the color scheme we also updated the homepage, club page, themes store and several other sections. To celebrate the new look we’re starting a Buy 1, Get 1 FREE offer. During the offer you’ll be able to grab a free product (theme or plugin) for every purchase you make at Templatic.com. The offer ends on June 25th, 2015. How to get the bonus product? Just click on “Add to cart” for the product you want and open the cart. A special dropdown menu will appear inside the cart allowing you to specify which bonus product you want. You’re allowed to combine themes and plugins. In other words, if you’re checking out with Directory, feel free to choose any of the available add-ons as the bonus product. Keep in mind that the extra product can’t be more expensive than the primary. Free add-on for new Club members If you sign up for Club membership during the offer we’ll let you to pick a free Directory add-on of your choice. The offer is also valid if you decide to upgrade your current membership to Club. However, in that case you’ll need to contact us (Billing department) and say which bonus add-on you want. About the down times… We would like to take this opportunity to apologize for the recent service outages. We genuinely regret the inconvenience they caused and thank you for your amazing patience. The outages were occurring due to us migrating the site to new servers. Ironically the migration was done in order to bring you a faster and more reliable service. Unfortunately we’ve come across a few problems during the process which lead to some down time. That being said, we are now back in full swing and we are confident that you should see no more of these outages for a long time to come. If you’ll have any questions about the offer use the comments below or open the contact form and submit a query inside the Pre-sales department.

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  • Big update for Directory, child themes and add-ons 16 June 2015

    Even though Directory theme performs the best in the market when it comes to speed, it has been a concern when we were considering hundreds and thousands of listings on a single site. Team templatic has continued to find better ways to improve the performance and have provided periodic updates. Earlier today we released important updates for Directory, all child themes and most add-ons. Most of these are focused on optimization and speed improvements which should significantly improve your directory site speed. Speed optimization In order to decrease website loading times we minified several CSS and javascript files. You should be able to notice these faster loading times on the homepage, category pages and detail pages. These improvements are located inside the core Directory components so you don’t have to do anything special to apply them… just update Directory (all 4 components). Along with minifying certain files we also implemented AJAX into several widgets. Expect the following widgets to load much quicker in the latest version of Directory… All Categories List Events Calendar Recent Reviews Browse by Categories/Tags To get these improvements you’ll need to update the main Directory product (4 components) and these two add-ons: Events and MultiRating. Image optimization With version # we removed a number of image sizes that were rarely used. As a result WordPress won’t need to create as many thumbnails for each image you upload. This will not only save storage space but also make image management easier. To implement this change we updated all child themes and the following plugins Tevolution – Events Tevolution – Classifieds Tevolution – RealEstate REST API compatibility A number of you have requested this compatibility over the last few months so we decided to investigate and ultimately add it to the theme. The compatibility is achieved via the WP REST API plugin. To make your Directory theme compatible simply update it to the latest version (all 4 components) and install the REST API plugin. WP REST API will allow you to send listing information to other applications. It will also make it easier to receive information from other sources. You can learn more about the API here. Important Tevolution – Events update Along with the Events Calendar widget update mentioned earlier, the new version of the Events add-on also comes with improved recurring events. Archive pages (search page, category page, etc) will now display recurring events differently within... Read more »

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  • Introducing Charity, the perfect theme for charity websites 27 May 2015

    After Tech which we released earlier today, here comes another QuickEdit theme – Charity. The theme is targeted at small charities looking for a fast and easy way to create a new website. The visual composer that comes with Charity makes it possible to customize the entire homepage directly from the front-end. Contact us with your questions, take a test drive or Purchase Charity A few words about the front-end editor… The visual composer available inside the Charity theme will make editing the homepage significantly easier and faster compared to dealing with WordPress pages or widgets. Everything you do inside the front-end editor is instantly applied to the site giving you immediate feedback for every change. The visual composer can be used to modify virtually every homepage element, even the footer credits! Completely customizable layout Each content element inside the Charity theme is called a “block”. These blocks come in various shapes and sizes. There are multiple call-to-action blocks, a pricing table, services list, testimonials and lots more. New blocks can be inserted by clicking on the “Blocks” dropdown and dragging them onto the page in the location of your choice. To remove an existing block just hover over it and click on the “Delete” button. Charity Video Introduction Check out the video below to see the Charity theme and its visual composer in action… Mobile-friendly at all times While adding new content and making various changes you won’t have to worry about making the site responsive. This is because of responsive content blocks. They allow the whole site to remain mobile-friendly no matter how you customize and order the blocks. Charity is the second theme we released today… it’s been a while since we’ve done that! So, which one do you like better, Tech or Charity? Let us know in the comments. Contact us with your questions, take a test drive or Purchase Charity

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  • Meet Tech! A QuickEdit theme for technology websites 26 May 2015

    Tech is a Templatic theme powered by the new point & click technology we like to call “QuickEdit”. This means you’ll be able to customize the entire homepage directly from the front-end using a visual composer. The theme is targeted at small tech companies or bloggers in need of a beautiful new website. Contact us with your questions, take a test drive or Purchase Tech Edit everything from the front-end The front-end visual composer available inside the Tech theme will make editing the homepage significantly easier and faster compared to dealing with WordPress pages or widgets. Everything you do inside the front-end editor is instantly applied to the site giving you immediate feedback for every change. The visual composer can be used to modify virtually every homepage element, even the footer credits! For a quick look of the Tech theme in action watch the video overview below. Block layout Each content element inside the Tech theme is called a “block”. These blocks come in various shapes and sizes. There are multiple call-to-action blocks, a pricing table, services list, testimonials and lots more. New blocks can be inserted by clicking on the “Blocks” dropdown and dragging them onto the page in the location of your choice. To remove an existing block just hover over it and click on the “Delete” button. Customizing colors and fonts Use the “Color Customizer” and “Typography” dropdowns to quickly change the color scheme or font of the site. Both of these changes are applied instantly so you can quickly see what works and what doesn’t. If you’re unsure which colors go well together try checking out sites such as Paletton or Adobe Color. WooCommerce compatibility Over the last 2 weeks we’ve been working hard on making both iBusiness (the initial QuickEdit theme) and Tech compatible with the WooCommerce plugin. I’m happy to announce that both themes are now fully compatible and ready to be used as online stores. Along with WooCommerce all QuickEdit themes are also compatible with these plugins… WPML WordPress SEO by Yoast Gravity Forms Always responsive, no matter what you do While adding new content and making various changes you won’t have to worry about making the site responsive. This is because of responsive content blocks. They allow the whole site to remain mobile-friendly no matter how you customize and order the blocks. What are your thoughts on this second QuickEdit powered theme?... Read more »

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  • iBusiness, the first QuickEdit template is now available! 13 May 2015

    In the preview post released a few weeks ago we teased a new solution for customizing and creating websites – QuickEdit. The new point & click interface can be used right here at Templatic.com. In other words, you can begin creating your personalized website totally free. iBusiness is the first theme built with the QuickEdit technology in mind. It’s been designed with a broad appeal so it can be used by a wide variety of small businesses. Contact us if you have any questions or Visit the demo site Create your site at Templatic.com With QuickEdit you’ll be able to add content and customize the site without leaving Templatic.com or making any payments. The demo site even allows you to save progress and continue at a later time. Once you’re done with tinkering click on Export and purchase a license for iBusiness. After checkout we’ll provide a unique zip file containing your theme as well as an license key. Here are the steps for creating a site with QucikEdit… Visit the iBusiness demo site and start making changes. If you’re happy with the experience click on “Export” in the top right corner and proceed with purchasing a copy of iBusiness. Download your customized theme and copy the license key. These will be provided immediately after you complete the purchase process. Open your WordPress dashboard and navigate to Appearance ⇨ Themes ⇨ Add New ⇨ Upload. Load the zip file you download earlier and activate the theme once installation is completed. Insert your license key when prompted. Simple and intuitive interface QuickEdit allows you to customize both the content and appearance directly from the front-end. For instance, to change a headline on the homepage you just click into the title and start typing. Going to the back-end and locating the appropriate page or widget is no longer necessary. Changing colors or fonts is just as easy. The site is designed to update immediately after choosing a new color or font. This gives you instant feedback for everything you do. Use blocks for more variety iBusiness comes preloaded with over a dozen blocks. Blocks are unique elements designed to showcase different things about your company or product. These blocks can be used to display services, images (gallery), blog posts, pricing plans and more. You can move any block to any position on the page with simple drag and drop. Most blocks come... Read more »

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  • What is “Directory”? 30 April 2015

    Every now and then I see people struggling to comprehend what Directory really is. Most of them aren’t sure whether it’s a theme or plugin and… I don’t blame them. We might have gone a bit overboard by describing so many things with a single word. Good news is that after reading this you should be an expert in “Directory” terminology. :) The meaning depends on the context The word “Directory” can mean different things depending on how you use it. It can be the actual product you get for $99 It can be the theme or plugin component inside of that product It can be a whole platform which encompasses the Directory product, add-ons and child themes. 1. Directory product The Directory product you get for $99 contains 4 important elements: Tevolution plugin, Directory plugin, Location Manager plugin and Directory theme. The product was segmented into components to make it easier to maintain and update. For instance, if we want to improve something inside the multi-city functionality we only need to update the Location Manager plugin and not the other three components. This Directory product is often what we’re referring to when we say “Directory”. This is especially true in the context of sales and billing. 2. Directory theme or plugin Within the actual Directory product, the word “Directory” can describe 1 of 2 things: a plugin or a theme. To better understand this here’s a quick look at what each component actually does… Tevolution – contains most of the core functionality such as registration forms, custom fields and price packages. Directory (plugin) – contains the code that generates the “Listing” post type. Location Manager – contains the code necessary to enable the multi-city functionality. Directory (theme) – contains the actual design files, including the code for the mobile mode. 3. Directory platform Directory platform is the term we use to describe all products designed with the main Directory product in mind. These products are various add-ons and child themes. Each of them requires Directory to work and are useless on their own. Child themes are designed to significantly change the look of the site. Add-ons are designed to introduce new features. Directory video overview In the video below you can learn more about crucial Directory features. The video also contains a graphical representation of the structure explained above. Fast forward to the 2 minute mark of the video... Read more »

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  • Access Manager – Monetize by restricting some important details on your Directory 23 April 2015

    “Information can generate money” – This sentence suits Access Manager add-on 100%. Internet provides us lots of information and so does a Directory website. People can find and contact a business in minutes using a Directory site. Access Manager add-on enables an ability for you to provide/deny access of information on your Directory site and charge some money for that. Isn’t it interesting? The site owner as in the “Information Provider” can generate money by using Access Manager add-on. For example, people interested in knowing special offers,contact details of businesses will pay you extra to view “Special Offer/Contact Details” on your  Directory site. As a site owner, you can restrict these information by using Access Manager. Here is how it looks when site content is restricted: Find out how AccessManager can help in generating an extra revenue Charge site visitors by providing them multiple choice of price packages Set content visibility for a specific duration and number of posts Content can be restricted at post custom fields level Allow some number of free listings to view Create pricing table Charge users regularly on a pre-set billing period by using “Recurring Package” option Membership information (time left, etc) is displayed inside author pages Some more screenshots What are your thoughts on the new plugin? Is this what you hoped to see? Let us know in the comments… Contact us if you have any questions or Purchase Access Manager

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  • Important theme updates in light of the recent XSS vulnerability 23 April 2015

    In case you missed the news, a few days ago details surfaced about a new vulnerability present within many popular plugins and themes. The vulnerability was caused by the improper use of two functions: add_query_arg() and remove_query_arg(). Wrong information within the Codex caused many developers (including us) to assume that the functions would properly escape URLs (which they don’t). You can read more about this security issue in the following article. If you own any of these themes please update it as soon as possible! Of course, don’t forget to take the usual safety precautions before updating. Most importantly, backup your files and database. Here’s a list of plugins you can use to perform the backup. 5 Star Anchor Apex Automotive Cartsy Catalog City Guide Classifieds (Directory child theme) Cool Cart Cuisine Daily Deal Directory eBook Education Academy Emblem Eventum Explore GeoPlaces HomeQuest Hotel Booking iPhone App Job Board Landing Page Locations Luxury Nightlife OnePager Photocraft Publisher Real Estate Realtr Rejuvenate Responsive Restaurante ServiceBiz ShowStopper SmallBiz Specialist SpotFinder supreme (parent theme) TechNews Travel Vacation Rental Video YellowPages For the majority of these themes only one file had to be updated, templatic_login.php. So, if your site is heavily customized we recommend updating just this one file. If you own our Directory theme, please update the functions.php file as well. Here are the full paths to these files inside Directory: /wp-content/themes/Directory/library/templatic_login.php /wp-content/themes/Directory/library/functions/functions.php In most other themes the templatic_login.php file is located inside the theme root folder. This is also true for Directory child themes. Details on how to overwrite specific files are available inside our FTP tutorial. If your theme doesn’t have automatic updates please check out this article, it contains instructions on how to update manually.   As mentioned earlier, popular plugins were affected as well. Try to update any plugin for which you see an update notification within the next few days. Here’s a few popular plugins that were updated recently because of the discovered vulnerability Jetpack WordPress SEO Google Analytics All In one SEO Gravity Forms iThemes Exchange Ninja Forms Broken-Link-Checker If you’ll need help resolving this issue please submit a theme support query using the contact form.

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  • What’s coming up at Templatic? 21 April 2015

    Have you been wondering what we’ve been up to lately? In short… we’ve been busy. Our developers have been creating both products you’ve come to expect over the years (Directory add-ons) as well as some all-new stuff (more on that later). So, here’s what you can expect to see from Templatic in the next couple of weeks… Membership plugin for Directory At the moment the entire Directory theme is focused on 1 primary way of making money – charging for submissions. With this upcoming Directory plugin you’ll be able to make money by charging for access to the actual content. Once a visitor opens a page with restricted content they’ll be provided with an option to purchase a membership package which will then unlock the content. The plugin is designed to integrate with the existing custom fields functionality. If you enable the “Restricted” option inside a specific field values assigned to that field will only be available to those that purchased a membership package. Membership packages on the other hand are a variation of price packages. However, instead of integrating with the submission form they control what visitors see in the front-end. When is the plugin coming out? Sooner than you might be thinking :) Hosted point & click website builder This is the big one… With this project we wanted to make creating websites for small businesses as simple as possible. Instead of downloading a theme and adding content on your own site, you’ll do that here at Templatic and export changes into a WordPress theme. The project is called QuickEdit and it will be released with 4 unique templates, each dedicated to a different niche: MyRestaurant – for showcasing small restaurants and diners MyApp – for presenting iPhone apps SingleEvent – for providing details about an upcoming event iBusiness – a multi-purpose business/portfolio theme Compared to Directory which is extremely complex and robust, QuickEdit is simple and easy to use. Instead of editing widgets and pages from the back-end, everything is controlled from a point & click front-end interface. To edit text just click into a paragraph and start typing. To change the color just click on the color picker; the same goes for backgrounds and other elements. Each template comes with a variety of different blocks, all of which can be moved, modified or deleted from the canvas. As mentioned earlier, these QuickEdit templates will be hosted... Read more »

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  • Who is the best hosting provider for Directory? 24 March 2015

    The wealth of features you get with Directory definitely make it easier to create a comprehensive listing, event or property portal. However, they also come at a price. A complex theme such as Directory will be much more taxing on the server than a simple portfolio or business theme. This means that choosing a webhost isn’t as straightforward as with other/simpler themes. Fortunately I have two hosts to recommend that should make this quest a whole lot easier. Site5 – awesome hosting for the masses I first heard of Site5 after several of our members recommended them inside the forums. They were all extremely impressed not only with the way Directory was running, but also the amount of support they were able to provide about problems that weren’t necessarily theirs to resolve. If you’re a Templatic member and want to read those comments check out this forum thread. Visit Site5.com for more details on their hosting packages and prices. Digital Ocean – for advanced users Unlike Site5 which gives you pretty much everything to get going (cPanel, phpMyAdmin, etc), Digital Ocean is the complete opposite. For $5 a month you’ll get 512MB or RAM, 20GB SSD and SSH access to your server. The rest is up to you to figure out. I created my droplet on Ubuntu (LAMP) and struggled a bit to get going because of my non-existent Linux experience. However, once you learn the basics you not only start appreciating the little things involved in server management, you also get awesome value for money. Compared to a shared server at that price range, my DO site flies! For example, here’s HomeQuest running on my test site. Visit DigitalOcean.com for more details on their hosting options and prices. In conclusion, if you want quality hosting where you only have to worry about WordPress and the theme, go with Site5. If you want to be more involved into the whole deal go with Digital Ocean.

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