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  • Introducing SpotFinder, a Directory child theme built to utilize modern screen sizes; inspired by Airbnb 28 August 2014

    Ever since the original GeoPlaces and then Directory theme was released, the industry has adapted the trend set by templatic for listings kind of themes. Map at the top, listings at the bottom. It was great back then in 2011 when wide, big screens were not adapted yet. Things has changed and now we rarely see those 17″ screens being used. Screen space on both the side goes wasted while you are presented the content at the center of your screen. Today we are excited to break this trend and offer a perfect solution needed today for directory sites. Announcing 8th Directory child theme – SpotFinder. SpotFinder is continuing the trend of reimagining Directory with new and unique child themes. It’s inspired by the new Airbnb website and thus comes with some really big design changes when compared to the parent theme. The power and beauty of Directory theme is that you can skin it the way you want with child themes. The SpotFinder theme features a unique layout for your directory theme powered site. Full-width layouts Possibly the biggest changes are those implemented within category and detail pages. Those pages are now created to fully utilize all available screen size. In both cases there is a giant map area available on the left while the regular content is displayed on the right side. This left area inside category pages can even be customized with widgets. If you don’t need the map, just swap it with something else. Unique homepage Unlike most other Directory child themes, the SpotFinder theme homepage isn’t very focused on the map. Instead, the search bar is now the most prominent element of the homepage. Also, the header has been significantly resized and now contains just a small logo, your menu and the “Add Listing” button. The big image you see behind the search bar is actually the header image for that city. In other words, changing the image is possible by changing the current city. Other sections of the homepage can be tweaked with widgets; the homepage is completely widgetized. Displaying a map on the SpotFinder homepage is as simple as placing the “Homepage Map” widget inside any of the homepage widget areas. Tabs are back Over the last few weeks a few of you mentioned the lack of tabs inside child themes like Locations. Your feedback didn’t go unnoticed, we made sure to include... Read more »

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  • Independence Day deal: Buy 1 add-on, get another one for free! 15 August 2014

    Today is India’s Independence Day so we wanted to celebrate it with you guys. Over the last few months we’ve released a number of new add-ons so it’s fitting to have this deal be all about them. For every Directory add-on purchase you get another one totally free! The deal ends on August 22nd, 2014. Visit the Directory add-ons page to see what’s available. Claiming the free add-on Begin checkout for any of the Directory add-ons. In other words, open an add-on page and click the green “Purchase” button. Login to your account or fill in the necessary details to create a new one. Select your bonus add-on inside the designated dropdown. Note: The bonus add-on can’t be more expensive than the primary. Choose the payment method. I recommend using PayPal if you have a PayPal account (it’s faster and more reliable). After clicking on “Secure Checkout” you will be taken to a secure site (either 2Checkout or PayPal) where you can complete the purchase. Latest add-ons As mentioned earlier, we released quite a few add-ons over the last few months. Here are some that you might find interesting: Real Estate – transform Directory into a real estate portal with advanced search, instant filters and IDX compatibility Reviews Manager – allow listing authors to manage reviews posted on their listings. The feature integrates with price packages so you can charge for this privilege. Listing Statistics – give listing authors the ability to see visitor stats for their listings. Just like Reviews Manager, it also integrates into price packages. User filters for MailPoet – the only free add-on current available. Helps you send targeted emails with MailPoet. Don’t forget, this is a limited time offer that ends on August 22nd so try to act quickly. And as always, leave a comment below if you have any questions about the deal.

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  • Two new payment gateways available: Dwolla and PayPal EC 13 August 2014

    Over the last couple of months we’ve released a number of new add-ons for Directory, but it’s been a while since we announced new payment gateways. Dwolla and PayPal Express Checkout are the latest additions! After enabling these add-ons your visitors will be able to use them to pay for price packages. Of course, you will need a merchant account with each before getting started. Dwolla What sets Dwolla apart from other payment gateways is the fact you don’t pay any fees for transactions under $10. And for those over $10 you just pay a flat fee of $0.25. Dwolla doesn’t require an SSL certificate to work since payments are processed on a secure Dwolla website (similar to PayPal). It’s worth noting that Dwolla is only available in the United States. Contact us or Purchase Dwolla payment gateway PayPal Express Checkout PayPal Express Checkout is a good solution if most of your members do not already have PayPal accounts. Unlike the regular PayPal checkout (built into Directory), PayPal EC allows users to create a new account while checking out. It also doesn’t require an SSL certificate as payments are processed on a secure PayPal site (and not your own). And just like the regular PayPal, Express Checkout also supports recurring payments. Contact us or Purchase PayPal EC gateway

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  • What is the best way to customize Directory? 9 August 2014

    With more and more people customizing Directory I figured it was time to create a proper article which outlines the best way to tweak CSS and PHP in Directory. My initial plan was to release it as a blog post, but the size of the article got out of hand so it had to be moved over the Docs site. Please click here to open the Directory customization article. In short, the best way to customize Directory is to utilize either a child theme or a plugin. The article linked above focuses mostly on customizing with a plugin since a number of you are already using a child theme (City Guide, Locations, etc). By placing custom code inside a plugin we eliminate the danger of losing our modifications after updating the theme to the latest version. One important thing you should keep in mind before starting with customizations is that the article is focused on people with past customization experience. In case you’re new to WordPress, and especially HTML, CSS and PHP you might want to build upon those skills first. The point of the article is to demonstrate the best technique for customizing Directory, it doesn’t go into specifics of how to actually customize PHP code. Useful resources to get started Codeacademy – learn HTML, CSS and PHP with expertly written interactive tutorials. Introduction to Hooks – a comprehensive WP Candy tutorial on how to use action and filter hooks in WordPress. How to create a child theme – an easy-to-follow article about creating child themes in WordPress. WordPress Codex – the ultimate source when customizing anything WordPress-related. If you have any questions about the customization article feel free to post them here in the comments or inside our forums.

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  • Real Estate add-on released. Makes Directory theme even more powerful 7 August 2014

    Last week we published a blog post which outlined plans to retire the newly released Real Estate Directory theme and instead provide a Directory add-on with the same functionality. Well, we didn’t want to keep you waiting for too long… the Real Estate add-on is now available! Create an ideal real estate portal using this add-on which includes property listing, custom property search and filters, unique property submission form and much, much more. View Live Demo or Purchase Real Estate add-on Extending Directory Best thing about this add-on is that it works on top of the existing Directory theme, with or without directory features. Meaning you have the power of the Directory platform (child themes, payment gateways, add-ons) yet, have the flexibility to build a real estate property and showcase it the way you want. And you always have the option open to extend your real estate portal to other niche in future. Quick list of features Create a real estate directory portal Customizable property search Instant property filter IDX/MLS compatibility (with dsIDXpress) Manage property statuses (assign tags) Advanced Homepage property widget Free for Club members Even though Directory add-ons aren’t generally included inside the Club membership, Real Estate will be an exception since these features were briefly available as part of the RE Directory theme. If you’re a Templatic Club member, simply connect to the member area and download the Real Estate add-on from the “Directory Extensions” section. This add-on covers everything necessary to build a real estate portal. And with the power of the Directory platform, real estate doesn’t have to be the only niche your site is focused on. The possibilities are virtually endless! View Live Demo or Purchase Real Estate add-on

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  • RE Directory theme to be converted as Real Estate add-on 1 August 2014

    Soon after Real Estate Directory theme was released in July some of the customers provided constructive feedback and mentioned the added confusion and complexity it would bring in for customers to maintain separate parent themes and at the same time, making Real Estate + Directory theme features on the same site harder to achieve. We had a team discussion on this and agreed on what our customers said. So, after a lot of back-and-forth discussions we decided to pull the plug, take back the real estate directory theme and make it available as Directory add-on instead. Why? The main reason why RE Directory was released as a parent theme (instead of as a child) was to allow us to create child themes specific to that parent theme. Another important reason was easier setup. Installing just RE Directory is definitely faster compared to Directory + RE plugin + child theme. But after customer feedback, we realize that the tradeoff isn’t worth it. We were committing to supporting a totally new parent theme, one that would make things harder for people going forward. In the end we have decided to stick with our original plan for Directory, and stay focused on just one parent theme and make it possible to have extended modules like Real Estate to work on the same site, just like our events add-on. Real Estate add-on coming next week The Real Estate add-on is already developed as a part of Real Estate directory and we are re-testing it with Directory theme to make sure of the compatibility. As of now, everything is great and working flawlessly as a part of Directory theme. If everything goes great, this add-on will be available next week. More joy for Directory theme owners as they can now have Directory + Events + Real Estate – all working together on one site! What about those who already purchased RE Directory? If you’re one of the members who purchased RE Directory in 2-3 weeks it was available, we apologize for this change and inconvenience. We suggest the following options: A full refund of your purchase with our sincere apology. Changing RE Directory to Directory + the new Real Estate add-on releasing next week. Along with those we’ll also offer a free add-on of your choice. To make this transition easier, we can manually update your site to this new system if you allow us... Read more »

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  • Reviews Manager and Listing Badges add-ons released! Also, tips to enable infinite scrolling in Directory. 31 July 2014

    The 1.1.8 Directory update we released on Tuesday contained a bit more than “just” RTL language compatibility. In that update we also provided compatibility with the Infinite Scroll plugin. The plugin is totally free and can be downloaded from the plugins directory. Along with infinite scrolling, we’re also releasing two new Directory add-ons! Allow authors to moderate comments with the Reviews Manager add-on Do you want to give your listing owners the ability to manage reviews on their own listings? Well, with the Reviews Manager now you can finally do that. Once a review is submitted on one of their listings, the listing owner will get an instant email notification. He/she can then either approve or delete the comment directly from the detail page of that listing. A link to this page will also be provided in the email. The best part about Reviews Manager is the fact it integrates with price packages. This allow you to use the front-end reviews management functionality as leverage for more expensive price packages. Those who want the feature will likely be prepared to pay extra for it. Another cool thing inside Reviews Manager is the new “Comment Settings” tab within the user dashboard page. Using that tab each owner can manage their own comment moderation settings. Learn more orPurchase the Reviews Manager add-on Highlight new listings with the Listing Badges add-on Listing Badges is a simple add-on you can use to assign custom badges on specific listings. Since the title of the badge is defined for each individual listing, you can make the badge say anything. Along with the custom title, you also set the badge color and the badge expiration date. Learn more orPurchase the Listing Badges add-on Enable infinite scrolling Connect to your WordPress dashboard and navigate to Plugins ⇨ Add New. Search for “Infinite Scroll” and install & activate the first plugin in the search results. Go to Settings ⇨ Infinite Scroll Enter the following under the Content Selector option Enter the following under the Navigation Selector option Enter the following under the Next Selector option Leave the rest as-is and hit “Save Options” If you did everything correctly infinite scrolling should now be enabled in all category pages, the “all listings” page and also all search pages. As you’ve probably noticed, we’ve been keeping busy this summer. However there is still more to come… be sure to stop by... Read more »

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  • Directory update 1.1.8 with RTL support is available now 29 July 2014

    With Real Estate Directory (released about two weeks ago) we introduced our first theme with RTL compatibility. In other words, for the first time ever you can easily use languages like Arabic or Hebrew inside a Templatic theme. With this latest update RTL support is coming to Directory! Visit our demo site in RTL mode to see how it will exactly look like. Using Directory with an RTL language After this update extensive CSS tweaks to make the text appear on the right will no longer be necessary. To setup your RTL language in Directory follow these steps: Download the en_US.po file from /wp-content/themes/Directory/languages and translate it using Poedit. For detailed instructions on using that software open our localization article. Once you save your translation in Poedit a MO file will be created. Upload/overwrite that MO inside the /languages folder. Quick note: When translating the theme into just one language it’s not really necessary to change the locale, i.e. change the PO file name from “en_US.po” to “ar_AE.po” or similar. It will work just as well if you just translate the provided English PO file. Navigate to wp-admin ⇨ Appearance ⇨ Theme Settings and enable the Right-to-Left (RTL) text orientation option If you’ll have any problems setting up an RTL language in Directory simply create a new thread inside the forums.

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  • Listing Statistics and Proximity Search add-ons released! 24 July 2014

    After the free User Filters for MailPoet plugin published earlier today we are continuing with add-on releases. In this blog post we’ll be talking about the all-new Proximity Search and Listing Statistics plugins. Provide statistics to listing owners With the Listing Statistics add-on you’ll be able to provide statistics information inside the user dashboard to every listing author. The functionality is actually tied to price packages meaning you can charge extra for access to these statistics. The stats include: Visits (to the listing) from the homepage Visits from category pages Number of times “Send Inquiry” form was used Number of times “Sent to Friend” form was used Number of times the listing was favorited Overall number of visits to the listing Purchase the Listing Statistics add-on Use Proximity Search add-on for accurate zip code searching Proximity Search will change the way visitors search for zip codes. Once a search is made the add-on will make search results also show the distance between the zipcode and the listing. Once installed, the plugin will enable a new custom field on your site – Zip Code. To enable zip code searches you just have to include that custom field inside the advanced search widget or page. If you don’t feel the need to introduce a new custom field to enable zip code search, you can also rely on the current “Where” field inside the header search widget. That field will pull zip codes from the “Address” field. Purchase the Proximity Search add-on That’s it when add-ons are concerned for this week. We’ve been keeping busy so you can expect to see some cool new stuff next week as well :)

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  • Send mass emails to members using a free extension for MailPoet Newsletters 24 July 2014

    The WYSIWYG Submission add-on released a few days ago silently kicked off the “add-on release week”. To prove we mean business, expect to see 3 new add-ons released today! In this blog post we’ll be introducing the new User Filters for MailPoet add-on and an update to the Ad Manager. User Filters for MailPoet: Send newsletters to your users User Filters is a free add-on that integrates with the popular MailPoet Newsletters plugin. It will introduce a number of different parameters while creating a new email in MailPoet. These parameters will make it possible to email a specific user base. These include: All users All users with an active price package All users with an expired price package Users with a specific price package (either active, expired or pending) Users with a package within a specific date range (either active, expired or pending) Users with a package within a specific city (either active, expired or pending) Another cool thing about this add-on is that it will display exactly how many results match your condition as soon as you choose an option inside the dropdown. In other words, you’ll be able to see exactly how many people will get the newsletter even before you commit to sending it. User Filters for MailPoet add-on can be downloaded for free! Get it here. Ad Manager can now display banners based on cities With version 1.0.2 of the Ad Manager plugin you’ll be able to control in which cities your banners are supposed to show. Not only that, with this version you will also have information about how many times each of your ads was clicked on.

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