It’s been a while but the waiting is finally over; GeoPlaces v4 is now officially available! We realize it took longer then we originally planned but that extra time only made the theme better. Even though the front-end looks very similar to GeoPlaces v3 there are a number of new additions. To see what’s in store for you please visit the live demo. We implemented hundreds of major and minor tweaks into GPv4, it’s safe to say that pretty much every aspect of the old theme was improved upon. Enough chitchat, let’s go over some of the things you’ll see in GeoPlaces v4
GeoPlaces v4 is a completely free upgrade for all current GeoPlaces users!
Not a member? Click here to purchase the theme
Better monetization – make even more money
GeoPlaces v4 takes monetization on a whole new level with features like recurring payments and price packages. If you ran a successful directory with GeoPlaces v3, expect to significantly increase your revenue with the new version.
Recurring PayPal payments are finally available and will help you earn even more money
Price Packages that enable you to diversify your price options even further. Among other things, you can even set the price package to only apply to specific categories
Transaction reports with ability to export data into a .csv file
Ability to change for featured listings on homepage and category pages
Better listing and theme management
To make content management easier we implemented dozens of various changes. Creating listings for you and your visitors have never been easier
Custom post types for both Places and Events will enable you to keep better track of your content. WP posts are used for blog
Based on Google Maps v3 – no API key required
Completely recoded image upload (no flash)
Support for mega menu plugins like UberMenu + mega menu widget included with the theme
Much more theme options; change things like background color directly from theme Design Settings, added ability to change listing sort order and much, much more
Claim listing feature
More options when adding cities, more streamlined input
User profile fields – add new custom fields for user profiles
More security options
Restrict theme options for specific usergroups
Block suspicious IP addresses and stop them from spamming your site
Revised custom fields
Unlike “one for all” deal in GeoPlaces 3, now you can create fields for specific categories and for a specific post type (Place or Event)
Custom fields are easier to manage because of the revamped custom fields screen
“Add a custom field” offers a wealth of new possibilities like choosing the location of the field (front/back end), setting a different validation type and even the ability to apply a custom CSS class
For the first time you’re also able to search through the custom fields using the Advanced Search page template.
Ability to show the big map in category listings
Add and show category descriptions to explain what each category is about
Improved listing navigation with sub-categories below the parent category
Limit the image upload size
Full compatibility with WP-reCAPTCHA enables a bot-free user experience
With GeoPlaces v4 comes the ability to separately import places, events, blog posts and cities. If you’re using GeoPlaces 3 and wish to export your content into GeoPlaces v4, update your theme to the newest version (3.3.1) and use the improved Bulk Upload section to export your data. For more info on this please click here. For a complete tutorial on upgrading from GeoPlaces v3 to v4 click here.
For the best viewing experience please watch the video on YouTube in 720p or Full HD.
This post marks the ending for the longest public beta testing in Templatic history. During that time almost 500 topics were created and 2000 posts submitted that resulted in hundreds of various bug fixes and improvements. Thank you for your continuous support and understanding through the numerous delays. All of you made GeoPlaces v4 what it is today – most feature packed geolocation theme out there!
Did GeoPlaces v4 meet your hopes and expectations? Tell us what you think in the comments section bellow.
Newer versions of GeoPlaces v4 come with functionality for quick(er) upgrading from GeoPlaces v3. Inside GeoPlaces -> Advanced Settings -> Bulk Upload you will find an option to change all your posts to places. This will enable you to skip some of the steps mentioned below. Goes without saying, backup everything before using that update query.
Things to consider before upgrading:
GeoPlaces v3 and v4 are very different themes, this is not a simple update!
Before you attempt this please backup your whole site (theme files + database) in case anything goes wrong. You will lose all your widget settings and content, make sure you backup that content somewhere.
If you don’t require any of the new features we implemented into GeoPlaces v4 consider sticking to GPv3. We will continue providing theme support for GPv3 until September 1st 2012. Please note that we won’t be updating the GeoPlaces v3 anymore – all future GeoPlaces updates will be for v4.
We’ll be presenting two possible scenarios for approaching this. If you run into any problems create a thread in the forums.
1st method – creating a new site and importing data
This method is for those willing to start over, create a completely new site running GeoPlaces v4. This one is a little longer and trickier, but it does give you a fresh start and less things to worry about. We recommend this method.
Make sure you’re running the latest version of GeoPlaces v3 -> 3.3.1. If you’re using an older version click here to download the last updated version of GeoPlaces3 . Latest version of GeoPlaces3 comes with support for exporting content, without this feature you can’t continue
In your GeoPlaces v3 theme go to wp-admin -> GeoPlaces -> Bulk Upload. Under Export to CSV click to export your posts and events. You can export everything at once, you don’t need to export each city specifically. This time also export all your cities under Export Cities to CSV
Install and activate GeoPlaces v4. You can install dummy data as well
Import cities, events, posts and places under wp-admin -> GeoPlaces -> Advanced Settings -> Bulk Upload (import the same file for posts and places)
In case you visit your front-end now you might notice the lack of images on our places. Since we used Bulk Upload to divide Places from regular Posts we also changed the image location. If you left the default WordPress media settings untouched the location of your images should be something like /wp-themes/uploads/year/month. This is a problem because the theme is now searching for images in /wp-themes/uploads/bulk. To fix this connect to your GeoPlaces v3 powered website and copy all images from /uploads/year/month folders into /wp-themes/uploads/bulk folder on your GeoPlaces v4 powered site (your new WordPress install)
Connect to your phpMyAdmin and export the users database from your GeoPlaces v3 powered site. If you haven’t changed the database prefix the table name is wp_users. You can use simple settings while exporting. Click on the images to see them in full size.
Connect to your new database and open wp_users table. In the table delete any entries you find there – there should be only one since it’s a new install. Click on the “Import” button to import contents of the old users table. Click on the image below to see it in full size.
We are almost ready. You can now start working on your theme. Organize the content, widgets, design, etc. When you’re ready to make the site live go to step 11
To finalize the transition you need to place your current GeoPlaces v3 powered website into a subfolder. To do that follow these steps. If you already have WordPress set up this way (and your domain root is free) skip this step.
Once you do that rename the index.php file in your root into index_old.php
There is only one step left, making your new site appear in the domain root. To do that follow the steps explained here
2nd method – upgrading the current website
Do not attempt to upgrade the theme if you’re not running the latest version of GeoPlaces v3 (3.3.1). To download the latest version click here.
Before you start please activate a maintenance/coming soon plugin like this one since this could (and probably will) take a while.
Make sure you’re running the latest version of GeoPlaces v3 -> 3.3.1. If you’re using an older version click here to download the last updated version of GeoPlaces3. Latest version of GeoPlaces comes with support for exporting content, without this feature you can’t continue
In your GeoPlaces v3 theme go to wp-admin -> GeoPlaces -> Bulk Upload. Under Export to CSV click to export your posts and events. You can export everything at once, you don’t need to export each city specifically.
If you haven’t done so already, download and install GeoPlaces v4.
After a successful install Activate the GeoPlaces v4 theme. You can activate the dummy data on in order to better understand how the new theme works (dummy data will populate your widgets with content).
Like we mentioned before, your widget information will be deleted. Please place your widgets in the corresponding areas.
If you look around your back-end now you’ll notice that your Events have been successfully transferred, but all your places are listed under Posts instead of Places. To fix this go to GeoPlaces -> Advanced Settings -> Bulk Upload and under “Import place, events and blog posts” select to import places and choose the file your exported earlier. After the import is done you should now see both your blog posts and places under “Places”. Feel free to delete all blog posts from “Places”, as well as all your places from “Posts”
In case you visit your front-end now you might notice the lack of images on our places. Since we used Bulk Upload to divide Places from regular Posts we also changed the image location. If you left the default WordPress media settings untouched the location of your images should be something like /wp-themes/uploads/year/month. This is a problem because the theme is looking for images in /wp-themes/uploads/bulk folder. There are two ways we can fix this: a) Copy all images from your /uploads/year/month folders and place them into /uploads/bulk folder b) Go to wp-admin -> Events and change the status of all your current events to Draft. Then can go to GeoPlaces -> Advanced Settings -> Bulk Upload and import your Events. Now you can move your all the images into /uploads/bulk folder instead of copying them.
If you need clarification for any step of this process create a thread in our forums and we’ll do our best to help you out
Transferring content between two GeoPlaces v4 themes/sites
In case you want to transfer all your content to another GeoPlaces v4 theme pretty much all of the above is unnecessary. With the default WordPress exporter (wp-admin -> Tools -> Export) you can export all your places, events, posts, pages, etc. The only thing you must export manually are your cities. You can do that in wp-admin -> GeoPlaces -> Advanced Settings -> Bulk Upload -> Export All Cities to CSV.
When you’re done with exporting everything connect to your new site and first import your cities under Bulk Upload -> Import city data from GeoPlaces. Now import rest of the data under Tools -> Import (you’ll probably have to download WordPress Importer). Please note that this method won’t backup your widget content and theme settings.
eMarket, built on top of our improved e-commerce framework is the latest theme in our store releasing today. With Market WordPress theme you can setup & manage your online store easily. Whether it is a physical product, digital product or an affiliate one you can sell all of them using Market theme.
The design of the theme is minimal and emphasizes more on standard e-commerce features like shopping cart, checkout, registration. The grid view of products on the home page as well as category and store pages is so well structured that it enhances the display of your products.
This theme is developed for you to setup your e-commerce site in minimal time with lesser efforts and money. Just install the theme and start adding your products with images, description and other product information. If you sale your products in different variants like different sizes, colors, etc. then you can add product attributes too from the same page.
Of course this theme shares all the the standard features that our e-commerce framework offers such as shipping, different tax rates for different country/state, stock management for your products, offering discount coupons to your customers, etc.
Here’s the list of some of the new added and improved features in our framework:
Integrated PayPal Pro
A new custom post type for products which distinguishes products from posts
Improved guest checkout
Added a new section to generate transaction reports for your store
Our aim was to provide nicely structured, minimal theme design so as you can utilize the theme at it’s fullest and implement your design creativity into it without removing anything. We hope you’d love this new addition in the theme store.
If you are using one of our other e-commerce themes, framework updates for you will be available next week. We’ll announce each update via our Twitter and Facebook channels
Even though there is a lot of support content available via various articles and forum threads we decided it was time to focus on videos as well. Templatic will be producing two kinds of videos from now on:
Setup and customization tutorials
Setup and customization tutorial videos will be accessible from the following forum thread. These videos are unlisted on YouTube and can be accessed from that thread. Videos will contain information on how to setup specific themes or how to easily customize them. You’ll be able to find these videos in Theme Documentation Guides as well.
Theme Overviews are public videos that are designed to show some of the features within specific themes. At the moment we only have three overview videos, for Reviews, GeoPlaces v4 and DailyDeal theme. That number will constantly grow as we release new themes; we’ll also create overviews for some of the older themes. We’ve created a Theme Overviews playlist on YouTube so you can easily access all of them.
Almost two weeks ago we teased new themes that are coming in the near future. Today is the day you get to see the first of those three themes, a new niche theme that we hope you’ll like – Reviews. Reviews WordPress theme is primarily aimed at enthusiasts who’d like to review things on their website. You can review pretty much anything; from movies to books, from gadgets to software.
With Reviews you (as admin) can add multiple products or services, show descriptions in tabs (with a specially created ‘tabber’ shortcode) insert images and your rating. Also, there are category specific custom fields to show customized information for different kinds of products or services.
Visitors can post their reviews with their rating for the product or service. The review detail page will display your rating for the product separately and it will also display the average rating from ratings posted by all the users.
The attractive and well organized theme structure is best to score you high on search engine rankings. Other exciting features of the Reviews WordPress theme include the homepage slider, rating custom field, list or grid view widgets, etc. Also there are two other widgets for sidebar which will display recent and top reviews.
The theme also comes with unlimited colors that enable you to develop your own style.
Like what you just read? Click here to purchase Reviews. For a better look be sure to check out the demo
Google Custom Search is a great way to save on some bandwidth and see how your pages look on Google. Those who don’t want to use WordPress default search can integrate Google Custom Search to their website, also, Google custom search has the option to monetize their website’s with Google Adsense. Thus, best of both Worlds – Google’s search engine plus monetization.
In short, Google Custom Search is an offering by Google, that provides you your own version of Google search engine, that can be configured and integrated into your website. There are many configuration options offered, to completely customize the looks, search results and many more options.
Why Use Google Search instead of Native WordPress Search Feature
WordPress default search results quality is often questionable, its not perfect and sometimes user can’t find what they are looking for.
Google search results are of better quality
Monetization of search results page (with Adsense for Search)
Good and familiar user interface of Google search
Everyone feels comfortable to search with Google
Customize the look and feel of the results to match your site with Google
Enable autocompletions for your Google search engine
Now that we know why should we use Google search and what are its advantages, let’s integrate Google Custom Search to your WordPress site.
Integrating Google Custom Search in WordPress
Step1: Creating a Search Engine:
Head over to www.google.com/cse and sign in with your Google account. If you don’t have one, then you can also create one. After signing in, click on the big “Create a Custom Search Engine” button.
A three step process will begin. The first step is to set up your search engine. Fill out name, description, language, sites to search (enter your site URL here, in most cases this would be the URL of only one site), select the standard edition, accept terms of service and finally click on “Next”. (click on the below image to enlarge)
Now comes the part where we have to customize the looks. There are some pre-defined themes ready for you to get started. Select any of these theme and click on “Customize”.
Customize the search bar and search results page as per your wish and click on “Next”. Note the various color options, you can choose color that suits your WordPress theme.
In the third step, you will get the code. Don’t copy this code yet. From the bottom of the page, click on “look and feel”.
From “Choose a Layout” section, select “Two page”. This means that we can display the search box on any page and get the results on another page, in the same window.
Click on “Save & Get Code”, you’ll get the code in the next page. Let this page remain open for now.
Step2: Adding Custom Search to WordPress
Now that the search engine is ready and all settings done, we’ll need to integrate the code to WordPress. The first thing we’ll be doing for this is to create a page template. To do this, copy and paste the below code and save it as a PHP file.
Template Name: Google Search
?> <?php get_header(); ?>
<div id=”content” class=”widecolumn”>
<!– Google Search Result Code Begins –>
Google Search Results Code Here
<!– Google Search Result Code Ends –>
<?php get_footer(); ?>
Observe this code carefully, instead of “Google Search Results Code Here”, you need to enter the “search results” code, that’s because we want the results to appear in this page. Save that PHP file, name it something like googlesearch.php and upload it to your active theme’s directory. For e.g. if you are using twentyeleven theme, then the path would be: “wp-content/themes/twentyeleven”. To upload this file, use a FTP client or File Manager from cPanel. With this step done, page template is created and uploaded.
In this get code page, there is a field for “Specify the url in your site where you want the search results to appear”. In this field, enter the page permalink which we created in above step. For e.g. it can be www.yoursite.com/search (where search is the name of the page).
Create a new page and name it something like “Search”. Search results will be displayed in this page. From the “Page Template” drop down menu, select “Google search” as your page template and hit the “Publish” button.
Now, decide where would you like to place that “Search box”. You can place it in sidebar, footer, below posts or any other place. If in the sidebar, then just drag and drop the “Text” widget to the sidebar widget area and paste that “search box” code. If you want to edit this search box in some other area, then you’ll need to edit the respective theme file. But adding the code in the text widget is by far the simplest method to do this. This completes the integration of Google Custom Search to WordPress site.
Google Custom search is constantly evolving and they keep on adding more and more features. The most recent addition was the “autocompletions”. You can also check out documentation on Google custom search if you’re stuck somewhere.
All of the themes mentioned in this preview have been released! To learn more about each of them visit our Themes Gallery
First off I’d just like to say Happy New Year to all of you on behalf of the whole Templatic staff! If 2011 was kind to you we all hope 2012 will be just as good; if it was bad, hopefully 2012 will be better. We’re a few days into the new year and everyone is getting back to work, we at Templatic are working on some cool new themes which will show up at our theme store in the near future.
Let’s see what’s coming soon!
The following theme will be the first one to land at Templatic this month. As the screenshot suggests, it is a review theme targeted for bloggers and affiliate marketers who wish to create a review site for different product and services.
Though simple, we’re confident it will be useful for a great deal of WordPress users.
Then comes a totally different, first of it’s kind – Price Compare theme. The theme will prove to be challenging for us to create but once done, we are sure you’d love its design, simplicity and most of all, how it works automagically from the back end.
Lastly, here’s a cool, neat e-commerce theme which is also coming soon. Everything about it is already said earlier so he’re just a fancy screenshot :)
That’s about it for now. Along with this new theme, our team is also working on upgrading existing themes so things might go a bit slow but once it land, it will be firm and solid.
Hope you’ll love what’s coming at Templatic. Don’t forget to let us know via comments :)
Tired of seeing that old WordPress logo everytime you want to login? No problem, that login logo can be changed to your own Company/Blog logo and no plugins are required to do the task. Plugins are great but not really necessary for simple tasks like this. Those site’s that require a login every time, or those with multi authors can create a good impression and give that professional touch by displaying their own logo instead of WordPress logo.
How to Change WordPress Login Logo
The first thing we’ll need to do is to create your logo with the following parameters:
– Image format should be PNG
– Transparent background
– Size should be: 274px wide and 63px height
– Save it with this name: logo-login.png
Now that your new logo is ready with above parameters, connect to your FTP client (e.g. Filezilla) or use File Manager from cPanel. Navigate to wp-admin/images folder. If you’re new to FTP be sure to check out our FTP tutorial
On this path, you will find an image with the following name: logo-login.png. Rename this image to something like logo-login-backup.png or download the image to your hard drive (and delete the copy on the server). This is so you have the original in case you decide not to use the custom logo anymore.
Upload your newly created logo at the same path – wp-admin/images.
That’s done. Your new logo should be live on the website. Check it out by navigating to your login page at: yoursite.com/wp-admin
Here’s a preview of what we can achieve with this useful trick.
See, the login logo has changed which can give the site that unique and professional touch. Just in case, if in future you change the mind, then just replace the old logo-login.png image and the default WordPress image will be restored.
Plugin to Change WordPress Login Image
For those who are afraid to follow this manual method, can use a plugin named Custom Login Logo Lite. Just install this plugin, activate it from your WordPress plugins page and then you will see a new option in settings > Custom Login Logo.
Now all we need to do is to enter the full URL (full path) of the login logo image. Configuring this plugin is a piece of cake. To upload the logo image, go to Media > Add New and upload the image. Now copy the full image URL and paste it in the options of this plugin.
Changing login logo image will only take a couple of minutes. Those who have registration enabled on their website’s, can benefit by displaying this custom logo, instead of the old boring WordPress logo.
Remember: Whenever you update to the latest version of WordPress, you will need to follow this procedure again. Basically, all you need is to just upload the custom logo at wp-admin/images path. That’s all it needs to be done.
GeoPlaces v4 is available for download in the member area. To download the latest version of GeoPlaces v3 click here
Export listings and city data from GeoPlaces v3
First download the latest version of GeoPlaces v3 from the member area and update your existing GeoPlaces 3 theme. If you do not wish to update the entire theme, just take a look at the changelog of the downloaded one and add/replace only the required files to enable bulk upload feature in GeoPlaces 3.
Now, go to wp-admin > GeoPlaces > Bulk upload. Scroll down to section: ‘Export to CSV’. Select the post type you wish to export and click the link ‘Export to CSV’. You will notice that the links to download CSVs for available cities are already present over there. Download data for required city to your computer. Now proceed to import these data to GeoPlaces v4 enabled theme.
Import listing and city data to GeoPlaces v4 enabled theme
Go to wp-admin > GeoPlaces > Advanced Settings > Bulk upload. In the ‘Import’ section, select the post-type to upload listings data into. Then upload the CSV. To upload city data, upload the respective CSV file to the ‘Import city data from GeoPlaces (older versions)’ section.