Few weeks ago we teased a new real estate theme with a completely revamped design and functionality. That mythical theme is completed and ready for you to dive in. This new gem is called Realtr and it is THE best real estate WordPress theme out there.
Members using our RealEstate theme will be delighted to hear that virtually every RealEstate feature has seen an improvement with Realtr. How does this translate to the real world? Read on…
Get rich using price packages
With the new price packages feature you now have complete control over the services you offer to visitors. Unlike in RealEstate where you could only setup two different price types now you’re not only given an option to create an unlimited number of price packages, but also the freedom to set them up how you want it. Category-specific price package? Recurring price package? All that is now possible!
Custom fields at their finest
Creating custom fields before meant editing the code but that won’t be the case with Realtr! Realtr comes with an advanced custom fields management system that will enable anyone to create a new field within seconds. Custom fields in Realtr provide you with tools to create your own search! Every custom field you create can be included in the search widget on the homepage. You can see a glimpse of this in the video overview below.
Show all properties using Google Maps
Category listing pages have a nifty little switcher that when pressed changes the listing view. The best part here is that it contains a Map view so your visitors can easily see where are those properties located. Realtr also comes with an all-new page template for showing your properties on a Google Map. There is a special section in theme options for managing this map. You can choose whether to show all listings or set a fixed scaling factor (zoom), among other things.
Better content management
With Realtr we are continuing the trend of implementing custom taxonomies and post types when appropriate. In Realtr you’ll have a special post type for your blog post and properties. This will also enable you to create better custom menus since you can easily include property categories and even individual properties in your custom menu.
Property tags that make all the difference
In order to further differentiate one listing from another Realtr introduces property tags. These tags can be created in theme back-end and work in different ways. You can use the tags to mark the most popular listings or you can use them to highlight listings that you believe deserve the most attention. They are also a great tool to emphasize specific discounts or promotions.
Yes, it’s responsive
Realtr is our first responsive real estate theme and we’re extremely proud of it. You might be thinking, what about maps? Maps are responsive as well! Open the demo site on your tablet or mobile phone and see how the theme looks on other browser and devices.
Plethora of other features
Get unique information from your users with user profile fields
Customize all emails and messages that are sent or displayed by the theme
Set prices for each of your categories as well as category icons (for the Google Map)
Number of built-in payment gateways including PayPal, Google Checkout and 2CO
Track all purchases using transaction reports available from the theme back-end
Create promotions and various offers using the built-in coupon module
Already have a lot of content in csv format? Upload it using the Bulk Upload feature!
Realtr has been released! Learn more about the theme in this blog post
The title says it all. Two years back we released Real Estate – one of the best real estate themes for WordPress. As part of our upgrade process of existing themes, Real Estate theme is getting a face lift this month. That means custom fields, custom post type for properties, custom user fields – the whole shabang!
But this post isn’t about Real Estate theme, oh no, we’re working on another real estate gem! Above is the teaser to what’s coming but the real beauty is in the back end. Plus, there are lots of new things which is not previewed here at all.
Watch out this blog for further announcement on this. For even more info about these two themes make sure you’re following us on Facebook and Twitter. This is going to be interesting :)
After major updates for our GeoPlaces and DailyDeal themes we finally got around to update some other fan-favorites.
Around a month ago we released eMarket, a sleek eCommerce theme with some new functionality. That functionality is now coming to the rest of our eCommerce pack! Upgrading your current eCom framework will get you a wealth of great benefits like:
Flexible checkout with PayPal Pro that enables customers to checkout even if they don’t have a PayPal account
Better back-end content organization with Products as a new custom post type. Your posts and products are now completely separated!
Improved Guest Checkout makes checkout as quick and painless as ever!
New Transaction Reports section makes tracking your sales stats a breeze
HotelBooking is an advanced Templatic theme that enables anyone to run a small hotel with ease. Today’s HotelBooking upgrade will make your day-to-day site management even easier!
Bulk Import/Export for rooms
This feature will make transferring content between two HotelBooking powered sites a breeze. It will also enable customers with a lot of (different) rooms to easily upload that content.
Custom taxonomy for rooms
Room taxonomy will open a whole new world of possibilities for your HotelBooking theme. It will also make creating rooms more easier since you’ll be using the same tools you would normally use to create your posts. Since posts and rooms are separate managing each will be super easy. With rooms no longer being tied strictly to your theme options area you’ll even have the option to add them directly to your custom menu.
Other awesome improvements
Improved seasonal prices
You can now book a room even on category listing pages
Room sorting/ordering is now possible because of the room custom taxonomy
Various minor improvements and bug fixes
To test out these new features head over to the test site. To purchase the theme click here
Excited about the upgrades? Tell us how you feel in the comment section below.
Last August we released Daily Deal, a unique WordPress theme that enabled anyone to create a fully-functional deals site. After the release there was one feature that people requested the most – an affiliate module. Starting today that feature is finally available!
Existing DailyDeal users and club members can download the newest version of DailyDeal from the member area. If you’re interested in purchasing DailyDeal be sure to check out live demo and the product page.
Affiliate module included in DailyDeal is similar to the module already available in our eCommerce themes. The module enables you to extremely easily setup registration and tracking of your affiliates. Adding affiliate links and managing affiliate members is straightforward and intuitive. When users purchase a deal using one of the affiliate links a new order will be generated in the back-end. Admin can then approve or reject that order.
New DailyDeal comes with other improvements as well. Added Sold Out functionality automatically marks a deal as sold out when all available items have been purchased. This is what your sold out deals will look like.
Layout options have been revised and now give you the option to transform the look of your deal pages, as well as the submit deal page. You can now choose between a right or left sidebar. On top of that, a new sidebar area has been included – “Sidebar for post deal page”. As the name suggests, you can have a specific sidebar for your deal pages.
The update comes with several small tweaks and improvements. For instance, the profile page is now showing your gravatar image, profile image upload has been removed.
New DailyDeal is available for immediate download in our member area. Visit our test site and check out the theme back-end option. To purchase the theme click here
Are these the upgrades you wanted to see? Leave your comment in the comment section below.
Few months back some of our business colleagues asked “do you have a theme that helps us create a site like TechCrunch, Mashable or other tech news site?”. At the time we had some magazine themes in our portfolio but none that helped them publish news while also helping them earn revenue strategically. That conversation led to a few additional conversations on what exactly is required to run such a site. Those were the first steps towards making TechNews.
TechNews, a magazine theme we’re releasing today helps you build a professional blog or news site quickly in WordPress. The best thing about it is it’s strategic structure and world-class design with awesome typography that will give your site a real professional look, like TechCrunch, Mashable and other tech news sites.
Right element at the right place, that’s the main benefit of this theme. Nope, it does not include any of those advanced modules but whatever you require in a tech blog, its there.
The homepage features a cool slider to highlight your top stories, right after that you can highlight some other stories followed by a super cool widget that lets you list your news posts in list/grid view that can ajax-fetch more posts continuously. The sidebar includes unique social media, popular widgets and other important custom widgets. Big footer with 100% contrast could be useful to showcase more of your important, universal elements across your website.
Another awesome thing about TechNews is it’s responsive design. It won’t matter whether your visitors are visiting the site on their desktop or mobile device – your site should look great regardless. To test the theme responsiveness just open the live demo and resize your browser window.
This particular theme holds importance in its own way at Templatic office. We hope we got this right and that this theme will help you build a professional tech news site that brings you tons of traffic.
TechNews has been released! Learn more about the theme in this blog post
With GeoPlaces V4 finally released the team is working on updates of some other themes. Meanwhile, we’ve prepared the theme of March – Tech News.
Though magazine themes might be considered a bit of outdated and overdone; looking at our portfolio, we clearly lack a theme that a tech blog can use. Tech News is a responsive theme targeted towards those high tech bloggers who need a world class design for their high traffic site. Watch this space for more details as well as our Facebook and Twitter channels.
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.