Along with releasing new themes we like to be busy and surprise our existing members with upgrades for their favorite themes. In the past few months we released upgrades for DailyDeal, Hotel Booking, Real Estate and all our eCommerce themes. Also let’s not forget the big launch of GeoPlaces v4 back in February.
Today we are announcing updates for a number of themes, four to be precise. The themes are:
Upgrades for these themes will roll out in the same order as they are listed above with Job Board being first and Automobile last. To leave suggestions and feature requests please click on each of the themes in the list. You’ll be taken to a forum thread where you can leave your suggestion.
All of these upgrades will be completely free for all existing theme users!
Some of the features you’ll see in these themes are already included in our recently released themes. These are features like custom fields, custom user profile fields and price packages. To learn more about this functionality watch the overview video for our Realtr theme.
Which one out of these 4 themes are you looking forward to the most?
[hidepost]Updating is relatively easy and straightforward if you haven’t customized your theme, but what if you have? When the theme is customized you have to plan ahead and prepare your site for each update. This can be rather annoying and time-consuming but in the end still better than always running the outdated version of the theme.
To make your updates easier we recommend the following:
Use custom.css for all design (css) customizations. With custom.css you can customize your css files much much easier. Instead of connecting to your server and updating each file separately you have this one file (accessible from Appearance -> Editor) which you can edit to customize your site. To learn more about custom.css please click here. Our advice is to use custom.css whenever you can. Things like hiding elements can be done both with css and in actual php files. It’s much easier to backup one file (custom.css) compared to several php files.
Unfortunately not everything can be customized with custom.css, sooner or later you’ll find yourself customizing a php file. We recommend creating a folder on your hard drive and keeping track of each file you customize. That way when it comes time to update you already have all your customized files backed up and ready to go. This folder will also come in handy if (knock on wood) something happens to your site and you lose all your theme files. Stock theme can always be downloaded from the member area, but if you don’t back them up – your customized files could be lost forever.
It’s time to update, what to do now?
First step before every update is to backup everything! If you haven’t been backing up your customized files (as mentioned earlier) do it now. Also, just to be sure, connect to phpMyAdmin and backup your database. Or course, various backup plugins will come in handy as well. Don’t forget to backup your custom.css file (located in theme root).
Download the latest version of your theme from member area to your hard drive and extract it.
Connect to your server and navigate to the /wp-content/themes folder. For help regarding this step please read/watch the following tutorial.
Now simply overwrite all your theme files with the new (updated) theme. You can also delete the old folder and place the new one. Folder names are (in most cases) the same so it shouldn’t matter which approach you take.
After everything successfully uploads open the change_log.txt file included inside the theme root folder. That file will contain files that were updated in the latest version. Compare those files with your customized files. Files that aren’t mentioned in the change_log can be uploaded back to the server (replace them with the new/updated files). If however you see that one of the files you customized has been updated do one of these three things:
Upload the file back to the server without doing anything (not recommended)
Redo the customization in the new file
Compare the two files using services like this and see what are the differences. You can then either redo the customization inside the new file or apply the updated code in your customized file.
Once you upload all your customized files back to the server you are officially done with the update! Congrats!
Troubleshooting a problem?
If you’re experiencing issues with your theme and a staff member tells you to update it please do the following:
Download and upload/overwrite your newly downloaded theme with the one on your server
Check if the problem you reported went away
If it did apply your customized files.
If the problem didn’t go away please do not apply the customized files until you and the staff member clear the issue. It’s much easier for us to troubleshoot a problem if the theme isn’t customized
Check again for the problem. If the problem reappears then you know that one of your customizations is causing it
This April has been all about real estate themes. Two weeks ago we released Realtr, a fresh new take on the real estate market with awesome looks and even better features. Today we’re releasing a big upgrade for Real Estate, our first real estate theme.
People that liked original Real Estate design will be extremely happy to know that design has stayed pretty much the same in Real Estate 2. Our development team focused exclusively on the back-end. This enabled them to include awesome features like…
Category listings with a twist
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. Real Estate 2 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.
Custom fields | Custom search
With custom fields you’re given the tools to quickly and painlessly populate your property submission form with new input fields. What’s more, every custom field you create can be auto-magically included in the homepage search form. Existing fields inside the form are also listed in the back-end so you can disable or edit them at any time. To see how easy it is to change an existing field watch the overview video below.
Unlike the original Real Estate theme that allowed you to create only two different payment plans now you can create as many as the heart desires. On top of that price packages enable you to create category-specific and even recurring payment options.
Other improvements/features inside Real Estate 2:
Custom post type for properties
Five unique skins
Bulk Upload and Export for both posts and properties
Want to set a featured image for a post or create a post gallery? This tutorial will show you how.
Except a few older Templatic themes a great deal of themes use the standard WordPress gallery for showcasing images. Uploading them is extremely easy.
1. While creating the post/product/event click on the Add Media icon
In case you’re using one of our eCommerce themes you can add images by going to the Produt Images area and clicking on “Select Image to Upload”
2. When you click on one of those buttons you’ll see a screen where you can drag-n-drop your images or select them from a window by clicking on Select Files. Use one of those two techniques to upload an image
3. Once you upload the image do not click on Insert into Post or Use as featured image. You have to click on Save all changes button at the bottom of that window. When you do that the images will be added to that post image gallery. You don’t have to insert the gallery into the post. The first image you add to your post image gallery with be used as a feature image for that post. You can change the image order under the Gallery tab.
4. You’re done now. Just close the window by clicking on the X button in the top right corner and continue editing your post.
If you’ll have any problems uploading your images create a thread in the forums and we’ll help you as soon as possible.
If you’re new to WordPress and website management in general you might be confused when someone says something like “Overwrite xxxx.php in your /library/functions folder and xxxx.css in your /skins folder“. What we mean by that is that you need to connect to your site using an FTP client, navigate to the mentioned folder and overwrite (more on how to do this later).
Sometimes we say things like “You need to make changes inside xxxx.php located in your theme root around line 100″. What we mean by that is that you need to connect to your site, navigate to that file, download it to your hard drive, edit it and upload it back. Sounds tricky – but it’s far from it.
To successfully connect to your server you’ll need 2 things: 1. FTP client
FTP client is a program you will use to connect to your server. We’ll be using FileZilla during this tutorial. You can download it here 2. FTP account
Most people get an FTP account from their hosting provider. In case you didn’t receive one or you forgot the information contact your hosting provider or create one yourself. In case you’re using cPanel follow this tutorial. If you’re using Plesk as a server management software following this tutorial
Connecting to your server 1. Open FileZilla
2. Enter your FTP account details in the boxes at the top left corner. In most cases you can leave “Port” empty
3. If you entered everything correctly the panel on the right should populate with some folders and files. The left panel is showing your hard-disk files
How to find my theme files?
In the right panel find a public_html folder (or htdocs on Windows servers). Open that folder. If you installed WordPress in the root folder of your site you should see three folders called wp-admin, wp-content and wp-includes. All theme files are located in the wp-content folder; more specifically, the themes folder inside wp-content. A lot of times you’ll hear us say the term theme root. Theme root means you need to navigate to the first/parent folder of your theme. The path will be something like public_html/wp-content/themes/your_theme_name
How to install a theme?
Installing themes using FTP is really easy – drag-n-drop easy. Unpack* your theme on your hard drive and navigate to it in the left (hard drive) panel. In the right (server) panel navigate to wp-content/themes. Now just drag your theme folder from the left to the themes folder on the right. When the files finish uploading go to your site Dashboard -> Apparance -> Themes and activate your theme. Piece of cake, right :)
* – make sure you don’t extract the theme in a folder, use “Extract Here” so you don’t create a double folder problem.
For optimal viewing experience watch the video in Full Screen and HD quality
How to update a theme?
For detailed instructions on updating themes please read the following article. For video instructions on updating start watching the video tutorial above around the 4 minute mark.
How to overwrite a file?
To overwrite one of the theme files navigate to the folder where the file is located and just drag the file from your left (hard disk) panel to your right panel. When you do that you’ll be prompted to overwrite – click yes.
How to edit a file?
In case you want to edit one of the files navigate to it in your right (server) panel, right mouse click on the file and select View/Edit. When you do that the file will open in your default text editor. Edit the file in your text editor and when done hit Save. As soon as you hit Save a popup will appear in FileZilla asking you whether you want that file uploaded back to the server- be sure to click Yes.
How can I find line no. 100 if there are no line numbers in Notepad?
If you plan on doing any serious file editing you’ll need to say goodbye to Notepad. My personal preference is Notepad++. Notepad++ is very easy to use, it features line numbers and also code highlighting.
How to make FileZilla open files in Notepad++
In case FileZilla doesn’t ask you which editor you want to use to edit php, js and css files go to (in Filezila) Edit -> Settings… -> File editing -> Filetype associations and add Notepad++ as a default editor for your files. This is how that area looks in my FileZilla
If you followed this guide carefully you should now be able to (easily) navigate, edit and overwrite any file in your theme.
Every Templatic theme comes with a file called custom.css. That file enables you to fairly easy customize the look of your site. Instead of finding specific css files you can just input the class name and new properties in the custom.css file.
The first step is activation. The activation path differs from theme to theme so I’ll provide a few examples here.
Older Templatic themes like Consultant:
wp-admin -> Appearance -> Theme options area -> General Settings -> Customize Your Design
Templatic eCommerce themes like Emporium or WP Store:
wp-admin -> Shopping Cart -> Design Settings -> General Settings -> Customize Your Design
Newer Templatic themes like DailyDeal or Appointment; themes using Templatic framework
wp-admin -> Theme Settings -> Basic Settings -> Style and Color Settings* -> Use Custom Stylesheet
* If you don’t see this option under “Style&Color setting” check other sections under Basic Settings
After you activate custom.css you can add your new css classes under Appearance -> Editor -> custom.css (it will be listed under stylesheet files in the bottom right corner). If you prefer editing your files using FTP, you should be able to find custom.css in your theme root folder.
Every once in a while you’ll stumble upon a string that can’t be translated using the .po or language.php file. When that happens you’ll have to find some other way to translate the string – that’s where Agent Ransack jumps in.
Agent Ransack is basically a search program that enables you to search withing text files. What this means is that you can literally input the string you want to translate into Agent Ransack and he’ll give you the exact file and line number where that string is located. Agent Ransack only works on Windows machines, if you own a Mac try EasyFind, I believe you should get the same results
So, let’s get started!
1. Download the latest version of your theme from member area. Save the theme somewhere on your computer, you don’t have to upload it to the server.
3. When you first start the program you should see something that looks like this
To make it look less cluttered click on Expert User to disable expert user view. After that click on the options tab and under Contents click on Regular Expression. This is necessary for our search results to be accurate.
4. If you did the above steps correctly your Agent Ransack should now look like this
Please make sure that “Search subfolders” is selected
5. To start searching all we must do is populate the Containing text and Look in fields. In “Containing text” we must enter the string we are searching. In “Look in” we enter the path to our theme on the hard drive. You can also find it by clicking on the “Browse” button
6. As an example for this tutorial I’ll be using the “Appointment fees for this service is” string from our Appointment theme. Inside the theme the string looks like this:
7. To locate that string we must input “Appointment fees for this service is” inside the “Containing text” field and path to our Appointment theme inside the “Look in” field. Once you input everything it should look like this
To start searching just click on the Start button
8. If everything was correctly entered you should see something like this
Search found three files where that string is mentioned. en_US.po (the translation file) and ajax_appointment_time.php (and it’s backup file). Let’s imagine that we can’t translate this using the .po file, we much focus on the ajax_appointment_time.php file.
9. Clicking one of the files will show us all lines inside the file where this string is mentioned. In our case those lines are 111 and 114. To edit a file just click (twice) on the file with your left mouse button, or right-click and chose “Open”.
10. When the file opens just navigate to the mentioned lines and make your translation
Translating with Agent Ransack is extremely simple and most importantly – fast. Your searches will never last more than a few seconds. Certain strings can be harder to find and can make you run into circles. If you find such a string just create a new topic here in the forums and we’ll tell you exactly where you can translate it.
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.