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.
As you know, the development of GeoPlaces V4 started back in first week of September this year. Almost 4 months since then and here we are with beta (almost final) version of the GeoPlaces theme just in time as a Christmas gift for you. This means that the features and additions are done. Now we test the theme thoroughly once again and at the same time get critical feedback from early adopters in the forum so everyone can get a stable, perfect theme for their project.
Though there are lots and lots of improvements and additions, I’d love to introduce to some of the important one in here. For thorough look at the theme, please check live demo of the GeoPlaces V4 here. So, lets take a quick look..
Make MORE money
Recurring payments for PayPal are now available. This will help you get recurring revenue and users can set their listings to be auto renewed instead of manual one each month.
Advanced, multiple Price Packages with different time duration, categories and conditions. Helps you grab every kind of customers.
Better Listing, Better Management
Custom field management per category so you can have relevant fields for different categories.
Custom Post types for Places & Events so you can manage them better. WordPress default posts are considered as blog posts.
Mega menu plugin support and also the theme has built in code wherein you can set basic mega menu yourself.
Completed recoded, non-flash, better Image Upload for your site.
Complete support for Google Maps 3.0
Gigya Plugin compatibility (optional) for Social Media logins. Users now don’t have to register if they log in via social media profile.
Multi Cities can be managed in a better way. Add country, regions, cities..
Improved Backend Design for theme settings. Setting options for your site is now fun.
You can also block back end access for the users based on their role. Restrict Role based back end access.
You can also Block IP addresses to prevent SPAM and abusive users.
Along with this, a tiny but useful feature of Claim Business is added where in user can request ownership of the business and you will get this alert in back end. Then on, you can approve or reject the request.
You can show splash page (optional) to your first time site visitors so they can chose city they wish to navigate to. Alternatively, you can set default city from the back end as earlier.
You can now add category description that helps explain what this particular category is all about.
Also it lists all the sub categories of the current category at the top so your users can better navigate.
Along with this, now we have added option of adding category map at the top (or in sidebar) so you can have same big map in categories as well.
Business / User profiles
Clicking on a Username takes you to their Business profile where you can see all the lists added by them along with their photo/business logo, profile details etc. This helps your site visitor check other listing from the same business/person and get better understanding of them overall.
Import – export content
This is still in alpha.
GeoPlaces 3 has been updated with export data option and you can import the content in GeoPlaces 4. However, this is still in alpha and we recommend not trying this on live site. Test this in local host and once you get satisfactory result, import the content and update the theme.
GeoPlaces v4 beta is available for download only in our community forum. Click HERE to visit the Beta forum
We plan to launch final version of this theme for everyone in second week of January. Meanwhile, our team will do thorough testing of this theme and rapidly improve any and all bugs reported. Hope you will take active part in this as well and report any bugs/glitches you find in the forum so we can act upon it immediately.
Thank you all for your feedback, suggestions, patience and co-operation. Without you, this would not have been possible :)
GeoPlaces V4 development began few months ago and since then requests for news and information about it keep popping up at Templatic. Well, here’s good news for you. If things go according to plan the beta version of GeoPlaces V4 will be available next week (before Christmas).
The alpha release available in the forum was a quick release so that we get input from you guys about what you want to see in the new upgrade, it proved to be really helpful. Thanks!
Here’s a quick list on what’s coming…
Gigya Plugin integration: This helps you login via different social sites without having to register.
Price options: You can create price packages instead of just the standard two options. You can also have category specific prices. On top of that you can have different pricing for listing a post on the homepage :)
Recurring PayPal payments: Define a specific period and you will be able to charge for recurring payments via PayPal.
Blocking of IPs: Spam IPs can now be blocked using Manage IP.
Managing permissions: Manage permission on which user group has backend access and which doesn’t.
Splash homepage: You can have an optional splash page on the homepage where your visitors are given an option to select a city. After selecting the city the homepage will change accordingly.
Claim ownership: Business owners can now claim ownership of a place directly from the listing and admin can judge it accordingly.
WP Mega Menu: The famous WP Mega Menu plugin and styling is now supported in the theme.
Some of the other Enhancements & Bug fixes:
Custom post types for Places and Events instead of just events.
Listings (Place and event) are now properly organized as per currently selected city.
Per post zoom level specification
Ability to add video embeds in listings.
Enhanced Localization with proper indication messages.
Completely redesigned and recoded multiple image uploader. No flash.
Registration disabling improved.
Image issues with multi site now corrected.
Nested categories on home page map.
Listing order of places and events can now be set individually
Event listings are now default sorted to upcoming events (due date)
Send to friend / send inquiry and email notifications are corrected.
Get directions code re-written from scratch.
Permalinks for events now work better.
No pre-selection of current city when adding an event or place.
Satellite view improved in map
Preview page differences fixed.
The list goes on. There are many many changes & improvements that were asked in the forum and helpdesk.
The beta version will be tested thoroughly by us and the community before going final. Final version will be available then after (mid January.) While bug reports and enhancements are welcome, no new features will be added after the beta is announced.
Keep an eye on this blog and our social media channels (twitter & facebook) when beta version is announced next week. We’re excited. You? :)
We have been playing with “Sonny” for a while now and are happy to confirm that all Templatic themes work great. We had some compatibility issues with our eCommerce themes so please make sure you update your eCom theme before installing WordPress 3.3. If you spot anything out of place be sure to let us know right away either by submitting a ticket in HelpDesk or by creating a thread in our forums.
WordPress 3.3 is bringing a couple of new shiny things to play with. Most important (and obvious) changes are the sleeker Dashboard, drag-n-drop media section and a new toolbar for easy access.
Have you tried the new version? What is your favorite new feature?
We are back with theme of this month and happy about the efforts put-in by the team. We’d like you to know that a couple of energetic youngsters have joined our team so that’s an added excitement. While some of our folks are busy with GeoPlaces 4, we have managed to create another geo-based theme, a location guide of sorts, WPLocator WordPress Theme.
As previewed earlier, WPLocator is all about locations and maps. If you were expecting portal theme with lots of features, sorry to disappoint. WPLocator is about keeping things simple and to the point.
For example, lets say you wish to create a Store Locator mini site for a retailer brand or “chocolate shops in paris” or “Places I have been to” kind of travel journey site etc.
WP Locator theme occupies your entire screen with the map you have selected from your wp-admin and showcases it in beautiful manner at front end. You can have details about the content, user comments etc.
Not only that, the standard WordPress blog and regular features are also included for those who wish to have WordPress regular pages and posts as well in their site.
Plus, the theme comes with Style & Color settings in the backend so you can change basic colors yourself as per your choice.
Overall, we are sure this theme will be useful to almost everyone for creating this unique kind of “mini map directory”.