Even though Directory theme performs the best in the market when it comes to speed, it has been a concern when we were considering hundreds and thousands of listings on a single site. Team templatic has continued to find better ways to improve the performance and have provided periodic updates. Earlier today we released important updates for Directory, all child themes and most add-ons. Most of these are focused on optimization and speed improvements which should significantly improve your directory site speed.
Along with minifying certain files we also implemented AJAX into several widgets. Expect the following widgets to load much quicker in the latest version of Directory…
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To get these improvements you’ll need to update the main Directory product (4 components) and these two add-ons: Events and MultiRating.
With version # we removed a number of image sizes that were rarely used. As a result WordPress won’t need to create as many thumbnails for each image you upload. This will not only save storage space but also make image management easier.
To implement this change we updated all child themes and the following plugins
Tevolution – Events
Tevolution – Classifieds
Tevolution – RealEstate
REST API compatibility
A number of you have requested this compatibility over the last few months so we decided to investigate and ultimately add it to the theme. The compatibility is achieved via the WP REST API plugin. To make your Directory theme compatible simply update it to the latest version (all 4 components) and install the REST API plugin.
WP REST API will allow you to send listing information to other applications. It will also make it easier to receive information from other sources. You can learn more about the API here.
Important Tevolution – Events update
Along with the Events Calendar widget update mentioned earlier, the new version of the Events add-on also comes with improved recurring events. Archive pages (search page, category page, etc) will now display recurring events differently within the “Past”, “Current” and “Upcoming” tabs. The tabs will focus on displaying the recurring event instance that’s closest to the current date (today). If you have a weekly recurring event the “Upcoming” tab will display just the next occurrence in order to avoid spamming the feed with too many instances of the same event.
This recurring events tweak has been one of the most requested changes for the Events add-on. We hope you like the way it works now.
If you’ll have any comments about this update just let us know in the comment section below.
After Tech which we released earlier today, here comes another QuickEdit theme – Charity. The theme is targeted at small charities looking for a fast and easy way to create a new website. The visual composer that comes with Charity makes it possible to customize the entire homepage directly from the front-end.
Tech is a Templatic theme powered by the new point & click technology we like to call “QuickEdit”. This means you’ll be able to customize the entire homepage directly from the front-end using a visual composer. The theme is targeted at small tech companies or bloggers in need of a beautiful new website.
The front-end visual composer available inside the Tech theme will make editing the homepage significantly easier and faster compared to dealing with WordPress pages or widgets. Everything you do inside the front-end editor is instantly applied to the site giving you immediate feedback for every change. The visual composer can be used to modify virtually every homepage element, even the footer credits!
In the preview post released a few weeks ago we teased a new solution for customizing and creating websites – QuickEdit. The new point & click interface can be used right here at Templatic.com. In other words, you can begin creating your personalized website totally free. iBusiness is the first theme built with the QuickEdit technology in mind. It’s been designed with a broad appeal so it can be used by a wide variety of small businesses.
With QuickEdit you’ll be able to add content and customize the site without leaving Templatic.com or making any payments. The demo site even allows you to save progress and continue at a later time. Once you’re done with tinkering click on Export and purchase a license for iBusiness. After checkout we’ll provide a unique zip file containing your theme as well as an license key.
Every now and then I see people struggling to comprehend what Directory really is. Most of them aren’t sure whether it’s a theme or plugin and… I don’t blame them. We might have gone a bit overboard by describing so many things with a single word. Good news is that after reading this you should be an expert in “Directory” terminology. :)
The meaning depends on the context
The word “Directory” can mean different things depending on how you use it.
It can be the actual product you get for $99
It can be the theme or plugin component inside of that product
It can be a whole platform which encompasses the Directory product, add-ons and child themes.
1. Directory product
The Directory product you get for $99 contains 4 important elements: Tevolution plugin, Directory plugin, Location Manager plugin and Directory theme. The product was segmented into components to make it easier to maintain and update. For instance, if we want to improve something inside the multi-city functionality we only need to update the Location Manager plugin and not the other three components.
This Directory product is often what we’re referring to when we say “Directory”. This is especially true in the context of sales and billing.
2. Directory theme or plugin
Within the actual Directory product, the word “Directory” can describe 1 of 2 things: a plugin or a theme. To better understand this here’s a quick look at what each component actually does…
Tevolution – contains most of the core functionality such as registration forms, custom fields and price packages.
Directory (plugin) – contains the code that generates the “Listing” post type.
Location Manager – contains the code necessary to enable the multi-city functionality.
Directory (theme) – contains the actual design files, including the code for the mobile mode.
3. Directory platform
Directory platform is the term we use to describe all products designed with the main Directory product in mind. These products are various add-ons and child themes. Each of them requires Directory to work and are useless on their own.
Child themes are designed to significantly change the look of the site. Add-ons are designed to introduce new features.
Directory video overview
In the video below you can learn more about crucial Directory features. The video also contains a graphical representation of the structure explained above. Fast forward to the 2 minute mark of the video if you’re only interested in the structure.
If you have any lingering Directory questions please use the comment section below and tell me what you want to know.
“Information can generate money” – This sentence suits Access Manager add-on 100%. Internet provides us lots of information and so does a Directory website. People can find and contact a business in minutes using a Directory site.
Access Manager add-on enables an ability for you to provide/deny access of information on your Directory site and charge some money for that. Isn’t it interesting? The site owner as in the “Information Provider” can generate money by using Access Manager add-on.
For example, people interested in knowing special offers,contact details of businesses will pay you extra to view “Special Offer/Contact Details” on your Directory site. As a site owner, you can restrict these information by using Access Manager.
Here is how it looks when site content is restricted:
In case you missed the news, a few days ago details surfaced about a new vulnerability present within many popular plugins and themes. The vulnerability was caused by the improper use of two functions: add_query_arg() and remove_query_arg(). Wrong information within the Codex caused many developers (including us) to assume that the functions would properly escape URLs (which they don’t). You can read more about this security issue in the following article.
If you own any of these themes please update it as soon as possible! Of course, don’t forget to take the usual safety precautions before updating. Most importantly, backup your files and database. Here’s a list of plugins you can use to perform the backup.
Classifieds (Directory child theme)
supreme (parent theme)
For the majority of these themes only one file had to be updated, templatic_login.php. So, if your site is heavily customized we recommend updating just this one file. If you own our Directory theme, please update the functions.php file as well. Here are the full paths to these files inside Directory:
In most other themes the templatic_login.php file is located inside the theme root folder. This is also true for Directory child themes. Details on how to overwrite specific files are available inside our FTP tutorial.
Have you been wondering what we’ve been up to lately? In short… we’ve been busy. Our developers have been creating both products you’ve come to expect over the years (Directory add-ons) as well as some all-new stuff (more on that later). So, here’s what you can expect to see from Templatic in the next couple of weeks…
Membership plugin for Directory
At the moment the entire Directory theme is focused on 1 primary way of making money – charging for submissions. With this upcoming Directory plugin you’ll be able to make money by charging for access to the actual content. Once a visitor opens a page with restricted content they’ll be provided with an option to purchase a membership package which will then unlock the content.
The plugin is designed to integrate with the existing custom fields functionality. If you enable the “Restricted” option inside a specific field values assigned to that field will only be available to those that purchased a membership package. Membership packages on the other hand are a variation of price packages. However, instead of integrating with the submission form they control what visitors see in the front-end.
When is the plugin coming out? Sooner than you might be thinking :)
The wealth of features you get with Directory definitely make it easier to create a comprehensive listing, event or property portal. However, they also come at a price. A complex theme such as Directory will be much more taxing on the server than a simple portfolio or business theme. This means that choosing a webhost isn’t as straightforward as with other/simpler themes. Fortunately I have two hosts to recommend that should make this quest a whole lot easier.
Site5 – awesome hosting for the masses
I first heard of Site5 after several of our members recommended them inside the forums. They were all extremely impressed not only with the way Directory was running, but also the amount of support they were able to provide about problems that weren’t necessarily theirs to resolve. If you’re a Templatic member and want to read those comments check out this forum thread.
Visit Site5.com for more details on their hosting packages and prices.
Eventum is our latest events portal theme. Despite being a new release, it borrows a lot of inspiration from our first ever Tevolution-powered theme, Nightlife. Even though the looks are similar these are two very different themes under the hood. Good news is that we’ll have a discount for all of you looking to migrate from Nightlife to Eventum, but more on that later.