Creating a website and making it successful is one of the main force (probably the ultimate force) that keeps us active till we achieve it. As a website admin, to be successful you need to take right decisions at the right time which needs relevant, measurable analytic data as they say “if you can’t measure it you can’t improve it”.
As a directory site admin, you would like to check out latest key matrix of the site such as the latest transactions, total revenue, latest submissions, how many new people have subscribed to your site etc. All these information are very important and getting all of them at the single place is even more important when you really want to map your progress exactly.
One of the most important elements of directory sites are user generated reviews. It helps your site visitors decode the facts about a product, service or a business listed on your directory site. Also, the thing that instantly make us realize about exact meaning of any review in just a single look is “Ratings“. Saying that, it becomes important to get the feasible, believable and practical rating because they affect our site reputation too.
Recently released Directory theme and similar themes come with reviews and single rating by default. However, single rating can get more interesting and personalized.
To understand the feasibility and practicality of reviews, we analyzed some real people and site along with the actual human perspective of rating “something”. The most common thing that we discovered is that you cannot rate the whole experience with just one single rating option! For example, if you have visited any restaurant, you would definitely like to rate it differently for their different offerings like Food, Music, Service, Decor etc.
Having multiple rating options are necessary to get the REAL ratings but thinking practically, not always the same rating options are applicable to all your categories on the site. Let’s say that you have two different categories “Movies” and “Songs”, now you may want that people rate “story” of the movie which is not applicable to the songs category. So, this is what MultiRating add-on makes it possible. you can simply add as many rating options as you want per category, there is no binding to use the same rating options for all your categories.
Let users rate differently for different post types
Like not every category has the same rating option requirement, same is true for the post types as well. If you have two different post types on your site say “Events” and “Restaurants”, obviously the rating criteria changes. So, with this add-on you can allow your users to rate you relevantly for each of your post types.
Save time with global rating options
It is definitely one of the unique feature of this add-on to have individual rating options for any category but when you have numerous categories on your site and want to apply the same rating options to each of them, doing a manual work is just not worth it. With this add-on you can easily use the another helpful feature “Global rating” to simply create all your rating options and apply them automatically to all your categories of a specific post type in just a single click. The idea is to save your time and resources.
Provide instant overview with average ratings
Averaging ratings comes handy when you have many comments and ratings on your post, your site visitor will simply reach his judgement figuring out the average rating of that particular post. The star rating displayed on listing pages will feature the overall average across all the given ratings while the rating available on post detail page will also display individual average rating for each of the ratings given by individual person on your post/custom post.
Make your ratings interesting too
All of us being visual creatures, making your ratings interesting is equally important. You can show all your ratings and rating options either on mouse hover or on mouse click. ‘Mouse hover’ will simply show the ratings and rating options when you hold your mouse pointer on the ratings whereas ‘on click’ will show a button clicking which it display you all the ratings.
Back in the Directory blog post published a few weeks ago we mentioned that the theme itself is just the beginning. Using add-ons you’ll be able to extend the functionality of your directory even further. Today I’ll be talking about two of them, Events Manager add-on and Ad Manager. Expect to learn more about other add-ons as well within the next few days.
Tevolution – Events Manager
Once installed, the plugin will enable a new post type (events) and a bunch of new features within the Directory theme. The most important of these are recurring events. With the plugin both you (the admin) and regular visitors will be able to add events that reoccur on a weekly, monthly or yearly basis.
The Events Manager add-on will seamlessly integrate events in almost all areas of the theme. You’ll be able to display them on the map, on category pages and on the homepage (main listing area). The category pages will feature three distinctive tabs: Current, Upcoming and Past. Just like in listing category pages, AJAX based view switchers (grid, list and map) will be available for events as well. Read More »
One of the things we get asked a lot ever since Directory released is just how it compares to GeoPlaces. Using this blog post I’ll do my best to outline the differences between Directory and GeoPlaces themes. Instead of comparing them feature-by-feature I’ve devised several key areas in which these themes differ. Also, at the end of the post you’ll find a quick summary of each theme’s strengths.
One of the cool features of our recently released Directory theme is the ability to set custom markers/icons for each category. These custom markers will be applied to the homepage map, but also the category and detail page maps. Btw, you’re allowed to use this with other themes as well, including GeoPlaces. Read More »
Just like every year since Templatic started, the team will be going on a short holiday vacation for Diwali celebrations, a very important holiday here in India (its like Christmas for us Indians). We would also like to take this opportunity to say Happy Diwali to all of you!
Between November 2, 2013 and November 7, 2013 Templatic office will be closed. Expect limited support during this time (scroll down for more info), specially in terms of theme updates. In general, expect slower-than-usual support up until November 15th since many employees will go on separate vacations after Diwali. Read More »
With the release of Directory we decided it was time to lay out a roadmap for the future of our Club membership. Many of these changes actually affect only new Club members, but more about that below.
Club pricing changes
The monthly fee has been increased to $19 for all new members. The starting fee however will stay the same at $299. Considering developer packages can go as high as $199 we are confident that Club membership is more than worth despite the price increase. After all, you’re getting the developer package for all 50+ themes.
What about existing members?
The above price change does not affect existing members with an active license. In case you Read More »
A little over a week ago we released Directory, the biggest theme in our long (for Internet standards) 5 year history. Inside the release blog post we mentioned a discount for existing GeoPlaces owners. Want to know more about it? Read on…
A number of features implemented into Directory were actually inspired by your suggestions for GeoPlaces so we decided it would be fair to provide a discount for all of you who want to move over to the new theme. The discount is basically 40% off Directory. With the discount the standard license is available for just $60! Read More »
Out of the blue, here we come with our most exciting product yet!
After months and months of work, team Templatic is excited to introduce Directory – the only directory solution you will ever need. Over the years, we have released some unique themes for different niches, and we started this unique concept of themes that help you create a money making site, also allowing your visitors to submit content on your site. Thanks to you, these ideas were well received and rewarded.
Directory is not just an awesome product, it’s an awesome product with a future! As time goes by we plan on making this theme the go-to product at Templatic and focus as many resources to it as possible. If you are a website owner looking to create a directory site these days, you are definitely in luck. Read More »
ShowStopper is our latest responsive multi purpose theme designed to help you showcase your company, product or service. Because of the included “Portfolio” post type, ShowStopper is also great for designers and photographers; basically anyone trying to showcase their work. The theme is pretty similar to recently released Landing Page, but comes with a different look and a few other changes.