Back when Directory was released we tried to emphasize the fact that design and features will only get better with time. Up until now a total of 6 add-ons were released. I’d say the time is right to introduce Emblem, the first Directory child theme!
Emblem is an ideal choice if you feel like the original Directory design needs a little spicing up. With its creative backgrounds, fonts and buttons, Emblem feels like a different theme. The focus of the homepage isn’t the map, instead it’s a big and customizable slider. Listing details within individual pages have been redesigned so they are easier to read and navigate. Adding a review is also more enjoyable due to the new horizontal approach. Read More »
Before continuing, we’d like to wish a happy and awesome Thanksgiving to all of you who celebrate the holiday.
As you can see by the title and the image above, it’s discount time! This Black Friday and Cyber Monday you’ll be able to get a sweet deal on all Templatic products. The promotion starts today, Nov 28, 2013 and lasts until Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013. So, let’s get started…
Buy 1, get 1 FREE
The “Buy 1, get 1 free” promotion applies to all Templatic products accept Club membership. Once you purchase a theme you’ll be able to pick another one? to be assigned to your account totally free. The promotion isn’t restricted to just themes, it works with plugins as well. For instance, if you purchase our latest Directory theme, you can also get one of the add-ons totally free. Read More »
We know it has been years since Templatic started and we’re probably a bit late with this. But hey, better late than never!
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After creating a directory site, making it popular and devising a monetizing strategy are the most challenging tasks for most owners. A good strategy is to allow visitors to post basic listings for free (with limited content) and charge extra for premium listings that enable visitors to enter more content.
Directory theme comes with a bunch of money-making features built in. Fields Monetization however, takes it to the next level. With this add-on you’ll be able to…
Connect custom fields with price packages
Have more control over the text fields – set your own character limit
Set the number of allowed images for each price package
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 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 plugin 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 these two directory 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 »