Soon after Real Estate Directory theme was released in July some of the customers provided constructive feedback and mentioned the added confusion and complexity it would bring in for customers to maintain separate parent themes and at the same time, making Real Estate + Directory theme features on the same site harder to achieve.
We had a team discussion on this and agreed on what our customers said. So, after a lot of back-and-forth discussions we decided to pull the plug, take back the real estate directory theme and make it available as Directory add-on instead.
The main reason why RE Directory was released as a parent theme (instead of as a child) was to allow us to create child themes specific to that parent theme. Another important reason was easier setup. Installing just RE Directory is definitely faster compared to Directory + RE plugin + child theme.
But after customer feedback, we realize that the tradeoff isn’t worth it. We were committing to supporting a totally new parent theme, one that would make things harder for people going forward.
In the end we have decided to stick with our original plan for Directory, and stay focused on just one parent theme and make it possible to have extended modules like Real Estate to work on the same site, just like our events add-on. Read More »
The 1.1.8 Directory update we released on Tuesday contained a bit more than “just” RTL language compatibility. In that update we also provided compatibility with the Infinite Scroll plugin. The plugin is totally free and can be downloaded from the plugins directory. Along with infinite scrolling, we’re also releasing two new Directory add-ons!
Allow authors to moderate comments with the Reviews Manager add-on
Do you want to give your listing owners the ability to manage reviews on their own listings? Well, with the Reviews Manager now you can finally do that. Once a review is submitted on one of their listings, the listing owner will get an instant email notification. He/she can then either approve or delete the comment directly from the detail page of that listing. A link to this page will also be provided in the email.
The best part about Reviews Manager is the fact it integrates with price packages. This allow you to use the front-end reviews management functionality as leverage for more expensive price packages. Those who want the feature will likely be prepared to pay extra for it. Another cool thing inside Reviews Manager is the new “Comment Settings” tab within the user dashboard page. Using that tab each owner can manage their own comment moderation settings. Read More »
With Real Estate Directory (released about two weeks ago) we introduced our first theme with RTL compatibility. In other words, for the first time ever you can easily use languages like Arabic or Hebrew inside a Templatic theme. With this latest update RTL support is coming to Directory! Read More »
After the free User Filters for MailPoet plugin published earlier today we are continuing with add-on releases. In this blog post we’ll be talking about the all-new Proximity Search and Listing Statistics plugins.
Provide statistics to listing owners
With the Listing Statistics add-on you’ll be able to provide statistics information inside the user dashboard to every listing author. The functionality is actually tied to price packages meaning you can charge extra for access to these statistics. The stats include:
The WYSIWYG Submission add-on released a few days ago silently kicked off the “add-on release week”. To prove we mean business, expect to see 3 new add-ons released today! In this blog post we’ll be introducing the new User Filters for MailPoet add-on and an update to the Ad Manager.
User Filters for MailPoet: Send newsletters to your users
User Filters is a free add-on that integrates with the popular MailPoet Newsletters plugin. It will introduce a number of different parameters while creating a new email in MailPoet. These parameters will make it possible to email a specific user base. These include:
All users with an active price package
All users with an expired price package
Users with a specific price package (either active, expired or pending)
Users with a package within a specific date range (either active, expired or pending)
Users with a package within a specific city (either active, expired or pending)
Last week we released the Real Estate Directory theme. In the comments for the release blog post one of you guys asked us when are we planning to do something truly innovative. Well… ta-da :)
Few years back when “magazine themes” was the only different thing happening to WordPress blogging software, we came up with frontend submission in our Real Estate theme and invented a whole new way of using WordPress in 2010. It has become very popular now, replicated by many and listing themes have truly evolved.
However, front-end submission can still be a complex process for the end user. The long, endless form, setting the map, uploading images that you only have to imagine how they will actually look on your listing. Form gets even longer if you add new custom fields, content validation – yes you get the idea. It is complex for the end user and we all wish there was a better, easier way to do this.
Ladies and gentleman, we are revolutionizing the way listing submission yet again in 2014. Introducing WYSIWYG Submission add-on which lets you edit listings right there on the detail page. What you see is what you get! And no, it doesn’t require any forms!
When compared to the last few updates, version 1.1.7 is probably one of the bigger ones. Even though most of the changes are fairly small, there are a few significant improvements; including one that was requested by many inside the forums. To get this version either download it manually from member area or connect to your WordPress dashboard and pull it automatically.
Setup a free trial period with recurring packages
With this latest version we’ve implemented an option that allows you to set the first period (of a recurring package) as free. A number of you requested this inside our forums, we tried tinkering with it and decided it’s a good addition to the theme. To enable this option all you’ll have to do is mark a checkbox while creating/editing your recurring price package.
Our add-on heavy week is coming to an end with Tabs Manager, a nice little plugin that will allow you to showcase custom fields as tabs on the listing detail page. Controlling which fields show as tabs is done with a new option added to the create/edit a custom field form. Even though any field type can be set to show as a tab, those that work best are Text Editor and Text Area.
One thing worth noting is that the custom fields Tabs Manager plugin won’t work with Directory child themes that have tabless layouts (for example: City Guide). Child themes like Cuisine will work just as well as the parent Directory theme.
With Header Fields add-on for Directory we are continuing our biggest add-on release week yet! This simple plugin will allow you to add custom fields to the (usually fixed) area below the title on listing detail pages. Along with Email and Phone, you will now be able to show an unlimited number of your own fields.