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.
Since day one Directory allowed you to assign custom map markers to categories. However, those markers only worked on the map; other sections of the theme showed just the category name. Well, you can now finally change that with Category Icons. After installing the plugin a new field will pop up within the Listings ⇨ Listing Categories section allowing you to assign an icon while creating the category. Once assigned, the custom icon will appear in all sections where list of categories is displayed.
The ability to switch between cities is one of the most important Directory features; there’s also “single city” mode for those that don’t need multiple city functionality. However, what about those cases where you need multiple cities, but still require a place where listings from all your cities are displayed? That’s where Global Location comes in. By turning on the Global Location option you will enable a “city” in which all website’s listings are shown.
List Filter is probably our biggest add-on release ever since the initial 6 add-ons were announced. It’s also one of the most requested features in general for Directory. The purpose of the plugin is fairly obvious, it allows visitors to quickly filter displayed listings and reduce the time it takes to locate a specific listing. This functionality is provided as widget that you place inside your sidebar. The best thing about this widget is the fact its developed using AJAX; which allows the list to be updated without the need to refresh the page.
This particular update was planned as version 1.1.5, but automatic update problems forced us to release an in-between update. I hope you all saw our notifications in time and nobody was affected by the update problem. The 1.1.6 update is focused mostly on small tweaks and improvements instead of new features.
Here’s a list of noteworthy changes in version 1.1.6:
Improved responsive menu (inspired by recent Foundation themes); works great on all mobile devices.
The admin can now self verify a listing while creating it (in the back-end).
Login changes for the submission form when “Show fields categorywise” is used. Visitors will now login during the first step of the process (while selecting the category).
List/grid structures are now shared between all pages.
Added new filter and action hooks for more customization possibilities.
Multi city field inside the submission can now show only cities or states + cities.
Dozens of fixed text strings in front-end and back-end.
Our free WP Premium theme, one of our oldest themes has just received a huge upgrade! Similar to the updates we released last week, this one is also all about responsiveness and the new codebase – Foundation. WP Premium is now mobile-friendly and will look and work great on phones and tablets.
The lightweight Foundation framework also makes WP Premium extremely fast. Considering the complexity of the theme (or lack thereof) it might very well be the snappiest theme we’ve ever created! Read More »