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[Note] Important Notice:

Newer versions of GeoPlaces v4 come with functionality for quick(er) upgrading from GeoPlaces v3. Inside GeoPlaces -> Advanced Settings -> Bulk Upload you will find an option to change all your posts to places. This will enable you to skip some of the steps mentioned below. Goes without saying, backup everything before using that update query. [/Note]

Things to consider before upgrading:

  • GeoPlaces v3 and v4 are very different themes, this is not a simple update!
  • Before you attempt this please backup your whole site (theme files + database) in case anything goes wrong. You will lose all your widget settings and content, make sure you backup that content somewhere.
  • If you don’t require any of the new features we implemented into GeoPlaces v4 consider sticking to GPv3. We will continue providing theme support for GPv3 until September 1st 2012. Please note that we won’t be updating the GeoPlaces v3 anymore – all future GeoPlaces updates will be for v4.

We’ll be presenting two possible scenarios for approaching this. If you run into any problems create a thread in the forums.

In this tutorial:

1st method – creating a new site and importing data
2nd method – upgrading the current website
Transferring content between two GeoPlaces v4 themes/sites


1st method – creating a new site and importing data

This method is for those willing to start over, create a completely new site running GeoPlaces v4. This one is a little longer and trickier, but it does give you a fresh start and less things to worry about. We recommend this method.

    1. Make sure you’re running the latest version of GeoPlaces v3 -> 3.3.1. If you’re using an older version click here to download the last updated version of GeoPlaces3 . Latest version of GeoPlaces3 comes with support for exporting content, without this feature you can’t continue
    2. In your GeoPlaces v3 theme go to wp-admin -> GeoPlaces -> Bulk Upload. Under Export to CSV click to export your posts and events. You can export everything at once, you don’t need to export each city specifically. This time also export all your cities under Export Cities to CSV
    3. Install a new instance of WordPress in a subfolder, the subfolder name doesn’t matter. Of course, in phpMyAdmin create a new database for this install.
    4. Install and activate GeoPlaces v4. You can install dummy data as well
    5. Import cities, events, posts and places under wp-admin -> GeoPlaces -> Advanced Settings -> Bulk Upload (import the same file for posts and places)
    6. In case you visit your front-end now you might notice the lack of images on our places. Since we used Bulk Upload to divide Places from regular Posts we also changed the image location. If you left the default WordPress media settings untouched the location of your images should be something like /wp-themes/uploads/year/month. This is a problem because the theme is now searching for images in /wp-themes/uploads/bulk. To fix this connect to your GeoPlaces v3 powered website and copy all images from /uploads/year/month folders into /wp-themes/uploads/bulk folder on your GeoPlaces v4 powered site (your new WordPress install)
    7. Connect to your phpMyAdmin and export the users database from your GeoPlaces v3 powered site. If you haven’t changed the database prefix the table name is wp_users. You can use simple settings while exporting. Click on the images to see them in full size.
    8. Connect to your new database and open wp_users table. In the table delete any entries you find there – there should be only one since it’s a new install.  Click on the “Import” button to import contents of the old users table. Click on the image below to see it in full size.

  1. We are almost ready. You can now start working on your theme. Organize the content, widgets, design, etc. When you’re ready to make the site live go to step 11
  2. To finalize the transition you need to place your current GeoPlaces v3 powered website into a subfolder. To do that follow these steps. If you already have WordPress set up this way (and your domain root is free) skip this step.
  3. Once you do that rename the index.php file in your root into index_old.php
  4. There is only one step left, making your new site appear in the domain root. To do that follow the steps explained here


2nd method – upgrading the current website

Do not attempt to upgrade the theme if you’re not running the latest version of GeoPlaces v3 (3.3.1). To download the latest version click here.

  1. Before you start please activate a maintenance/coming soon plugin like this one since this could (and probably will) take a while.
  2. Make sure you’re running the latest version of GeoPlaces v3 -> 3.3.1. If you’re using an older version click here to download the last updated version of GeoPlaces3. Latest version of GeoPlaces comes with support for exporting content, without this feature you can’t continue
  3. In your GeoPlaces v3 theme go to wp-admin -> GeoPlaces -> Bulk Upload. Under Export to CSV click to export your posts and events. You can export everything at once, you don’t need to export each city specifically.
  4. If you haven’t done so already, download and install GeoPlaces v4.
  5. After a successful install Activate the GeoPlaces v4 theme. You can activate the dummy data on in order to better understand how the new theme works (dummy data will populate your widgets with content).
  6. Like we mentioned before, your widget information will be deleted. Please place your widgets in the corresponding areas.
  7. If you look around your back-end now you’ll notice that your Events have been successfully transferred, but all your places are listed under Posts instead of Places. To fix this go to GeoPlaces -> Advanced Settings -> Bulk Upload and under “Import place, events and blog posts” select to import places and choose the file your exported earlier. After the import is done you should now see both your blog posts and places under “Places”. Feel free to delete all blog posts from “Places”, as well as all your places from “Posts”
  8. In case you visit your front-end now you might notice the lack of images on our places. Since we used Bulk Upload to divide Places from regular Posts we also changed the image location. If you left the default WordPress media settings untouched the location of your images should be something like /wp-themes/uploads/year/month. This is a problem because the theme is looking for images in /wp-themes/uploads/bulk folder. There are two ways we can fix this:
    a) Copy all images from your /uploads/year/month folders and place them into /uploads/bulk folder
    b) Go to wp-admin -> Events and change the status of all your current events to Draft. Then can go to GeoPlaces -> Advanced Settings -> Bulk Upload and import your Events. Now you can move your all the images into /uploads/bulk folder instead of copying them.

If you need clarification for any step of this process create a thread in our forums and we’ll do our best to help you out


Transferring content between two GeoPlaces v4 themes/sites

In case you want to transfer all your content to another GeoPlaces v4 theme pretty much all of the above is unnecessary. With the default WordPress exporter (wp-admin -> Tools -> Export) you can export all your places, events, posts, pages, etc. The only thing you must export manually are your cities. You can do that in wp-admin -> GeoPlaces -> Advanced Settings -> Bulk Upload -> Export All Cities to CSV.

When you’re done with exporting everything connect to your new site and first import your cities under Bulk Upload -> Import city data from GeoPlaces. Now import rest of the data under Tools -> Import (you’ll probably have to download WordPress Importer). Please note that this method won’t backup your widget content and theme settings.

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eMarket, built on top of our improved e-commerce framework is the latest theme in our store releasing today. With Market WordPress theme you can setup & manage your online store easily. Whether it is a physical product, digital product or an affiliate one you can sell all of them using Market theme.

eMarket Theme for WordPress

View live demo of eMarket theme and Purchase it here.

The design of the theme is minimal and emphasizes more on standard e-commerce features like shopping cart, checkout, registration. The grid view of products on the home page as well as category and store pages is so well structured that it enhances the display of your products.

This theme is developed for you to setup your e-commerce site in minimal time with lesser efforts and money. Just install the theme and start adding your products with images, description and other product information. If you sale your products in different variants like different sizes, colors, etc. then you can add product attributes too from the same page.

Of course this theme shares all the the standard features that our e-commerce framework offers such as shipping, different tax rates for different country/state, stock management for your products, offering discount coupons to your customers, etc.

Here’s the list of some of the new added and improved features in our framework:

  • Integrated PayPal Pro
  • A new custom post type for products which distinguishes products from posts
  • Improved guest checkout
  • Added a new section to generate transaction reports for your store

Video Overview

Our aim was to provide nicely structured, minimal theme design so as you can utilize the theme at it’s fullest and implement your design creativity into it without removing anything. We hope you’d love this new addition in the theme store.

If you are using one of our other e-commerce themes, framework updates for you will be available next week. We’ll announce each update via our Twitter and Facebook channels

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Even though there is a lot of support content available via various articles. We decided it was time to focus on videos as well. Templatic will be producing two kinds of videos from now on:

  • Setup and customization tutorials
  • Theme Overviews

All support related video tutorial will be accessible from the following link. Videos will contain information on how to setup specific themes or how to easily customize them. You’ll be able to find these videos in Theme Documentation Guides as well.

Theme Overviews are public videos that are designed to show some of the features within specific themes. At the moment we only have three overview videos, for Reviews, GeoPlaces v4 and DailyDeal theme. That number will constantly grow as we release new themes; we’ll also create overviews for some of the older themes. We’ve created a Theme Overviews playlist on YouTube so you can easily access all of them.

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If you have any suggestions or comments in general be sure to let us know in the comments section below.

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Almost two weeks ago we teased new themes that are coming in the near future. Today is the day you get to see the first of those three themes, a new niche theme that we hope you’ll like – Reviews. Reviews WordPress theme is primarily aimed at enthusiasts who’d like to review things on their website. You can review pretty much anything; from movies to books, from gadgets to software.

Reviews WordPress App Theme

With Reviews you (as admin) can add multiple products or services, show descriptions in tabs (with a specially created ‘tabber’ shortcode) insert images and your rating. Also, there are category specific custom fields to show customized information for different kinds of products or services.

Visitors can post their reviews with their rating for the product or service. The review detail page will display your rating for the product separately and it will also display the average rating from ratings posted by all the users.

The attractive and well organized theme structure is best to score you high on search engine rankings. Other exciting features of the Reviews WordPress theme include the homepage slider, rating custom field, list or grid view widgets, etc. Also there are two other widgets for sidebar which will display recent and top reviews.

The theme also comes with unlimited colors that enable you to develop your own style.

Like what you just read? Click here to purchase Reviews. For a better look be sure to check out the demo

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Google Custom Search is a great way to save on some bandwidth and see how your pages look on Google. Those who don’t want to use WordPress default search can integrate Google Custom Search to their website, also, Google custom search has the option to monetize their website’s with Google Adsense. Thus, best of both Worlds – Google’s search engine plus monetization.

In short, Google Custom Search is an offering by Google, that provides you your own version of Google search engine, that can be configured and integrated into your website. There are many configuration options offered, to completely customize the looks, search results and many more options.

Why Use Google Search instead of Native WordPress Search Feature

  • WordPress default search results quality is often questionable, its not perfect and sometimes user can’t find what they are looking for.
  • Google search results are of better quality
  • Monetization of search results page (with Adsense for Search)
  • Good and familiar user interface of Google search
  • Everyone feels comfortable to search with Google
  • Customize the look and feel of the results to match your site with Google
  • Enable autocompletions for your Google search engine

Now that we know why should we use Google search and what are its advantages, let’s integrate Google Custom Search to your WordPress site.

Integrating Google Custom Search in WordPress

Step1: Creating a Search Engine:
Head over to www.google.com/cse and sign in with your Google account. If you don’t have one, then you can also create one. After signing in, click on the big “Create a Custom Search Engine” button.
create

A three step process will begin. The first step is to set up your search engine. Fill out name, description, language, sites to search (enter your site URL here, in most cases this would be the URL of only one site), select the standard edition, accept terms of service and finally click on “Next”. (click on the below image to enlarge)
Google search

Now comes the part where we have to customize the looks. There are some pre-defined themes ready for you to get started. Select any of these theme and click on “Customize”.
Custom search

Customize the search bar and search results page as per your wish and click on “Next”. Note the various color options, you can choose color that suits your WordPress theme.
customize search

In the third step, you will get the code. Don’t copy this code yet. From the bottom of the page, click on “look and feel”.
get code

From “Choose a Layout” section, select “Two page”. This means that we can display the search box on any page and get the results on another page, in the same window.

Click on “Save & Get Code”, you’ll get the code in the next page. Let this page remain open for now.

Step2: Adding Custom Search to WordPress
Now that the search engine is ready and all settings done, we’ll need to integrate the code to WordPress. The first thing we’ll be doing for this is to create a page template. To do this, copy and paste the below code and save it as a PHP file.

<?php
Template Name: Google Search
?>
<?php get_header(); ?>
<div id=”content” class=”widecolumn”>
<!– Google Search Result Code Begins –>
Google Search Results Code Here
<!– Google Search Result Code Ends –>
</div>
<?php get_footer(); ?>

Observe this code carefully, instead of “Google Search Results Code Here”, you need to enter the “search results” code, that’s because we want the results to appear in this page. Save that PHP file, name it something like googlesearch.php and upload it to your active theme’s directory. For e.g. if you are using twentyeleven theme, then the path would be: “wp-content/themes/twentyeleven”. To upload this file, use a FTP client or File Manager from cPanel. With this step done, page template is created and uploaded.

In this get code page, there is a field for “Specify the url in your site where you want the search results to appear”. In this field, enter the page permalink which we created in above step. For e.g. it can be www.yoursite.com/search (where search is the name of the page).
coding

Create a new page and name it something like “Search”. Search results will be displayed in this page. From the “Page Template” drop down menu, select “Google search” as your page template and hit the “Publish” button.

page template

Now, decide where would you like to place that “Search box”. You can place it in sidebar, footer, below posts or any other place. If in the sidebar, then just drag and drop the “Text” widget to the sidebar widget area and paste that “search box” code. If you want to edit this search box in some other area, then you’ll need to edit the respective theme file. But adding the code in the text widget is by far the simplest method to do this. This completes the integration of Google Custom Search to WordPress site.

Google Custom search is constantly evolving and they keep on adding more and more features. The most recent addition was the “autocompletions”. You can also check out documentation on Google custom search if you’re stuck somewhere.

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All of the themes mentioned in this preview have been released! To learn more about each of them visit our Themes Gallery

First off I’d just like to say Happy New Year to all of you on behalf of the whole Templatic staff! If 2011 was kind to you we all hope 2012 will be just as good; if it was bad, hopefully 2012 will be better. We’re a few days into the new year and everyone is getting back to work, we at Templatic are working on some cool new themes which will show up at our theme store in the near future.

Let’s see what’s coming soon!

The following theme will be the first one to land at Templatic this month. As the screenshot suggests, it is a review theme targeted for bloggers and affiliate marketers who wish to create a review site for different product and services.

Review Theme Preview from templatic

Though simple, we’re confident it will be useful for a great deal of WordPress users.

Then comes a totally different, first of it’s kind – Price Compare theme. The theme will prove to be challenging for us to create but once done, we are sure you’d love its design, simplicity and most of all, how it works automagically from the back end.


Lastly, here’s a cool, neat e-commerce theme which is also coming soon. Everything about it is already said earlier so he’re just a fancy screenshot :)

That’s about it for now. Along with this new theme, our team is also working on upgrading existing themes so things might go a bit slow but once it land, it will be firm and solid.

Hope you’ll love what’s coming at Templatic. Don’t forget to let us know via comments :)

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Tired of seeing that old WordPress logo everytime you want to login? No problem, that login logo can be changed to your own Company/Blog logo and no plugins are required to do the task. Plugins are great but not really necessary for simple tasks like this. Those site’s that require a login every time, or those with multi authors can create a good impression and give that professional touch by displaying their own logo instead of WordPress logo.

How to Change WordPress Login Logo

  • The first thing we’ll need to do is to create your logo with the following parameters:
    – Image format should be PNG
    – Transparent background
    – Size should be: 274px wide and 63px height
    – Save it with this name: logo-login.png
  • Now that your new logo is ready with above parameters, connect to your FTP client (e.g. Filezilla) or use File Manager from cPanel. Navigate to wp-admin/images folder. If you’re new to FTP be sure to check out our FTP tutorial
  • On this path, you will find an image with the following name: logo-login.png. Rename this image to something like logo-login-backup.png or download the image to your hard drive (and delete the copy on the server). This is so you have the original in case you decide not to use the custom logo anymore.
  • Upload your newly created logo at the same path – wp-admin/images.

That’s done. Your new logo should be live on the website. Check it out by navigating to your login page at: yoursite.com/wp-admin

Here’s a preview of what we can achieve with this useful trick.
new wp logo

See, the login logo has changed which can give the site that unique and professional touch. Just in case, if in future you change the mind, then just replace the old logo-login.png image and the default WordPress image will be restored.

Plugin to Change WordPress Login Image

For those who are afraid to follow this manual method, can use a plugin named Custom Login Logo Lite. Just install this plugin, activate it from your WordPress plugins page and then you will see a new option in settings > Custom Login Logo.

Now all we need to do is to enter the full URL (full path) of the login logo image. Configuring this plugin is a piece of cake. To upload the logo image, go to Media > Add New and upload the image. Now copy the full image URL and paste it in the options of this plugin.

Changing login logo image will only take a couple of minutes. Those who have registration enabled on their website’s, can benefit by displaying this custom logo, instead of the old boring WordPress logo.

Remember: Whenever you update to the latest version of WordPress, you will need to follow this procedure again. Basically, all you need is to just upload the custom logo at wp-admin/images path. That’s all it needs to be done.

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GeoPlaces v4 is available for download in the member area. To download the latest version of GeoPlaces v3 click here

Export listings and city data from GeoPlaces v3

First download the latest version of GeoPlaces v3 from the member area and update your existing GeoPlaces 3 theme. If you do not wish to update the entire theme, just take a look at the changelog of the downloaded one and add/replace only the required files to enable bulk upload feature in GeoPlaces 3.

Now, go to wp-admin > GeoPlaces > Bulk upload. Scroll down to section: ‘Export to CSV’. Select the post type you wish to export and click the link ‘Export to CSV’. You will notice that the links to download CSVs for available cities are already present over there. Download data for required city to your computer. Now proceed to import these data to GeoPlaces v4 enabled theme.

Import listing and city data to GeoPlaces v4 enabled theme

Go to wp-admin > GeoPlaces > Advanced Settings > Bulk upload. In the ‘Import’ section, select the post-type to upload listings data into. Then upload the CSV. To upload city data, upload the respective CSV file to the ‘Import city data from GeoPlaces (older versions)’ section.

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Update:
Because of some issues with our demo site the offer is extended for 2 days, until January 4th 2012!

Just like previous years, Christmas offer on Templatic themes is back again!

Starting from today and ending on 31st December 2011 you get a total off THREE themes for the price of ONE. There’s no coupons, no conditions. If you buy before 31st December 2011, you are in.

Here’s how it works

  1. Grab any theme of your choice from templatic themes store.
  2. Once you purchase a theme, head over to this page and claim two additional bonus theme of your choice (of equal or lower value)
  3. Our support team member will add the theme in your account in next 24 hours.

Yes, its that simple. Remember, the offer expires on 31st December 2011 Grab themes of your choice now.

Wishing Merry Christmas and joyous, prosperous new year to every single one of you :)

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As you know, the development of GeoPlaces V4 started back in first week of September this year. Almost 4 months since then and here we are with beta (almost final) version of the GeoPlaces theme just in time as a Christmas gift for you. This means that the features and additions are done. Now we test the theme thoroughly once again and at the same time get critical feedback from early adopters in the forum so everyone can get a stable, perfect theme for their project.

Though there are lots and lots of improvements and additions, I’d love to introduce to some of the important one in here. For thorough look at the theme, please check live demo of the GeoPlaces V4 here. So, lets take a quick look..

Make MORE money

GeoPlaces Theme for WordPress

  • Recurring payments for PayPal are now available. This will help you get recurring revenue and users can set their listings to be auto renewed instead of manual one each month.
  • Advanced, multiple Price Packages with different time duration, categories and conditions. Helps you grab every kind of customers.

Better Listing, Better Management

GeoPlaces WordPress Theme

  • Custom field management per category so you can have relevant fields for different categories.
  • Custom Post types for Places & Events so you can manage them better. WordPress default posts are considered as blog posts.
  • Mega menu plugin support and also the theme has built in code wherein you can set basic mega menu yourself.
  • Completed recoded, non-flash, better Image Upload for your site.
  • Complete support for Google Maps 3.0
  • Gigya Plugin compatibility (optional) for Social Media logins. Users now don’t have to register if they log in via social media profile.
  • Multi Cities can be managed in a better way. Add country, regions, cities..
  • Improved Backend Design for theme settings. Setting options for your site is now fun.

Improved Security

WordPress GeoPlaces Theme

  • You can also block back end access for the users based on their role. Restrict Role based back end access.
  • You can also Block IP addresses to prevent SPAM and abusive users.
  • Along with this, a tiny but useful feature of Claim Business is added where in user can request ownership of the business and you will get this alert in back end. Then on, you can approve or reject the request.

Splash homepage

You can show splash page (optional) to your first time site visitors so they can chose city they wish to navigate to. Alternatively, you can set default city from the back end as earlier.

Category Listing

Category Listing Page - GeoPlace Theme

  • You can now add category description that helps explain what this particular category is all about.
  • Also it lists all the sub categories of the current category at the top so your users can better navigate.
  • Along with this, now we have added option of adding category map at the top (or in sidebar) so you can have same big map in categories as well.

Business / User profiles

Clicking on a Username takes you to their Business profile where you can see all the lists added by them along with their photo/business logo, profile details etc. This helps your site visitor check other listing from the same business/person and get better understanding of them overall.

Import – export content

This is still in alpha.

GeoPlaces 3 has been updated with export data option and you can import the content in GeoPlaces 4. However, this is still in alpha and we recommend not trying this on live site. Test this in local host and once you get satisfactory result, import the content and update the theme.

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Final Launch

We plan to launch final version of this theme for everyone in second week of January. Meanwhile, our team will do thorough testing of this theme and rapidly improve any and all bugs reported. Hope you will take active part in this as well and report any bugs/glitches you find in the forum so we can act upon it immediately.

Thank you all for your feedback, suggestions, patience and co-operation. Without you, this would not have been possible :)

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