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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
GeoPlaces v4 beta is available for download only in our community forum. Click HERE to visit the Beta forum
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 :)
GeoPlaces V4 development began few months ago and since then requests for news and information about it keep popping up at Templatic. Well, here’s good news for you. If things go according to plan the beta version of GeoPlaces V4 will be available next week (before Christmas).
The alpha release available in the forum was a quick release so that we get input from you guys about what you want to see in the new upgrade, it proved to be really helpful. Thanks!
Here’s a quick list on what’s coming…
Gigya Plugin integration: This helps you login via different social sites without having to register.
Price options: You can create price packages instead of just the standard two options. You can also have category specific prices. On top of that you can have different pricing for listing a post on the homepage :)
Recurring PayPal payments: Define a specific period and you will be able to charge for recurring payments via PayPal.
Blocking of IPs: Spam IPs can now be blocked using Manage IP.
Managing permissions: Manage permission on which user group has backend access and which doesn’t.
Splash homepage: You can have an optional splash page on the homepage where your visitors are given an option to select a city. After selecting the city the homepage will change accordingly.
Claim ownership: Business owners can now claim ownership of a place directly from the listing and admin can judge it accordingly.
WP Mega Menu: The famous WP Mega Menu plugin and styling is now supported in the theme.
Some of the other Enhancements & Bug fixes:
- Custom post types for Places and Events instead of just events.
- Listings (Place and event) are now properly organized as per currently selected city.
- Per post zoom level specification
- Ability to add video embeds in listings.
- Enhanced Localization with proper indication messages.
- Completely redesigned and recoded multiple image uploader. No flash.
- Registration disabling improved.
- Image issues with multi site now corrected.
- Nested categories on home page map.
- Listing order of places and events can now be set individually
- Event listings are now default sorted to upcoming events (due date)
- Send to friend / send inquiry and email notifications are corrected.
- Get directions code re-written from scratch.
- Permalinks for events now work better.
- No pre-selection of current city when adding an event or place.
- Satellite view improved in map
- Preview page differences fixed.
- Email notification
The list goes on. There are many many changes & improvements that were asked in the forum and helpdesk.
The beta version will be tested thoroughly by us and the community before going final. Final version will be available then after (mid January.) While bug reports and enhancements are welcome, no new features will be added after the beta is announced.
Keep an eye on this blog and our social media channels (twitter & facebook) when beta version is announced next week. We’re excited. You? :)
WordPress 3.3 aka “Sonny” was finally released! You can download it by clicking here.
We have been playing with “Sonny” for a while now and are happy to confirm that all Templatic themes work great. We had some compatibility issues with our eCommerce themes so please make sure you update your eCom theme before installing WordPress 3.3. If you spot anything out of place be sure to let us know right away either by submitting a ticket in HelpDesk or by creating a thread in our forums.
WordPress 3.3 is bringing a couple of new shiny things to play with. Most important (and obvious) changes are the sleeker Dashboard, drag-n-drop media section and a new toolbar for easy access.
Have you tried the new version? What is your favorite new feature?
We are back with theme of this month and happy about the efforts put-in by the team. We’d like you to know that a couple of energetic youngsters have joined our team so that’s an added excitement. While some of our folks are busy with GeoPlaces 4, we have managed to create another geo-based theme, a location guide of sorts, WPLocator WordPress Theme.
As previewed earlier, WPLocator is all about locations and maps. If you were expecting portal theme with lots of features, sorry to disappoint. WPLocator is about keeping things simple and to the point.
For example, lets say you wish to create a Store Locator mini site for a retailer brand or “chocolate shops in paris” or “Places I have been to” kind of travel journey site etc.
WP Locator theme occupies your entire screen with the map you have selected from your wp-admin and showcases it in beautiful manner at front end. You can have details about the content, user comments etc.
Not only that, the standard WordPress blog and regular features are also included for those who wish to have WordPress regular pages and posts as well in their site.
Plus, the theme comes with Style & Color settings in the backend so you can change basic colors yourself as per your choice.
Overall, we are sure this theme will be useful to almost everyone for creating this unique kind of “mini map directory”.
Demo the theme here and head over to Sales page and Buy the WP Locator theme.
So, what do you think of this theme? You like?
Other note: Next top priority in our list is to push beta version of GeoPlaces V4. We think we will be able to push to beta version before end of this month. Stay tuned!
If you visited our support forum today you probably noticed certain changes. Instead of a short Support Tip in the header now there is a special topic with guidelines on how to request help when something goes wrong or what do to when you need help with customizations.
Other than that we’ve made small changes to the forum design, namely the user info within a specific topic. We’ve fixed the problem where avatars would break the design and also added extra info like the number of posts, date of registration and user location.
However, the changes you just about read are all pretty trivial. The biggest change will come over time. We decided to treat the forum as the primary source of support here at Templatic. We’ll publish more and more content on the forums and instruct our users to use the forum instead of helpdesk. Don’t worry, we won’t force anything at the moment. If you feel more comfortable in helpdesk feel free to continue using it.
We believe that forums can help both you guys and our staff when it comes to theme support. On top of that we have some other ideas on how to engage the community to use the forums instead of helpdesk; but all in due time :)
If you have any suggestions on how to improve our forum (both the technical aspect and content-wise) feel free to write them in the comments below or send them to my email (//scr.im/vedran).
About time we show you a preview to next theme. Scheduled to be released early next month, our next theme is all about the location map. Yes, we have GeoPlaces theme to cater to this but its much too advanced and many users need a simple theme that lets them add places on a map and create location guide websites.
WP Locator, our next theme will cater to this purpose. You can create a dedicated small site to serve different purposes like store locator for big brands, a site dedicated to the places you have traveled, location guide on specific topic for example “Chocolate shops in London” and so on.
Of course, the theme will have regular WordPress features, like dedicated blog and features you usually see in WordPress themes. Along with that, with this theme you will be able to add a place from wp-admin, add photos and content about the place, etc. The full screen homepage will list all the places as a map marker. You click on that and you will be taken to that full screen page showing map of that place while showing you details of the place.
We are excited about this simple, yet unique theme. What do you think?
WooThemes has launched a short WordPress survey to learn more on about how you are using WordPress and how it can be improved. The survey consists of 22 questions and will take you around 5 minutes to complete. The survey is not reserved for WooThemes customers, everyone can chime in. The data will be shared with templatic as well so we will be able to know what you as an end WordPress user want and we can bring in product updates accordingly.
There is something in it for you as well! No, it’s not the fuzzy feeling you get when helping someone (well, that too), it’s 5 Kinde Fire devices that will go to random survey participants.
Click on the following link to participate in the survey:
Lately there has been a lot of talk about browser wars and how Firefox is losing its followers. I wanted to see if this was in fact true so I checked Google Anaytics data for Templatic.com and indeed found some interesting results.
The sample period is January 1st 2010 – October 31st 2011
During that period the site had over 2,5mil visits so it should provide a pretty good sample for this little overview. During that time Firefox emerged as a clear winner with almost 50% of all visits. Chrome is second with 28%, Safari third with 12% and IE fourth with only 10%.
That was kind of expected, but what happens when we start monitoring growth? What happens when we compare let’s say October 2011 with January 2010? What happens is…things get interesting.
- January 2010, Firefox: 26,444 visits, 60% of all visits
- January 2010, Chrome: 6,183 visits, 14% of all visits
- October 2011, Firefox: 68,437 visits, 40% of all visits
- October 2011, Chrome: 60,231 visits, 36% of all visits
To put things into perspective here are growth numbers across all major browsers. Growth measured between January 2010 and October 2011.
- Firefox 160%
- Chrome 875%
- Safari 200%
- Internet Explorer 210%
- Opera 190%
What about this year? How do the two most popular browsers fair when comparing them on a month-to-month basis?
If this trend continues we could see Chrome take over the lead as early as January or February 2012 (on Templatic of course :) )
I personally prefer Chrome, but also use Firefox and Opera daily. What about you, which browser do you prefer (and why)?
It’s been a few months since we last launched an eCommerce theme. Today we are happy to announce yet another WordPress theme built on top of our eCommerce framework. The theme is designed for showcasing and selling digital goods – DigitalBox.
DigitalBox theme is all you need to setup a trendy online retail shop within minutes. The beauty of this theme lies in its professional design and easy customizability. Not to mention the robustness and flexibility offered by our eCommerce framework that powers the theme. Apart from being visually appealing, DigitalBox follows the standard rules of an eCommerce site while still providing decent inviting look. Not only your visitors will love your site, but even search engines like Google. That’s because we have incorporated the best SEO techniques into DigitalBox. Simply install the theme, add your products, their pictures, some description and you are all set! The neat grid layout on the homepage is intuitive and easy to draw your visitors to the product page and finally to the checkout. For quick check-out, the bar is provided to the top-right.
DigitalBox theme has many customization settings so you can easily mod it to your taste. Although we’ve made this one for digital products, you can use it for other goods too. We’re sure that DigitalBox eCommerce WordPress theme is all you need to create your own eCommerce site you always wanted! Check out the live demo of the DigitalBox theme and of course, you can try it free for 14 days.
View Live demo and Buy this theme. Create your eCommerce site now!
Share & Win
Like this theme? Want to have it? Help us spread the word about it and who knows, maybe you’ll be among 3 lucky winners who will get it. Just like the past couple of Share&Win contests, the same rules apply here. You can win the theme by tweeting about it (clicking on the Tweet icon below), by sharing/liking this on Facebook (the Like icon below will take you to the Facebook post) or by being the fastest one to provide a correct answer to our contest question. The question will be posted on our Twitter and Facebook feeds sometime in the next 2 weeks.
The time has finally come to announce the winners of our DigitalBox contest! First off we would like to thank all of you who participated and spread the word about this beautiful theme. Just like last time two lucky souls were selected at random and one person won the theme by being the quickest to answer to our question. So, the three winners are:
- Ben Gillin. Ben won the theme by liking our post on Facebook. Be sure to visit his Facebook page by clicking here
- Chintak Dholakia. Chintak won the theme by retweeting. You can check out his twitter feed by clicking here
- The last winner is Vince LaMonica. Vince won the theme by being the fastest one to answer our contest question. You can follow Vince by clicking here.
Again, thanks everyone who participated!
Just like the past couple of years, that special time of year has come when we are going to take a little break. Starting with Wednesday, October 26th most of us at Templatic are going on a small vacation. We’ll be back until Monday, October 31st at the latest.
We will be celebrating Diwali, an important holiday here in India. We’d like to take this opportunity and wish Happy Diwali to all of you who celebrate it.
When it comes to theme support, remaining Templatic staff will try to handle as much tickets/forum threads as possible. Try to go easy on them :)
Billing and coding issues will take the biggest hit during that time since all of them are handled by the staff in India. We would like to ask for your patience during those days. Wishing everyone a joyous and prosperous days ahead. Happy Diwali!