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Geo Places – your city directory built in WordPress

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Thanks to all your feedback, we have released an upgraded version of this theme with so many new updates. Read details here

Geo Places is one of our most advanced themes till date and we are pretty excited on release of this theme. Templatic team has worked on it for about 1+ months. And then we made some important changes and included some must have features that we missed after you guys suggested on initial teaser. That’s why a bit delay in the release of this theme.

Geo Places, as you have guessed it – is a theme built around the idea of showing different places and businesses around a geographic location and providing in depth detail about that. Showing detailed maps, user reviews, business information, services, contact details and so on. Showing nearby places around that particular location is kind of cherry on the cake : ).

This theme does all of that. The special thing about this theme is – it’s built on top of user feedback and actually structured to give you maximum ROI for this kind of websites. That is in fact the difference between us and other premium theme providers. We focus on real world usage more and nifty functionality less.

View live demo of Geo Places theme and Head over to official sales page so you can see all the features in detail and buy this theme. I’ll take a moment and highlight some of the unique, must-see benefits of this theme in here.

Maps

The homepage shows collective map of all the places you have added on this site. Clicking that place icon will take you to the relevant post. Same way, separate maps for each category are also generated.

When you are on a place details page, it shows detailed map. Also you can get directions to reach that place simply by entering the starting point where you currently are.

Design Controls & Flexibility

The homepage is completely widget ready. You can show a full size slider in place of full map if you wish. You can chose to show the list of places either in list view or gallery view from admin panel and the same is true for archive pages that shows the places.

Lots of tiny stuff like “Places Around”

We’ve built many custom widgets specifically for this theme that will make this theme really usable. For example, the page which shows a place in detail also have a sidebar which contains a widget called “In the neighborhood”. Imagine you are searching for a restaurant in a specific area. It automagically shows some nearby places that you have added in the site. This will really help your site visitor i.e. if they are viewing a restaurant, they might want to visit a movie theater or a night club nearby.

Make money

Of course when you build a directory kind of site so might want to make money as well. Apart from many strategic advertise areas, the theme lets you enable/disable “add listing” feature. When enabled, it will let your site visitors add a business place on your site and you can charge them for this. It gives you option of collecting money via six different payment gateways (PayPal, 2Checkout, Google Checkout, WorldPay, Authorize.net and manual payment).

Advanced Search

Apart from blog search, the theme header prominently shows advanced search where you can do “For” and “In” search. For example, “Search for Pasta in This particular area/zip code”.

There are lot’s of features in this theme that you can only “experience”. So take a look at the live demo and explore the theme and grab the theme while it’s hot.

Moving forward

While we think we’ve covered pretty all kind of necessary stuff that the city directory theme should have, we are curious on user feedback and definitely look forward to upgrade this theme with some of the things that we’ve missed in this release. You can count on us on this.

Take a moment and let us know what do you think about this newly released theme via comment below.

227 thoughts on “Geo Places – your city directory built in WordPress

  1. Shawn says:

    Wow Looks great!!! installing it now for testing…

    Disappointed not to see live “events” integration like a calendar view (maybe there are other plugins) or the use of coupons/promotions for local businesses so that they can highlight timely offers and keep bringing users back to the website… sticky marketing for site owners (maybe plugins or other themes for this too but would be nice all-in-one).

    1. R.Bhavesh says:

      Hey shawn. Don’t get disapponted. We do have these things in to-do list. But for version 1.1 :) maybe? You can use this theme to show events just like you add places though.

      1. Shawn says:

        Also, I see Philadelphia, PA… what about support for multiple cities, neighborhoods, regions? Or is that better left for WP MU versions of this same theme.

        1. R.Bhavesh says:

          We considered this. It will indeed make this theme a huge one and complicated. Finally decided to stick with one city only and only that way, we can make it the best, easy and keep it balanced.

          1. Fred says:

            Please explain this with “One city”.

            I want to do a website with all the bakeries in England.
            Is this not possible with this theme?

            What are the limitations?

            Can I tweak it?

          2. R.Bhavesh says:

            if you are building a portal showing all the different areas like Restaurants, attractions, hotels etc., it should be targeted for one city / geographic location. That means, if you change city, you might want to show different hotels, restaurants etc. – which is not possible.

            But because you are targetting only bakeries, you should be able to do that easily. Simple consider whole england as a ‘city’ :)

          3. Shawn says:

            Too bad as multiple cities even neighborhoods would bring this up to the level of (even surpass) major portal scripts. Will it work withWP MU this way duplicating and creating as many “areas” as you want.

          4. Matt Sawyers says:

            I’m considering just creating a sub-domain for each site and literally creating a site using this template for each city. However, you still need a site to tie them together :-/

    2. Rodney says:

      I agree. An events calendar would be a great addition to this theme!

      1. R.Bhavesh says:

        I agree as well. The only thing is, we are not sure how you guys want to ADD the event? I think a separate form is required for events. Isn’t it?

        How exactly would you want this entire events thing to be added AND being shown on the site?

        1. Shawn says:

          Events could be a category with subcategories where the listings are shown by a calendar/date toggle with events on the map. Could be a widget to call out today’s or up coming events. Event details would need obvious the start and end dates but coud beInspiration:

          //eventful.com/sanfrancisco/events
          //www.toronto.com/events/
          //www.blogto.com/events/

          1. R.Bhavesh says:

            thanks Shawn. This will help :)

  2. zachariah ngonayni says:

    Just what I’ve been waiting tor

  3. NS says:

    Looks totally awesome!

    However… it’s good to check out local places and info but something bores me about these type of geo-business-directories.. because there’s nothing for the user to come back to use.

    For example I’m using alot of unique custom wp plugins to enable user interaction, sharing and buzz/viral.

    It would be even more amazing with buddypress, rich media.. etc.

    1. R.Bhavesh says:

      For richer user experience, you can add video etc.

      You are right about buddy press etc. But I think the theme should not try to do everything of them or else it would become bloated, cluttered software.

      Separate installation of buddy press / bbpress etc. would do the trick. Wouldn’t it?

  4. Rodney says:

    I have to say, I’m pretty impressed with the featureset and demo :) If I could only go back in time and use this for my local directory instead of the directory script I used. Time to do some testing…might be worth the switch.

    1. R.Bhavesh says:

      hey Rodney, its good to see you again. We have V2 coming up with lots of improvement suggested by users. Stay tuned.

  5. Pete says:

    Pretty freakin amazing… been waiting for something like this for a LOOOONG time!

  6. FC says:

    Hello every one,
    Would like to thank the team for their hard work and great theme that they delivered. Really impressed with the work. Thank you guys

    1. R.Bhavesh says:

      And thank you for believing in us :). Nice to have you here

  7. Pete says:

    Is there a way to feature a listing on the category or search results page?

    1. Shawn says:

      I second the option to monetize submissions for better paid placements; like priority in the search results, featured on the front and tops of categories and/or highlighted listings.

      1. R.Bhavesh says:

        Adding this in wishlist. Expect this in next version of the theme

  8. Cristian O. Balan says:

    Nice job. :)
    But I will apreciate some thinks: less white spaces, + left sidebar/left and right sidebar, random featured posts in the home (and any page where featured posts exists), “wide” slide format. I will hope that for the next version. :)

    ps. sorry for my English

    1. R.Bhavesh says:

      You can easily reduce the white space dramatically by simply adding a dark background around the page. Simply tweak some css styles.

      The homepage can show big image slideshow in place of the main map. And can you explain the “WIDE” site format? I think I lost you there.

  9. Bent Stoa says:

    This is a great day, Bhavesh. This website I will give to my beloved home town in southern Norway. Thanks to you and your team who made this. You are very, very inspiring. Bent :)

    1. R.Bhavesh says:

      Hi Bent, comments like this keeps us going :). Our efforts pay off when our product helps someone cool like yourself in building website that otherwise they would not have been able to.

      Keep coming back, we have more goodies coming

  10. Rodney says:

    I was testing out the demo on templatic and it looks like the search function isn’t working. When you type in any term like “franklin” or “burgers” (without quotes), the same search results page comes up.

    1. R.Bhavesh says:

      Sorted this out. Fixed, and improved. Check again now :)

  11. WPHell says:

    Very original and outstanding idea! Good job.

  12. Fred says:

    Looks good!

    Question

    Is there any way to do multiple upload?
    I have a website with +1000 places and it might take a while to insert all them…

    1. Cristian O. Balan says:

      Similar situation here. I have a WP site with many plugins and some like +200 entries/places.

      1. Shawn says:

        Yes, bulk uploads would be sweet!

    2. R.Bhavesh says:

      okay. This one goes at our top priority list. Expect an update in next 2 or 3 weeks. (Would have hurried this but we are working on something awesome, at priority at the moment)

      1. Shawn says:

        “something awesome” for this theme?

        1. Cristian O. Balan says:

          we hope :)

          1. Duane says:

            I’m referring to a comment by Tommy 3rd Oct, re: Classified Ads Functionality…

            Try the FREE WP Plugin: Another WordPress Classifieds Plugin. Only issue I have with it, so far, is that it only supports currencies used by PayPal (although 2Checkout.com payments for Adds is also supported). I am testing in a LIVE environment (see: //southcoastaccommodation.co.za/classifieds/)

  13. Smruti says:

    Beautiful Theme…
    But seems to be a few bugs when viewing it on IE8
    ***The little category section on the frontpage map does not showup
    **** When you click on a point on the map – the bubble has a real messy/ugly black shadow behind it

    none of these problems in FF – but when showing it to someone today – on their computer was only IE8
    So a lot of people still using IE8 : )
    Cheers

    1. R.Bhavesh says:

      thanks for taking time and reporting this Smruti. It will be fixed by tomorrow

  14. Duane says:

    Thanks to all at Templatic! I’m about to download, install & test!

  15. John says:

    Nice one to use around big events I think.

    Like were to go beside your event or where to stay.

    Probably a lot of (bigger) cities already have something organized like this,
    at least I think, but fore some it will do.

    1. R.Bhavesh says:

      The “In the Neighborhood” widget does exactly what you asked for :)

  16. Nitram says:

    nice thoughts but i think not that well executed and lacking some features that should’ve definitely been implemented:

    – events
    – listing options free (without links instead of limited listing period)
    – custom post types for different venues
    – neighborhoods or near landmark
    – several opening hours instead of just one – in many regions, establishments aren’t open 7/7

    if i take the time to modify or pay someone to do so, i can just do the rest myself as well…

    1. R.Bhavesh says:

      – events

      We think events needs to be handled completely differently and they are time sensitive. Complex to implement in this theme.

      – listing options free (without links instead of limited listing period)
      Nice point.

      – custom post types for different venues
      Good suggestion again. But how does custom post type for venue apply to a city theme? You have lots and lots of venue. Isn’t it?

      – neighborhoods or near landmark
      Its already available in the theme. Check this screenshot //templatic.com/wp-themes/uploads/2010/09/geo_placesaround.png

      – several opening hours instead of just one – in many regions, establishments aren’t open 7/7
      Nice point. Consider this upgraded in next update

      1. Nitram says:

        – most definitely events part is the most cumbersome when looking at this theme, however i believe a city portal or directory can’t live without it. you might wanna think of coding for buddypress and impement one of the two outstanding event plugins.
        – i’m referring to venues in regards to all localities in a city: offices, landmarks, shops, government agencies, sports venues, cultural venues, hotels. as this is not so difficult to implement and everyone will have different needs maybe you could just include instructions on how to add your own custom post type and provide an archive template that reads a default post type out.
        – i referred to places nearby as in landmarks, the way you set it up it will show all places nearby. search behaviour will have people look for something near something they know, i won’t need a hotel location page tell me it’s near another hotel but near the mall or near the train station.

  17. Martin Gicheru says:

    Yeah, i also believe that the difference between free and paid listings should be the previleges, like say, paid users get everything and the free users have some limitations, thought of working towards that? Bavesh

    1. R.Bhavesh says:

      a valid point. The only problem is, with this theme, you are deciding how many post types you wish to provide. You can even provide them 10 different options like $1 for one day $5 for 10days and so on. The theme automagically can not decide for which of the options you wish to have specially featured etc.

      But yes, a nice point in here and we hope to get some suggestion from other users on this.

  18. Duane says:

    I’ve tried installing this twice & get the same error message every time:
    This web site needs a different Google Maps API key. A new key can be generated at
    //code.google.com/apis/maps/.

    This obvioulsy cause the Google Maps to fail, but Sample Images aren’t being displayed either.
    Any ideas?

    I have installed on Domain: //bigbayproperties.co.za for testing.

    1. R.Bhavesh says:

      1) You need a google maps API key which is free – //code.google.com/apis/maps/signup.html

      2) Here’s a troubleshooting guide on the image problem which is being shown by timthumb script. //templatic.com/theme-support/theme-documentation/image-not-showing-up-troubleshooting-image-resizer-thumbphp

  19. steve says:

    Great theme, really like it.

    Just before i purchase it i want to confirm two things if possible.

    1. The theme can only used for a specific city (geo location) i live in london so the site will be for a london based directory. Can the city location be changed in the theme ( london ) so when people submit an address via the “add listing” option it will pickup the details for an address in London.

    2. Is it possible to change the text which appears under the text fields via the submission form (updating the php code in the files) and so on

    Thanks
    Steve

  20. R.Bhavesh says:

    1. You can’t specify a specific city (because someone might want to focus on a bigger region as well).

    2. Yes, you can edit message.php and can change all the labels in the form – easily

  21. smruti says:

    Hi,

    Please let us know when the few bugs have been fixed – specially the IE8
    The categories do not show up on the front page map

    Cheers

    1. R.Bhavesh says:

      Please download the theme again now. This issue has been sorted out. Thanks for the headsup.

      1. Smruti says:

        You are a genius – keep up the great work
        Thanks for getting this fixed so quick…

  22. Ruddy says:

    Hi guys. At first, i would like to thank you for thits new theme. Its really amazing!

    I’m trying to set everything correctly, but ‘im having 2 problems

    The search is not working and the icons are not being showed up on the front map.

    can you help-me? you can see my website on: //servicos.amoniteroi.com.br

    Thanks
    Ruddy Cavalcanti

    1. R.Bhavesh says:

      sure ruddy. Please create a support ticket in our helpdesk //templatic.com/helpdesk/

      Also please make sure you have taken a good look at theme installation guide :)

    2. Fred says:

      Hi

      Ruddy: Did you add all these places one by one?
      Any tip on how to proceed quickly, latitude-longitude takes time for me.

      R. Bhavesh: It would be great if you could create a forum where all members (owners of themes) could help eachother and ask questions and get answers from other members.
      Everybody tweak their theme in different ways and it would be cool if we could see/show each others websites and get feedback

      1. Cristian O. Balan says:

        The forum already exist (I think only for “premium” members). I remember some months a go when I bought the Kidz Store, I had access to the forum. Now not more… :(

        1. R.Bhavesh says:

          We really wish that the forum would have been a success. What happened actually is – some of the users started abusing when some bugs were found (we always, quickly corrected them) but they kept jumping into other user’s thread and spreading the bad influence overall. Which ultimately damaged templatic brand and customer satisfaction.

          Besides that, helpdesk help us keeping issues separate for each member and assign the issue to appropriate person and keep track that whether the issue is sorted out or not. Our support has improved a lot after that.

          But you guys are right. a Community forum is needed. We are looking for more support persons //templatic.com/jobs and once we have them, we will make sure to start the community forum again that we can moderate instantly

  23. MichaelYu says:

    A must-have features:
    1. Faceted meta search
    2. Autosuggest\autocomplete (cities&categories)
    3. Radio button above the IN field (search in business name OR business type) //www.dogpile.com/dogpile/ws/index/qcat=yp/_iceUrlFlag=11?_IceUrl=true

    4. to be continued…

    1. Tim says:

      You can easily change the “food, products or place” via language.php file to whatever text you want eg: business name or business type.

  24. henri says:

    howdy,

    nice theme good work, however i have a very small nice that covers the world <2000 listings. so i would like to separate the continents eg. replacing hotels, attraction etc into the continents and within the continent sub-category for the countries and then the listings.

    is this possible out of the box or does it needs to be tweaked?

    1. R.Bhavesh says:

      as we explained, this theme is ideal for one particular region (city, state or country). But if you are looking to show completely different listing for ALL the categories, its not possible by default.

      i.e., you can create a website showing chocolate shops in,around london. But if you wish to show different restaurant, attraction, hotels etc. for different cities, its not possible by default.

      Take a free test drive of this theme for better idea //test.templatic.com/

      1. henri says:

        the theme is okay w/me, however will you be able to customize some things as per our requirements?

        1. R.Bhavesh says:

          no but you can place a free job ad at //templatic.com/customize

  25. Ricardo Lamego says:

    Has anyone managed to get this working on WP3 multisite?

    1. R.Bhavesh says:

      this theme should work just fine in WP3 multisite. Our live demo of this theme works on that

  26. andy says:

    Hi
    I really love this and will use it.

    Does this theme support attractive permalinks? Because you can’t tell from the demo??

    1. R.Bhavesh says:

      ofcourse it does support permalinks. Take a free test drive of this theme for better idea //test.templatic.com/

  27. Anthony says:

    looks really good. A quick questions. On the Google Map what is the maximum number of categories that I can show? Are you able to set up sub categories and will those show up on the map too. Thanks!

    1. R.Bhavesh says:

      you can select the categories that you want to show on the map. As far as the categories doesn’t exceed your map height, it should show it just fine. In other note, you can increase height of the map

  28. Noah Paul Fardo none says:

    How about the ability to implement some sort of audio? I have had this idea for some time. AudioMapper.com I own. If users could push their, let’s say SoundCloud content into this site and then geo-locate it, it might be very interesting, especially since most iPhones, etc. have the ability to record and push to SC from the spot they are in at that moment. After the push happens, locating the sound on a map, that audio could be used for anything, microstocked, etc. Obviously, using a number of different API’s would be helpful. Not so much you doing it as much as bringing it into this format. Hmm…

    1. Cristian O. Balan says:

      Here are a lot of interesting and useful suggestions. But what you say, I think it is among the least useful (even if you are interested).

      1. Noah Paul Fardo none says:

        Depends on your niche, I’m throwing around ideas, pal.

    2. R.Bhavesh says:

      Thanks Noah for this idea. This seems like an interesting idea but on the other side, as a business person I do not see many people buying this kind of theme / feature.

      Appreciate your input though. Keep em coming.

  29. fabio says:

    Hi, I am Fabio Ingrosso from ThePuglia, a travel information website about my italian region: Puglia. I am intentioned to buy your them, which reflects my goals of internet marketing. I have some questions before buying it.

    1. I have seen your demo. The home page shows only one location: Philadelphia. Is it possible to have multiple locations to show to the readers, for example Philadelphia, NY, Boston, … I mean: is it possible to create a map for a small region and not only for a city?

    2. What about sub category? If I have a main category called “Where to sleep” and sub categories like B&B, Hotel, Apartments, … how do they appear on the homepage map?

    3. Is it possible to set a particular dimension for the auto Image gallery on the place details page? Is there an auto resize too?

    Thanks,
    Fabio

  30. Shawn says:

    Suggestions:

    – Add a thumb on the map balloon.
    – How about “what’s new” or “just listed” for new listings.
    – Hide Email Addresses from Spam Harvesters.
    – Add street view to map on listing detail page.

    1. R.Bhavesh says:

      – Add a thumb on the map balloon.
      This can be done. Will figure this out – how.

      – How about “what’s new” or “just listed” for new listings.
      Nice. But the homepage is already packed with all different sections. Where do you wish to have this shown?

      – Hide Email Addresses from Spam Harvesters.
      Yes, will do.

      – Add street view to map on listing detail page.
      No promises, but yes, will try and figure out something

  31. andy says:

    Would it be possible to modify the add entry process so that certain categories could be added free whilst others remain as paid?

    When a users entry has expired do they get an automatic e mail reminder that it has expired? If so how can this message be edited?

    1. R.Bhavesh says:

      Hi Andy,

      We’ve added different kind of fees structure this time, giving admin a scope to add as many levels as possible. I am afraid keeping some of them free and some paid is not possible at the moment. But yes, your input makes more sense and we will *try* to sort this out.

      No, they don’t get automatic reminder at the moment.

  32. smruti says:

    I noticed no Contact Us page
    1 – is contact us built in – if someone wishes to contact the owner regarding listing or anything.(or do we need to add a plugin)

    2 – is it possible to add a multi-contact widget like you did with the realestate theme – so when a user adds their listing it uses their email address for the contact form – which is displayed in the sidebar of the detail listing page

    cheers

  33. Cristian O. Balan says:

    @smruti, 1 – you need a plugin for that

    @R.Bhavesh, like registered user into your site (templatic), I see some message still “waiting moderation” (from many days) like “w3c” and others. I think everyone interested in the subject of W3C validation.

    1. R.Bhavesh says:

      Ofcourse. Valid points. We have improved version coming up shortly and will fix, improve all the stuff plus will add new features etc.

      In the meantime, I’d argue here that those validation bugs are caused by the JS files we use in the theme. Which is not possible to edit, nor its necessary. Feel free to disagree with me on this and we can come to a conclusion

  34. Paco says:

    Hi,

    How can i mame this teme multilingual?

    Thanks,

    1. R.Bhavesh says:

      There’s a plugin called WPML. We suggest getting in touch with those guys before you purchase to make sure of the compatibility

  35. Noah Paul Fardo none says:

    Do you think you will create an area where you will be able to login via Social Network APIs?

    Like: //geomium.com with the option to log-in via Facebook account? Using a tool like Janrain Engage? //www.janrain.com/products/engage

    1. R.Bhavesh says:

      the login is required only when someone wants to add a listing on your site. And creating account is necessary because they might want to keep track of the listing they add, edit and renew their listing and so on.

      Facebook login is a good idea but at the same time, it complicates the login etc. procedure. Please feel free to write back if you disagree :)

      1. Noah Paul Fardo none says:

        I agree, it would complicate things, just wondering if you guys had thought about this for this and future templates?

        1. R.Bhavesh says:

          Like I said, we don’t mind adding them. But it definitely adds a clutter.

          On other note, would love to know how and in which theme(s), you’d want this implemented?

          1. Noah Paul Fardo none says:

            Well, I suppose any theme that requires a login. If they could login via one account (I guess that’s the idea, modularity) this would be useful. I see that you have login options within many of your themes. Also, if you wouldn’t mind, I have some questions about logging in, in general. I’m somewhat confused about it within WP.

            THANKS!

            NPF

  36. Robbie says:

    Dam, what a beautiful theme! Looks like such a great theme, that has many features like yp!!

    You never seize to amaze me!

  37. Phyllis says:

    I want to purchase this theme. However, the Google map that appears next to a listing is providing reverse directions. Instead of providing directions to the location its providing directions to a users location. Also is there a way to anonymize the listings email address.