Location Manager – Location Settings

These are the sections you will find when you install the Location Manager:

Introduction and Location Settings tabManage Location tab – SEO Settings tab – Add/Edit Location tab – Translate Countries tab

On this page:

Introduction – Installation – Location Settings – Home URL SettingsMain Navigation SettingsGeo Directory Location SettingsAdd Listing Form Settings

Introduction

  1. With our MultiLocations Manager you can turn your GeoDirectory into a global directory. As standard, GeoDirectory can be setup from a single location and listings can be added only for that location, but with our Location Manager plugin, you can let users set the location of their listings and the location will be stored in your locations database. This means visitors can then select any added location and browse listings only from that area (you can also browse from “Everywhere”).
  2. The areas you can filter listings by are: Countries, regions, city or neighborhoods. Apart from neighborhoods all other areas can be added by a user when they add their listing. So the location does not have to be in your database for a user to be able to add a listing.
  3. If a duplicate city is added with slightly different spelling, there is a tool to merge the two cities. Locations can also be edited/added by the admin from the backend.

Installation

After uploading and activating the Addon, you will be taken to the Settings page:

Location Settings

Home URL Settings

  1. This setting allows you to choose the URL of the Home link in your breadcrumb, either clicking Home in the breadcrumb will take you to the homepage of your website, or clicking Home in the breadcrumb will take you to the location page for the selected location.
  2. Home page should go to Site root (ex: mysite.com/) will take you to your homepage:
  3. Home page should go to Current location page (ex: mysite.com/location/glasgow/) will take you to the start page for the selected location:

Main Navigation Settings

Show location switcher in menu

This setting will add a navigation tool to your main menu:

  • It will allow your visitors to easily choose a city, region or country on your site
  • It highlights the location your visitors has browsed to


It is highly recommended to use the location switcher, it makes life a lot easier for your visitors.
Make sure you have selected a menu to be used for your GeoDirectory links at GD > Design > Navigation

List drilled-down Regions, Cities or List all Countries, Regions, Cities
  1. The first option (List drilled-down Regions, Cities) will narrow the list of regions or cities, depending of the choices made by your visitors.
    1. For example if a visitor has selected United States as country, then only US states and cities will be available in the Region and Cities filter.
    2. If the user then chooses Florida from the Region filter, then only Florida cities will be shown in the Cities filter.
  2. The second option (List all Countries, Regions, Cities) will always list all regions and cities in your database, regardless of any other filter already applied.
    1. For example, if a visitor has selected United States as country, all regions and cities in other countries will still be available in the Region and Cities filters.

Geo Directory Location Settings

Country – Region – City
  1. The settings for countries, regions and cities are basically the same:
    1. Choose to accept listings for every country, region or city
    2. Or restrict to particular countries, regions and cities.
  2. If you tick the Everywhere box, Everywhere will be listed as an option for countries, regions or cities.This allows your visitors to zoom out.
    1. For example if a visitor has browsed to Orlando, they can choose to see all the listings for Florida by either choosing the Everywhere option for Cities, or they can choose Florida from the Region filter.
Wish to enable neighborhoods?

Refer to City Neighborhoods.

Examples:

Directory for the United Kingdom and Ireland:
Country > enable selected countries > select United Kingdom and Ireland
Region > enable Multi Regions
City > enable Multi Cities
Note: you would need at least one location in the United Kingdom and one in Ireland before the countries will be available for selection

Directory for Japan:
Country > enable default country
Region > enable Multi Regions
City > enable Multi Cities

Add Listing Form Settings

The following settings affect how users add addresses and locations for their listings in the Add Listing forms.

Disable Google address autocomplete?

This will stop the address suggestions when you start typing in the address box on the Add Listing page:

Show all locations in dropdown?

Rather than showing a few locations only and then searching as the user types a location, you can choose to present all current locations in your database at once. This can be useful if you have a small directory but can break your site if you have many locations.

Disable set address on map from changing address fields

By default after selecting your location from the dropdowns, clicking on Set address on map will move the marker to that location. You can disable, this may be useful if you have a small directory and you have custom locations or your locations are not known by the Google API and they break the address.
Highly recommended not to enable this.

Disable move map pin from changing address fields

By default, dragging the marker on the map will change the location fields to match. Similar to the previous option, you can disable this, it might be useful if you have a small directory and you have custom locations or your locations are not known by the Google API and they break the address.
Highly recommended not to enable this.