Today we released version 1.5.4 of GeoDirectory core plugin with several improvements and addition. See the massive change log list for detailed information.
As usual we also updated several add-ons.
(if you have no update notifications for addons, try replacing the lowest A-Z addon manually via FTP and then check for updates again, usually this will be Advanced search addon)
New Titles & Metas options page
with this new page, we believe most of the problems ever reported about SEO metas and titles are resolved. Also it should makes it much easier to translate GD pages titles or customize them as one would wish.
We created plenty of Variables tags that will allow you the ultimate flexibility:
%%title%%, %%sitename%%, %%sitedesc%%, %%excerpt%%, %%pt_single%%, %%pt_plural%%, %%category%%, %%id%%, %%sep%%, %%location%%, %%in_location%%, %%in_location_single%%, %%location_single%%, %%search_term%%, %%search_near%%, %%name%%
If WpSeo plugin from Yoast is installed, Settings of the SEO plugin will be used instead. We also added a %location% tag for Yoast meta title, description & keywords.
Sessions and location in URL consistency
We totally rebuilt the location manager to make sure the location in the URL is consistent with the location set via session.
We also created new settings to allow greater flexibility with location in URLs. Now we have 4 options:
- Add full location info with country, region and city slug in listing urls
- Add country and city slug in listing urls (/country/city/)
- Add region and city slug in listing urls (/region/city/)
- Add city slug in listing urls
Franchise Manager add-on in beta
The franchise manager allows users to submit listings for Chains of Businesses or Franchises faster and to directory admins to monetize those listings in a smarter way.
When entering the main listings for a new Chain, fields of the add listing form can be locked. This way if we want only the address, telephone number and email address to be entered for all branches of the chain, we can lock all other fields (exept images) and they will be taken from the main listing. When the main listing is edited, locked fields are edited for all braches too.
If the payment manager is installed, we can set a different price for the main listing and 1 for the extra branches.
A new tab appears in all listings belonging to a franchise, showing the other franchisees listings.
It is possible to browse the list of all franchisees belonging to the same chain in a regular listings page too.
PayFast add-ons in beta
PayFast is a South African payment gateway. We had it ready since we made the tutorial on how to build a custom payment gateway so we decided to pack it up and make it available as a plugin. We release this in Beta too, however it is stable and usable in a live site.
The list of improvements and addition made in core and all other add-on is so long for these releases, that we strongly advise to revise all change logs while updating to avoid surprises.
Please remember that both Core and Add-ons should be kept up to date. If you update the core plugin you must update the add-ons too!
Also remember to open new topic to report any kind of problem in the correct support forum.
We hope you enjoy these new releases!
The GeoDirectory Team