Customize Category Menu for the Vantage theme

The Vantage theme allows displaying category mega menu in the navigation bar and on the dedicated Categories page.

Vantage Category Menu

Currently, there are no options for customization Category menu, but fortunately it has all necessary hooks and filter for that.

The filter "va_listing_categories_{$location}_args" allows changing parameters and alternate category menu for navigation and categories page separately. Dynamic part {$location} determines the location of the menu to apply changes for:

va_listing_categories_dir_args - applies changes to menu on the Categories page.va_listing_categories_menu_args - applies changes to the navigation mega menu. Filter 'va_listing_categories_{$location}_args' Basic parameters 'menu_cols' - (int) Columns number. Default 2 for page or 3 for navigation menu.'menu_depth' - (int) Number of sub categories levels. Default 3.'menu_sub_num' - (int) Max number of subcategories. Default 3.'…
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Favorite Profiles for HireBee version 1.1.1

On May 4th, 2020, we have released Favorite Profiles for HireBee plugin version 1.1.1. This is the minor release introducing minor fixes.

Changelog: Fixed issue with appearing "item" menu link for not logged-in users.Fixed issue with user option "Don't send me notifications when users add me into their favorites list" (it worked the other way around).

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Good Question plugin version 1.3.0

On April 19th, 2020, we have released Good Question plugin version 1.3.0. This is the major release introducing comment form spam protection.

Good Question on the comments form Changelog: Now the plugin can stop spam comments! Enable option “Display on comments form” to protect it.“Activate now” option replaced with “Display on registration form”.“Registration Page” option deprecated.Minor changes.

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Custom code and styles for CP Addons plugin for ClassiPress

The main idea behind the CP Addons plugin is to highlight some ClassiPress ads over others. Ad owners gladly pay for it and your site makes a profit. Below you will find few insights on how to style featured ads with samples.

Featured Ad Ribbons

A Ribbon is the most popular way to highlight featured ads. Usually, this is colored band with the text adjacent to a featured image or ad block in general.

Different ClassiPress versions and child themes have different styles, what requires different ways to add ribbons. Here we provide some samples for most frequent cases.

Featured Ads ribbon for ClassiPost v1.3.8

ClassiPost is one of the most popular ClassiPress v3 child themes, whose users done a lot of requests for custom CP Addons styles.

How it looks Featured Ads ribbon on the ClassiPost ad Code

Add the CSS code to the Additional CSS section of your theme Customizer:

.featured-ad_listing-vip .image-item { overf…
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Customize Categories on the ClassiPress Search Form

The ClassiPress Search Form includes a dropdown list of ads categories, which allows refining search results by a selected category.

ClassiPress Search Form

It uses the WordPress function wp_dropdown_categories() to generate categories dropdown list HTML with a set of options that provides the ClassiPress function cp_get_dropdown_categories_search_args(). This function has a filter cp_dropdown_search_bar_args which you can use for complete customizing the Categories dropdown.

This is how it looks by default:

Default ClassiPress search categories dropdown list

Below you will find the filter specification and some useful customization examples.

Filter 'cp_dropdown_search_bar_args' parameters 'show_option_all' - (string) Text to display for showing all categories. Default "All Categories"'show_option_none' - (string) Text to display for showing no categories. Default empty.'option_none_value' - (string) Value to us…
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Limit location dropdown for a specific country only

Let me show you an easy way to limit a country in location search dropdown and address field auto-suggest.

This mod will work only for WordPress themes ClassiPress v4.1.0+, Vantage v4.2.0+ and JobRoller v1.9.0+, which implement the AppMaps Geo framework by AppThemes. The Google Maps is the only supported AppMaps provider for this mod. Means, it will not work with Bing or MapQuest providers.

AppThemes themes implementing AppMaps framework have option "Region Biasing", which limits the country in location dropdown in soft way. It will suggest locations related to the selected country in the first places, but still, allow the other countries options select at the end of the list.

However, if you want to limit the country in strict way, i.e. do not allow to enter any other countries except selected, you would need to add the following code in your theme JS scripts file.

( function( $ ) { $( document ).on( 'appaddressautocompleteready', func…
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Dedicated Banner upload field for the Vantage

This mod is for Vantage users who want to use a special custom field for the listing page banner upload.

Time needed: 5 minutes.

By default, the Vantage theme uses the first available image for the listing thumbnail and the page banner. This might not be convenient. Especially when users use logo images in thumbnails, which appears on the banner.This is definitely a UX issue and it will be fixed in the next versions of the Vantage theme. In this article, we'll show you how to fix it with a small code snippet before the official release.

Create new File Upload field

Open Vantage → Forms and create new File Upload field with name Banner Image. Set "Image" for Allowed Extensions parameter. File limit 1, embed limit 0. The name of the field in example app_banner-image.

Add PHP code snippet

You can use Code Snippets plu…

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ClassiPress SEO Test

ClassiPress SEO test can show how upgrade of ClassiPress v3 to v4 can change the site search ranking results and give ideas for further structural improvements.

Below I'll explain how I did the tests, results and fixes.

Prepare Test I've created a new test site on a public serverInstalled vanilla ClassiPress 3.6.4Populated it with default content, 30 ad listings with images, categories and tags.Created a free account on seobility.net and started crawling. Test steps Scan vanilla ClassiPress 3.6.4Update to ClassiPress 4.1.5 and repeat the scan.Research and fix determined errors, update ClassiPress files and repeat the scan.Merge working branch with the latest master (4.2.0) branch and repeat the scan. This step needs to find any issues that may appear between actual 4.1.5 and upcoming 4.2.0 versions.Repeat test with 4.2.0 version just to confirm results. ClassiPress SEO Test results

Below you can see the test result…

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How to make foldable Ad packages with CP Addons plugin

CP Addons plugin displays options for each Ad Package on an ad submit form. It replaces standard ClassiPress Ad packages drop-down with an expanded list of options. This instruction helps to make Ad Packages options foldable and display only options for selected package.

So, the default layout you can see on the image below.

CP Addons options for each Ad Package, default layout

There are separated sections for each price package, every section includes a list of add-ons. Packages can have different number of add-ons, depending on Include/ Exclude options. A user will see the full list of packages on the Create Ad page.

This looks pretty fine if you use few Ad Packages and Addons. Otherwise, you'll get a very long list of options.

To reduce this list, you may want to dynamically display Addons options only for selected Ad Package.

CP Addons options for each Ad Package, foldable layout

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Easy way to add custom PHP code on your WordPress site

A short instruction on how to Use Code Snippets plugin to add custom PHP code snippets on your WordPress site without files modifications.

We highly not recommend modifying WordPress themes and plugins!

A next software update will wipe out all the modifications from the code, so you will be forced to restore them each time.

The most obvious way is to create a child theme or custom plugin for all your code mods and snippets. But it requires you have some knowledge in coding. And if you are not skilled enough or don't want to hire a specialist for a 1-minute job, so try following.

There is an easy way to add some code on your site though the admin dashboard - using the Code Snippets plugin.

It allows you to create separated PHP code blocks (snippets) like you create new posts. You can disable or enable each snippet whenever it needs.

So, whenever you need to create a new custom PHP code snippet, you can do the follo…

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