DirectoryEngine 2.1.10 is officially released with new attractive homepage layout. DE MultiRating will not be supported from this version.
After your theme is updated to DirectoryEngine 2.1.10, you MUST:
- Deactivate DE MultiRating since from DirectoryEngine 2.1.10, this extension will not be supported (Plugins → DE MultiRating → Deactive).
- Update database to avoid losing the entire rating score (Engine Settings → Upgrade Database → Update Rating Score).
P/s: You are recommended to back up your database before updating your site to DirectoryEngine 1.2.10 to avoid any possible problems.
- Update Google Map API Key. Particularly, you must ENABLE Google Places API Web Service option besides Google Maps Geocoding API, Google Maps Directions API, and Google Maps Geolocation API when getting API Key to ensure your Google Map runs seamlessly.
***Note: To use this new homepage layout, create a new page using “New Homepage” template and set it as the Front-Page.
How to create a new page using new homepage layout?
It’s totally simple. From your back-end, go to Pages → Add New → Enter the title → Select “New Homepage” template → Publish.
Then, visit Settings → Reading to set up the new homepage you’ve created as the front page displays.
Click “Save Changes” to complete.
Take A Look Inside New Homepage Layout
Elegant Search Block
This block allows your users to search for places by keyword, address, category, location, or all of them.
After searching, users will be redirected to the search page. In this page, users can use radius to search places based on their current address.
To use Google Map, admin must get an API Key and set it up in the back-end. Please follow this tutorial to know how to setup a Google Map API.
From admin dashboard, go to Engine Settings → Settings → Map → Radius Search to set the number for search radius. Default is 50.
You can select maximum 5 places for the place collections. Go to Customize → Block Home Page → Block Place Collection to set up.
The system will automatically display 4 places based on criteria such as rating, the number of comments, and the latest posting times.
Block Why is designed to help you show some highlights that demonstrate why your site is the best choice for users. In this block, you can either use default icon or upload your own images. Go to Customize → Block Home Page → Block Why to customize.
Review & Categories
The Review block will automatically display the latest reviews of places.
With Categories block, you can set 12 featured categories you want it to be shown on front-end.
This block will help you demonstrate the main workflow on your site. All steps to customize this place is similar to block Why.
Another change of the new homepage is that the before-footer is added, allowing you to boost your user’s interaction and encourage them to post their first place. Once users click on “GET STARTED” button, they will be redirected to post a place page.
Similar to block How, you to Customize → Block Home Page → Block Footer to customize.
Social Menu in Footer
Also, you can easily to set up the social menu in footer that links to your social media profiles. Please read our tutorial for detailed instruction.
From DirectoryEngine 2.1.10, the “featured” option that allows a place to be displayed as a featured post is removed.