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City Guide Gets Some New Features

Written by Mark Forrester on May 10, 2010 Product News.

City Guide has surprisingly been one of our best sellers over the last couple months, as our theme leaderboard proves. We say surprisingly because it is a niche directory-based theme, with innovative Google Maps integration, but far from our usual winning formula.

Given it’s popularity and the wonderful feedback from users and beta testers Fox spent a couple days last week adding some hugely valuable additional functionality.

Category Maps

View all your category posts on a overview map

As can be seen above, and on the demo, there is now an overview map on each category page. This map shows each post, which has a Google Maps location added to it, on the map in the form of a marker. You can then click on that marker to be taken directly to that post. This is a great visual navigation item to highlight all the restaurants, hotels, visitor attractions, etc, individually.


Get directions to each location from within the post page

I love this feature on the single post page. Easily add the option for site visitors to get directions to this location, from any post code or address. Results are returned directly to the page, no pop-up windows.

Enter a location you are travelling from and Bob's your uncle

You can even enter specific directions from a set location in the City Guide custom settings panel that the site visitor will automatically see.

Adding directions via the City Guide custom settings panel.
This is a free upgrade for City Guide theme users. For non-users surely you are convinced of the theme awesomeness by now? Buy the theme here.

16 Responses

  1. Downsouth
    May 11, 2010 at 6:07 am #

    Exactly the concept I was abused for suggesting when the theme was released; ergo: no more suggestions.

    • Magnus
      May 11, 2010 at 11:24 am #

      Hey Downsouth, we are always open to your feedback, and this is proof that we listen! šŸ™‚

      • ALEXsei
        May 17, 2010 at 11:53 pm #

        I want to buy a theme, there are questions.
        you answer the letter?

        • Adii Rockstar
          May 18, 2010 at 8:01 am #

          Sure – just drop us a mail.

          • ALEXsei
            May 18, 2010 at 10:46 am #

            Wrote. Through feedback. If you can e-mail?

    • Incredipress
      May 11, 2010 at 11:08 pm #

      Classic DownSouth!

  2. ed hardy shoes
    May 11, 2010 at 8:50 am #

    Thank your for sharing .It is very useful.

  3. Gerrie Coertzen
    May 11, 2010 at 1:40 pm #

    Hey Magnus. This is excellent stuff. Thanks for the update. Do you have a link to support resource of overwriting the old file on WordPress?

  4. Nikole Gipps
    May 11, 2010 at 10:07 pm #


  5. shawn gaffney
    May 13, 2010 at 9:45 am #

    very nice!

    quick question about the functionality:
    Is the map input area actually a metabox?

    The reason I am asking, is that I have been working with wp3.0 for some time now, and have a really good grasp of post_types and metaboxes.

    My ‘plan’ is to take the logic out, add it into the canvas framework, and then make a call to the ‘maps’ metabox on multiple post_types, so that I can use the same logic in my events post_type among others.

    So long as it’s a metabox, I know how to handle the heavy lifting.

  6. Sameh Foulad
    May 16, 2010 at 9:03 am #

    are you planning to add feature of adding photos on map ? and what about page with full map size ?

    • Adii Rockstar
      May 16, 2010 at 5:39 pm #

      Nope, neither are being considered at this stage.

  7. el Rafa
    May 17, 2010 at 7:56 am #

    On the City Guide Demo’s page for the Scottish Tartans Museum in Edinburgh, entering either ‘London, England’ or ‘London, UK’ simply return this error message:

    “No corresponding geographic location could be found for one of the specified addresses. This may be due to the fact that the address is relatively new, or it may be incorrect.”

    Shouldn’t entering a ‘City, Country’ combination be sufficient to show directions?


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