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Vantage 1.3 Released

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Just when you thought Vantage had all the features that a great WordPress directory theme needed…here comes another great release with two of the most coveted features:

  • Recurring Payments Support
  • Faster and More Powerful Search

Recurring Payments

Now you, as the site owner, have 3 options for your pricing plans:

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Vantage 1.2 Released

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Vantage 1.2 has been released! This release, Vantage’s most Event-ful release ever, really puts Vantage on the map big time. Vantage has navigated and sorted through many new features and excels across multiple categories of greatness.

Check out this list of the highlighted features for version 1.2:

Introducing Events, a new post type that works right along side of Vantage’s Listings. Events are like Listings but are date based items used to show upcoming events.

Single Event View:

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Google Driving Directions for Vantage!

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Wow! Josh Ronk, our Vantage developer surprised me with his tutorial today. It’s a really good one and I think you’re going to like it.

How to Get There – Driving Directions

Google Driving DirectionsGoogle Driving DirectionsI don’t think I need to explain the benefits of this one. If you have a geographically focused business directory, your customers and end-users are going to love this. Josh shows you how to get it all set up – from HTML to Javascript to CSS. It’s the complete package. In the end, each business listing will have a simple “Get Directions” feature. Users enter their address in a field and directions show up under the Google map.

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Introducing the AppThemes Marketplace

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Today is a very exciting day! The brand new AppThemes Marketplace is officially open and ready for business. This online outlet of child themes and plugins is full of products meant to tap into the full potential of our already powerful application themes. Now’s your chance to blow away the barriers holding back your internet business. Get bigger features. Choose more designs. Make your site everything you always wanted it to be.

Dazzling Child Themes

Our application themes are made to look great and the default designs deliver attractive layouts. The only problem is that hundreds of other sites have exactly the same look. You want something unique but hiring a designer can be costly and beyond budget constraints. Well forget all that because the AppThemes Marketplace is chock full of child themes that will bring your site to life. Colorful and attractive, the latest designs and the hippest graphics are available to you. You’re site is going to look fantastic and stand out above the rest.

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Why “Claim a Listing” is One of the Best Ideas in Vantage

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Tutorial Tuesdays
We have three tutorials for your pleasure today. Two useful tutorials for Vantage and a great little tip from Dave on creating category-specific RSS feeds.

How to Set Up and Use “Claim Listing” in Vantage

Claim Listings in VantageThis simple feature in Vantage is probably also one of the most useful. Business listings are the lifeblood of any decent business directory site. Listings generate traffic, traffic helps you get more listings and more listings help you get even more traffic. It’s an upward spiral once you get it rolling. But how do you get it rolling?

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Custom Fields for Registration and Vantage Pricing Plans

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Tutorial Tuesdays
With the release of Vantage 1.1, expect to see a lot of Vantage tutorials. Some of the new features are really useful and we want to make sure that you get the most out of them. Let’s jump right in and take a look at the new payments set up in Vantage.

Setting up Payments in Vantage

Setting up Payments in Vantage: Payments SettingsPricing plans is one of the exciting new features introduced in Vantage 1.1. Pricing plans and the implementation of the new payments API are going to give more choices to create the payment models that work best for your site. This is a huge tutorial so we split it into two parts.

Part one covers settings for listings and payments in Vantage. Part two of the tutorial shows you how to set up pricing plans. The tutorial provides several different examples of plans that you can use on your site. If you’re going to charge for listings on your business directory, you’re going to want to read these tutorials as soon

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Vantage 1.1 Released

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Vantage 1.1 releasedWell, here it is. Vantage 1.1 has been released. With this release, it could be said that we’re claiming it may be your favorite release yet. You’ve been patiently waiting for new features and updates, and we have listened. Our development team has been working hard to deliver an awesome feature-packed release!

Check out this list of the highlighted features:

Claiming Listings

You can now import or input many listings and flag them as “Claimable”. When the actual business owner finds their listing on your Vantage site, they can “Claim” it. After their payment, and upon your approval, the listing is handed over to them. They can edit, upload images, upload PDFs, modify any custom fields, etc.

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Restyle Your Vantage Site with a Child Theme

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Tutorial Tuesdays
We have a couple of useful tips for Vantage owners in today’s post. And another tip from Dave that will help you avoid the default WordPress error page. Let’s dive in.

How to Create a Child Theme for Vantage

Vantage child theme tutorialWant to take control of your Vantage site? How about giving it a good ol’ remodeling with new backgrounds, colors, fonts – the whole deal? Well, if you have enough HTML/CSS knowledge, giving Vantage a completely new look is well within your hands.

In our first tutorial about creating child themes for Vantage, we will show you how to make a basic child theme. We’ll also show you how to make some simple CSS changes with your new child theme. These tools alone will be enough to totally overhaul the look and feel of Vantage. Make it your very own. Change it to fit your branding. The choice is yours.

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Vantage 1.1 Preview

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Hey, it’s me again, Tyler Carter, part of the product development team on AppThemes. I’m here to discuss Vantage, and the awesomeness that we are so excited to share with you. That’s right, I’m talking about Vantage 1.1.

Offer multiple payment plans

We’ve packed so many features into this release and we can’t wait to get it out. It’s even more solid, usable, and reliable than ever. Here’s just a few of the 6,000 code changes that were made so far:

Pricing Plans

With our new payments API, you can set up your own pricing plans to allow your customers to pick any combination of price and duration they’d like. Every pricing plan can also include either one of the site’s featured options, and can be assigned on a per-category basis.

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Have a Child Theme? You Need to Read This!

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Tutorial Tuesdays
This Tuesday, we have some important information that affects users and developers of child themes. So let’s get right to it.

Introducing Wrappers

Click to read tutorialThe new AppThemes framework uses a file called wrapper.php. Wrapper provides a nice tidy place where the html, head, and body tags live. Since these tags are no longer in header.php or footer.php, it reduces the need to make repeated calls for get_header() and get_footer().

While it is more efficient, we need to warn you that the new wrapper file can break existing child themes. The good news is that you don’t have to do a lot to fix it. Dave Cowgill has created a tutorial introducing the AppThemes wrapper.php file. The more technically inclined might want to read Scribu’s post on wrappers.

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