Vantage 4.0 Preview

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We’re finally ready to reveal the new look and key features coming in Vantage 4.0! It’s by far our most advanced theme yet. In addition to a design refresh, the code under the hood has been almost completely rewritten.

Our main goal was to update the design and make the theme much easier to customize and use.

Jan 6th, 2017 Update – The Vantage 4.0 demo is now live! Disclaimer: It’s a work in progress so things may change as we make updates or fixes. The official demo with access to a user account and the backend, will be available once we launch later this month.

We had our own punch list of items to enhance but also took constructive criticism from our customers. The most common requests were:

  • Update the outdated design
  • Make it easier to customize the look and layout
  • Better compatibility with plugins
  • More action and filter hooks for developers

We took this feedback to heart and did our best to include these requests (in addition to other items). Here’s a high-level list of what has changed.

  • Refreshed the UI to adopt modern aesthetics
  • Improved overall theme customization options
  • Better support for popular WordPress plugins
  • Improved extendability for 3rd party developers
  • Removed modules better fit as plugins (events, maps api, reviews, etc)
  • Stripped out features that caused option bloat
  • Added the Foundation Framework (v6)
  • Enhanced Google Maps with auto-complete location search, new marker options, and geocoding features
  • Replaced schema.org microdata with json-ld structured data format
  • Adopts WordPress theme best practices

We’re using the native WordPress customizer for easy color changes. Each page module can be moved to any position you like. For example, on the single listings page, you can move the photo gallery above the main content module or move the comments/reviews modules to the top of the page. In addition, sidebars can be moved to the left or right side…or even removed completely.

We’ve basically made it super easy to drag and drop content blocks (modules) into whatever location you like!

Also, we’ve added a nifty new feature to allow cover photo (aka large header photos) to be added to many different locations. These include the home page, single listings & categories, blog posts & categories, author profile pages, etc).

When Will this be Available?

There’s still a lot of work to be done and bugs keep popping up but we’re targeting an end of the year release launch.

Update Jan 14, 2017 – We’re really really trying to get this launched and we’re sooo close….however, last minute bugs keep popping up which push back our launch date (sorry sorry sorry!). We also have some personal things that are taking us away from work time (e.g. my 11 month old daughter is teething so sleep = very little).

Sorry to disappoint — especially for those waiting to start their new site. Don’t worry, we’ll have a special promotion for you once we launch! Keep checking back on this post for updates.

Is it a Free Upgrade?

Yes, if you’ve got an active subscription to either Vantage or Club or are a legacy customer (with lifetime updates), the upgrade will be free. If your subscription has lapsed, you can easily renew once 4.0 comes out and get access right away.

Here are some screenshots:

Single Listing Page

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Single Listing Contact Owner

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Listings Category Page

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Single Blog Post

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Manage Listings Page

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Edit Profile Page

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Public Profile Page

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Responsive Design View

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Admin Setup Guide Page

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Okay, so the next question we always get is, “When is this release coming out”? Our goal is to release it by the end of the year.

12/21/2016 UPDATE – With the holiday season in full swing and some technical setbacks, we won’t be able to deliver 4.0 before year-end. We are very disappointed as we hoped to release it next week. The good news is, we’ll have a public demo available soon for everyone to check out. New ETA? With Christmas and New Year holidays this week and next, our team will be taking a much needed break. We’ve been working ’round the clock on 4.0 so it’s time to recharge our batteries and then return for a final sprint to finish up the theme. With that being said, January 15th is our new target date.

So what do you think? We’d love to hear your feedback!

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 Comments (271)

  • customer
    xpose

    Morning David

    Browsed the demo – looks good.

    Question 1.

    All our addresses in South Africa are generally entered as ‘Street Number and Street’, ‘Suburb’, ‘Town/City’ and ‘Postal Code’.

    During a search, does the “Near” field automatically search the entire content of the business address?

    If not, do we have to rearrange our fields in the address to match your search criteria?

    Question 2.

    Not all business listings are loaded with images.

    How will these listings display if no image is uploaded?

    Have an awesome day – from Cape Town in sunny South Africa.

    Denzil

    • author
      David

      Hi Denzil! Sunny South Africa? Man, I wish I was hanging out with you. lol I’m dealing with rain and cold weather. 😉

      1) The “Near” field uses Google maps data for the auto-complete feature. Then it does a radius search based on latitude and longitude so there’s no business address matching required.

      2) Vantage 4.0 is designed to be more visual and use business location photos. At the minimum, you should have one (for the main header cover photo) otherwise a gray background will appear. The photo gallery below the main content area is a widget so you can easily remove that. In a future version, we could possibly add another page template for listings without any photos or a plugin/child theme could do that as well.

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  • customer
    guiadelamujer

    Wow, nice job ! looks great

    just a question, the download our app links refer to something? are you planning to launch some app?

    • author
      David

      Thanks. Nope, it’s just placeholder demo content which customers can replace with real links or completely remove (it’s a widget).

  • customer
    Rajveer

    Looks awesome!! I saw you guys mention “Download our App” on homepage, is that possible to make apps for classipress or directory sites?

  • Djamel

    Hello,

    the magnifying glass icon search does not work with firefox,
    with chrome ok but when I enter for example New York it displays listings of San Francisco.

  • Cary

    What happened to the ‘Event’ Category/Section?
    Is it your intention to have Event Listings like the old version?

    • author
      David

      @Cary, please read the entire blog post. 😉 We removed events in 4.0. It might come back as a plugin someday.

    • Garfield McCormick

      Cary you should read back through the blog. This has been explained a few times and that will really help you. Lots of POVs.

  • Janusz

    I hope there is an option to change searching radius from miles to kilometers?

  • insight_solutions

    Hi there super excited about this version. Do you have an exact launch date yet?

    • author
      David

      Not yet. Still feverishly working to get it done. Last minute bugs keep popping up which delays our launch. 🙁

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  • customer
    ichris

    This looks really nice, im looking forward to the release.

    Is the URL structure any better? so instead of http://www.website.com/listings/business/ for a individual listing page it can have the category in there too e.g. http://www.website.com/listings/category/business/ or even http://www.website.com/category/business/ ?

    Thanks.

    • author
      David

      A listing can belong to multiple categories so that structure wouldn’t work very well. The shorter url structure is also better for SEO.

      You do have the ability to rename each part (e.g. /listings/ to /business/).

  • chris

    when you can buy? towards the end of January? thanks

    • Garfield McCormick

      Hi Chris,

      I’d suggest buying your license now so you can be a “current” customer when the product launches whic may be any day now. Don’t wait to buy after the product launch. You may find yourself paying for extras that you’d get as a current license holder.

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      • author
        David

        @Garfield, we haven’t announced an official launch date nor any special promotion for buying early.

        As you can tell from the demo site, we’re very close to completion. However, we’re still at least a few weeks away due to bugs that keep popping up. It’s frustrating for us!

        I recommend everyone wait until we actually launch before making their purchase. That way you get the full 12 months of support and updates once you actually start using the theme. 🙂

    • author
      David

      Hopefully. Fingers crossed!

  • customer
    khuya

    Looks awesome. Just quick concern…

    On the current Vantage, get directions keeps the use on the same website but i noticed that on this theme it takes users out of website to google. Can the get directions function work as it does on the current version where the driving directions are returned in the side bar and users can even print the directions all without leaving the website.

    Really looks great! Thanks,

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    • author
      David

      Thanks khuya. It made better sense for Google Maps to handle the actual directions instead of being embedded in Vantage.

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      • customer
        khuya

        Thanks David. Please would you include a widget for the side bar for those of us that like it the old way ensuring we keep used on our website and not take them to google? It’s a selling feature for us right now and works very well;)

        • author
          David

          @khuya, sorry but we’ve already made the decision. Maybe a Marketplace seller will build something to replace it.

  • Garfield McCormick

    I am buying a new Toyota Sienna and it is not nearly as exciting as this product launch.

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  • ian hollander

    Hey there David – just a little piece of marketing advice to avoid confusing folks who are reading the blog comment updates – you have a comment posted (above) by Garfield – that for those not paying super close attention – appears to be suggest that 1) the theme will be released any day, and 2) there are going to be things one gets now, if purchased early – that one won’t get after it’s release.

    This may or not be true – but I’ve sent some readers from my own blog to check out your release page (on a review post about WP directory themes) – and multiple folks report back, mis-reading Garfield’s comments/statements above – as if they are coming from appthemes – and not a random person on a thread. If not true – and just let to sit there – to the uninitiated who don’t know who is who – they are confusing and doomed to disappoint at best – and for those expecting the theme to be released “any day now” with pre-purchase offering significant value over waiting – misleading at worst.

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    • author
      David

      Hi Ian, thanks for the note. Just to clarify, Garfield does not work for AppThemes. He’s just a passionate guy excited about the 4.0 release. 😉

      I’ll respond to his comment so others know as well. Sorry for the confusion.

  • David

    Hi

    I have to say that I prefer your current theme over the new one.

    I am after a business directory theme but sadly I am finding that all the latest html and wordpress theme designs are very much looking the same. Where has the creativity gone on the WWW.

    I guess this is happening due to mobile user devices but it is very sad.

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  • customer
    vippt

    Hello

    Any estimated time when the new release will come out?

    Thank you

  • customer
    valuser

    Hope you’ve bben able to catch some sleep!! Happy days!!!

    Will there be a zoom / full-screen facilty in the maps module ?

    • author
      David

      Thanks. Having kids (especially a new baby) makes sleep and life very tough…but worth it! lol 😉

      Yes, there is a full screen link on each map. Zoom in/out works just like regular Google Maps.

  • customer
    cocol

    Hello David

    What about Woocommerce support?

    I buy a license, buy I did not use it, because woocommerce did not work.

    I like your product, but Woocommerce is a “must have” for me.

    Please give good news!

    Thanks

    • author
      David

      Yes, it supports WooCommerce, WPML, WordPress SEO, and most other popular plugins.

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