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The Classifieds Plugin page allows you to manage all the Classified listings in your community, determine the Global Settings and Member Level Settings for your community, and manage Classifieds Questions and Categories.

You can reach the Classifieds settings area in your Admin panel by navigating to Plugins > Classifieds. 

Manage Classifieds

View Classifieds

The “View Classifieds” tab shows all of the Classified listings in your community.
  

Viewing a Classified Listing

To view a Classified listing, click on the "view" link next to the Classified listing that you would like to view.

Deleting a Single Classified Listing

You can delete an individual Classified listing by clicking the "delete" link on the right side of each row under the "Options" column.

Deleting Multiple Classified Listings

You can choose to delete multiple Classified listings at once by using the checkboxes on the left side of the table and the "Delete Selected" button at the bottom. Checking the checkbox in the blue title bar will select all of the check boxes on the list below it.

Global Settings

To get to this page, click on the "Global Settings" tab. 

Determine how many Classified Listings will be shown per page.

Member Level Settings

These settings are applied on a per Member Level basis. Start by selecting the Member Level that you would like to modify and then adjust the settings for that level. To reach this page, click on the "Member Level Settings" tab.

Member Level

Select the Member Level that you would like to edit.

Allow Viewing of Classifieds?

Decide whether the selected Member Level is allowed to view, create, edit, delete, and comment on Classified listings.

The "Yes, allow members to view all classifieds, even private ones" option is only available for the moderator/admin/super admin Member Levels. This option will allow members of this level to see all the Classified listings on the site regardless of the Classified listing’s privacy level. Selecting the "Yes, allow viewing of classifieds" will allow members of this level to view and subscribe to all of the Classified listings which apply to members of this level. Selecting the "No, do not allow classifieds to be viewed." option will not allow members of this level to view any Classified listing pages or see the Classifieds menu item in any menus on the site.

Allow Creation of Classifieds?

You can limit the ability of the selected Member Level from being able to create Classified listings.

The "Yes, allow creation of classifieds" will allow members of this level to create Classified listings. Selecting the "No, do not allow classifieds to be created." will not allow the members of this level to create any Classified listings.

Allow Editing of Classifieds?

You can decide whether the members of the selected Member Level are allowed to edit Classified listings.

The "Yes, allow members to edit all classifieds" will only appear for moderators/admins/super admin type Member Levels. Selecting this option will allow members of this level to edit any Classified listings as they see fit. The "Yes, allow members to edit their own classifieds" will only allow members of this level to edit the Classified listings that they have created. Selecting the "No, do not allow members to edit their classifieds" option will not allow the members of this level to edit any Classified listings.

Allow Deletion of Classifieds?

You can decide whether the members of the selected Member Level are allowed to delete Classified listings.

The "Yes, allow members to delete all classifieds" will only appear for moderators/admins/super admin Member Levels. Selecting this option will allow members of this level to delete any Classified listings as they see fit. The "Yes, allow members to delete their own classifieds" will only allow members of this level to delete the Classified listings  that they have created. Selecting the "No, do not allow members to delete their classifieds." will not allow the members of this level to delete any Classified listings.

Allow Commenting on Classifieds?

You can decide whether the members of the selected Member Level are allowed to comment on classified listings.

The "Yes, allow members to comment on all classifieds, including private ones" will only appear for moderators/admins/super admin Member Levels. Selecting this option will allow members of this level to comment on any classified listing as they see fit. The "Yes, allow members to comment on classifieds" will only allow members of this level to comment on Classified listings that they have access to. Selecting the "No, do not allow members to comment on classifieds." will not allow the members of this level to comment on any Classified listings.

Allow Uploading of Photos?

You can limit the ability of the selected Member Level from being able to upload photos for their Classified listings.

The "Yes, allow photo uploading to classifieds" will allow members of this level to upload photos to their Classified listings. Selecting the "No, do not allow photo uploading." will not allow the members of this level to upload any photos to their Classified listings.

Classifieds Listing Privacy

Set the options which allow the members to select who can view their Classified listings.

Classified Comment Options

Set the options which allow the members to select who can comment on their Classified listings 

HTML in Classified Listings?

By default the ability to add any HTML in the description field is disabled. If you would like to allow a member to use HTML in the description field, you will need to list the tags that you would like to allow in the field below. An example would be: a, b, img, font, etc.

NOTE: there is still a pre-programmed list in the source code that limits the allowed HTML tags in an entry. If you would like to see the list of forbidden tags, please refer to the /application/libraries/Engine/Filter/Html.php file. These tags were forbidden to prevent the corruption of the site's styling; however, if you would like to take any of the tags off the list, you are more than welcomed to at your own risk.

Maximum Allowed Classifieds

Set the maximum allowed number of Classified listings per member.

When finished modifying the privileges of the selected member level, click on "Save Changes" seen in the image above to save any changes that you have made.

Classified Questions

Determine what Questions members must answer when creating a Classified listing. To reach this page, click on the "Classified Questions" tab. 

Creating a New Question

  1. To create a new Classifieds Question,click the "Add Question" link.
  2. You should see a popup as shown below:
  3. Select a “Question Type”.

    This field contains two types of options - “Generic” and “Specific” Question Types. Generic types, such as "Single-line Text Input" have no special features - they simply will display that specific type of field on the listing page. Specific types, however, are much more interesting! Many have special features specific to that type of field. For example, the “Twitter” and “Facebook” types will automatically link the Twitter/Facebook handles in their listing when they fill in that field. Other specific Question types come pre-populated with options (such as “Gender” or “Country”) so that you don't have to add them manually.
  4. Enter a “Question Label”. We’ll show you how this looks on the Classified listing “add” and “edit” screen in a screenshot at the end of these steps. 
  5. Enter a description for your Question.  This helps the member to know more details about this Question field.

    The image below shows a Classified Question when editing or adding a Classified listing. The “Label” is “Twitter Page” and the input box is shown to the right of that. The “Description” shows beneath the input box.
  6. [Optional]You can provide an Inline CSS class that will be applied to the field so that you can style specific fields differently. You will also need to define this class either in the source code or one of the CSS files editable in the Theme Editor.
  7. [Optional]You can add a Custom Error Message which will display when there is an error with the field, such as when the member leaves a required field blank.
  8. Choose whether the Classified field is required or not.
  9. Choose whether or not to show the field on the Classified listings search options. This allows members to filter Classified listings by that field in the Classified listings search area.
  10. You can choose whether the field is visible on the Classified Page or not. 
  11. You can choose whether or not you want this field to show up on the creation page when a member creates a new Classified listing.
  12. Once you're done filling out the form, click "Save Question" to save your new Classified Question. 

Adding Choices to a Classified Question

You may have a few fields for which you want to add more choices. For example, if you've created a “Select Box” type of Question, you'll need to specify the options for the select box. To do this, click the "Edit Choices" link beneath the name of the Question in the list. Below, we show the Gender Question.

Adding a Dependent Question

Occasionally, you may want to have a field dependent on a member option being selected. For example, you might have a Question "How did you hear about our site?" Your options might include "Friend Referral", "Google", "Blog Article", and "Other." If the member selects "Other", you may want a text input box to appear which allows them to enter custom text.
  1. To do this, click "Edit Choices" for the relevant Question. 
  2. Click on the label for the choice you want to add a dependent field to (for example "Other"). 
  3. When you do this, text similar to the following text appear beneath the question: ‘These extra questions appear when "Other" is selected for "How did you hear about our site?".’ Click the link beneath that text to "Add Question."  
  4. Follow the question creation steps outlined above to add the dependent field. 
  5. Clicking the "Hide Questions" link will hide the dependent questions - to display them again, simply click "Edit Choices" and then on the choice associated with the dependent question.
     

Reordering Questions

Questions can be re-ordered by clicking on the icon to the left of their names and dragging-and-dropping them up or down.

Editing a Classified Question

Editing a Question is much the same as adding one. The form will look nearly identical, but you won't have the option to select from an existing field. Click “edit” to open the edit popup for the Question that you want to change.

Deleting a Classified Question

To delete a Classified Question, click the "delete" link next to the Question's name, and press “OK” when the confirmation prompt pops up.

Categories

Create categories if you want to allow your members to categorize their Classified Listings. In order to get to the Categories page, click on the "Categories" tab.

Categories allow your members to organize their Classified listings with others of similar subject matter. If you have no categories, your members will not be given the option of assigning a category. Categories can help members find similar content easier; can help with SEO; and can help make a niche site more unique for its members.

Creating a New Category

  1. To create a new Category, click on the "Add New Category" button at the bottom of the Category list.
  2. Enter the a name for your new Category. 
  3. Click on "Add Category" to add this category to the list of categories.  

Editing a Category

To edit a Category, click on the "edit" link under the "Options" column for the Category that you want to change.

A popup will open just like the one used to create a Category. When you have finished making your changes to the Category, click "Edit Category" to save your changes.

Deleting a Category

To delete a Category, click on the "delete" link under the "Options" column for the Category that you want to remove.

A popup will open asking if you are sure you want to delete the following Category. To delete the Category, click on the "Delete" button.

Great work! Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or need further tutorials. Visit our community to have more interactions with us and other clients or third party developers. We’d love to see you there!

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