Second quarter 2021 progress report

Author: Categories: AitThemes News
Updated: June 21, 2021
Second quarter 2021  progress report

Welcome to the summary report of this quarter. You can read here the list of significant features we did. In this article, we will also look at the plan for the coming weeks and months. We want to express great thanks to our whole team and our lovely customers as well. Thank you for your support that drives us forward.

We’ve been working on many tasks that have brought new features and improvements. Besides new functionality, we maintain part of our system regularly. Thanks to our core system, we can offer renewal membership for the lowest price you have ever got as we guarantee. Our standard routine is also repairing code errors and issues solving. We are working hard as well to improve our services also through better communication and documentation. So answering technical questions within our support assistance can be more effective.

Blocks plugin improvements

At first look, it seems that these two enhancements are designed for classic business websites. However, each owner of a business directory website who wants to be different from the usual yellow pages will enjoy them. Citadela Blocks plugin is an essential building plugin. It contains all the principal blocks for standard websites and business directory portals. You get the best results with the Citadela theme. It is also compatible with Gutenberg based themes. Unfortunately, it is not compatible with AitThemes Framework2 themes.

Cluster block new settings

We have added a couple of settings to the cluster block. There is an opportunity to improve the responsive display and also new design options for the Citadela layouts.

Custom Page Title block

The feature allows you to set the page title anywhere on the page. This block will give you a unique composition on your website. Play with blocks and create beautiful websites. It is simple!

Use this block to set the font size, alignment, spacing, and line size. In addition you can choose from many Google fonts and select the colour for both title and subtitle.

And of course, the look of the appearance for mobile devices is also available for this block.

Learn more in this blog and documentation.

Pro plugin has layout exporter

This feature is a new feature that we have prepared for you to make it easier to produce a new website. It is a significant change because you can use it to redesign an existing website. Also, you can create a layout that you can use on multiple pages. And last but not least, this is an opportunity for you, skilful designers who see a great future in Citadela solutions and want to be part of the marketplace. In the future, we have some additional ideas to make it even better.

See blog post on this topic.

Directory plugin new features

Most of our work is right on this plugin. It allows you to create any website with listing items. Items can be anything. It is often used for a Yellow page’s website, a categorized list of places with physical addresses. But you can make a database of things without it — a list of books, people or trips.

Here is the list of new features we mostly added based on your feedback.

Primary item category

If the item is in more than one category, it is possible to set which one is the main one. Learn more in documentation.

ZIP code search

The main reason for users to come to business catalogue websites is to look for information. One of the most frequent questions was the possibility of searching by ZIP. So we’ve added this option, and now it’s possible to type a ZIP code into a full-text search, and only results that meet the criteria will be displayed. When filling in the ZIP code in the items in the catalogue database, it is necessary to fill in the standard format used for the given locality. The feature is based on full-text searching.

Items – custom post type with Gutenberg editor

Editing Item Posts primarily works via the classic editor. We have introduced that solution as a secure way to insert data into a database from an item’s owner point of view. Quite often, you have asked about the possibility of editing Item Posts using the Gutenberg Editor. Therefore we released this feature in early April. How does it work? In simple words, you can now create your own Item Posts look. It gives you more flexibility.

See blog post dedicated to this feature or earn more in documentation.

What do our customers say about this new feature?

Excellent feature, which greatly expands the possibilities of the item directory.

Congratulations! This is fantastic and great news! I really like it!

Big Hearty Congrats. Having taken Directory back in 2014, i have seen a sea of change and i really doubt there could be another enriched Directory theme and its family set of plugins like Directory. Now with changing times have adapted to the newer wordpress and that itself is a big boon for many theme users. I have seen good number of themes which over decade become obsolete and die. I am early looking to commence migration to CitaDela Directory in coming months. I am early looking to commence migration to CitaDela Directory in coming months. Thank you team AIT.

Simply love Citadela, fits my project like a glove, thank you.

New settings in Featured images block

Item Featured Image block is the main shot. New settings improve the way to modify the image to the desired dimension. It helps you to avoid his deformations. You get a proportionally sized photo to the needed frame. You can set the image height manually. Furthermore, it is possible to select a location to be the main focus. It is necessary to think that the size of the container to which the image is inserted varies according to the device’s size.

Cover Column Height is a particular setup for controlling the image size. You can only use it if the image is the alone object in one column. If you use this option, the image extends to 100% width and column height, matching the other column size. Along with the setting of this parameter, we also specify a Minimum Image Height. This parameter secures some picture size in case the next column is empty.

Responsive settings are also new for this block. So now you can adjust items featured image displaying on mobile devices.  Learn more in documentation.

Directory Map blocks – Set height

We have added a new setting to the Directory Map block. Display this block in the Column block and set its height according to other columns and their content.

Item Without Physical Address

Yellow Pages as Business Directory Pages may not be still physical places on the map. Good news for those of you who have a listing without an address.  

We have added new settings to the Automatic Directory Map block. This block manages map displaying. You can decide how you show, or better say, you don’t show a map on the listing detail page and search results related to the item. This block is available only in the Citadela Special Pages section (Item Detail Page, Directory Search Results, Directory Category Page, Directory Location Page).

If you have only one listing type with or without an address, there is an easy decision. Display or hide the map. But in case you have some items with a physical address, and some of them are without address, you can set the behaviour of the map.

You can choose between two displaying ways for mixed items on your listing website. 

  1. Hide map for the items without address. 
  2. Show map even for the item without address but without pins.

If you choose to show map for all items including these without addresses, you have two options:

A. Display blank map, or 

B. Display blank map with an explanatory description. You can write your description. This setting can be helpful, for example, on the Category or Location subpage. There is an assumption that a visitor could want to search on.

Item without an address

Thus, if you leave a blank map, it won’t break the layout or lose the search bar while the user will be looking at an item without an address. So depending on what sites you have, you can choose which you prefer more.

We have settled a blank map without description text as a default choice.

A limited number of items per Directory Map block

If you have many items in your listing, you determine the number of objects loaded on the map. It helps to load subpages quickly.

Similar Items block

The brand new block you can add on the Item Detail Page. This block displays other items from related groups. Go to detail post or documentation.

Now in development

Events

New listing format

It has been a couple of months since we started the transformation process on our Citadela Directory Plugin. A new big update coming soon and brings so many options. So many of you keep asking us about different item types. Finally, you will be able to do, for example:

  • Job offers
  • Classified
  • Real Estates
  • Portfolio
  • Food Recipes
  • Tour Operator listings

The update will include Gallery Item and new item layouts options.

As part of production planning, we rearranged the sequence of tasks. Thanks to which we suppose better use of those functions that are so expected.

Features coming next

  • Special Offers
  • CSV import-export
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Multiple items portal

We continue according to our plan about which we informed you about in March.

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