User Locator for Vantage

Add user geolocation to your Vantage directory site!

Mobile device users do not need to know where they are! Their location will be automatically detected and used to populate the location search box. If they are on the move they can click the target icon at any time to update their location.

The plugin also saves desktop users from needing to manually enter their location and, as the plugin uses the same Google Geocoding service as Vantage, all dynamically generated locations will be recognised as valid addresses for location searches.

Updated: You can now choose any image to use as the ‘locate’ icon!

The User Locator plugin adds the following user geolocation functionality to Vantage:

  • ‘Location’ field is added to the user – this can be edited on the Vantage edit profile page or from the WordPress user profile panel.

On each page load the following happens:

  • If a user has specified their location in their profile it is used to populate the ‘Near’ search box.
  • If the user is not logged in or has not set their location, then the users location (latitude and longitude coordinates) is grabbed using html5 geolocation.
  • Their location is then reverse geocoded to attempt to get a human readable address. Update: you can now the select the component/format of the output address. Choose to display the the full address, town, postal code etc. If this is successful the address is displayed in the ‘Near’ box. If geocoding fails to get a human readable address the lat,lng coordinates are placed in the ‘Near’ box so the search results will still be relevant to their current location.
  • If at any time the ‘Near’ box is already populated from a current search this is respected and nothing is changed.
  • A small icon (choose any image to use as the icon!) is also inserted into the ‘Near’ search box. Clicking on this at any time will initiate geolocation and update the ‘Near’ box accordingly.
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  • Download the plugin from AppThemes.
  • Upload the plugin file using via WordPress or FTP.
  • Click the Activate Plugin link.
  • That’s it!

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  • 0.23 – Translation ready.
  • 0.16 – Added support for any image as location icon.
  • 0.15 – Minor bug fix.
  • 0.14 – Minor bug fix.
  • 0.13 – Added address output format option.
  • 0.12 – Fixed bug to improve location accuracy.
  • 0.11 – Minor fix to ensure only 1 copy of Google Maps API is ever loaded.
  • 0.1 – Initial release.
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83 Responses to “User Locator for Vantage

  1. Avatar of jackscreations


    11/12 Joined

    Can this work on classipress?!

    Would be awesome.

    3 people like this.


  2. Avatar of mano04


    8/13 Joined

    Good morning, I wonder if they could do a variation of the plugin “User Locator for Vantage”, and I wondered when it would cost. I need that when the user accepts to be located, to appear on the main map its location, not in the search bar. And here in Brazil the location of your demo is finding myself in another neighborhood far from where I really am. Thanks, waiting.


  3. Avatar of luxor


    3/13 Joined

    How is this plugin pulling in my town and street address? Most of the time codes use the I.P. Address, which puts me in a different state…


    • Avatar of NomadCode


      5/13 Joined

      Hi @luxor. The plugin uses the HTML5 geolocation API. The accuracy of the location is determined by your type of internet connection and the web browser and device you are using. If you have landline connection and static IP that may be it. At work we have no fixed line connection so Internet access is via a private wireless network. I never thought the geolocation would be so accurate for it but it gets the street and the address number is only a few out.

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  4. Avatar of manilaboy


    Will you be adding automatic listing display in and around the user’s admin-defined proximity radius?

    For example, user in Los Angeles immediately see map listings in Los Angeles and 25 miles around it. User can expand it to xx miles via slider.

    You can see some geolocation samples here:


  5. Can this plugin work with bbPress forums? I want to be able to geolocate every post on a map indicating where the poster is? For example, a poster in Abu Dabi should show on the map with a pin. Is this also compatible with buddypress?


  6. Avatar of manilaboy


    I think you should participate in the discussion here:

    Perhaps you can give a quote on how much it will cost to have the features mentioned added to Vantage or to the user locator plugin.


  7. Hi,

    Could this work on trakerr?!

    I Would be awesome. This plugin is perfect for me. I would buy it today.


    • *Taskerr, sorry


      • Avatar of NomadCode


        5/13 Joined

        This specific plugin is for Vantage. Taskerr isn’t location based so I’m not sure how geolocation would benefit it? How would you imagine it working? You could always set up project Categories based on location?



        • Hi Matt,

          The thing is that I would like some refine search widget similar to Min/Max Refine Search ( or a searcher with 2 fields, one of them for location and the other one for categories.

          I know that classipress has this functionality with some add-on plugins but I really like the style of task err so I am wondering if it´s possible to create some kind of searcher with those features. I will pay for that plugin.

          Do you know something that suits my needs?

          Thanks, Diego


  8. axel jacobs Sep 26, 2014 2:41 am


    Can it be used on the form for adding a location?



  9. Avatar of williac

    Hi, I just a couple of queries:

    – Can the reverse geocoding be switched off so the lat/long coordinates are always used?

    – On each listings page there’s a box for ‘get directions from’, can this plugin also populate that box?



  10. Avatar of André


    1/12 Joined


    Can this plugin identify user locations based on IP?
    E.g. Users accessing vantage using desktops (without GPS devices).



    • Avatar of NomadCode


      5/13 Joined

      Hi André, This is handled automatically by the HTML5 geolocation. If GPS is not present/active it is often still possible to get users location reasonably accurately.



  11. Avatar of enrique_traun


    2/12 Joined


    what if plugin is active but locator not working?


  12. Avatar of turansaim


    4/15 Joined

    Hey there good work! I want to purchase this one but I want ıt to grap the location directly from ip like yelp and some other sites and show some suggestions near by the searched area. Like I am in Manhattan got in to the site, it should pull my location and show me places that around me. Please let me know when that will be ready so I will but it!


  13. Avatar of turansaim


    4/15 Joined

    How can I benefit from this plugin? Is it working with directory child theme? I need a geolocation plugin that grabs user location tru ip and displays the near by listings and or activities. İts the only thing I need before I publish my site. What should I buy?


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