Vantage Smart Tags

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Make smarter use of the tags in Vantage with the Vantage Smart Tags plugin. The plugin will let you convert all multiple choice fields like drop-down, checkbox and radio buttons as well as location components (like country, state, city)  into listing or event tags, so you only have relevant tags that either you have created in the form of field values, or they are location names that are supplied by the Google Geocoder API. Also turning the right kind of fields into tags will give your site a big SEO advantage!

Disadvantages of a “Tags Input” Text-box Field

When you have a free text input available that generates tags in your website, chances are that they are going to go out of hand one day. There is no limit to how many tags can a poster add, also they generally put long phrases, or do not use commas at all to separate tags, and nowadays people even put hashtags(!), other common occurrences are misspellings, wrong suffixing (for example teacher/teaching) and synonyms (two words that mean the same thing). The result: within a short frame of time you could have hundreds of tags that will be used in at the most one ad, and even that number will become zero once the ad expires! Here are some of the realistic examples of tags people usually input:

  • tution in daytime, tutor required immediately (using long phrases few else will use, tution and daytime could have been separate tags)
  • teacher bangkok (same as above, but apparently they were meant to be separate tags, but the comma (,) was forgotten)
  • teacher and teaching as two different tags
  • #tutor #math (hashtags, thanks to Twitter, and no comma again)

What is the solution?

The solution to this problem is simple. Use Vantage Smart Tags instead to convert the multiple choice fields (i.e. drop-down, checkbox, radio)  into tags for your listings and events. For example, if you have a tutor directory website, in which you have a drop-down or a radio field called “Preferred Time” with options “Morning” and “Evening”, you can convert it to ad tag using the plugin, and all the new listing will either be tagged “Morning” or “Evening”. Now the students looking for morning tuitions can click on the tag called “Morning” and see all the tutors available in the morning. In the same way, if there is a checkbox field with all the subjects as options, a listing can be tagged in multiple subjects when the tutor posts it, and the result is each subject has its own tag page listing only the tutors that teach that particular subject. Simple, isn’t it?

Location Names as Tags?

That’s right! Didn’t you always want your users to find all listings or events within a location on the same page? Vantage Smart Tags will allow you to convert up to six location components (like country, state, districts, city, etc) into tags, that Google will reverse geocode from the location entered by listing owners. You can even test the locations in the settings page by entering sample addresses and checking what Google returns against each component to help you select the most relevant ones.

Advantages of Using Vantage Smart Tags

  • SEO friendly – each tag page will have relevant listings or events, hence you can proudly display your tags in widgets, menus, etc!
  • Location pages – you can add countries / states / cities to your menus and your users can find geocoded listings or events on the same page. Test location results before deciding what you want as a tag.
  • Limited number of tags – The maximum number of tags is the sum total of all the value in the fields you convert to tags plus the number of Google recognised locations that you have selected to be converted.
  • No misspellings, hashtags or unnecessary mistakes – Since all the tags come from options that you have created or Google has supplied, no need to remove spammy tags every few days.

Note: Supports Vantage 4.0 and above. If you are running Vantage 3.x, please email us with your AppThemes username and we will send you the older version of the plugin. Please bear in mind that we only provide support for current versions of our extensions.

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Installation

  1. Download the Plugin zip file vantage-smart-tags.zip
  2. Open WP Admin dashboard -> Plugins -> Add new -> Upload
    Upload and activate the Plugin from Plugins page.
  3. Go to Vantage -> Vantage Smart Tags page
  4. Select the fields / location components that you want to convert to tags.

Support Policy

From February 2015, support will only be available via email from our email address .

Before you email us, please make sure you have browsed/searched through product forum for the answer to your question, and have read through the Support FAQs below:

Support FAQs

  • What kind of support is offered with a purchased product?
    Your product purchase includes one year of access to premium support via email and one year or free updates. Beyond that, you will need to renew your subscription year on year for around 30% of the product price. Support covers issues such as bug fixes (if any) under normal operation, how to use basic product features, very basic WordPress help, and help with very basic theme customisaton. If you need more advanced modifications please consider hiring a developer to do it for you.
  • Will you provide help with small modifications?
    If you need to do small modifications, you may get help from us as long as they are reasonable in number and nature. If you have a lot of such modifications, please consider paid developer help.
  • What kind of help would be unreasonable to ask?
    This is not an easy question to answer. We are here to ensure that the product you purchased works as intended by us and serves its purpose on your website. That means if it doesn’t work for you, we can step in and help you with it. However, it is when there are no issues with the functioning of the product and all you want is help with modification, that demands start getting unreasonable.
    As mentioned before, we don’t mind helping with modifications, but we also expect you to have tried everything to do it yourself. In other words, we expect you to have tried all the settings in your theme, ensured that the issue relates to the product in question, searched through legacy product support forum, and looked around on Google for the answer to your questions before approaching us. Please bear in mind that one theme, one child theme and a few plugins can get you only so far, and you will probably need to make changes to the code of your website to add functionality, change design and personalise it. In case of too many modifications, we will politely ask you to seek paid help.
  • I am using one of your child themes. I am having an issue with it.
    Please make sure the issue is really with the child theme by activating the parent theme and checking if the problem gets solved. Also please make sure you have tested all the settings in parent theme and child theme, sometimes the answer is right in there! Send us an email if the issue still persists.
  • I am using one of your child themes. I need help with customisation.
    As a pre-requisite, you are going to need a basic understanding of HTML & CSS to start customising the layout and style of your theme. To dig deeper PHP knowledge, specifically to WordPress, will help as well. The WordPress Codex is a great place to start learning. For CSS changes related to text colour, background colour, fonts, etc, please consider using the Firebug extension. A simple Google search returns many good text/video tutorials.
  • Do you offer paid WordPress development services?
    Yes we do depending on our work schedule. You can always run your requirements by us via email.

Change log

1.0.1 (05/07/2017)

- MAJOR UPDATE: Made compatible with Vantage 4.x

1.0.0 (08/06/2015)

- Initial release version (at the time of Vantage 3.0.1)

3 reviews of “Vantage Smart Tags

4.5 stars
All vantage users need this
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This is a great plugin for streamlining your tags. I’ve got mine set to automatically use tags for location. This then means the listings in each area automatically have a dedicated tag page, and you don’t need to rely on people adding tags or spelling the locations correctly.
Great email support too.

5 stars
Must have plugin in for Vantage
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This plugin is extremely smart and important. It will create tags based on custom fields and also based on geographic areas. Like counties. See example:
http://koshertravelinfo.com/listings/tags/rockland-county/

This is a must to have on any Vantage directory site.

5 stars
Nice Looking Plugin
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This works on a clean install of Vantage 3.0.1 + Flatpage child theme. Plugins like these do a lot of good work for your site behind the scenes. Good on you Mohsin for recognizing the value of correct tagging. Many people don’t understand its value and some guys even believe that Tags are not liked by Google! But for Directories like Vantage, tagging in my experience is extremely valuable. So I recommend this plugin to help structure your content to make it useful to readers and search engines.

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 Comments (18)

  • gmac

    Hi Mohsin,

    Does the plugin create tags for existing listings or only on new listings?

    SOunds good

    Gmac

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      Mohsin

      Hi Gmac,

      It will create tags for all the new listings, plus the existing listings that are edited or re-listed. In short it won’t create tags when you activate the plugin, but when any of those listing forms are processed.

      Regards,
      Mohsin

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      • gmac

        I see, OK am wondering how we might do that then. Just that I already have 5000+ listings and would really like a way to run some script to add the tags to each one…..am wondering if we bulk edit listings would this trigger the Tags to be created?

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  • gmac

    Mohsin,

    I have installed, using with Vantage 3.0.1 and Flatpage theme. I edit existing listings and then save them but no new tags are being added, I ahve setup with the options checked for location and it tests OK in the plugin and picks up the address fields. However its not adding tags to the listings and no new tags being displayed on the front end. Same with new listings, no tags being added.

    Can you advise please?

    Gmac

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    Mohsin

    Hi Gmac,

    Can you please setup admin access for me and send it over by email? You should be able to locate the email address from the support tab above.

    Regards,
    Mohsin

  • gmac

    Just a follow up on this…..we have the Vantage Smart Tags working on our test environment in a fresh install of Vantage 3.0.1 plus Flatpage. Its working fine. Our issue must relate to a plugin conflict perhaps or some mods we have done.

    Thanks for your help Mohsin

    Gmac

  • rapidweb

    Great plugin.

    Question… When I edit a listing in the back end, no tags are created. Only when edited from the front end.

    Is that correct? If yes, do you have plans to create automatically the tags thru creating or editing listings in the back end for future releases?

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      Mohsin

      Hi there,

      Yes, that’s correct. Because the action it hooks to is a Vantage hook that only works in the front end.

      I don’t have firm plans about adding the back-end functionality, at least not in the near future. But, as they say, never say never.

      Best Regards,
      Mohsin

  • rapidweb

    Ok. Noted. I am using it now and i’m very happy. I do find that I am able to “Edit” the tags in the backend (once they were created in the front end) and add descriptions, even change the tag names (as long as the slug is not changed).

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  • zerokool

    Will it work if you are using bing maps api instead of google?

  • raythevideoguy

    Wish I had seen this before all my listings were added 🙁

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      Mohsin

      Hi there,

      It’s never too late. 🙂

      If the listings on your site don’t run for indefinite period, it is still a good thing to have perhaps.

      Best Regards,
      Mohsin

  • aggeliaki

    Hello,
    Does this plugin work with Directory Child Theme?
    thanks

  • aggeliaki

    Hi there,
    Can i use the tag in an individual page? for example i want to make the cities tag….. i create a page for example London with a little description and i want to insert the #London so if someone click on the tag to show him all the listings for London….is that possible?

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      Mohsin

      Yes, it is possible. You can create London as a tag and add a description. Then just make sure to set the address component corresponding to a city as active and all listings posted in London will automatically be tagged, and other ads will be tagged as the city they are posted in.

  • aggeliaki

    can you please answer me?

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