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MaxGalleria – Setting up YouTube API for Video Gallery Integration

MaxGalleria uses the Youtube API (Application Program Interface) Version 3 to request and receive data from Youtube.com. Youtube’s latest new version requires the use of an API key. So you will need your own Google Developer API Key to add Youtube videos to your galleries. First you will need to log into Google or create a new Google account if you do not already have one. To obtain an API […]

Adding a PDF (E-Edition or Special Section)

If you are using out e-edition (interactive or static) or need to upload a special section, please follow the following instructions. *If you are simply uploading a PDF document for user access / download, you only need to upload the PDF to the media library & grab the link URL to link to. Find “PDF” on the backend menu or on the “Add New” menu on the front end of […]

Memberpress > Importing Users

Users CSV Format Along with the User CSV upload user interface, you can also select if you want to send new members their usernames and passwords. If checked, then MemberPress will automatically send each new user their username and password. Download Sample Users CSV Important Note: Importing a User CSV file will NOT and CANNOT associate the user with any memberships in MemberPress. To do that you’ll need to create either a single […]

Memberpress > Importing Transactions

Transactions CSV Format Download Sample Transactions CSV When to Import This File Type: To import a One-Time Subscription – One-Time Subscriptions do NOT need to have an associated subscription imported because “one-time subscriptions” are really just a single transaction. To activate a previously imported Recurring Subscription – Recurring Subscriptions are only marked as active (meaning the user will have access to your protected content) when a completed non-expired transaction is present. Required […]

Memberpress > Importing Memberships

Memberships CSV Format Required Columns: name — Name of the Membership. Can be any small string of text. price — Price of the Membership. Can be any number in decimal format without a currency symbol — for example: 5.99 … period — Number of weeks, months or years. Can be any valid whole number if the period_type=’months’ or period_type=’weeks’ but anything else, this can only be 1. period_type — This is […]

Memberpress Imports > Intro

Creating your CSV file CSV stands for “comma separated values,” which is a very common format used by Spreadsheets. You can create a standard spreadsheet in Excel, Numbers, Open Office, or Google Spreadsheet and then export a CSV file from your spreadsheet. The CSV file must be in Windows Format.  We are working on a fix so this won’t matter, but for now, only Windows CSV format will work. All of […]

GeoDirectory Widgets

When you install the GeoDirectory plugin, you’ll find a number of new GD widgets in the appearance section of your WP admin area. Widget name Can be used on these pages: Home Listings Search Detail Author Non-GD pages GD Core widgets GD > Advertise GD > Best of widget GD > CPT Categories GD > CPT Listings GD > Features GD > Flickr Photos GD > GMap Home page GD > GMap Listing page […]

About Post Types & How to Customize (default directory listings)

Places is the name of the default Custom Post Type (CPT) installed as part of the GD core installation. It is like the top category for listings in your GD directory. The information on this page is also relevant for any other CPT you install when you add Custom Post Types or use the Event calendar. Custom Fields When you go to GD > Place Settings, you will see a tab with […]

Directory Notification / Email Settings

Options tab List of usable shortcodes: You can use these in the email templates to personalize your emails. The same fields are used in the notifications of the Prices and Payments feature, [#client_name#] The name your user entered on registration [#listing_link#] Link to the user’s listing [#posted_date#] Date the listing was submitted [#number_of_days#] In case you use the Prices and Payments feature, this is the amount of days the listing was originally paid for. [#number_of_grace_days#] In case you use […]

Advanced Search > Auto-complete Settings

Enable Search auto-completer: This setting will start giving suggestions as your visitor start searching: Auto-submit the form on select a Search option: If this option is selected, the search form will automatically load the detail page of the listing selected. Min chars needed to trigger autocomplete: Enter a number of characters here before the auto-completer search is triggered. Max Results to be returned by autocomplete: Enter a number here to limit the number of listings […]

Advanced Search Filters > Search by Distance

When you activate the Advanced Search Filters, the Search By Distance field will automatically be added to the fields you can add to your custom search.   When you click on Field: Search by Distance, you’ll see the following options: Options Maximum Search Range Enter the maximum radius of the search zone you want to create, for example if you want your visitors to search any listing within 50 miles or kilometers from […]

“Near Me” Search Distance Setting

If you add the GD > Near Me Button widget, and a visitor clicks on that button, they will be taken to a page showing the listings within a set radius of their geolocation. To change this radius, go to GD > Advanced Search > GEOLOCATION SETTINGS section > Default Near Me miles limit (1-200) and change the setting there.

Custom Search Features

1. Custom Post Type (CPT) selector This selector will only be shown if you have more than one Custom Post Type The CPT selector defaults to the current CPT of a Listings, detail or search page. For example on an Events category page, Events will be listed first in the selector. On a location page or any standard WP page or post, the order of the CPTs in the selector can be determined by changing […]

Directory Navigation > Searching

The basic Search function Using the “Search for” field only The directory will check the entry titles, description and taxonomies (tags and categories) of the listings. The results will be listed in order of relevance depending on the keyword(s) entered. For example, if you only search for “hotel“, the results will be returned with listings that have hotel in the title first, etc: Using the “Near” field only When you enter a location in […]

Directory Default Location Settings

 Map settings: After activation you will see a message asking you if you want to set a Google Maps API KEY, and another message to set your default location. A. Setting a Google Maps API KEY Clicking on the click here link will take you to GD > Design > Map. Follow the instructions in the Add Google API KEY article. B. Set the default location Clicking on the click here link will take you to GD > Set Default […]

Getting Your Business Directory Started

Typical layout Below is a standard layout of an Our Hometown directory site, using GeoDirectory. All the directory pages are based on this layout. The default Design settings only use the GD Right Section and not the GD Left Section, because that is the most common layout. Also, the GD Bottom Section is not enabled by default, although this section allows you to add content to the bottom of your GD pages you maybe do […]

Connecting Memberpress & Authorize.net

To get started, navigate to the options menu in MemberPress and select payments. Click the plus button and select the gateway “Authorize.net” Name it whatever you want.  This is the name that your users will see when they go to select how to pay. Go to your Authorize.net dashboard to obtain the necessary keys: login name & transaction key. In Authorize.net select API Login ID and Transaction Key under Security […]

Current Front Page Thumbnail

If you want to use a thumbnail of your most current PDF’s front page – create the following URL to use in other places, like the newsletter: (website)/dynamicpage/currentimage/(size) To display, use the html: <img src=”(url you just created)”> To link this image somewhere, use the code: <a href=”(URL you want to link to)”><img src=”(image url)”></a>

PayPal – Instant Payment Notification

PayPal can sometimes take a bit of time to notify the system of a completed payment – please make sure to turn on Instant Payment Notifications to reduce the change of this happening. Learn where to turn this on here. After you turn on IPN PayPal IPN URL – Click the clipboard icon next to this URL to copy the IPN that needs to be entered into PayPal. The IPN […]

Activating Your Stripe Account

Stripe is an industry leader for simplicity and security in payment gateways. You can use Stripe to accept payments for subscriptions, classified submissions, events & more. Step 1: Activate your Stripe account To use Stripe as your payment gateway, you’ll first need an active Stripe account. Before you activate your Stripe account, make sure you have the following information:   Bank account details (transit number, institution number, and account number), […]

Event Manager & Calendar Shortcodes

Event Manager Shortcodes Event Listings Shortcode:  Parameters: category – ID number of the category to show (default = 0 for all) post_number – Number of posts to show (default = 5) layout – Number of columns to show (default = 2) add_location_filter – True or False (default = false) listing_width – A percent between 20 and 100 (default = ‘’) list_sort – One of az, upcoming, latest, featured, high_review, high_rating, random […]

Directory Shortcodes

Shortcodes are ways to place widgets on pages if you have no widgetized areas to use. Sometimes they let you place content when widgets don’t exist. Home Page Map Shortcode: This shortcode is the equivalent of the GD > GMap – Home Page widget. Parameters: width – A number of pixels or percent (default = 960px) height – A number of pixels (default = 425px) maptype – One of HYBRID, SATELLITE […]

Getting Your Stripe API Keys

1. Create a Separate Stripe Account Skip this step if you already have a separate Stripe account set up. Create a Stripe account on their website and log in by entering your created email and password. Once logged in, click Activate Your Account in the top left and enter the requested information. 2. Get the API Keys Within Stripe, click API on the left menu. Alternatively, you can click here to […]

Payment Gateways

While Our Hometown can accept a number of payment gateways (inquire if you have a different payment gateway to see if we can accomodate it), we highly recommend Authorize.net, PayPal or Stripe due to their ease of integration on various areas of your site where you can require payments. Learn more about each payment gateway on their websites: Authorize.net Stripe PayPal

Memberpress > Importing Bulk User Transactions

Download Sample Transactions CSV When to Import This File Type: To import a One-Time Subscription – One-Time Subscriptions do NOT need to have an associated subscription imported because “one-time subscriptions” are really just a single transaction. To activate a previously imported Recurring Subscription – Recurring Subscriptions are only marked as active (meaning the user will have access to your protected content) when a completed non-expired transaction is present. Required Columns: […]

Importing Your Archives to WordPress

The Our Hometown team is here to help with your archive export & transfer to our system. Our Hometown’s platform requires articles are sent over in the NITF form (News Industry Text Format – you can learn more about the standard here ) . This ensures accurate importation of all your data to the correct fields, as well as image importation & placement. What does NITF look like? Below is […]

Newsletter Subscriber Management

“Newsletter > Subscribes” is a core part of Newsletter and where you can manage your subscriber list: search, edit, create, import and export are some of the most common features. But it not limited to these operations: statistical data, bounce list import, massive actions are features available for advanced users. The module provide some “massive actions” where an entire set of subscriber can be changed. For example you can remove […]

Our Hometown Newsletter Settings

While you can create custom newsletters to be sent out manually, Our Hometown also includes the option to automatically send out a newsletter of your most recent stories with every edition published. Go to “OHT Settings > Newsletter Settings” in your dashboard to make be able to customize the automated newsletter. The image to the right is a sample of what your newsletter will look like, but filled with your […]

Uploading an e-Edition PDF

Step 1. Locate the “PDFs” menu item on your dashboard menu. *If you do not see this section, you have not added our interactive eEdition to your Our Hometown plan. Please contact sales@our-hometown.com to sign up for our interactive eEdition. Select “Add New” to add a new eEdition or Special Section to our interactive PDF viewer. Step 2. Enter your Edition Date or Name in the “Editions” box on the […]

Front Page Template – 2 Column Edition A

Learn more about how to choose your front page template by clicking here. Below is the complete layout of the front page template: 2 Column – Edition A. These are the available widgetized areas – you DO NOT have to use them all – if you do not use them, they will “disappear” For example, if you don’t put anything in the “main slider area” the front page left & […]

Front Page Template – 2 Column Edition B

Learn more about how to choose your front page template by clicking here. Below is the complete layout of the front page template: 2 Column – Edition B. These are the available widgetized areas – you DO NOT have to use them all – if you do not use them, they will “disappear” For example, if you don’t put anything in the “main slider area” the front page left & […]

Front Page Template – 2 Column Edition D

Learn more about how to choose your front page template by clicking here. Below is the complete layout of the front page template: 2 Column – Edition D. These are the available widgetized areas – you DO NOT have to use them all – if you do not use them, they will “disappear” For example, if you don’t put anything in the “main slider area” the front page left & […]

Writing a New Article

Posts are entries that display in reverse order on your home page. Posts usually have comments fields beneath them and are included in your site’s RSS feed. To write a post: Log in to your WordPress Dashboard. Click the ‘Articles’ tab. Click the ‘Add New’ sub-tab. Start filling in the blanks: enter your article title in the upper field, & enter your article body content in the main post editing […]

Using Pingbacks & Trackbacks

Comments on WordPress sites are often criticized as lacking authority, since anyone can post anything using any name they like: there’s no verification process to ensure that the person is who they claim to be. Trackbacks and Pingbacks both aim to provide some verification to blog commenting. To enable trackbacks and pingbacks, in the Discussion Settings of your Administration Panels, select these items under ‘Default article settings’: Attempt to notify […]

AdRotate – Mobile Ads

If you have a lot of mobile visitors on your website and you want to show them tailored adverts. You can do so with the Mobile option in AdRotate Pro. AdRotate has an advanced filter to check if the user is on a tablet, phone or smartphone and using that can show adverts only on desktop or only on mobile devices. On top of that you can also differentiate between […]

AdRotate – Weighted Ads

This feature let’s you to give adverts “weight”, or importance, to give them more attention (impressions) over other ads. All you have to do is set a number (weight) for each ad. There are 5 levels. Where a weight of 2 barely gets any impressions and 10 gets most of the attention. The default value is 6. As you manage your ads you can change this as a setting when […]

AdRotate – Geo-Targeting

Target your audience with geo targeting and show only the adverts they need to see or localize advertisement campaigns using this powerful feature! AdRotate Pro connects to external services. This data is based on the users IP Address and does not contain identifiable information but is very accurate for the user their location at that moment. Enable Geolocation Geo Targeting is not enabled by default. You’ll find a section called […]

AdRotate – Groups

Groups are useful if you use multiple locations or pages for ads showing different categories/niches or sizes of adverts. Most people will want to set up a group for each location. Or perhaps even several groups. Groups can hold one or many adverts. If you put multiple adverts in a group it will automatically show different adverts on a regular basis. Group modes Groups serve multiple purposes and can operate […]

AdRotate – Scheudules

With schedules you can schedule adverts. This means that you can make a advertising deal today, set everything up and when the adverts go live next month it’s all automated. Every advert needs at least one schedule. Adverts can be shown from and to multiple dates. For example ads that run bi-monthly for 1 year would have 6 schedules, one for each active period. If the end date passes and […]

AdRotate – Quickstart Guide

Design your ads Adverts are the core function in AdRotate. Creating adverts is relatively simple. Every advert has a bunch options available to make the most of your advertising campaign. In many cases you’ll get a ready-to-go advert from your advertiser. But you can make your own adverts from scratch, too. Adcode Every advert will have a bit of HTML and sometimes CSS/Javascript. This represents the actual advertisement. You’ll need […]

Inserting Images into Articles & Pages

Overview When creating or editing a WordPress page or blog post, you can easily add images at any time using the WordPress Media Uploader tool. Here’s how to add an image, step-by-step, using the media uploader: Step 1 – Placing your cursor In order to add an image to your page or post, you must first insert your cursor in the place in the text where you want the image […]

Front Page Template – 2 Column Edition C

Learn more about how to choose your front page template by clicking here. Below is the complete layout of the front page template: 2 Column – Edition C. These are the available widgetized areas – you DO NOT have to use them all – if you do not use them, they will “disappear” For example, if you don’t put anything in the “main slider area” the front page left & […]

Articles Widget – Headlines Style

Click here to learn more about using the articles widget. The Headlines Style Layout is good for a simple list of articles with only one featured image required.  It’s 1 columns of individual articles, with a large thumbnail above the 1st article, and no thumbnails or story excerpt for additional stories below. It looks best in narrow to mid-sized columns.

Articles Widget – Magazine Style

Click here to learn more about using the articles widget. The Magazine Style Layout is good for articles with images.  It’s 2-3 columns of individual articles, with a large thumbnail to the left for your 1st article, and smaller thumbnails to the right for your secondary articles.  You can only have article titles in this layout & it is currently limited to a maximum of 5 stories. It looks best in […]

Articles Widget – Horizontal Grid

Click here to learn more about using the articles widget. The Horizontal Grid Layout is good for articles with images.  It’s 3 columns of individual articles, with the thumbnail either above or below your content, or as a thumbnail to the left or right. This article style is best suited mid-sized to wide widgetized areas, like the slider area or full-width middle column. You can choose to have article excerpts or no […]

Articles Widget – Vertical Stack

Click here to learn more about using the articles widget. The Vertical Stack Layout is one of your most essential layouts.  It’s one column of articles, with the thumbnail either above or below your content, or as a thumbnail to the left or right. This article style is best suited to narrow to mid-sized widgetized areas, like the left or middle columns, the bottom left or right columns or the […]

Articles Widget – 2 Column Layout

Click here to learn more about using the articles widget. The 2 Column Layout features a large image for your 1st article on the left hand side & then, either thumbnails to the left or right of your articles in a second column on the right side. This article style is best suited to wider widgetized areas, like the main slider area or the full-width middle column.  It can be used […]

Articles Widget – 1 Column Layout

Click here to learn more about using the articles widget. The 1 Column Layout features a large image for your 1st article and then, either thumbnails to the left or right of your articles. You can choose to have article excerpts or no article excerpts. 1 Column Layout w/ Right-Aligned Thumbnails 1-Column Layout w/ Left Aligned Thumbnails

Using the Articles Widget

The “articles widget” gives you many options for article layouts, as well as what information you want to display with your articles on the front page, giving you infinite possibilities for designing your front page. Choose the articles widget from the “+ Add a Widget” button, in the widgetized area you are trying to place it. Add the title you want to show above your article section in the “Title […]

Splitting an Article into Multiple Pages

Using the “Text” tab of your content editor, simply add the following code to where you want your page break to occur. <!‐‐nextpage‐‐> This will create a 2nd, 3rd, 4th or more pages, based on how many  <!‐‐nextpage‐‐> tags you use. A number will appear at the bottom of your article so readers can click to go to the next page. Make sure to use the “text” tab – this […]

MaxGalleria – Slick Slider

Activating the Slick Slider option will allow you to use the Slick Slider template in your image galleries. Options Gallery Skin: Standard, Silver, Kitt, Ghost and Black are the five main options for gallery skin that will adjust how the slider image looks as well as the dots that appear below the slider. Slider Captions Enabled: Turns on the display of the image title field. The title will appear when […]

MaxGalleria – Vimeo

Note:  This is an available option with Our Hometown’s WordPress platform. If you don’t see it as part of your menu options, you may need to submit a ticket to request turning it on. After turning on the Vimeo add-on, you will be able to upload Vimeo videos along with YouTube videos in any of your video galleries. Adding Videos Navigate to your video gallery and click Add Videos. You […]

MaxGalleria – Video Showcase

Note:  This is an available option with Our Hometown’s WordPress platform. If you don’t see it as part of your menu options, you may need to submit a ticket to request turning it on. You will be able to see it in the Templates for your galleries, once it is turned on. The showcase features one large video on top of the thumbnails that changes whenever the thumbnails are clicked. […]

MaxGalleria – Instagram

Note:  This is an available option with Our Hometown’s WordPress platform. If you don’t see it as part of your menu options, you may need to submit a ticket to request turning it on. On the settings tab, in media Sources you’ll see Instagram. Granting Access To start pulling from Instagram you need to let Instagram know that everything is cool. Clicking Grant Access will take you to Instagram to […]

MaxGalleria – Image Slider

Note:  This is an available option with Our Hometown’s WordPress platform. If you don’t see it as part of your menu options, you may need to submit a ticket to request turning it on. Options Gallery Skin: Standard, Silver, Kitt, Ghost and Black are the five main options for gallery skin that will adjust how the slider image looks as well as the dots that appear below the slider. Slider […]

MaxGalleria – Image Showcase

Note:  This is an available option with Our Hometown’s WordPress platform. If you don’t see it as part of your menu options, you may need to submit a ticket to request turning it on. The showcase features one large image on top of the thumbnails that changes whenever the thumbnails are clicked. Adjusting Gallery Settings Gallery Skin: MaxGalleria comes packaged with a few standard skins. Currently there are, No Border, […]

MaxGalleria – Image Carousel

Note:  This is an available option with Our Hometown’s WordPress platform. If you don’t see it as part of your menu options, you may need to submit a ticket to request turning it on. The Image Carousel add-on is only for image galleries. Adjusting Carousel Settings   Gallery Skin: Image Carousel comes packaged with a few standard skins. Currently there are, No Border, Picture Frame, Portal, Portal Dark, Standard, Standard […]

MaxGalleria – Facebook

Note:  This is an available option with Our Hometown’s WordPress platform. If you don’t see it as part of your menu options, you may need to submit a ticket to request turning it on. Authorizing Facebook: Once the plugin has been installed and activated, go to Galleries > Settings using the menu on the left side of the WordPress admin. Under “Media Sources” on the left side of the page, […]

MaxGalleria – Albums Guide

Note:  This is an available option with Our Hometown’s WordPress platform. If you don’t see it as part of your menu options, you may need to submit a ticket to request turning it on. Once you’ve clicked into albums you can add new albums. Albums were created to allow groupings of galleries, so when creating a new album, give it a name and then choose from your existing galleries that […]

MaxGalleria – Basic Image & Video Guide

Note:  This is an available option with Our Hometown’s WordPress platform. If you don’t see it as part of your menu options, you may need to submit a ticket to request turning it on. If you’d like to use your new gallery in a post or page, you can grab the shortcode in the bottom right of your Gallery Edit page, or use the “Add Gallery” option in the TinyMCE […]

Setting the Front Page

Navigate to the “Customize” area, either through “Appearance” on the dashboard, or on the top admin menu. From here, go to the “Static Front Page” menu option at the bottom of the Customizer. Set “Front page display” to “A static page”. Then select the front page you want to use from the drop-down below – select the front page template you created. Click “save & publish” to set live or […]

Choosing a Front Page Template

From our 1 & 2 column base homepage templates, you can create a variety of front page layouts that utilize widgetized areas for easy drag-and-drop layouts. While on the front page, click “edit page” to change templates for the front page, or locate the page marked as “front page” in your list of pages on the backend dashboard. If you don’t see an “edit page” button, go to Appearance > […]

Creating Article/PDF Categories

Step 1. Login to your account at yoursitedomain.com/wp-admin. Locate “Articles” on the backend dashboard. When you hover your mouse it, select “Categories” from the menu that appears. Here you can create new categories. Step 2. Enter the category you want to create under “Name”. You do not need to fill out “slug” as this will be automatically created. It is what displays for the category in URLs. If you want […]

Adding a New Article

Step 1. Log in to your site at yoursite.com/wp-admin Once you log in, you’ll be taken to the backend dashboard. Locate the “Articles” menu item. When you hover over it, a second menu will appear. From this menu, select “Add New” Other ways to add a new article If you select “All Articles” there is also an “Add New” button at the top of the page. In the top menu, […]

Non-widget Slider

Step 1.On your dashboard menu, go to “Max Galleria” & click “add new gallery”. A pop-up will ask you if you want to an image or video gallery – select one. Start adding your images in from your desktop or media gallery. Step 2.Click the “template” tab to decide what type of gallery or slider you want to use.  Then click the “Options” tab to add additional style customization, if […]

Hero Ad Widget

The “hero ad” widget is located beneath the main logo/menu area on all pages EXCEPT your homepage. This allows you to easily upsell either article-specific space or homepage space to your advertisers. Horizontally-oriented banner ads, such as 728x90px ad size, fit well here.

Choosing a Slideshow Category

Step 1.Add the slideshow widget to where you want to display it on the homepage, by going to “Customize > Widgets” choosing the “slider” widget. Step 2.Once you’ve added the slider to the widgets area, a selection of options will appear. To choose the category you want to display, select a category from the drop-down “Category” options.  These are the categories you have created for the articles on your site. […]

What image is used in the slideshow widget?

Step 1.Go to the article or PDF you want included in the slideshow. Click “edit” & scroll down the page to the “featured image” box on the right-hand side. Step 2.If you’re using extraction, a featured image may already be set. You can click “remove image” to completely remove the featured image or click on the image to change the current featured image to something else. If no featured image […]