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Car Demon

Car Demon is a PlugIn designed for car dealers. Full Inventory Management, Lead Forms with ADFxml support, Dynamic Lead Routing, Staff Page and more.

  • How do I view just a basic list of my vehicles?

First go to your admin area and click settings, then select permalinks. Add this as a custom permalink; /%postname%/%post_id% Now click save. You should now be able to go to http://my_site/cars-for-sale and see a list of all your vehicles.

  • How do I add people to my staff page?

You'll need to add them as users to the website, you can make them subscribers if you'd like. On their profile page you'll see a section labeled "Extra Profile Information", add a photo (120x120 suggested), a job title, a location and then click a radio button that matches their duties. Click save and you should now see them listed on your staff page.

  • How do I route the different forms to different people?

You do this on the "Contact Settings Page" under "Cars for Sale".

  • How do I setup a sales person with an affiliate link?

On each user profile page there is a segment called "Advanced Sales Information", the custom URL can be used by the sales person to customize the site with their information. "Under Custom Site Leads" you'll need to put a check next to each type of form they should receive. If you have multiple locations you can also decide if they should receive leads for just their location or for all locations.

For example, let's say we have a sales person name Bill. He only sells new cars and has permission to bid on trades, but doesn't have permission to work finance. You would check the "New Car Sales" and "Trade" boxes. Bill will now receive all "New Car" & "Trade" contact forms from anyone who entered the site using his affiliate link. His name and phone number will also appear on all new vehicle pages.

The querystring for the affiliate link can be used on almost any page. Simply add it to the end of the url and you're set.

If you're using the Car Demon theme or Car Demon front page you can add custom headers for each sales person and even a custom slide on the homepage.

  • What happens if someone using an affiliate link uses the email a friend button?

All links in the email they recieve will contain the affiliate link, so the original sales person will still receive any future contacts from their friend. This is especially handy if a sales person wants to email a car to a potential customer. If the sales person is viewing the site with their own affiliate link then any vehicle they email to a customer with the "Email a Friend" feature will contain all of their contact info.

  • How do I clear an affiliate link?

If you add ?sales_code=0 to the url for your site it will remove the cookie that stores the sales persons affiliate information and will restore the site to normal lead routing.

  • Why don't my vehicles appear in the search even though I've published them?

Please make sure you add an "Asking Price" to your vehicles. If you don't wish the price to be seen you can select "Do Not Show Prices" on the contact settings page.

  • Why don't my vehicles have titles even though I've entered a title for them?

By default Car Demon will display vehicles titles as Year Make Model Stock #, the title field is currently only used for descriptive purposes on the back end.

  • How do I get the inventory to load new vehicles when I scroll to the bottom of the page?

Depending on your theme you may need to install the wp-page-navi PlugIn. The Car Demon PlugIn looks for the existing page navigation with specific id tags and uses those as an indicator for when the page has ended and which set of vehicles to load next.

  • Does Car Demon have any hooks, filters or shortcodes for developers to use?

Yes it does. We are currently working on documentation for developers that will detail these features. If you would like to know more then please visit our website http://www.CarDemons.com and fill out a contact form and let us know.

  • I have created a language translation and would like to share it, where do I send it?

We would love to include your translation! Please visit our website http://www.CarDemons.com and fill out a contact request form and let us know, we will be more than happy to test your file and include it in our next release.

  • Does Car Demon use taxonomies for categorizing vehicles and how can I leverage that?

Yes, Car Demon uses several custom taxonomies; condition, body_style, vehicle_year, make, model and location. These can be used to create pages containing vehicle categories, for example; Let's say you want to provide links to all the different body styles, to link to all of the coupes in inventory you would create a link to http:/yoursite.com/body_style/coupe to link to all trucks it would be http:/yoursite.com/body_style/truck. You can use the same logic to leverage the other custom taxonomies as well.

  • I'm having trouble using custom taxonomies, I keep getting a 404 or page not found error.

Make sure you update your permalinks to /%postname%/%post_id% this should resolve most issues with using custom taxonomies.

  • How do I override the vehicle inventory and display pages?

Evan Parsons has done a great tutorial on how to override the default templates. It's a great place to get started if you want to modify the look and feel; http://www.evanparsons.net/blog/post/2012/11/08/Overriding-Car-Demons-theme-template-and-putting-newest-cars-on-the-front-page.aspx

In the near future we'll be releasing several different styles and support for some of the most popular themes.

  • How do I use the shortcodes to include forms in my pages?

Shortcodes can be used without arguments and will display a radio selection to determine the location to send the form.

Shortcodes for [part_request], [service_request], [service_quote], [trade] & [finance_form] now have the optional argument "location" added to them. The location argument accepts the name assigned to that form for the location you wish to send the form to and hides the radio selection. For example, let's say you have a location called "Our Used Car Lot" and you have two different part departments, one that handle domestic vehicle parts and one that handles imported vehicle parts. You will need to create 2 locations "Our Used Car Lot Domestic" and "Our Used Car Lot Imports", under contact settings you would enter a different name for Parts under both locations, ie "Domestic Parts" & "Import Parts". You can now use the part_request shortcode on two different pages and route each one to the correct department. Exp. [part_request location="Domestic Parts"] and [part_request location="Import Parts"]

  • I only have one location, how do I hide the location radio buttons on my forms?

You will need to set the location argument for your form shortcodes to the form's contact name entered under the default location. Exp. [part_request location="Default Part Name"], this will hide the location radio buttons.

  • How do I get rid of the drop down on the Contact Us Form? I want it to always go to the same person.

The contact form shortcode, [contact_us], has an argument of "send_to" that accepts a single email address. If you set this argument in your shortcode it will hide the drop down and send the contact form to the address you supplied. Exp. [contact_us send_to="me@my_site.com"]

  • How do I add a form as a Popup?

Two new optional arguments have been added to several of the form shortcodes; popup_id and popup_button.

These may be used with the following shortcodes; contact_us, part_request, service_form & service_quote At this time they are NOT available for; trade or finance_form

By setting the popup_id argument to a unique value you tell Car Demon to simply add a button to the page that opens your form in a popup lightbox. The popup_button argument allows you to customize what the button says. For Example [part_request popup_id="1" popup_button="Request Parts"] this would create a button that says "Request Parts" which opens the parts request form in a popup lightbox.

Requires: 3.4.2 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.2
Last Updated: 2014-2-25
Downloads: 12,318

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