Support » Theme: Coldbox » Feature request: advanced search + Google maps attribute

  • Resolved csjamo83


    Firstly, thank you so much for maintaining this excellent theme!

    I would like to request a couple of new features. I realise these may go beyond the basic functionality of a blog website, but I think they would also increase the scope of use for your theme.

    The reason I am requesting these functions is because I would like to use your theme for a job listing website. I realise there are many job listing themes available. I have checked them but they are not good. I really love the simplicity and elegance of your theme.

    Request 1: Google Maps attribute for each post/page

    The attribute would be used to display the currently visible page(s)/post(s) on an embedded map (e.g. via a widget). This would be useful not only for a jobs board, but also for a travel blog etc. Ideally the markers on the map would also be clickable and show basic information such as the post title and categories (see below).

    Request 2: Advanced search functionality

    I plan to categorize job listings under the following hierarchy (using the wordpress category attribute):

    All Locations (top parent category)

    All Salaries (top parent category)

    All Job Types (top parent category)
    -Hotel Staff

    Currently it’s possible to select only a single category and display those results. It would be awesome if you could add a dynamic filter, so multiple categories could be selected at the same time via a widget that would update the displayed posts automatically.

    A dedicated search page (such as that viewable at “/?s”) featuring the map and category filter described above would also be ideal.

    I’m sorry for my large request. If you can do this, I would be happy to send a donation.

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  • Theme Author Toshihiro Kanai



    Thanks for your requests. However, I’m feeling like both of them are better to be done with plugins. I don’t like to have so many functionalities in the theme as it makes really had to maintain.

    For the first one, I think what you actually need is a simple custom HTML widget plugin. There are so many existing plugins for that.
    And you can use a plugin like this for the second request:
    Its visual might differ from what the theme provides, but that is not really a big problem since CSS is not as hard as writing PHP.

    I think you should think of using existing plugins. It’s one of the biggest advantages of WordPress.

    Thanks for your reply! Silly me, I didn’t even think about checking for plugins. I will check them out!

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