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Installing your WhatToDo feed on your WordPress website feeds thousands of pages of dynamic content onto your site.Please be patient. You’ll be receiving a HUGE amount of data from WhatToDo during this process, so please wait for the plugin to load fully before clicking any additional buttons or restarting the process. Doing so may crash your system and require you to restart your WordPress server.
Follow these steps in the order they are presented. Click “Save Changes” (in the blue box at the upper right) if you have to stop before completing the setup process.
Once you’ve logged into your business’s WordPress site:
NOTE: Any time your return to the WhatToDo plugin in your WordPress dashboard and change your settings, it will NOT update the info already on your site. It will only update future info imported. To change how these things appear with the content already on your website, you will need to do a few more steps.
In this area you can select which WhatToDo pages you want added to your WordPress site. You can choose to either “Enable” or “Disable” the following pages:
* Events Calendar
The plugin will automatically create a page and a menu item on your website for the ones you select.
From time to time, WhatToDo will improve its product and release a new version of the web feed plugin. You can see this when you log in to your WordPress account by going to “Plugins” in the left hand menu. On the plugins page, you should see a menu item for “Update Available” that notifies you that you need to take an update.
NOTE: Anytime your return to the WhatToDo plugin in your WordPress dashboard and change your settings, it will NOT update the info already on your site. It will only update future info imported. To change how these things appear with the content already on your website, you will need to go to the WhatToDo plugin’s “General Settings.”
If you already have a plugin version installed, and it is malfunctioning, you may be directed by WhatToDo support staff to delete the plugin and install the newest version. This is not routine updating, and you should rarely – if ever – need to do this. If you are directed to by WhatToDo or your company’s website manager:
A listing is a text write-up about your business or one of your offerings, often accompanied by a logo , photos and video if available. It appears in various categories on the WhatToDo network of websites. The information in the listing aids in Search Engine Optimization for your company and your offerings when potential customers search for the products or services you provide. All WhatToDo advertisers get at least one listing – but one listing can show up in multiple places depending on how it’s categorized. One listing can appear in up to five different categories, which is the equivalent of five advertisements for your company.
You should write your listing from the Third Person, not using “us” or “we.” Write about your business as if you’re a very happy customer writing an online review, NOT as if you are the business owner. (i.e. CORRECT: “The staff at Shadetree Bike Worx make their customers feel right home…” NOT CORRECT: “At Shadetree Bike Worx we pride ourselves in customer satisfaction…”)
In the Web Content Admin, listings are divided into Activity Listings and Dining Listings. The catchall term “Activity Listings” includes activities, shopping, services…essentially anything other than dining. Listings and Dining Listings function exactly the same, so we’ll use the term “Listings” here to cover both.
NOTE: At any point, you may return to this grid by clicking either “My Content Items” in the gray bar at the upper left of every page OR the box in the upper left corner of the form that says “Return to Items.”
Tips for Title:
* Keep the title as short as possible while accurately providing all key info.
* Put the most important info first because the Title may be truncated for size considerations.
* Do not use all capital letters, all lower case letters or intentional misspellings unless that is a recognizable characteristic of your brand.
NOTE: All new Listings will automatically show up as “Inactive.” This means that you can work on it all you want and no one will be able to see it until you publish it on the live website by making it active.
Optional Tag Line – your “hook” that gives a brief summary of your Listing in one sentence. It tries to generate enough interest that readers will continue reading the full Description and contains different information than the Listing Title or Description. On the live site, it will appear like a subtitle under your Listing Title.
Listing Description – Should include: Who, What, When, Where, Why
There is no specific size/length restriction for this field, HOWEVER web visitors have a short attention span! You’re better off keeping this content engaging and as short as possible while still providing complete information.
NOTE: If you’re cutting-and-pasting this text from another source (such as your company website) please paste it into a text-only file (such as Notepad or RichText) and save the file FIRST. THEN you can copy it and paste it into the WTD form to remove all unwanted web formatting.
Listing Location – A Listing may have more than one location, but it needs AT LEAST one Active Location to appear live on the WhatToDo network. You can edit existing locations (with the yellow pencil button) or create a new location by selecting “Add New”. You can also place your listing so it shows up where you want it on the map. You do this by clicking the map thumbtack button in the green box, then dragging the pin to map location you choose.
Category with Subcategory – A Listing may have UP TO FIVE Categorizations but needs AT LEAST one to appear live on the WhatToDo network. The Category/Subcategory is the primary way a potential customer will find your company’s info. To delete an existing Category/Subcategory, click the red box marked with the “X” to the right of the row. To add a new Category/Subcategory, click the grey “Add New” button to the top right of this field. You cannot do a category without a subcategory. Every Category must have a Subcategory selected or it won’t appear on the website network. Try to find a Category/Subcategory that is somewhat appropriate for your Listing. If you find nothing that matches, you may request a new one be created by clicking the “Contact WTD” button at the top or bottom of the page. Tips on Categories & Subcategories.
Media includes logos, images and video. The Media section of the Admin functions the same in all areas of the Web Content, including Activity/Dining Listings, Coupons, Events, and Specials.
The Media Gallery is the area where you upload Logos, Images and Video that will appear on the live website. You can get to the Media Gallery by clicking “My Businesses” button on your web dashboard and then choosing “Media” tab. Or you can go to an individual item (Event, Listing, Coupon) and select the “Media’ button on the left.
In general, Images added directly in your My Businesses section media area will be available for use in all your business’s Items so you can use them in any or all of your listings. Images entered in a specific item (i.e. Listing or Event) will ONLY be available for this Item. Media files may be shared among multiple Items by checking the box that reads “Allow this image to be used for any of my items” after uploading the file. You may also restrict its use by checking the box next to “Allow this image only for this specific Item.”
The logo is a square thumbnail image that will always appear next to your business name. You can upload your actual logo or you can upload a picture and use it as a logo. This is how listings and logos appear on the website:
All items (Coupon, Listing, Special, etc.) should have at least one logo available when you click the gray “Media” tab on the left.
If you have not already entered a Logo for your business, the system may generate a text Logo for you. In some instances, there may be more than one Logo to choose from. In this case, one will appear with “Active” in the green box above the image and the rest will appear with “Inactive” in a red box above the image. Only ONE logo may be Active (appearing on the live website) at any given time. If the correct logo is marked “Active,” no further action is required. If you would like to change the Active Logo for a specific Item please click the word “Activate” under the desired Logo. The image should now appear with “Active” in a green box.
If the correct Logo file does not appear among your choices, click the “Add Logos” box at the top right of this field.
To upload your photos:
You may include as many videos as you’d like in the Available Videos section of each item (Event or Listing). You may also choose not to include any videos at all.
Your videos are stored in the section called “Available Videos.” They will appear with either “Active” in a green box above the file or “Inactive” in a red box above the file. “Active” videos appear on the live website, while “Inactive” ones are saved here but aren’t visible to the public. They remain available for you to make public whenever you choose. Click “Activate” or “Inactive” (in the box below the image) according to which video(s) you want to display.
Every Listing in WhatToDo must have at least one Category with a Subcategory.
The system won’t allow you to delete the last Category/Subcategory if it’s the only one listed. If that’s the case, you’ll need to add a new Category/Subcategory first, THEN delete the unwanted one. NOTE: You must select BOTH a Category and a Subcategory. Listings with only a Category selected will not appear on the live WTD website.
NOTE: There are many different Categories and Subcategories combinations available. For example “Arts & Crafts” is available under “Family Fun” Category and “Art Classes” is available under “Activities” Category, and it’d be best to list it both ways.
Please take a moment to read through your options before making your selections, recognizing there may not always be an exact match. If there is nothing available that can be used for your Listing, you may contact us to recommend additional Categories or Subcategories.
You may check up to five Subcategories for each listing. They may all be listed under one Category or in different Categories.