Organizing Listings With Categories and Tags/Amenities

Cat­e­gories pro­vide a help­ful way to group relat­ed list­ings togeth­er and to quick­ly tell vis­i­tors what a list­ing is about. Cat­e­gories make it eas­i­er for peo­ple to find your con­tent. Cat­e­gories are sim­i­lar to but broad­er than, tags. Both have their place in the fil­ter­ing area inside the search results page, and both have sup­port for icons, with a slight­ly dif­fer­ent styling.

Managing Categories

Cat­e­gories are enabled by default under the List­ings → Cat­e­gories menu sec­tion.

They might be con­sid­ered essen­tial to be used, as they pro­vide the first lev­el of orga­ni­za­tion. We rec­om­mend you to add no more than two cat­e­gories per list­ing; too many cat­e­gories can be con­fus­ing or over­whelm­ing to your vis­i­tors.

Managing Tags/Amenities

Tags are some­thing option­al and might not be need­ed for any kind of list­ings orga­ni­za­tion. In order to add sup­port for them, you need to use the Job Tags plu­g­in.

Tags can be used to fine-grain your list­ings fil­ter­ing — they can be like Pets Friend­ly, Wire­less Inter­net or you can get cre­ative and set a price range like $$$.

Step 1 — Install the Job Tags plugin

You must first pur­chase, install and acti­vate the Job Tags plu­g­in.

Step 2 — Create the tags

Now that you installed the plu­g­in, you can go to List­ings → List­ing Tags area and start adding your tags. For each ele­ment, you can add an icon by hov­er­ing the first gray block at the bot­tom side of the page. When the Select icon but­ton appears, just click it and select the icon you’d like to use.

Step 3 — Assign the tags to listings

Once you added some tags to your list­ings, you’re ready to dis­play them. In order to do that, you need to add a new wid­get to your sin­gle list­ings.

  1. Open a list­ing and click the Cus­tomize List­ings Lay­out but­ton from the top admin bar;
  2. Click the area that you’d like to add the tags to (eg. List­ing » Con­tent);
  3. Click the Add a Wid­get but­ton. Select the  List­ing » Tag wid­get;
  4. Save the changes.

Managing Types

List­ing type is used as a way of aggre­gat­ing the list­ings under their spe­cif­ic type, for a bet­ter con­trol. A fact is that the types are not con­sid­ered as a hier­ar­chy, like the cat­e­gories — How to Add a Job Type in WP Job Man­ag­er.

In oth­er words, they are just anoth­er lev­el of orga­ni­za­tion like Cat­e­gories or Tags, there­fore, we do not cur­rent­ly use them in the fron­tend or for fil­ter­ing.

Using Icons

Both for cat­e­gories and tags, you can add a relat­ed icon which, in cat­e­gories case, will be used on list­ing cards and pins. Fol­low­ing the instal­la­tion and acti­va­tion of the rec­om­mend­ed Cat­e­go­ry Icon plu­g­in, you can man­age them from List­ings → Categories/Tags → Edit → Icon.

Finding Icons

We’re offer­ing, by default, a list of icons that you can load, but you can find many great free icon packs here, here and here. When­ev­er pos­si­ble, we rec­om­mend using the SVG file type, so they can beau­ti­ful­ly scale and style, accord­ing to the area where they are shown (in some places they are small, in oth­ers larg­er).


This article applies to Listable, as they share the same underlying structure.

Updated on September 25, 2017

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