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.

If a listing is assigned to more categories, the map will display the first one, in alphabetical order. If you want to control that and decide whcih Category icon to be displayed on the map, you can use the “Primary Category” option from Yoast Seo plugin.

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).


Updated on August 25, 2020

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