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layout suggestion
April 21, 2017
8:51 am
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June 23, 2016
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My Suggestion:

The default layout that AWPCP has is ad photo on left and text on the right. It is such a waste of space that one has to page down to browse anything more than a few ads on the screen at anytime. The text usually takes up a line or two and the rest is all empty. Browsing is annoying to page down forever. I have a free boating magazine ( - It's old code and I am developing a new wordpress site for the magazine, which is not open to the public yet) and the online classifieds are like the classifieds in the back of magazines with text below photo. I have looked everywhere on the internet and I found no plugin which has text under photo. I know these are complex systems and maybe that's the easiest layout, or maybe the other is impossible as a plugin, but everyone has the photo-left/text right layout - everyone. How about being different from the rest of the crowd?

I did find a very good classified theme that is really nice and I might have to go that route, but I prefer classifieds be part of my main site and a plugin. There's even a button to switch - instantaneously - from your layout to the one I like. Here it is: on the right are two symbols, one shows the "checkerboard" layout (photo over text) and the other - the typical "hamburger" symbol next to it allows one to switch back and forth.

Your layout ends up being photo over text anyway when you narrow the responsive screen to a single column, which is what their theme does too, of course.

I would gladly pay extra for such an add-on or layout or however it would work.

I also need to have the ability to upload many classifieds at once each month and AWPCP can do this with CSV files, which I need to have absolutely. In my case, that must be available in any layout.

The classifieds engine theme doesn't have that CSV ability, although I hear it's possible to do that with any situation which has fields, but I really don't know. That's rumor to me. Don't want to spread bad rumors.


April 25, 2017
1:32 am
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Hi southwinds,

To make those kinds of changes, you need to know about PHP, HTML and the WordPress API to properly make them. We can provide general guidance (e.g. file locations) but the specifics are left to you. Below are a few great resources to help you out here.

1. WPCurve, run by the AWPCP owner's friend Dan Norris, does unlimited 30 min WP-based customization work of any kind for $99/month (3 month minimum). It's a great deal and he runs a great service. However, not all customizations fit within his service.

2. Codeable, which has WordPress expert developers available for short-term projects:

3. The last option would be hiring a developer on Upwork (formerly known as oDesk) to help out if you think this is beyond your current skill set. There's a lot of decent folks on there as well.

February 8, 2018
12:20 pm
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February 7, 2018
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Good afternoon. If I change the HTML and PHP, what about the updates? If I update the plugin, do I lose the changes?

Can I have the general guidance?

Thank you very much. 

February 9, 2018
9:19 am
AWPCP Support

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Hi Alberto3,

Thank you for contacting us regarding this issue. 

Hacking the plugin comes with it's own risks and complications--like the fact that any changes you make can break other aspects of the plugin and any issues you have need to be tested against an unmodified plugin for support. If you can reproduce on the unmodified plugin, we can fix it. But any updates or changes have to be maintained by you in your custom version. It's a pretty big hassle.

If you'd like to proceed with that and have the right skill set, you can learn more about that here:

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