AWPCP Classifieds Front End

This section describes how the AWPCP pages interact on the front end.  When you install AWPCP, it installs a number of WordPress pages when you go to Classified Pages setup under General Settings.  These pages control the display and workflow of AWPCP.  They are:

Place Ad

Edit Ad

Browse Ads

Browse Categories

View Categories

Search Ads

Renew Ad

Payment Thanks

Payment Cancel

Reply To Ad

You can control what each and every one of these pages is named at any time.  They all support multibyte characters as well.  They will be referred to in the documentation as the names above for consistency.

All of the above pages live under the AWPCP Main page (by default named Classifieds).  This main page has the shortcode [ AWPCPCLASSIFIEDSUI ] (removing the spaces to activate it).  You can place this shortcode in any page on your site to make AWPCP appear in that page.

For example, if you want to make AWPCP the main page on your website’s home page, simply set a static page as your home page for WordPress, and then place the shortcode above into that page.  AWPCP will automatically appear on it after saving it.

The main display page can run in one of two modes–category mode or “all ads” mode.  Category mode shows all of your categories (parents and children), along with an optional count of ads present in them identical to the View Categories page.  Ad mode shows the same view as Browse Ads–all ads present sorted by whatever you set under Ad/Listing Settings.  You can change category mode vs. ad mode under General Settings, “Show Categories on main page”.

IMPORTANT:  All of these pages are required by AWPCP to perform various functions of a classified site.  Deleting any of them is very bad.  Some themes will automatically display ALL pages in your site on a menu, and this may be undesirable.  Some AWPCP pages are not meant to be accessed out of context (for example, Reply To Ad can’t be viewed without knowing what ad you’re replying to.  Same with Renew Ad, Show Ad, and many others).

If you see pages displaying that should not be, adjust your theme’s menu functions or use the WordPress 3.0 menu editor (if your theme supports it) to hide these pages.  Most of the time, you’ll want to display these pages:

  • Place Ad
  • Search Ads
  • Browse Ads
  • Browse Categories
  • View Categories

The rest can be safely hidden away, but not deleted or made private which prevents AWPCP from using them as needed.

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