The general assumptions for creating Ads Types is adding the advertisers the possibility to add the additional badge to make an add more visible for example by using a type like [urgent] [for free] etc. 

ads types on classifieds website wordpress

However, the significant issue is to make "types" filtrable so users may look for products signed with the specific type. The good example can be illustrated for "used" or "new" products, for example, on the car classifieds website where customers may filter let's say used cars.

ads types in a search form wordpress classifieds plugin

Let's get started! Create ads types

To use Ads Types on your classifieds website you need to create them at the backend entering its name and some styles like the badge background, font color and optionally the border.

There also the setting "Use in search" selected by default, but if for some reason you do not want to use a type as a filterable option in a search form simply check "No" for a specific type item.

create ads types wordpress classifieds plugin

a) Go to TerraClassifieds -> Types to create a new type.
b) Set its name and some design styles.
c) If you set it to use in the search form, you will give your site visitors the possibility to filter ads by types.

Enable ads types

Once your types are ready you need to enable them in TerraClassifieds settings.

enable ads types in classifieds plugin wordpress

a) Go to TerraClassifieds -> Settings -> Types and set "Yes" for Use "ads types".

b) Also, you may set the types style for advert adding and edit mode page to use a select list or radio buttons

There are several areas where ads types are visible as a result of enabling the general setting:

  • an advert view - located next to the advert title

    advert view classifieds wordspress types

  • category view - visible on the adverts list of a selected category or search

    wordpress classifieds plugin ads types

  • add advert view - on this page the "ads types" option can be displayed as a select list or radio buttons. See section Enable ads types b) (above)

    Add advert view types classifieds wordpress plugin

  • edit advert view - the option view is the same like on the add advert view (see the image above)

Ads types required or not while adding an ad?

Configure this setting here TerraClassifieds -> Settings -> Adding advert view.  If you set "Yes" (required) the users are forced to choose a type while adding an ad.

add advert ads types required

If you set "No" users still may choose the ad's type or choose "none" to leave this option.

How to use ads types in a search form?

All used ads types will be visible in a search form once you enable them.  This is how types are visible in a search form (the example is from the demo site of TerraClassic classifieds WordPress theme).

Note, types that are already used in any of ads will be visible in the search form - not used types will not be displayed.

There are two areas with the search form: 

  • a search widget - TerraClassifieds Search, go to Appearance -> Widgets

    search form wordpress classifieds plugin

  • ads category view - TerraClassifieds -> Settings -> Category view. This view is available when you follow any category, it's a built-in search form in a category view, see the example for demo site of TerraClassic classifieds WordPress theme.


    search wordpress classifieds plugin

Display ads types in Latest Ads widget

latest ads with ads types

To display ads types in the TerraClassifieds Latest Ads widget go to the TerraClassifieds Latest Ads widget and check "Show types".

latest ads widget

Thanks for following the tutorial!

Do you prefer watching a video guide? Here it is 2-minute video guide on how to use Ads Types in TerraClassifieds classifieds plugin for WordPress.

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