Map Zones and Quicklinks on Location/Event Searches

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Overview

 

 

When you create a location or event  search, you have the option to include a map as the basis of your search. For example, if you want to create a search of restaurants in Los Angeles, CA, you might want to allow your users to peruse the results on a map. The map, in this case, acts as a geographic filter for the results that get displayed. So, if you create a search of LA restaurants you probably wouldn't want your readers to find restaurants in San Francisco. As a result, you should set the map zoom level for your restaurant search to be some level that gives a reasonable view of the city.

NOTE: There is a 20% buffer area around EACH Map Zone where locations along the edge will appear in your results.

       

Quick Links

In addition to this basic functionality described above, you can add to your search something called a "Quick Link." A Quick Link is just a collection of links in the form of a pull down that allows your users to jump to other areas or zoom levels on the map.

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Quick Links are a convenient way to direct your readers to common places you think they are likely to want to search. For example, they might want to jump to a specific neighborhood in a city. When you add a Quick Link on your location or event search, the search results will include all of the locations within the area of initial map search PLUS all of the locations contained within the area of EACH Map Zone contained within the Quick Link. To learn more about setting up Map Zones and Quick Links go here.

Below you can see examples of differing types of location searches with Quick Links.  

      

 

1. Quick Links are all inside of map search area

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The search results will contain everything from within the map search area plus ALL the Map Zones.

      

 

2. Quick Links are inside AND outside of map search area

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The search results will contain everything from within the map search area plus Map Zone 03, which is outside.

      

3. Quick Links are all outside of map search area

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The search results will contain everything from within the map search area plus ALL the other Map Zones outside.

 

Creating Map Zones

Quick links are groupings of Map Zones. By adding quick links to your location search, you provide a quick way for your visitors to start browsing locations in the Map Zones you provide them.

To set up Quick Links, such as a list of neighborhoods, you need to set up Map Zones. Once you have set up these Map Zones you can then add them to the Quick Links as items that the site visitor can select from the Quick Links pulldown menu.

There are two types of Map Zones

Custom Map Zone:

  1. Click on Map Zones
  2. Click on "Custom Map Zone."
  3. Give your new Map Zone a name.
  4. Move the map to the desired area and adjust the zoom as tight to the edges of your zone as you can. For example, if your Map Zone is a familiar neighborhood, set the zoom level to display the entire neighborhood so that no part of it goes off the screen.

Thanks to Geonames project and it's Database we have now integrated in Metro Publisher, we can search through already defined geographical areas and add them through Preset Map Zones.

To search and add Preset Map Zones:

  1. In Map Zones, click on "Add Preset Map Zones."
  2. Select a Category of Map Zone, if you're a city magazine, you'd probably select Neighborhood.
  3. Set the Country, State, City information by clicking "Change" to adjust (if you have default location set, it will be displayed here).
    - if searching for Neighborhoods, set Country, State and City
    - if searching for Cities, just set Country and State
  4. Enter a keyword to limit results.
  5. Click "Search."
  6. Any results will display with a map preview.
  7. Check off as many Map Zones as desired.
  8. Click "Add Map Zones" to add all the selected Map Zones.
      

Creating Quick Links

Here is a brief example of how locations search, quick links and Map Zones work together.

 

Let's say you're about to create a Restaurant Directory for San Francisco.

You already set up Map Zones for each San Francisco neighborhood, like the Mission District, SOMA, North Beach, and Haight/Ashbury.

The next thing to do is create a quick link called "Neighborhoods" and add all the 4 neighborhoods to it.

When you go to add your location search, your new Quick Link "Neighborhoods" will show up as an option.


Making a Quick Link

  1. Go to Locations, click on "Other Options" from the bottom navigation bar and choose "Quick Links."
  2. Click on "Add a Quick Link"
  3. Name your quick link
  4. Click on "Add Map Zone(s)"
  5. Select all desired Map Zones by clicking each corresponding row
  6. Click "Select Map Zone(s)" when you've selected all the zones your want
  7. Click "Save Changes" to complete your new quick link

NOTE: For Quick Links to appear on Location and/or Event Searches you MUST check the 'Limit Search to Map' box at the bottom of your Search editing page in Admin.

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