redLIST:Managing your List Items

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Managing Fields

Once the category structure has been created, the next thing to do would be to start adding items to the directory. These are referred to in redLIST as "Search items". Depending on the kind of directory being built, search items can represent people, places or special items of interest. Before creating search items however, it is recommended to first visit the "Fields" section to customize the kind of information that each item should display.

Click on the "Fields" submenu link to bring up the Fields listing screen. Here is an overview of all the available fields, their field type, and the unique code by which each field is identified and stored in the database. The listing also indicates which fields are visible on the front-end and the views in which they should appear.

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In addition there are facilities to change the order in which fields are displayed (on both the front end and when adding items in the backend) as well as whether they are "published" or not. Fields that have been unpublished will not be displayed on the front-end, and neither will any information stored for them in search items. In addition, those fields will not appear when adding or editing a new search item.

An important distinction to make: a field that is not "visible" will still appear in the search item details page in the backend, while one that has been unpublished will not appear anywhere.

Finally there is a search filter available on the top left of the listing view where you can narrow down the fields displayed according to all or part of their field code.

By default, redLIST comes installed with six standard fields: Name, Street, Zip, City, Phone number, and Email address. Along with any additional custom fields, these six can apply to lists consisting of people, places and special items of interest. The first four are required for items to appear on any maps, while the last two stored in display important contact information. Deleting or unpublishing any of these will prevent items from appearing on the map as well preventing the ability to create article content tags for those items.

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When adding a new field or editing an existing one, you can modify the field name and assign the field a unique identifying code. For example, a "Phone number" field could have a field code of "phone". Note that you can only assign the code to a new field; once it has been saved it cannot be changed.

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There are three field types to choose from:

You can set whether the field should be visible on the front-end, and which views the field should appear on. There are three views available, each one corresponding to one of redLIST's menu items:

Note: if "Field visible" has been set to "No", it will not appear within any front-end views regardless of their settings.

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Managing List Items

Once you have your category structure and set up all the appropriate fields, you can now begin adding search items to your redLIST directory.

Click on the "Search items" submenu link to bring up the Search Items listing screen. Here is an overview of all the search items stored within redLIST and the facility to change their published status. There is also a search filter on the top left which can be used in our down the search items displayed according to all or part of the item name.

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There is one function button to note on this screen, "CSV Export". Clicking this button will generate a new CSV file containing all the search items stored in redLIST, regardless of their published status.

When adding a new search item or editing an existing one, there are several fields that you can fill in. All published fields from the "Fields" section will be listed first, along with spaces to fill in the relevant information for each. If you have any category type fields, select the subcategories to assign this item to. After these custom fields have been filled in, scroll down the page to find four more options.

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You can assign an image for the item, sets its published state, and define the item location's map coordinates. If you don't know them or are not sure about them, you can click on the "Get coordinates" button to fetch the item's coordinates direct from Google maps. Note that this feature requires that the "Name", "Street", "Zip" and "City" fields are filled in, as these are the variables required to run the coordinates search on Google maps servers.

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If redLIST was able to fetch the coordinates, the message will appear to indicate that "Coordinates for latitude and longitude updated. All informations saved." If it did not, and you wish for this item to appear on any of the item maps, enter these coordinates manually.

By default, redLIST comes installed with six standard fields: Name, Street, Zip, City, Phone number, and Email address. Along with any additional custom fields, these six can apply to lists consisting of people, places and special items of interest. The first four are required for items to appear on any maps, while the last two stored in display important contact information. Deleting or unpublishing any of these will prevent items from appearing on the map as well preventing the ability to create article content tags for those items.



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