Use Toolset-based themes to easily create your own feature-packed theme just like AdListing

February 28, 2019

What if you could create exactly what you wanted without the usual stress of actually building it? That was the experience of WPPersona which used Toolset-based themes to create their theme, Ad Listing.

A great theme needs to be able to do two things above anything else. It needs to look great but it also needs easy-to-customize functionality. Imagine if you could achieve both with minimal coding?

That’s why Gnanasekaran Loganathan and the WPPersona team used Toolset-based themes to create Ad Listing – a listings directory WordPress theme with user front-end dashboard. They used Toolset-based themes to create a product which allows users to customize it exactly how they like even if they are not technically experienced.

AdListing - a WordPress theme for ads created with Toolset plugins and the Toolset-based theme tool
AdListing – a WordPress theme for ads created with Toolset plugins and the Toolset-based theme tool

How does Toolset-based themes help the end-user?

Installing a Toolset-based theme is as simple as any other WordPress theme. All the user needs to do is install the zip file which they are given when they purchase the theme.

AdListing, the Toolset-based theme is installed like any other WordPress theme
AdListing, the Toolset-based theme is installed like any other WordPress theme

In fact, even though their theme will be packed with Toolset’s collection of advanced features, your clients will not need to purchase and install any of the Toolset plugins.

The built-in Toolset installer does the job for them.

When you install the AdListing theme, it will automatically install all required plugins.
When you install the AdListing theme, it will automatically install all required plugins.

The users will be able to download the demo content as well. Being able to see examples will give the client an instant idea of the potential of their website with your theme.

The Toolset installer provides the user with the demo content as an option.
The Toolset installer provides the user with the demo content as an option.

Once they are happy with what they’ve seen from the demo content, your client can start to customize all parts of the site directly from the admin. For example, clients will be able to:

Not only are Toolset-based themes easy to install but updating them is just as simple. Instead of typing in long license keys, all your client needs to do is select the updates right from the WordPress admin and all the Toolset plugins the theme uses will be automatically updated.

How AdListing stands out

AdListing’s directory theme is ideal for real estate, car dealership, restaurant, hotel and any other type of listings website.

Let’s look at some of the theme features.

Flexible search

The Ad Listing theme contains a flexible custom search which allows the visitor to find exactly what they are looking for quickly.

The author implemented the custom search easily using Toolset Views meaning they didn’t need to use PHP. Note also how the range flexible filters have been employed as sliders. This means users can change variables (such as the price) more quickly rather than entering numbers manually.

Range filters of the AdListing theme have been employed as sliders
Range filters of the AdListing theme have been employed as sliders

Feature-rich single-ad pages

Each of the ad pages features a number of important elements which ensures the content is easy to comprehend and use:

  • A neatly designed layout
  • Google Maps to easily locate items
  • A contact form which sends an email directly to the ad’s author.
  • An image gallery as a thumbnail slider.
The template for the single-ad pages has been created using the Layouts plugin which makes every piece of the template easy to customize
The template for the single-ad pages has been created using the Layouts plugin which makes every piece of the template easy to customize

Connections between ads and sellers

AdListing allows your user to easily navigate between elements to provide them with a seamless experience. For example, you can switch between the items and the sellers in just one click. On a single-ad page, you will see a View Seller which will take you to the seller’s profile page where you can see all of their ads.

Connections between ads and sellers
Connections between ads and sellers
Ads posted by a specific seller
Ads posted by a specific seller

WPPersona sends parameters between the Toolset elements and then uses the Query Filter section to connect the single-ad page with the seller profile page.

Connections between ads and sellers - implementation
Connections between ads and sellers – implementation

All forms and templates are fully customizable

Thanks to the fact they were built using Toolset plugins, the customer can modify all the front-end forms on AdListings.

User registration form provided by the AdListing theme created with the Toolset plugins
User registration form provided by the AdListing theme created with the Toolset plugins

Customers can also customize the templates and Views from the dashboard which you can see below.

Toolset Dashboard of the AdListing theme
Toolset Dashboard of the AdListing theme

Challenges

AdListing theme
AdListing theme

Gnanasekaran admits there were, of course, some challenges to building its theme.

First, WPPersona needed to make the pages look as attractive as possible so they spent a bit of time styling them with customized CSS coding. Second, they added additional JS scripts (filter sliders in the search and the slider with thumbnails gallery) to expand on the Toolset foundations.

Both of these aspects are optional but the author says it was worth it to ensure the theme stands out.

Now, they are applying to sell the theme on themeforest.net but the theme is already available for sale at their site.

Build your own feature-packed Toolset-based theme

You can also create a theme as feature-rich as AdListings by using Toolset and the Toolset-based themes.

Creating a robust theme packed with complex features would normally require hours of complex PHP coding. However, by using Toolset-based themes, developers are bypassing all the hard work and still coming out with the same powerful theme.

Not only is it easy to build the theme, but preparing it for sale is as straightforward. You can configure the theme, select the required plugins and provide the demo content all from your Toolset account.

Use the Toolset-based theme system provided by Toolset to create Toolset-based themes ready for sale
Use the Toolset-based theme system provided by Toolset to create Toolset-based themes ready for sale

Finally, creating a Toolset-based theme will leave you confident that you are providing a product of the highest quality which is fully customizable to your customers.

Check out our step-by-step guide on how to build Toolset-based themes to see just how easy it is.

You can get started today by downloading Toolset-based themes and purchasing one of our Toolset Author’s accounts.

Share your thoughts

How do you like the AdListing theme? Have you ever used the Toolset-based themes tool to create your own theme? What do you think about it? We’ll be happy to see your thoughts!

 

Comments 17 Responses

  1. Wow, that’s amazing!

    I have a small question. On this page http://darisanam.com/adlist/new-ad or otherwise in the WP Admin dashboard, when creating a or editing a post, it is possible to allow the user to pick up the pin-point location from the maps if they are unable to find it in the location field.

    I am rather more interested in this because the website that I am working on is completed based on locations.

    The only exception is that it probably won’t have the front-end submission form. I will be adding the listings from within the WP Admin dashboard.

  2. Great tool but the database is still not horizontal… so when you will have an important number of ads, the filters will be too slow.
    The only last “problem” of Toolset… I pray every day for this!

        • @Agnes Thank you.
          As soon, as we resolved the caching issue (and I have some time) and you are interested I may prepare a guest post describing how we have done this and the issues we had/have… This is no secret, so other may use the method as well… combined with static site caching you get a really really fast filter view.

    • Hello Gilbert, yes, that’s tricky (because of the WordPress database schema) and we do not have any specific plans to change the way we query data from the database. In the meantime, Adrian’s hint can help. Please have a look at his comment.

  3. Hi all!
    @adrianM-6, I will be interested too to discover your approach, and how we could use “url filters”! Maybe I’m wrong but I don’t see this in the documentation of Toolset.
    It will be interested to test it with a very big database and a lot of filters!
    Thank you a lot if you can give us more details 🙂
    @Agnes, yes I understand. Add the feature “custom datatables” will ask certainly a big work, and I understand it can’t be the priority.
    Just as we can see on Pods and Metabox, we can easily have a horizontal database, and it’s the perfect solution for big websites and if needed make easily custom sql queries on it. For me, this is this last option who can help me to be sure at 100 % to have always the possibility to make custom sql query and work efficiently with databases 🙂
    That’s why, of course I prefer Toolset for all the features but I think it could be great to have this feature to make a difference (for big websites who needs a lot of filters and very big/complex model with a lof of fields).

  4. I viewed this on ThemeForest and it was made in 2017 and never been update and only sold 9 copies, has no ratings and no support, i wouldnt poke this with a stick
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    • Hello Jason,
      what you see in your link is a PSD template, not the theme. From what I know from the theme author they are getting ready to sell this theme on ThemeForest. I don’t know the current status.

    • Hello Jason,
      Gnanasekaran got back to you with more details. I’m not sure if you are getting notifications for new comments. I think you are notified by email only when we reply directly from our toolset.com admin and that’s why I’m letting you know.

  5. Hello Jason,

    Agnes you’re right!

    We have developed a theme based on Toolset (https://toolset.com/) which has numerous features worth of $299 which is not provided by any other themes. This itself an update about our theme and we’re ready to provide support 24X7 for our clients and we’re still doing it everyone who needs it. And we ‘re working on many other features to make our theme a unique one.

    Our theme is purely designed for people who don’t require any coding or programming skills for customization. And the above is our PSD template and we’re actually selling our theme over here: http://wppersona.com/themes

    Our theme is designed for :

    -Bundled with a theme worth of $299
    -Requires No Coding Knowledge
    -Easy Customization
    -Time-Saving and Cost Economic
    -Reusable
    -No need to purchase additional plugins

    Hope you know that people will not buy PSD templates compared to themes and that’s the reason for the lesser sales. If you’re buying our theme, then you will get the plugins worth of $299 which comes with the bundle of our theme and that’s an automatic update.

    We’re just taking some more time to convert our PSD as a theme and since we ‘re doing it with Toolset, it requires some more time to develop a unique theme.

    And we’re not selling our themes in Themeforest and we’re actually selling it here:http://www.wppersona.com/themes