Differentiate content on homepage for classifieds website

Home page is main page of your website and you want to show content that will interest your visitors and guide them in the right direction. Classifieds website is populated by user generated content. Generally most classifieds websites’ homepage contains list of latest ads, categories and popular locations.

Let’s concentrate on a list of latest ads on classifieds website. Usually there are 20-50 latest ads shown on homepage. We prefer showing 10 featured, and 50 latest ads and 10 popular ads of the week on our websites. Homepage is constructed using widgets. There are some drawbacks when displaying latest ads. Let’s go through those drawbacks and find solution that will overcome them.

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How we increased featured ad sales 24 times on Classifieds website – Case study

This is case study, by one of our customers. Classified ads website increased number of subscription to their social account on mobile messaging application Line and increased featured ad sales. We used banners and share buttons in right places on the website to increase subscribers to Line account and drive more traffic back to our website. You will learn all steps that we used to increase featured ad sales.

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How to Install Classifieds Script on iPage hosting?

iPage is popular web hosting provider with affordable shared hosting plans to start your classifieds website. Similar to Bluehost they offer free SSL certificate, free domain registration and allow to host multiple websites depending on package you bought. We assume that you have purchased hosting and domain from iPage web hosting. In this tutorial you will learn how to install classifieds script on iPage shared servers. Read More

How to display total number of ads in Classifieds website?

Displaying total number of ads will encourage site visitors to post their ads and will give some credibility to your classifieds website. Also this will work positive if you have more than 100 ads, other vise your site may give impression of dead website to new visitor.

In Classibase we have very flexible “Text” widget which can be regular text, JavaScript or PHP. For displaying total number of ads, ads posted last month and last day we will use PHP. Getting total number of ads in Classibase may be tricky for some users that is why we created this tutorial to give exact PHP code that you can use for your website. Read More

How to import Ads from other classifieds website?

If you have old classifieds website and want to move your ads to Classibase powered website then we have feature for importing ads using XML file format. Ad importing with XML will import ads and create all necessary categories, locations, custom fields if they are not already created. Before importing ads try it on test server first and check if any custom fields, categories, locations messed up. If everything worked as you expected then repeat process on live site. Read More

Speed and resource comparison WordPress vs Classibase

How fast is Classibase compared to other scripts? How much resource will be required for certain amount of ads? What is suggested server configuration? There are most common question asked from our customers. To answer these questions we will compare WordPress vs Classibase scripts’ resource and time used to generate a page.

We designed Classibase to use only required resources and not load unused files and classes. Also we cache slow and not vital queries like counting ads for one hour to speed up page generation. WordPress loads almost all files even if it is not going to be used for this particular page. There are some performance plugins like caching in WordPress as well. Read More

How to setup classifieds website without categories?

Classifieds websites can be general or focused to one niche. On general classifieds you will have many categories and locations. On medium niche classifieds website you may have some category and locations, and on small niche classifieds website you do not need to have any categories at all if your site is focused on one topic only.

As an example for small niche classifieds website can be: job board for programmers; pet classifieds like dog, cat or horse, property classifieds for some local real estate agency, car classifieds for dealer with inventory up to 100 cars. Small niche websites are good for getting highly targeted visitors and has earning potential bigger than general classifieds in term of earning per ad. For example for a niche job board you can charge 30$ per ad and having 30 ads posted per month will make 900$ income on average. However it will work only if you have focused traffic and reputable background like industry related established business.  Read More

Manage categories and locations in classifieds website

Depending on your website requirement you may need to have some categories and locations in your classifieds website. For small niche websites you can use script without any category and location. For big websites it is suggested to have appropriate categories and locations  for grouping ads and making navigation easy.

In classibase you can have unlimited number of categories and locations with unlimited levels of subcategories. In this tutorial we explain how to add, edit and delete categories in your classifieds website using classibase script. Managing locations is similar to categories so you can perform similar actions for locations as well. Read More

Classibase image settings

Product images is essential feature of classifieds website. On Classibase classifieds script you can control number of images uploaded per ad, image size and thumbnail size displayed on item page and on listings. Also you can append watermark with your domain name to images in order to drive traffic from users who found images from your website on other media like website, search engine, printed paper, desktop computer or mobile phone. Read More

Display street address on Google map

This tutorial explains how to display Google map for ads with address custom field on Classibase classifieds script. Map is useful for property, service and job listings. There are several settings to complete in order to display Google maps. These steps are already set by default for fresh Classibase installs using version 1.4 or later. If you are upgraded from older version then you may have to complete all of the following steps. Read More

How to add custom field to classifieds website?

This tutorial explains how to add custom field to Classifieds website using Classibase script. Classifieds sites can have different custom fields for different categories. For example on “Flats and houses for sale” property you should have property custom fields like number of rooms, floor, area, address, price etc. For “Cars for sale” category you should use car related custom fields like engine type, fuel type, transmission type, color, year, make, model etc.

On Classibase classifieds script you can add as many custom fields to any number of categories. Custom fields can be displayed on category listing pages and can be searched with custom search. For example if you enable search for custom field “Number of rooms” for “Flats and houses for sale” category, when visitor visits that category custom search form will have field for filtering “Number of rooms”. Read More

Reducing spam with captcha on classifieds website

Spam is very annoying on publicly available sites and classifieds website is not an exception. Spammers target classifieds websites to reach real users and offer usually not legit products, posting to several location and categories. As a classifieds website owner you do not want spam messages appear on your site and destruct real users. Sites with spam ads do not give secure or legit website impression to visitor and generally abandoned immediately. Also some web browsers like chrome and search engines will ban and de-index your website if you classifieds website will have spam ads and links to questionable websites. This will reduce traffic to your website.

On Classibase we implemented several ways to eliminate spam messages. Here are list of current measures to prevent spam on Classibase classifieds script: Read More

How to display latest ads in WordPress?

This is tutorial will explain how to display your latest ClassiBase classified ads in your WordPress website. Classibase is separate script, not integrated to wordpress and installed separately. You can view speed comparison between Classibase vs WordPress.  However if you want to display latest ads from your classibase website on WordPress there is built in WordPress widget called RSS. RSS widget reads your classifieds site's rss feed and displays it on your WordPress blog. On Classibase latest ads can be read as rss feed by adding "rss/" to your sites URL (ex: http://yourclassibasesite.com/rss/). Read More

How to place google adsense ads on Classibase Classifieds Script?

Google adsense or any other display advertising is one of ways to monetize your classifieds site. On ClassiBase every theme has different widget areas where you can place adsense ads. Best performing ad locations are horizontal link unit before content and 300x250 medium rectangle ad unit after ad listings on category and ad pages. If you are targeting mobile phone users then use only medium rectangle ad unit which will fit for all screens from desktop computers, tablets to mobile phones. If you want to have responsive ads then read Google Adsense Ads for Classifieds site with Responsive Theme article . Read More

How to make ad box clickable

This is tutorial on how to make whole ad box clickable on ClassiBase. With growing trend to mobile devices usability of web sites become more important. As we all know it is good practice to have big clickable buttons and areas on web sites. Which will reduce misclicking links. For classifieds website you may want whole ad box to be clickable as displayed in following image.


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Google Adsense Ads for Classifieds site with Responsive Theme

Responsive design is website design that adapts to viewer’s device and viewable area. Mobile internet usage trend is growing fast. If you look at your website stats then you will notice grows of mobile visitors in percentage. Especially if it is classifieds site then users always search for things to buy, rent, sell. Responsive design makes it possible to deliver same content if you visit site from desktop computer or mobile phone or tablet. Every element on web page will restyled according to mobile device by hiding some unnecessary fields, resizing images and repositioning some elements. Read More