How to build a site like CitySearch.com

by Elaine on December 29, 2010

I will help you create a site like CitySearch.com, or a site like Yelp.com, or site like Toronto.com, or a wedding event planning site, or a wedding Bridal show site like the WeddingWire.com.  Yes, if you think of the whole project from development to finish it will be hard, but using Wordpress you can skip all the development work.  You just need to add the content!  So you ask, how to build a site like CitySearch.com?  Easy, use WordpressWordpress is free.  After you install WordPress and connect with the right template for your event planning website, all you need to worry about is adding content.  If you need help installing and setting up your wordpress site, see this post – and follow steps 1,2,3.

Below I will introduce to you a template perfect for your event planning site.  It will make your site look like a professional, clean, elegant, and most of all you don’t have to touch a single piece of code.  The template name is Events by Templatic.

events templatic How to build a site like CitySearch.com

The Events by Templatic is perfect for any wedding event planning  or citysearch event management site because it has all the key Components necessary to get your event site up and running.    Here are the reasons why:

Professional Event Management Site Reason #1: The splash page has a rotating featured event post or featured event video to highlight important events happening in the city or venue.  Click here for more info…

 

 

 

 

Professional Event Management Site Reason #2: You can allow users to add their own event listings.  From the template control panel, you can choose whether to charge your users to add events or to allow them to post for free.  There is also an option for administrator approval before events are posted to your website or if events are posted immediately after user clicks on submit.  Click here for more info…

Professional Event Management Site Reason #3: On the Frontpage, the Events Template shows upcoming and past events in each taxonomy/category you created.  This is basically a high level overview of the event displaying the title, date, time, event category, location, and a picture.  User clicks on Read More or clicks on the event title to get more information about the event.  Click here for more info…

Professional Event Management Site Reason #4: Event details is extremely powerful and it’s complex design is the highlight of this template.  You have the basic event details and description and along with that the viewer has an option to add the event to their preferred calendar – Outlook, Google, Yahoo, or iCal Calendars.   There is a visual location on a Google map with a box to get directions from a specified location.  As an event poster you can also choose to upload photos of your event.  At the bottom of the event details there is a designated space for the event organizer and contact information.  The event organizer also has a choice to have a register now button and/or a link their own event page.   Hey this also reminds me of a site to create like runningroom.com, where you can list races and triathlons.   The event details page also has social networking integrated into the desgin.  Users can like it on facebook, share on twitter or email the event to a friend.   Click here for more info…

Professional Event Management Site Reason #5: If you already have an events site or have hundreds of events to add there is a events bulk uploader.   The file to upload should be saved in a csv file and your events should be listed in the same categories that you created on this new events site.  The bulk uploader also shows an example of a csv file so you will have a guide.  Click here for more info…

Professional Event Management Site Reason #6: Event posters sign in to post their events and they can manage their events on their own.  This is seamless to you so you have less hassle to deal with event posters to see what their event status is and when it will expire.  The event posters can also renew their events themselves.  Click here for more info…

Professional Event Mangement Site Reason #7: There are different payment options available if you choose to charge for posting events.  A coupon feature is also available to give discounts on posting events on your site.  Click here for more info…

Professional Event Management Site Reason #8: Financial management is easy too with the Event template.  You can manage how much it will cost to post in certain categories and how long the payment will last.  For example you can charge $10 to post events on the rotating featured events for a span of 90 days, and then you can make it free to post ads in the music category for 30 days.  Click here for more info…

Events by Templatic is SEO optimized, fully widgitized,  banner ads optimized, comes with 4 different color schemes, has 6 built-in payment gateways, drop down menus, gravatar support and threaded comments, and so much more features that you have to demo to see for yourself.  This is probably the best Wordpress Theme so far for event management or any of kind of event planning.  With this theme, you can create an Event directory, event listings, add reviews and ratings, show locations through Google maps, add banners, or google Adsense and these are just some benefits.

Click here for a demo or download the Events template here.  Visit Templatic.com to see other WordPress templates they have.

 

 

 How to build a site like CitySearch.com

Elaine

Elaine is the founder of CmsMind, an online blog providing Joomla and WordPress tutorials. Elaine lives in Toronto and when she is not online, she is either Marathon and Triathlon training or travelling and racing somewhere in the world. Find her also at: Save Money, Premium Themes and Templates, and at Webhosting Tips.

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