There are two ways to create a location. One is through your admin dashboard, the other is through the front-end. In this tutorial we’ll be using the front-end as many club members might not have access to the admin dashboard. Unless your club’s webmaster has made some changes, you can create an Location by going to Events > Locations > Add New Location.
Choose a name
Type in a name for this Location. When choosing a name for your Location, there are a couple of things you need to consider. What will club members type in when searching for this Location, and what will other Event organisers type in when creating Events at this Location. In this tutorial I’ll be creating a Location for the Indefatigable Climbing Wall, which is more commonly known as the “Indy”. Looking at the screenshot below, you can see that I’ve included both the long and short version of the Location’s name. This is to make sure that it appears in search results whichever name club members or Event organisers are using as a search term. It’s important to note that this Location will also appear for anybody searching for “Climbing Wall”.
Choose an address
After entering a name for your Location, you will then want to include the address. As you start typing out the address, the Google Map will try to guess where that Location is. For obvious reasons, adding a postcode will allow Google to more accurately guess where your Location is. In some cases though, you’ll need to create the map, or make adjustments manually. To do this, all you need to do is drag the Red Pointer to where the Location is. If you need to zoom in or out of the map, you can do so by scrolling your mouse wheel, or clicking on the + or – icons.
Enter the Location details
The next thing you should do is describe the Location. You should spend some time doing this as this page will be publicly available and appear in other places on the internet such as Google search results and in social media. Think of it as an opportunity to draw visitors to your club’s website.
Add custom attributes
You will then need to add any custom attributes that have been created by your club’s webmaster. In the example below, a grid reference has been added.
Add an image
And finally, add an image. The image you upload here will appear in search results, both on the club’s website, and in social media. To upload an image, click on “Choose File”, and then locate the image you want to upload. Once selected, the image name will appear next to the “Choose File” button.
Save the Location
You’re now ready to save your Location. Check for any mistakes and then click on Update Location. If a red box appears you will need to make the suggested corrections. If successful, a green message will appear to notify you that your Location has been created.
Test the Location
To see how your newly created Location appears to other club members, go to Events > Locations > All Locations. Below the map, all Locations are listed in alphabetical order. Note; to improve the website’s performance (and thus its Search Engine Ranking) only 10 Locations are shown per page - you may need to navigate to another page to find your Location. Once found, click on the title of your Location.
Check that all of the details are correct. Handy tip: You can check how accurately the pointer on the Google map is placed by going into Street View. To do this drag the yellow “Peg-Man” onto a road near the pointer.
Manage your Locations
If you need to make changes to this Location, either now or in the future, go to Events > Locations > My Locations. You will be given a list of all the Locations which you have created. Clicking on the title for the Location will take you into a familiar interface where you can edit the Location’s details.
Create an Event
When you’re ready, you can add a new Event at that Location.
If you have any questions, please leave a comment at the bottom of this page.