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Nearest Places FAQ
Common Questions for the Nearest Places module. This article is separated in functionality sections, highlighted with larger fonts.
Question 1. What can I do with Nearest Places?
Answer: You assign coordinates (longitude and lattitude) to articles and then show the "nearest" articles, in the module.
Question 2. What are common uses for Nearest Places?
Answer: Nearest Places can be used for all types of geographic distance comparison between articles. That can be common touristic places, like beaches near a hotel, or metro stations near a hotel, hotels near a metro station, hotels near a museum, hotels near an expedition and all kinds of "nearest" POI. Nearest Places can also be useful for shops that would like to display stores near others, or even promote their business by including nearby places. (A costumer is more likely to visit a store and then go somewhere nearby, rather than go across the city and back home all at once)
Question 3. Do I have to buy Nearest Places more than once? Are there any additional costs/payments after the initial purchase?
Answer: Definitely not. Nearest Places can be used unlimited times, after paying for it, only once. Updates are free.
Question 4. How do I update Nearest Places?
Answer: Easily. You should register at http://members.mavrosxristoforos.com with the email you used to purchase Nearest Places, and you can download the latest version. Once you get the latest version, just install over.
Installation / Configuration
Question 1. How to install Nearest Places?
Answer: When you download Nearest Places, you get a file named mod_nearestplaces.zip
Question 2. What is the minimum configuration required?
Answer: Nearest Places is designed to run "as is". Install and assign Joomla article coordinates. That is the only configuration required.
Question 3. How are coordinates assigned to Joomla articles with Nearest Places?
Answer: Easily. Nearest Places has a parameter called "Articles Coordinates". In this parameter value, you write all the Article IDs and their coordinates. This way, Nearest Places is fast to operate, looking for nearest articles, without actually scanning the database and all articles. Nearest Places runs easily, quickly and gets to the point.
Question 4. What is the correct format for the "Articles Coordinates" parameter?
Answer: The format for the coordinates is simple:
Question 1. What filters can I set in Nearest Places?
Answer: Nearest Places offers the following filters:
Question 2. Are there various ways to show "Nearest" links?
Answer: Yes. You can show as many links as you want, and you can split them into columns, so that you can spread the module to a horizontal space.
Question 3. Is there a Pre-Text in Nearest Places?
Answer: Sure. As most of the Mavrosxristoforos.com extension, Nearest Places offers a text before the links. Note: HTML enabled for Joomla 1.5
Question 1. The module does not appear!
Answer: This is not really an error. The module only appears when you are in an article with valid coordinates, and have other articles to show. If you would like to see what the case is, please switch the parameter Display Errors to "Yes".
Question 2. Error: There are no nearest places.
Answer: This notification appears only when you have "Display Errors" switched to "Yes". When you see this notification, you are either not in an article, or the article has no coordinates assigned. If you see this notification when there should be something to view, make sure the "Articles Coordinates" is properly formatted. See Question 4 in the Installation / Configuration Section.