To continue on from the initial ClassiPress Installation Instructions, there are some additional configuration changes required in order for the theme to function correctly. Please note in particular, the Permalinks settings as explained below.
- Next you have to change your WordPress permalinks away from the default value (i.e. http://localhost/blog/?p=123). Under the “Settings” sidebar menu, click on “Permalinks”
- Select the “Custom Structure” radio button and then enter one of our recommended custom structures /%postname%/ or /%postname%-%post_id%/ as the value. The first option will make your blog urls look like the following: http://www.yoursite.com/blog-post-name/. The second option will look like this:http://www.yoursite.com/blog-post-name-3487/ which is a more unique option. You can use other structures as well if you prefer. If you already have a permalink structure in place, any change might break existing links on pointing to your site. If this is a brand new site then you don’t have anything to worry about. Regardless, please be careful and read more about Permalinks before moving forward. You can always come back and change this later but after you launch your site, it’s not recommended to change it again. If you get an error message while trying to save then just follow the instructions on the screen. This is a WordPress error message and not related to ClassiPress.
- ClassiPress uses custom taxonomies (new in WordPress 3.0) to manage ad categories and ad tags. This keeps everything related to your ads completely separate from your blog posts which makes things much easier to manage. Let’s go ahead and setup your ad categories. Think about the hierarchy structure of categories you want and then start creating them. In your WordPress admin sidebar, click on the following menus: “Ads” => “Ad Categories” and setup your top-level categories first. For example, create a top-level category called “Autos”. Then create a new category called “Cars” and assign it the parent category of “Autos”. It takes some time to setup all your categories and you can always add more later but if you plan on selling ads priced per category, it’s best to knock this out now.
- Now it’s time to configure ClassiPress. A new menu called “ClassiPress” will be visible in the top left column under the “Dashboard” menu. First go through the “Settings”, “Security”, and “Pricing” sections and make sure to select your options and SAVE. Since your site now allows anyone to register, it’s important to enable the “reCaptcha” option. This places an anti-spam image challenge on your registration page which will prevent spammers from automatically creating accounts. You will need to first setup a free Google reCaptcha account. Make sure to save your options after each change.
- View your site and you should now see ClassiPress running. If this is a brand new install you will only see the default “Hello World” post under your blog but no ads on your homepage. You will then need to start submitting ads on your site via the “Post an Ad” button. Hold off on that for now though.