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    When to use categories vs. listing types?

    We are just getting started with Flynax, and I'm having a hard time determining whether our site needs to use multiple Listing Types. Here is what we want our category hierarchy to look like:

    BULLS
    - Hereford Bulls
    - Angus Bulls
    - etc.

    HEIFERS
    - Hereford Heifers
    - Angus Heifers
    - etc.

    When a user places an ad under Bulls, we want to collect a few additional custom fields that are specific to bulls, and we also want it to be possible to search ads based on those custom fields. Ditto for Heifers (females).

    A few questions:

    1) To collect a different set of custom fields for bulls vs. heifers, do we need to use separate Listing Types?

    2) To allow the user to search for bulls, heifers, etc. based on these custom fields, do we need to use separate Listing Types, or is the tabbed search form sufficient?

    3) Any other considerations that would cause you to recommend a single Listing Type vs. multiple ones? It seems like things get really complicated really quickly when using multiple listing types.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robin Stankoff View Post
    A few questions:
    1) To collect a different set of custom fields for bulls vs. heifers, do we need to use separate Listing Types?
    2) To allow the user to search for bulls, heifers, etc. based on these custom fields, do we need to use separate Listing Types, or is the tabbed search form sufficient?
    3) Any other considerations that would cause you to recommend a single Listing Type vs. multiple ones? It seems like things get really complicated really quickly when using multiple listing types.
    Thanks!
    1. No / Look up and use Listing Fields
    2. as in 1.
    3. as in 1.

    Robin look up and try using listing Fields as your option rather than make a lot of listing types / this is explained in the guide.

    But you would have your main listing type with categories or sub categories such as

    BULLS
    HEIFERS

    You would then create a listing field called Bulls ( for example and place into that Field ) Hereford Bulls - Angus Bulls - etc. and you would do the same for Heifers.
    Then in your build categories add the fields to the submit form for each category.

    You can edit these at any time to add or remove from the Fields and you can think of it as a sub category option that does what you want.

    lastly if you do not have the pluggin called Category filter, add this as well and you will be good to go. / Give it a try and see how you go

    Pete

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    Thanks, Pete! I will look into these things.

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