A Better Way to List Office Locations on Your Platform Website

We recently launched an exciting new feature to the GeorgiaGov web platform — one we’ve been talking about since the beginning, and finally got a chance to build and implement. It’s the Location content type. This content type and its resulting display and listing pages are an ideal way to list groups of office buildings and their contact information. We’ve built it to be flexible, so you can use as much or as little of the functionality as you need. The new functionality is now available on all GeorgiaGov web platform websites, and the full instructions start on page 17 of the Editor’s Training Manual. Here’s what you need to know to get started.

Taxonomy List

To add Locations you will need to create at least one Location Type to a Taxonomy list. Each agency has at least one user named as a Taxonomy Manager — that user can follow the instructions in the manual for help on how to add a Location Type. If you have multiple types of locations which should have different listing pages, you can add more than one — for example, if your agency wants a list of Regional Offices and a separate list of District offices, you would create two location types under those names. In our example below, the Department of Labor will use it to list Career Centers.

Must Haves

Once your Taxonomy Manager has added Location Types, any Editor or Creator in the system can add new Locations. At minimum, you will need to list the Location Name, Location Type, and Areas Served. Areas Served is meant to be a generic term, so you can tailor it to your agency. If you have regional offices that serve counties, then your Areas Served will be county names. If you have county locations that serve cities, your Areas Served will be city names (and your Location Name will contain the county name). Both Location Name and Areas Served will appear on the main listing page for the locations, and constituents can use a search box at the top of the page to quickly find the county or city location they’re looking for.

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Sample Location listing page

Additional Information

After that, you should input as much or as little information about each individual location as is relevant to your services: address as many or as few phone numbers as you need, email addresses, hours and days of operation, related links, and a free-type body field for any extra information. Any field you don’t need you can leave blank. A map of the location will automatically appear at the bottom of the display page if you put in a valid address.

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Sample Location detail page

The Location feature is at its best when you’ve added all your locations — but you can take your time adding Locations, and wait until you’re done before adding the Listing page to your main menu. When you’re ready to put it in the menu, you will need an Editor to go to the Main Menu, Add link, and use the relative path of the listing page in the Path field in the format of locations/[your-location-type-name]. In our example the path is locations/career-center.

And that’s all it takes! Excited yet? Go forth and create some Locations. And when you’re done, let us know about it so we can check out the feature in action! Tweet us: @GeorgiaGovTeam.

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