Veertualia /locals | Google structured data and SEO enhancement for Joomla
What can Veertualia /locals do for you?
Veertualia /locals Joomla! plugin lets you turn Joomla! into a geolocation global business directory and add schema.org place and local business structured data to your directory entries (articles) by using just a simple shortcode. Examples of local business types include restaurants, bars, movie theaters, hotels, stores, shopping centers, tourist attracions and many, many more.
Cool! But what is structured data and why does it matter?
Structured data is a way to add information to your content so that machines (read: search engines) can better understand it.
As stated by Google, when your pages contain structured data, search engines can use it to better index your content or to make it more prominent in search results.
And how does it work?
Quick, nice and easy. No need to modify your template, now or in future. Just edit your article in Joomla! backend, head for the Veertualia /locals tab and choose a local business type.
Then input its address (or coordinates) and fill the fields that Veertualia /locals makes available to you (the more the better).
Then Place the
[locals-card] shortcode wherever you want the information to appear in your article and use the
[locals-card-map] additional shortcode, if you want to embed a Google Map (plain or with directions) into the article. That’s it!
A clean and elegant info panel will be added to your article (you have several different overridable templates to choose from: BS3, BS2, Google Material Design Lite and CSS), while the related structured data will be transparently embedded in the article in JSON-LD encoding.
If your content is about restaurant reviews, cool places to visit, stores to stop by or is a local places directory, with Veertualia /locals you’re really just a few clicks away to better promote it on the web by boosting its SEO.
- JSON-LD structured data embedding
- Local Business and Places Schema.org vocabulary
- Localization by geocoding or by reverse-geocoding
- Overridable layouts (info card and map)
- 700 map markers from Map Icons Collection
- Custom map styles
- Two map layouts (Plain and with directions)
- Use article rating as location rating
- Two separate, independent shortcodes for card and map
- Multiple card layouts available (BS3, BS2, Google MDL and CSS)
- Social sharing with url shortening
- Multiple KML and GeoRSS custom layers overlay
- Transit, traffic, bicycle layers
- Frontend and backend in english and spanish
- Tested on all modern Joomla! frameworks
- Validates 100% with Google Structured Data Testing Tool
6 months support/updates
6 months support/updates
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6 months support/updates
Please refer to Veertualia documentation area for installation instructions
Complete backend options
Publish / unpublish plugin data switch
Choose local business type (schema.org vocabulary)
Choose Layout template
Choose Card image
Input Card image height
Show/hide card (if you’re only interested in embedding structured data)
Show/hide local business type on card
Use article rating as local business rating
Enable/disable Social sharing
Common properties for Thing / Place / LocalBusiness
Specific properties for Address
Prioritize coordinates input
Prioritize location input
Coordinates input (with map display)
Location input (with Google place autocomplete location form)
City / Locality
Province / County
District / Area / Zone
State / Region
Specific properties for FoodEstablishment
Embedded map parameters
Map layout (standard or directions map)
Map center latitude
Map center longitude
Map style (Snazzymaps, Mapstylr or custom)
Signed in map
Show/hide Traffic layer
Show/hide Transit layer
Show/hide Bicycle layer
Show/hide Map type control
Show/hide Scale control
Show/hide Street view control
Enable/disable Rotation control
Enable/disable Draggable map
Disable double click zoom
Marker icon (Map Icons Collection)
Tested with T3 – GavickPro Gavern – Helix3 – Hogash Kallyas – YooTheme Warp7 – Gantry5 – Wright
You can get one by registering for free at https://console.developers.google.com/start
APIs to enable:
Google Maps Embed API – Key required
URL Shortener API – Key required
Google Maps Geocoding API – Key not required
- Joomla! version 3.3 or greater
- PHP version 5.4 or greater
Please be aware that minimum required Joomla! version is 3.3
If you install Veertualia /locals on previous Joomla! versions, you will experience issues with the component functionalities.
You may still be able to use it if you are running Joomla! versions 3.1 and 3.2.
But it will not work with Joomla! versions lower or equal to 3.0.
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