If you need to change default language in the component e.g. "No results found. Please widen your search area or choose a different zip code.".  You can update the language file provided using your FTP client.  

Locator stores all language strings in the Joomla language file.  These files are stored by Joomla according to the language.  For English, see


The TAGs field is so-often renamed that we created a menu item configuration option to change it's value here:


You can also update the language settings in 


Change en-GB to whatever language you're using.

The address templates are set on a per-menu item basis and allow for the control of the formatting of each directory entry and map-marker popup window.

The default format is as follows:

{title}{distance}{address}[br]{address2}[br] {city}, {state} {postalcode}[br]{phone}[br]{link}[br]{description}[br]{taglist}

Each field is defined as follows:

  • {title} - This is the title field, and is wrapped in an <h2> tag.  It is optionally hyperlinked to the item's detail page.  Prior to version 1.89, title was output as part of the Joomla template code and it's position could not be managed.  If the title is not displaying after an upgrade, you most likely do not have {title} in your address template.
  • {distance} - This is the description of the distance this entry is from the performed search.
  • {address}{address2}{city}{state}{postalcode}{phone} - These are all dynamically replaced by the corresponding field in the database.  No special formatting is applied.  Each is wrapped in a span tag for individual styling as follows: <span class="line_item {fieldname}"></span>.
  • {link} - This is the automatically hyperlinked "link" field.  If you would like to use another field as the "hypertext" of the link you can format the link tag as follows: {link {title} /link}.  All custom fields of type "link" can be used in this way.  You can also include custom text in this field as in {link Click Here! /link}.
  • {description} - This is the full text of the description, as entered in the WYSIWYG editor in the back-end.
  • {taglist} - This is a comma-separated list of tags for this item.  The taglist field will not be initialized unless "Show Tag List" is also selected.  This is a two-part option because the query (enabled by the "Show Tag List" drop-down) is computationally expensive.
For custom fields, the template tag will be generated and available in the list of custom fields.

The Map Address template works just as any other address template, and allows for the control of item format in the marker popup window.

Also, under the Parameters icon (or Configuration in Joomla 1.6) is an Admin Item Template setting that allows for the control of the formatting in the administrator list.


This is a quick demo on how Workflow is used.

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Here's a quick video on installing the workflow plugin and Simple Content Versioning.  

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Drop-down lists on the search screen are build entirely by the data in your location records.  Data in your location records are build entirely by the data that is imported or added on the location add/edit screen.  

The geocoding process can interpret less-than-complete locations, and place a location in a country when the "Country" field was not provided during the import or added to the location manually.  This will not add the "Country" to the list of countries available on the search screen.  The "Country" field must be complete to match a search performed using the Country drop-down box.  The same applies to city and state fields.

If you have one location with "Canada" as the country, and another with "CA", you will produce two entries in the drop-down list, one "CA" and one "Canada"

This allows you complete control over how these lists are populated and in what language. 

When using the Joomla system "Read More" separator within the Location Description field, you can use {description}, {introtext} and {fulltext} in your Address Templates as follows

{description} : Includes introtext + fulltext unless "Show only introtext of description" is set to yes.  In that case, it is only {introtext}

{fulltext}: Includes only text after the system "Read More"

{introtext}: Includes only text before the system "Read More"

Added in version 1.977

Use the h2.com_locator_title class.  For example, to change the marker title link to black text, use this CSS

h2.com_locator_title  a {
color:black !important; font-size:16px !important;

The keyword search includes all information in the locator database including:

  • Name, Description
  • All standard field text including Address, Address2, City, State etc.
  • Meta fields including meta-keywords and meta-description
  • All custom field values

In short, they keyword search searches all information in the locator database.

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