Welcome and thank you for choosing MetaLocator.com. This guide provides an overview of how to use this service on your Web site.
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The first step to getting your locations on your Web site is adding locations using MetaLocator. You can add locations in two ways. First, you can add locations one at a time using the "New" toolbar icon found under "Locations". Secondly, you can import a spreadsheet of your locations using the "Import" option under the "Data" menu.
Importing Locations in Bulk
To import locations in bulk, you must first prepare a spreadsheet with your locations. To get started, download the spreadsheet template from the import screen found under "Data", then "Import". The spreadsheet template is dynamically built according to any custom fields you may have created. Do not alter the column names in any way, they are specially arranged and formatted as required.
The fields provided by default are as follows:
: (required) The name of the location. This becomes the clickable link and effective "title" of the entry.
: The description field can contain any HTML text. This includes a basic narrative description, but also pictures, movies, audio clips or entire Web pages.
: Published should contain a 1 or a 0. Only published locations will be visible on your site's locator. If omitted, the system will publish your locations by default.
: The street address of the location. This is the primary field used by our geocoder to assign latitude and longitude. Ensure it contains correct and properly formatted address data. Reserve non-geographic address text such as "Business Plaza" or "Suite 300" for the Address2 field
: The second line of the address. This information is not used when geocoding the location.
: The city, municipality or town of the location.
: The state, province or territory of the location
: The postal code
: The phone number of the location.
: A date field for tracking when this location was added
: The country this location is in. If you have multiple countries, the entries provided here will be used in creating the optional "Country" drop-down list.
: A Web site address or other hyperlink for this location. This will be converted to a clickable link.
: The email address for this location. This will be converted into a clickable link
: Top-level domain. This defaults to US. The TLD can be used to bias the geocoder for a specific country. E.g. CA for Canada or UK for United Kingdom.
: A textual description included in the meta tags of the location detail page. Provided for search-engine optimization.
: Textual keywords for which this location should be matched. Provided for search-engine optimization.
: The Latitude of the location. If not provided, the geocoder will assign a latitude and longitude based on the address information provided.
: The Longitude of the location. If not provided, the geocoder will assign a latitude and longitude based on the address information provided. NB: Most US locations have a negative longitude (E.g. -93.29409280).
Saving your spreadsheet
Once your locations are entered into your spreadsheet, save the spreadsheet as a MS-DOS CSV. Mac users should be especially careful to select the MS-DOS CSV option as attempts to import a regular CSV from MS Office for Mac will fail.
Once the spreadsheet is created as a CSV, choose "Import" under "Data", click the "Choose File.." button, select your spreadsheet.
The import screen also provides the option to "Remove all entries before import?". This feature, when checked, will delete all locations in your database before importing. This is useful for importing updates to your data. Note, however, if you did not import with a latitude and longitude, your entries must be geocoded again. This can be time consuming for thousands of locations. To avoid this step, after geocoding, export your list and make updates in that spreadsheet. Exported lists will contain the latitude and longitude provided by our