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Creating Advanced Area Pages and an Area Page Index [Codeless]

Amber Sabio Updated by Amber Sabio

This article will walk you through How to Set up Advanced Area Pages.

Please note that this feature is only available on our Advanced and Office Builder plans. If you’re currently not subscribed to one of these packages but are interested in learning more, please visit our packages and pricing page.

If you're currently subscribing to one of our Agent Core subscriptions you can learn about your current version of Area Pages here. 

Placester Inspiration -  Here are three examples of how you can make area pages work for you.

Create a Hyperlocal Site

Many agents would like their sites to be narrowed down by price range, cities, neighborhoods or any other available MLS field to fit the market that they focus on. One way to accomplish this is by filtering your MLS listings across your entire site using Global Filters. You can find out how to adjust your Global Filter settings here.

Another way is to use Placester's Area Pages. With this feature, you’re able to create pages that will feed certain listings using filters you set up within the backend of the site. With the Area Pages, you can also include images, descriptions, and other types of content to help feature this page. You also have the ability to feature all of your areas on one page using an Areas Index Page.


To create an Area Page login to your Placester dashboard, then click edit site to be taken to the customizer slideout. In the customizer slideout click Create New > Area.

Area Page Editor


When you open the area page editor you will start with the “general” setup of your area page. Under general, you will be able to add a title, excerpt, and featured image for your area page. It is important to note that the page title determines the slug of your area page.

The excerpt is typically a sentence or two explaining the Area Page, which will appear anytime a visitor is previewing the area on an Area Index Page before clicking through. The Featured Image is the thumbnail image that displays the area on the Area Index Page.

This is an example of how the Excerpt and Featured Image will display on the Area’s Index Page.

In the general section, you also have the ability to select this area page to be featured on your site’s homepage and add SEO preferences.


The next section on the Area page editor is Categories. Adding a category to your page allows you to group area pages that may target a specific audience. For example if you are using an area page to promote a community that is lifestyle focused you would categorize it under lifestyle.


In the content section of the area page editor, you have the ability to add images to create a slideshow to display on your Area Page on the live site. You can add one (which will serve as the banner image on your page) or add up to five images to have them scroll through as a slideshow. The ideal Slideshow image size is about 1920x1080.

You also have the option to enable a map for this area which will showcase a map on your area page. The map will show above the listing search when enabled on the area page.

Content Editor

On the bottom right side of the customizer slideout, you will find the content editor. In the content editor, you have the ability to add content about the area you would like to feature on your site. With Area Pages, you’re able to incorporate text, images, and videos to help build the content of your Area Page. This is recommended as it displays your expertise in this specific area and the more content you add to your site, the better it is for your site’s SEO in search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo.


The listings section of the area page editor is where you will set the filters for the area you would like to display on this page. First click “enable area listings” which will open the listing filters editor. 

In the listing filters editor, you are able to set as many filters as you like. Adding filters to your Area Page is similar to how you add filters in your Global Filters and Featured Listings sections.

To start adding filters to search by, click the dropdown menu next to “Add Search Criteria”. Let's say you wanted to filter by City. Scroll down the list to the Location section, select “City”, then click “Add”.This will create a field where you can start typing in the city that you’re looking to filter by. As you type, you'll see some suggestions. Keep typing until you see the city you want to filter by and click on it in the suggestion box. Repeat this step as many times as necessary, then click “Search”. You should now notice that the Search Results box will only display listings from the cities specified. In the example below, we used City, Max Price, and Min Price as the search criteria.

In this case, only four listings showed up. This was due to the limited criteria that were inputted. An Area Page is not limited in the number of listings that will show up on the search page.

“Limited MLS Coverage” Filters

In the “Add Search Criteria” drop down menu, you will notice that there is a section of filters titled “Limited MLS Coverage”. This section will include filters such as Sub-Area Subdivision, New Construction, and Building Name. Please note that these filters are highly dependent on data that your MLS is feeding to us. Some MLSs may not feed us these specific attributes, so please be sure to click on “Search” after adding one of these filters to confirm if your MLS is feeding us this information.  If there is a filter you know to be available in your MLS, and it is not working on your Placester site, please let us know.  Our data team can look into pulling this feature from your MLS. Important note: If you are using more than one MLS feed, certain attributes may be available only on one MLS and not the other.  In this case, results will only show for the MLS that has that attribute available. 

Modules & Widgets

To learn more about editing the Modules and Widgets on your pages and posts click here.

You can view a live example of the Area Page Index by clicking here.

Creating an Area Index Page

You have the ability to feature your Area Pages on your site using the Area Index Page template. This page gives you the ability to feature multiple Area Pages within one page on your site. This gives you the opportunity to display multiple Area Pages to one page, so that you can organize your pages to feature certain areas or markets all in one spot.

To create an Area Index Page, in the customizer slideout click Create New > Pages.

Within the page editor, do the following:

  1. In the “Templates” drop down, choose the “Areas Index”.
  2. In the Page Title field, add a title that’s relevant to the Area’s you’d like to feature on this page.
  3. In the “Only Show These Areas” section, check off the Areas you'd like to feature on the page (only the areas you've created so far will appear as options). Pro Tip: If you leave all of the Area pages unchecked, then all of your Area Pages will feed to the Area’s Index Page.  

Once you’ve finished setting up your Areas Index Page, scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Save”. The front end of your Areas index will look something like this:

You can click on each individual area to view the full details and content of the Area page.

Adding an Individual Area Page to Your Menu

Check out our related support article about adding pages to your menu to learn how to include an individual area page in your site's navigation.

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