- Sales area
Imagine we have a list of companies that provide service. Each company can have a given geographic area that the company works in. Each company can define the maximum distance (radius) from its office (center point) that it covers.
Sales area distance concept
This concept can be applied to community and directory markersets (not to events or Joomla! articles).
Imagine we have a list of companies that provide service. Each company can have a given geographic area that the company works in. Each company can define the maximum distance (radius) from its office (center point) that it covers. To better understand, we have make a little capture :
You can see here that each company has a different sized circle, that represents its own coverage area.
The idea is that when the user does a simple radius search on the map, with a center point, and a distance, any entry whose COVERAGE AREA falls within the search parameters then the entry will also appears in the results. The difference between this and a radius search is that even if the center point of this company is not in the radius search it will still appear. Let’s say you want to find a company that does business within 75 miles of you. If a company is located 100 miles away, using the traditional search they would not appear in your search results. However, if that company’s work area is within 50 miles of its office then it WILL now show up in your search because that company will work within 50 miles of your location, therefore, falling within the desired criteria.
To enable this function, you have 3 settings :
- In the markerset : having a field in your entries or profile that contains the user entered radius. This custom field must contain a numeric or textual value but with ONLY numeric values and without any text (eg : 12, or 12.00 is correct. 12km, twelve, distance : 12 will NOT work).
- Map manager : an optional setting is to set a radius sales area display method. You can have the radius set to show always (like the capture above) never shown or on demand base on the mouse action settings (eg : when mouse is clicked or moves over the marker, etc)
- In the component parameters, you can define the Sales area radius color.
Of course this feature is also compatible with our product : Sobipro Radius search.