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Anonymize location in listings and display general location
Anonymize location in listings and display general location

To help you improve privacy and prevent marketplace leakage, you can display listing location on a more general level.

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A map and location feature is a crucial part of a convenient experience on your marketplace website, at least if your customers and providers need to meet face to face. But it might bring along a couple of challenges.

The first is privacy. Individual providers may not want to share their specific location with everyone.

Second, you don't always want to reveal a listing location before a customer makes a payment. If users get all listing information upfront, they might be tempted to circumvent the platform and bypass your commission.

You can choose to display the specific listing location on a more general one.

How to enable general location

  1. Log in to your Admin panel

  2. Go to the "Search & Location / Location" page

  3. Check the "Display a circle instead of the exact location" checkbox

Note that to enable the general location, location features must be enabled.

And voilà! The general location of a listing is now within a radius of around 500 meters / 550 yards around the specific location. The general location is now active:

  • On a listing page: instead of a pin in the specific location, a circle of the listing's general location is shown.

  • In the listing form: an announcement is shown to your providers that their listing's exact location won’t be displayed.

  • On your marketplace home page map view: the exact location of a listing is randomized within the radius.

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