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 the location of a listing 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 your Admin panel
  2. go to the Settings tab
  3. find the "Search and location preferences" section
  4. 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. General location is now active:

  • On a listing page: instead of a pin in the specific location, a circle of the general location of the listing is shown.
  • In the listing form: an announcement is shown to your providers that the exact location of their listing 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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