The Locations Settings in the admin panel are:


  • Default Member Search URL
  • Require Complete Profiles
  • Show Categories with No Members
  • Default Search & Lead Auto-Match Radius
  • Default Category Sort Order
  • Keyword Match Method
  • Strict Postal Code Match
  • Strict Country & State Match
  • Strict City Match



1. Default Member Search URL


By default, the Member Search Results pages use the URL "search_results". If needed, this URL can be easily modified with this setting.


2. Require Complete Profiles


This setting will hide from the search results any member that hasn't completed the following information Name, Top-Level Category, Profile Photo, and Address



3. Show Categories with No Members


This setting will either hide or display Categories that are empty. So if there are no members on that Category it can be hidden or displayed.



4. Default Search & Lead Auto-Match Radius


When doing a radius-based location search (zip codes and cities by default), members within this distance from the center of the searched location will be returned as results. This radius is also used when lead auto-matching is enabled to identify members that fall within the auto-match parameters.


This article explains this setting more in detail:  Bounds And Radius Location Searches 



5. Default Category Sort Order

Select the order in which the website's categories are displayed in the category search widgets, streaming widgets and the category static page. 

6. Keyword Match Method


Choose what method you want to use for the Search by Keywords.  STRICT will only include members in a category that exactly matches the searched keyword,  INCLUSIVE to include those results and additional related matches.



7 Strict Postal Code Match


Choose ENABLED to only include results within the searched Postal Code. Choose DISABLED to include areas outside the searched Postal Code but are still within the radius limit.



8. Strict Country & State Match


Choose ENABLED to only include results within a searched State/Province & Country. Choose DISABLED to include results outside the searched State/Province & Country but still within the search radius.



9. Strict City Match


Choose ENABLED to only include results within the searched City. Choose DISABLED to include areas outside the searched City but are still within the radius limit.