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Location Feature in The Post Editor is not working?

  1. The location feature in the post editor is not working for us. We type in a location but don't have any real way to enter it as all the drop down menu offers is my own geographical location. When we go back into the post we cannot see anything in the location bar. This seems like a very useful SEO tool, but it doesn't seem to be working for us (two of us run the blog from different locations and we only seem to get our local prompts. Are we doing something wrong?

    The blog I need help with is

  2. Not really, it seems more complicated than imagined. We thought it was simply getting a physical location into google - one on the topic of the post as opposed to using our own geographical locations which would be ridiculous. On the other hand, 98% of our posts have a location in the title, so maybe this whole geotagging thing would be redundant for us anyway?
    Thanks for the link, timethief.

    (By the way, I was given a link by someone in the WP blog, which I thought was a route to Staff but just ending up posting in the forums, seems a bit strange, anyway....)

  3. Yea, but the only drop down prompt I ever get is for my own geographical location. That is the thing that doesn't seem to be working. I would rather not use the Location feature than have my own location associated with all the posts I post.

  4. Okay I'll tag this thread for Staff assistance. Please subscribe to the thread so you are notified when they respond and please be patient while waiting.

  5. Thanks, timethief! :)

  6. Hi toemailer,

    When you enter a location (by city), it will add to your options in the drop down, and then you can select it. It appears that it doesn't automatically enter the location when you type it in.

    On writing a new post, the fields will be reset and your current location will be the only option unless you again type in and select a different one.

    The good news is that we are continuing to work on this feature, so if you'd like to make suggestions on how to improve it, please do so at

    Also, thanks @timethief for finding my previous post. :)

  7. Sorry for the delay. We type in the location and just leave it there because if we press enter our own location goes in. Maybe we are missing something obvious, but it just doesn't seem to be working for us because after we post, we check the location and the box is blank again.

  8. Hi toemailer,

    I just made a quick screencast for how to set a location, based on your most recent post:

    Please check the post at and see if you can see the location that I set for you, and let me know if the screencast helps.

  9. It worked for you on the post you entered the location. But it still doesn't work when I try it on other posts from my end.

  10. Hi again,

    I have tested it on your site again, this time on the Loveland, CO post, and it seems to work.

    Are you able to add a city in the box? From there, are you making sure to save/update your post after adding, and then selecting, the location in the Dashboard editor?

    If so, are you having any other issues using Please let me know the browser you're using, along with the version, and would you try a different browser to see if that makes a difference?

  11. Seems to be working but has limited locations, will not let me add Lincolnshire, UK, but seems to like Lincoln, IL. Not sure what you mean by the Dashboard editor, as stupid as that makes me feel to say. :)

  12. Hi there,

    No reason to feel stupid. We use lots of jargon here.

    What I mean by the Dashboard editor is, when you are logged in to and use your full editor, with all the formatting options and things like the location setting, rather than the quick post feature you can use from your admin bar.

    In other words, this screen:

    It isn't going to like Lincolnshire, UK because it's going to be looking for a city name.

  13. Ok, think we are getting the hang of it now. Do you know if just the name of a country would work or is it just cities and states, or cities and countries?

    And by the way, thanks a whole bunch for helping us out here!

  14. @toemailer

    Do you know if just the name of a country would work or is it just cities and states, or cities and countries?

    Care to guess how Volunteers find out answer to such questions? lol :D We go figure ie. we try it out to see what happens in our test blogs.

  15. I hear ya, the trouble we had is we just had no idea that the thing might have limitations, so after a few locations didn't pan out we naturally figured something was wrong, but it just may be that the data base doesn't have every location on earth in there...yet :) (at least not British provinces).


  16. @toemailer
    I hear you on that. I'm sure many locations in the Canadian outback and especially up North that are nowhere near cities won't be included either. I'm an eccentric but you already know that, right? I deliberately chose to live in a place where there was no city or town established as yet. When the prospect of becoming a municipality reared it's ugly tax laden head I fought like a tiger to send the new and wealthy exurbanites back to the urban jungles and defeat it. The vote was 9-1 against - alleluia! With any luck that will not arise again after I'm long gone.

  17. Good for you. I know your region has been built up in many not so good ways in the last few decades, good to to see some places, and people, keeping the madness at least at arm's length.
    On our blog we get locations from around the world, mostly known tourist destinations, but there are plenty of obscure towns in North America that may not make the database. Sometimes all we get to go on is a state or country name, and I guess that doesn't work for the time being. I love the innovations at WP and am sure this Location feature will be quite phenomenal before they are done with it.

  18. landscapelover

    Just a note that I have done as jackiedana suggested above and proposed improvements to the geotagging feature in the ideas forum. For me, it would be much better if locations could be marked specifically on a map, rather than having simply to choose from a defined list of cities.

  19. Thanks to everyone who has posted here. It may be good to know that is always evolving and we do our best to keep improving all of our features for our users. I appreciate your feedback.

  20. :)

  21. landscapelover

    I'm pleased to see that the database for geocodes has been replaced by a map, so we can all now tag our posts with their exact locations, no matter how obscure. Thank you Word Press!

  22. landscapelover

    ...and it looks like there is going to be a new Geotagged Posts widget, although the relevant link on the support page doesn't yet lead anywhere...

  23. I was going to let you know that we are working on all of this, but you beat me to it! :)

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