Boat Dealer Plugin

WP Plugin OnLIne Guide


Boat Dealer Plugin is a wordpress plugin to manage, list and sell your boats online.

To install this plugin, you need WordPress 4.0 or newer. 

Useful links to get you started on Wordpress Installation



After that, you can go ahead...


Fresh Plugin Install

WordPress Plugins are composed of  scripts that extend the functionality of WordPress.

The installation of this plugin is similar to all the other WordPress plugins.

You can find more plugin's info in this link.


Installing the free version of the “Boat Dealer” can be done:

1) By searching for “BoatDealerPlugin” via the “Plugins > Add New” screen in your WordPress dashboard;
2) Download the plugin via and Upload the ZIP file through the ‘Plugins > Add New > Upload’ screen in your WordPress dashboard. Then, activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
3) By FTP, extract the zip file and just drop the contents in the wp-content/plugins/ directory of your WordPress installation.


Then activate the Plugin from Plugins page.



Update the Plugin

After install, look  for Boat Dealer Plugin at your's plugin's page.

If you find un link "Update Available", click over to allow the system to update the plugin to the last version available.


Plugin Setup

After install and activate your plugin, go to the settings tab and click over the Settings tab.


Dashboard => Boats Dealer => Settings


Then, choose your currency, metric system and so on.



Set Permalinks to Post Name
(Dashboard=> Settings=> Permalink).



After that, click UPDATE to save.


Fields Setup

Fill Out the Customized Fields Table

Important: Don't use old Internet Explorer browser. Better use updated version of firefox, Chrome or Safari.

Go to:
Dashboard=>Boat Dealer=>Fields Table 

They are the fields to show up at your cars form. For example: 

  •  Body type
  •  Number of Doors 
  •  Passenger Capacity 
  •  Body Color 
  •  And So On. 

    You don't need include this fields: Boat Type, Make, Price, Year, Miles, Engine, Interior Color, HP, Loa, Fuel Type and Featured. 

The Customize Fields form have a content help with more details. Look for the help button in top right corner of that screen.


Model Setup

Go to Model and Add some models

Dashboard => Boats Dealer => Model

For example

a) Sport

b) Fishing

and so on…

Features Setup

 Go to Features and Add some.

Dashboard => Boats Dealer => Features

For example

a) Cabin

b) Toilet

and so on…

Add Widgets

It is not required add widgets.

We have 3 dedicated Widgets:

  • Recent Post
  • Featured Boats
  • Search Boats

To install,  just go to Dashboard=> Appearance=> Widgets and install them.


If you want learn more about widgets, click here.


We have a language file ready to you translate this plugin for your language.

You can find the file at:


the name of the file is boatdealer.pot

Please, contact me about that (contact page).

In this moment, we have English, Spanish, Italian and Portugues.

To get the right currency pontuaction, you need to setup the right language at (dashboard)  Settings => General => Site Language.

Since WordPress 4.0 the "WPLANG" constant is deprecated and should no longer be used, therefore removed from "wp-config.php" file.

We have some languages file included: 

  • English,
  • Dutch,
  • Italian,
  • Spanish and
  • Portugues.

If you want to use, for example, Mexico Spanish Language file, you need to make a copy of the Spanish file and rename it. Look the example below:

Directory: /wp-content/plugins/boatdealer/language/

To know your country code, run this search on google:
wordpress complete list locale codes
Save this new file in your local hard disk to upload it after each update of the plugin.




For the free plugin, you can use only this shortcode:



Paste it to your page and your boats will show up there.



For More Shortcodes, please, take a look at Premium Plugin




Manage Colors and Design

To change the design and colors, visit:

Dashboard => Appearance => Boatdealer Designer

This feature allows you to customize the plugin design, including colors (left panel), and you can see the result in real-time on the preview panel (right panel). You can test it in the free version, but you can only save your changes in the premium version. You can watch the demo video ouf our visual customizer at our Car Dealer Plugin

Add Boats

Go to Boats Dealer and Choose  Add New

Dashboard => Boats Dealer =>Add New

Fill Out all info

Add one Featured Image. Look for the "set featured image"  link at the right column (bottom) of the boats page.

How to add more images and one gallery:

You can also add many Images or one gallery for each boat. Just go to Boats Form and add the images (or the gallery) in the main description field and click the Add Media buttom. 

Use the default WordPress Gallery or our plugin will create automatically one nice slider gallery. To enable the plugin gallery, go to

Dashboard => Boat Dealer => Settings

and look for Replace the Wordpress Gallery with Flexslider Gallery?

Then, check Yes and Save Changes.

For details how to create a wordpress gallery, check the wordpress site.

This images and gallery will be visible in single car page.

Look our demo about how to upload and crop images easily (less than 2 minutes).

After finish to fill out info, Click Publish to Save.




Update e Remove Boats

Go to Boats Dealer and Choose one for edit.


Dashboard => Boats Dealer =>All Boats


Choose Edit or trash...

Boat Show Room Page

 Go to your Pages and chose one (or more) page where you want show the boats.

Paste this shortcode there:    



Click Update to Save


You can buy the Premium Version, with this Features:


Boat Design Admin Page

  • Unlimited Colours Setup to match your site theme.
  • Box to include CSS customized stuff. (optional)



At CSS box, include the !important declarations.

For example:


     font-family: courier !important;



Extra Shortcodes

  • Boat's Type (Sail, PWC, Power, for example. You can manage this table. Look Plugin Setup)
  • Order by (Price, Year, ascending, descending)
  • Last Boats
  • Featured Boats
  • Number of Boats to show
  • Show or Hide Pagination
  • Show or Hide Search Box


Some shortcodes combinations:

(just copy and paste at your page)


Show only the search bar, no listing below.

[boat_dealer onlybar="yes"] 


Show listing with template gallery 

[boat_dealer pagination="no"  search="no"  template="gallery"]


Show listing with template list-view 

[boat_dealer pagination="no"  search="no"  template="list-view"]


Order by Price Ascending

[boat_dealer orderby="price_low"]


Order by Price Descending

[boat_dealer orderby="price_high"]


Order by Year Ascending

[boat_dealer orderby="year_low"]


Order by Year Descending

[boat_dealer orderby="year_high"]


Last Boats:

[boat_dealer option="lasts"]  

Featured Boats:

[boat_dealer option="featureds"]


List only New Bots:

boat_dealer con="New"]

or  only Used Bots

[boat_dealer con="Used"]


No Pagination (and featureds):

[boat_dealer pagination="no" option="featureds"]


Max 2 Boats, No Pagination and Featureds:

[boat_dealer max='2' pagination="no" option="featureds"]


Only PWC:

[boat_dealer type="PWC"]


Only Power:

[boat_dealer type="Power"]


Only Sail:

[boat_dealer type="Sail"]


No Pagination, No Search and Featureds: 

[boat_dealer pagination="no" option="featureds" search="no"]


You can combine pagination, search and number of boats with boat type, featured, last boats and order by.


Free Support and Install


Learn More

Team Table and Page

To create the Team table, go to:

Dashboard => Bot Dealer => Team


If you want create one Team page, just paste this shortcode in your page:



Import & Export

If you want to import demo data, download the demo data from this link:


After download:

 1. Log in to that site as an administrator. 

 2. Go to Tools: Import in the WordPress admin panel. 

 3. Install the "WordPress" importer from the list. 

 4. Activate & Run Importer. 

 5. Upload the file downloaded using the form provided on that page. 

 6. You will first be asked to map the authors in this export file to users 

 on the site. For each author, you may choose to map to an 

- existing user on the site or to create a new user. 

 7. WordPress will then import the demo data into you site.


You can import (and export) your boat's database using WordPress import Plugin.

Dashboard => Tools => Import 

WordPress Run Importer.

For details, visit:

You can ask more details about in their Support page:

In this moment, this is the unique option available to import and export.


Should you have any questions that are beyond the scope of this help file, please you can submit a support ticket. (guest ticket available)

When creating a support ticket, try to explain as clearly as you can the issue you are having and what you were trying to do when the problem occurred.

don't forget to provide the link to your site, wp-admin and FTP credentials. 
Our support guys will get back to you as soon as possible.

The boatdealerthemes support center works Monday through Friday.


Thanks a lot for using this plugin. Hope you found this documentation helpful. Please support this product by giving your ratings and testimonial. For any further help, you can visit our help site.

With best wishes

Bill Minozzi


Check if you have the wordpress last version installed.

a) Install our free Boat Dealer Theme from WordPress repository.

b) Activate only the plugins required by our theme.

c) Fill out all settings fields.

d) Include some boats.

e) Copy [boat_dealer] shortcode to your page.

g) Check your memory status:

Dashboard => Boat Dealeer => Boat Dealer (tab Memory checkyp)

Keep the page in text mode and not put html code wrapping the shortcode.

For example:

right: [boat_dealer]

wrong:  <h1> [boat_dealer] </h1>


If works fine, begin to activate your anothers plugins, one each time. 

After install one plugin, look the site.

If stops of works, means that plugin is not compatible with our plugin and you can't use it.

Do the same with your new theme if you don't use our free theme.


h) Use updated (last version) browser Firefox, Chrome or Safari. Avoid to use internet explorer.

i) Check your javascript console if you don't have javascript errors in your site. Javascript errors can kill WordPress plugins (also kill boat dealer).

Javascript console for Chrome
  1. Open Google Chrome and go to your site.
  2. Press: Ctrl + Shift + J.
  3. Error Console window will show you the errors in red color.

If you have a professional version of ours themes or plugins, we can install and check for errors for free to you.