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Using Airtable to add area articles to your Flex website
Using Airtable to add area articles to your Flex website

Adding a new area overview to your Flex website is easy with Airtable. In this article, we take a look at how to do this.

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Written by Annali
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Before we get started contact our support team to find out more about adding area profiles to your Flex website using our Airtable integration.

Our team will customize your Airtable Base to meet your specific requirements, and then send you an invitation to manage your content. After accepting the invitation, you'll be able to add or remove area overviews as necessary.

To help you structure your posts in the future, we'll upload a sample area article to your Airtable.

Step 1

When you open your base, you will see all the tabs that we have set up for you. We will be focusing on the area overviews which will look like this:

Step 2

Open your Area Overviews tab. Here you will find columns:

  • Suburb - this is where you enter the suburb name e.g Camps Bay

  • Town - This refers to the city/town the suburb is located in e.g Cape Town

  • Province

  • Country

  • Photos - Any photos of the area that you will be featuring can be uploaded here.

  • Summary - This is a short introduction to the area. You can copy the opening paragraph of your area overview here to act as the summary.

  • Description - This is the full area overview.

  • Maplink - For example Camps Bay, Cape Town for area overviews of a suburb within a city, and Cape Town, Western Cape for a city profile.

  • url - this is the URL for your page

  • type - here you will add town for city/town profiles where necessary

Step 3

Start filling in the information to each corresponding column

For example, the columns will look like this:
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The maplink and url will look like this:

For town/city profiles you only add the town/city name plus the province e.g Cape Town, Western Cape. For suburb profiles, you add the suburb name plus the city name e.g Camps Bay, Cape Town.

To formulate the url you always start with area-

From here you will add either the town/city name plus the province e.g area-cape-town-western-cape. In the case of a suburb profile you will add the suburb name plus the city name e.g area-camps-bay-cape-town.

You are simply adding a hyphen between each word. Do not capitalize words e.g area-Cape-Town-Western-Cape.

Your article will automatically be published on your website once you have given it a URL and type so make sure everything has been added correctly.

Maintaining your area overviews

You can easily maintain your area profiles from here. If you need to add newer photos, you can simply delete the older ones and add the new photos.

Any changes you make to the description will be reflected on your site within a couple of minutes.

Business Parks on Airtable

If you are adding business parks, retail parks, mixed-use developments, or industrial parks to your area overview all the basic steps as above applies with additional information to be added as below:

You need to enter the address of the business park into the street column and the name of the park into the alias column as can be seen above.

Secondly, if you are adding business parks in your Airtable you will have additional fields after the URL column - type and category.

For normal area overviews these will be left blank, while business parks will need to be identified by entering street under type and category will be commercial office parks, retail parks, industrial parks, mixed use parks, and so forth.

Where you have entered these types of overviews please note that URL will now reflect the name of the business park. For e.g if you have a commercial office building in Century City that you have added to your Airtable it will read:

area-name-of-office-building-century-city

Things to keep in mind

  • If you are pasting information from another document into the body column of your Airtable please use CTRL+ALT+V to clear any formatting from the previous document. You can add formatting to your body using Airtable's tools.

  • We suggest using high-resolution images as this will ensure that images look good on any device they are viewed on.

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