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Getting started with Umbrella News Classifieds

Whether you’re looking to find local businesses, advertise your own business, or simply explore the listings, this guide will walk you through the process step by step.

1. Sign up and create an account:

  • First, you’ll need an account, click on the “Sign Up” button located at the top of the page.

  • Fill in your details, including your email address, and a secure password.

  • You will need to verify your email address by clicking on a confirmation link sent to your inbox.

2. Finding a list of local businesses:

  • Once you’re logged in, you’ll land on the homepage.

  • Look for the search bar at the top of the page and type in a keyword related to the type of business you’re looking for (e.g., “restaurants,” “plumbers,” “hair salons”).

  • Hit the enter key or click the search icon to see a list of relevant businesses.

  • You can further refine your search by using filters such as location or category which are available on the sidebar.

3. Finding a business in a specific area:

  • If you’re specifically looking for a business in a certain area, use the location filter in the search options.

  • Type in the name of the area or the postcode to narrow down your search results.

  • You can also explore the map view, to visually locate businesses in your desired area.

4. Getting your local business found online:

  • If you’re a business owner and want to promote your local business, you can create a listing to get it found online.

  • Log in to your account and click on “Create Listing” or a similar button.

  • Fill in the necessary details about your business, such as the name, category, location, contact information, and a captivating description.

  • Upload high-quality images to showcase your products or services.

  • Consider including keywords related to your business in the description to improve search visibility.

  • Your listing will need to be approved by our team before it’s posted live.

5. Responding to listings:

  • If you find a listing that interests you, click on it to view the full details.

  • Look for a contact option, such as a phone number, email address, or chat button.

  • Reach out to the listing owner by using the provided contact method to inquire about the product, service, or any other details you need. 

Safety Tips

Remember to always exercise caution when interacting with others on the site. Trust your instincts and use common sense to ensure a safe and pleasant experience.


  1. Exercise caution when dealing with unknown parties: While we strive to provide a safe environment, it’s important to be cautious when interacting with unfamiliar individuals. Use your best judgment and take appropriate precautions when communicating or transacting with others.


  2. Verify the legitimacy of listings: Before making any purchases or commitments, it’s advisable to verify the legitimacy of the listings and the businesses involved. Conduct some research, read reviews if available, and ask questions to ensure that the listing meets your expectations and the business is reputable.


  3. Be mindful of personal information: When communicating with others on the site, be cautious about sharing personal information too early in the process. Only provide necessary details when you feel comfortable and have established a certain level of trust with the other party.


  4.  Avoid suspicious payment requests: Be wary of any requests for unusual payment methods or situations that seem suspicious. Use secure and trusted payment methods whenever possible, and avoid sharing your financial information with unknown parties.


  5.  Meet in safe public locations: If you’re arranging a meeting or transaction with another user, choose a public location that is well-populated and preferably during daylight hours. Consider bringing a friend or family member with you, especially when dealing with high-value items.


  6.  Report suspicious activity: If you encounter any suspicious listings, inappropriate behaviour, or suspect fraudulent activity, please report it directly from the listing or email us at classifieds@umbrellanews.com.au

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