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Business Directory Community Add-On for WordPress by CreativeMinds

Business Directory Community Add-On allows non logged-in users to add a new business, claim existing one and manage their listings.
Can only be used with Business Directory Pro

Business Directory Community Add-On Description

The WordPress Business Directory Community AddOn by CreativeMinds allows users to add a new listing to the business directory, claim an existing business which was already listed and manage their listings.

This AddOn is a supplement for the Business Directory Plugin and empowers it by letting the users submit and manage their own listings within the business directory.

What Happens when a User Submit a New Business

Managing New Business Listings

When a user submits a new business listing, the admin will receive a notification.

Admin can moderate the new listing and approve or reject it. Once approved, the business owner will receive a notification and a password for managing the business page.

With the email and password the business owner can manager the business listing WITHOUT being logged in to the WordPress site or be defined as a WordPress user. This allows a complete separation between business owners and WordPress users.

Showing part of the new business submission form
Showing part of the new business submission form

In cases when the business owner forgets his password, near each business page which is assigned to a business owner, a forgot password link will appear allowing business owner to receive a new password to a registered email

Administrator Tools to Manage Listing

Moderation and Notification

The plugin provides the admin with several ways to manage listings. Admin can moderate all listing submitted by users and approve them before they appear in the directory.

Admin can also assign an email and send a password for an existing business listing to the owner, Allowing him to manage the business page.

Setting screen showing part of the moderation and notification settings
Setting screen showing part of the moderation and notification settings

Modifying the Business Submission Form

Controlling the Submission Form

Plugin settings includes many options for the admin to manage the business submission form.

Admin can define which fields should appear. Which fields will be mandatory and what is the label which will be shown beside each field.

Setting screen showing part of the business form settings
Setting screen showing part of the business form settings

User Dashboard for the Business Submissions

The plugin support a user dashboard for logged-in users which let them see all their existing listings and manage them. Since business owners are not necessarily defined as WordPress users this dashboard will be usable just in cases where new business submission is made by logged in users.

Claiming an Existing Business

Claiming Exisitng Business

Admin can turn on the module for claiming existing business. When set, a small link will appear in all business pages which are currently not assigned to a business owner.

Users can fill up their email and name and submit a claim request. if approved this business will be assigned to the user and a password will be sent to him to manage the business page.

Claim existing business form
Claim existing business form

Online Demo – Check ListWP.com

Using the Business Directory Community

  • Submit Business Listing – Allow users to submit a new business
  • Update your Business Page – Allow users to edit and update an existing business
  • Claim an Existing Business – Allow users to claim an existing business already in the directory

Business Directory Community Prerequisite Plugin

You need to have CM Business Directory plugin installed before using the community addon

Business Directory Community Related Plugins

Business Directory Payments
Support charging payment for publishing a new business directory listing or renewing an existing one.
Product Directory
Build a product directory which includes product information, screenshots, video and business information. Support payments.

Business Directory Community Plugin Features

  • Shortcode support a form with Captcha for submitting and managing businesses
  • Admin can define what fields are mandatory in the new business form
  • Admin can turn On/off business claim feature
  • Admin can turn On/off forgot password feature
  • Support external users username and password for managing their business
  • Support business owner notifications
  • Support changing all the labels related to the business form
  • Support moderation of new business postings
  • Support logged-in user dashboard for showing and managing listings

Business Directory Community Features in Details

Please check the user guide to learn more about this plugin.

  • Add a Business form – Using a shortcode admin can place a form where business owners can post new businesses and edit existing. The form mandatory fields are controlled from the admin settings.
    Business Directory Community AddOn Add a Business Form

    Business Directory Community AddOn Add a Business Form

  • Claim your Business – Each business page which is not already assigned to a business owner can show claim your business form. Once posted admin can moderate and assign a business owner to this business page.
    Business Directory Community AddOn Add a Business Form

    Business Directory Community AddOn Add a Business Form

  • Password Recovery -Once business is claims, business owner can ask to recover password. An email notification will be sent to the business owner registered email address.
    Business Directory Community AddOn - Password Recovery form

    Business Directory Community AddOn – Password Recovery form

  • AddOn Settings – AddOn settings includes Moderation settings of who can moderate new businesses added and notifications settings.
    Business Directory Community AddOn - Settings

    Business Directory Community AddOn – Settings

  • Business Owner Email – Once claimed business owner email appear in the business edit page from the admin dashboard. Admin can update email and also send password recovery notification.
    Business Directory Community AddOn -Business Owner Email

    Business Directory Community AddOn -Business Owner Email

  • AddOn Labels – All labels related to the business details and form are editable. Admin can also define which field is mandatory.
    Business Directory Community AddOn - Labels Settings

    Business Directory Community AddOn – Labels Settings

Business Directory Community Image Gallery

Back-end Gallery

Business Directory Online Demo

This demo shows a form for submitting new business listing. Once form is submitted admin is notified. Admin can moderate the listing before it appears on the directory.

ListWP Business Submission Live Demo

Business Directory Community Frequently Asked Questions

Please check the user guide to learn more about this plugin.

How do I enable shortcodes for the directory so I can have a gallery above the description?

You can use WordPress gallery shortcode to display several images in the business description. Just upload the images and then create a gallery.

Can I customize the business directory widget to match my WP theme?

Sure. The business directory is using a shortcode which can be easily embedded into any theme. The plugin settings include many features that supports customizing your business directory’s look and feel

Can I add my social media links to my business listing?

Yes. Each business listing include all the possible social media links including Twitter, FaceBook, Google+, LinkedIn and many more. You can also add custom links

What are the benefits of the Add-on

The business directory Add-On supports external users submissions. This means that you can open the submission of new businesses to external users. The Addon also has moderation features so new businesses submitted can optionally need first to be moderated before they appear in the directory listing.

How can I edit my own business listing

To edit your own business listing you will need to make sure the Add_on is installed and configured. Second you need to claim the business listing page, third once business is claimed you will have a username and password with which you can edit the businesses listing page

Can I filter what business listings show on my site

Sure. each site owner can moderate and manage which businesses appear on their site.

Will businesses be able to edit their directory listings independently?

That would require you to install the business directory community add-on, which will enable you to invite business owners to either create new listings or edit existing ones. You can also use this as a premium feature for which businesses pay a monthly or a yearly fee.

Can I embed ads from Google AdSense?

Absolutely! In fact you can embed ads from any external source by copying the campaign code and pasting it into the location where you want them to appear. This includes Google adsense campaigns, CM Ad changer, or any internal or external source of adverts. Embedded ads are displayed in between your business directory listings on locations that you define, as shown in the image below: embeding ad campaigns from external ad services like Google adsense

What filters can I have on my business directory page?

That’s up to you to decide. You can choose parameters such as tags, categories, business location and year of establishment as filters, or create you own custom parameter as a filter. Users will also be able to search for businesses by entering keywords into the search bar.

Still have questions? Send us a message and we will reply within 24 hours.



Version 1.3.10 23rd Jan 2018

  • Feature: Added the option to display the categories as checkboxes
  • Feature: Added the option to assign tags on business form
  • Bug: Fixed few small bugs

Version 1.3.9 19th Dec 2017

  • Improved the error handling of the form
  • Fixed the bug with the address not being saved properly
  • Fixed the bug with the facebook, twitter not being properly saved
  • Updated the Licensing Package

Version 1.3.8 10th Aug 2017

  • Fixed the bug when displaying an error on the suggest a business page

Version 1.3.7 4th Aug 2017

  • Fixed the notice in one of the views

Version 1.3.6 29th July 2017

  • Fixed the rare bug
  • Fixed the bugs with editing
  • Fixed the User Dashboard edition option
  • Changed the User Dashboard links to open in new tab
  • Improved the Image Upload library

Version 1.3.5 9th March 2017

  • Changed the old Captcha v1 to brand new invisibleCaptcha

Version 1.3.4 11th February 2017

  • Fixed the problems with the e-mails with password not being sent after claim
  • Fixed the problems with wrong passwords after claim
  • Fixed the bug with the [business] shortcode missing in the admin e-mail notification
  • Added the filter allowing to display custom fields in the form
  • Improved the support for logged users to edit their businesses
  • Fixed some small bugs

Version 1.3.3 12th January 2017

  • Fix a security issue.

Version 1.3.0 16th Aug 2016

  • Updated licensing dashboard

Version 1.1.9 28th July 2016

  • Fixed adding/editing business logo and required setting
  • Added setting to moderating edited businesses
  • Fixed the problem with captcha
  • Updated Platform version

Version 1.1.8 13th July 2016

  • Small code issues fixed
  • Fixed the rare notice in the CMBD_Cookie on admin screens

Version 1.1.7 11th June 2016

  • Security improvements
  • Fixed post creating/updating functions
  • Fixed post status value after modification
  • Fixed a bug during deactivation of the main plugin
  • Updated the Licensing API

Version 1.1.6 19th April 2016

  • fixed displaying shortcode tips

Version 1.1.5 11th April 2016

  • Add user dashboard shortcode for showing logged-in user businesses they have submitted

Version 1.1.4 21st Mar 2016

  • Fix small bugs

Version 1.1.3 12th Mar 2016

  • Added support for Custom Taxonomy
  • Added support for Business Video
  • Version 1.1.2 25th Feb 2016

    • Added automatic updates from plugin dashboard
    • Replaced plugin admin interface including license activation and userguide

    Version 1.3.2 14th Feb 2016

      Version 1.1.1 01th Feb 2016

      • Integration with the Payment system

      Version 1.1.0 13th Dec 2015

      • Added the sliding to top after filling the business form
      • Fixed some small styling issues

      Version 1.0.10 4th Dec 2015

      • Added the background color for the overlay
      • Fixed the problem with the editor content not being saved when pasting content

      Version 1.0.9 20th Nov 2015

      • Fix licensing issues

      Version 1.0.8 11th Nov 2015

      • Added the option to show the login form on the business page
      • Fixed the problem with claiming the business
      • Fixed some small styling bugs
      • Fixed the integration with the CM Business Directory (free edition)
      • Fixed the false-negative checks on some mandatory fields

      Version 1.0.7 23rd Oct 2015

      • Fixed the warning on the backend, when the claims list was empty
      • Fixed the bug with the address not being saved
      • Fixed the bug with categories not being saved

      Version 1.0.6 9th Sep 2015

      • Fixed the problem with the Business Claim not appearing for some option combinations
      • Added the option to change the Suggest a business page ID
      • Updated the licensing system

      Version 1.0.5 7th Sep 2015

      • Fixed bug with captcha

      Version 1.0.4 18th July 2015

      • Fixed the bug with message being displayed when Captcha is disabled and key not provided
      • Fixed the error messages
      • Fixed the bug with mandatory fields
      • Added the shortcode to the list of available shortcodes
      • Added the link to the Suggest Business page

      Version 1.0.3 11th July 2015

      • Add support for captcha in claim process
      • Add support for email template once claim is rejected
      • Add support for claim in process label
      • Add support for a single claim at a time process

      Version 1.0.1 20th June 2015

      • Fixed Ajax bug with submitting business

      Plugin First Release 08th June 2015