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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: ListWP.com

Using the Business Directory Community

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

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.

What is the benefit of this add-on?

The Community add-on for the Business Directory plugin allows visitors to your site to Create new business listings or to Claim existing listings.

This can allow you to outsource some of the work of creating and managing content on your site to your users. It also means that business owners can have the creative control over their listings and who knows a business better than those who set it up in the first place?

To learn more about this feature see this Help article.

Can I create listings and reach out to the business owners to see if they would like to manage them?

Yes, there is a Business Claim feature built into the add-on. You can also hide the Add new Business form from users, leaving them with only the option to Claim business that you have added.

To learn more about this feature see this Help article.

Is there any sort of User dashboard for managing directory listings that have been submitted or claimed?

Yes. Once a user logs into your WordPress site they can go to the Dashboard page which you can create on any page or post on the site with the insertion of the included dashboard shortcode.

From here they can View their previously added or claimed listings, edit them or delete them if they choose (still pending admin moderation if you have this feature enabled.

They can also suggest new business listings from here.

To learn more about this feature see this Help article.

Is there any way to charge my site users for adding or claiming business listings on my directory?

Yes, you can charge for both adding new businesses to the directory and claiming existing ones. For this you will require the Business Directory Payments add-on.

To learn more about this feature see this Help article.

Would you recommend this for adding a directory of professional individuals? (E.g. a Carpenders Directory or other tradespersons?)

This addon could effectively manage this, but we have another addon that is more suited for this purpose called the Members Directory add-on which might better match your needs.

Is there any way to prevent Spam or Malicious content from being added to my directory?

There are two safety features built into the add-on. Re-captcha and Moderation.

Re-captcha can help to prevent attacks by bots harming your site content quality and performance and Moderation allows you to manually filter out nuisance visitors submissions and to check content quality before it goes live

To learn more about this feature see this Help article.

Do listing owners have to have access to or be registered users on my WordPress site to be able to own and managing directory listings?

No, not at all. When a business owner creates a new listing or claims an existing one and passes moderation (if the moderation features is enabled) they will receive log in credentials and a link in their email.

Using this link they can then go to your site and manage their listing without having to be logged in on the site. They don’t have to have a user account at all!

To learn more about this feature see this Help article.

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

 

 

Version 1.4.2 10th Dec 2018

  • Improved galley features

Version 1.4.1 23rd Nov 2018

  • Bugfix in gallery and videos feature

Version 1.4.0 21st Oct 2018

  • Added business images gallery and videos feature

Version 1.3.19 21st Oct 2018

  • Added CSS classes on community form sections

Version 1.3.18 15th Oct 2018

  • Added Latitude and Longitude from community form if map locations integration enabled

Version 1.3.17 31st July 2018

  • Fixed bug with maximum number of categories limit issue if set empty

Version 1.3.16 27th July 2018

  • Added admin panel notification visible only for admin and editor
  • Fixed the fatal error in gdpr class
  • Added paragraph spacing support in emails
  • Updated license package

Version 1.3.15 13th July 2018

  • Fixed bug with password recovery email

Version 1.3.14 19th June 2018

  • Added the display of the login/password of the expert profile owners to admins
  • Added community form fields show/hide option
  • Fixed bug with community form fields label
  • Fixed bug with reCAPTCHA

Version 1.3.13 110h June 2018

  • Added GDPR Feature

Version 1.3.12 11th Apr 2018

  • Added the display of the login/password of the expert profile owners to admins

Version 1.3.11 17th Mar 2018

  • Bug: Fixed the error with the undeclared class constant

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