Expert Directory Plugin for Word­Press by CreativeMinds

Member Directory Plugin for WordPress by CreativeMinds

Build a niche professional directory with detailed expert profiles. The WordPress Members Directory plugin includes pages with complete contact details, description, content, images, documents and links.

The directory is easy to search, filter and is fully customizable to fit your theme.

WordPress Version
5.4.0 or Higher
Tested up to
WordPress 6.4.X
November 10, 2023
5.7 - 8.2.X

WordPress Member Directory Plugin Description

The WordPress Expert/Members Directory plugin makes it easy to build an embedded member catalog or professional directory on your WordPress website.

If you are looking to build a curated list of staff, student, or member profiles, this is a quick way to organize and manage such a database within your online community.

Members Directory Index

Directory listings will be displayed on a customizable index page, with member or staff photos and name or a brief description and also WhatsApp integration.

Listing locations can be displayed on a map using Google Maps API key.

You can easily search, filter, and sort directory listings by: free text search, categories, tags, area of expertise, services, and supported languages.

Showing a Member Directory Index Page
Showing a Member Directory Index Page

Member Profile

A Member Profile Page
A Member Profile Page
The Member List Plugin is equally suited to build a WordPress member directory for academic institutes, organizations, or business niches.

You can change all labels in the plugin to fit your industry, niche, or language.

The plugin includes customization options which allow you to add custom fields and links to the member page listing.

Creating Directory

Want a step-by-step tutorial showing all you need to create the ultimate member directory?

We show how to set up the directory, from adding the first member to fine-tuning the index appearance.

Learn how to create a directory from scratch!

Expert Directory
Expert Directory

Community Add-on - Allow Members to Manage Their Own Profiles

The directory listing submission form to post or update a member profile
The directory listing submission form to post or update a member profile
The Member Directory Community Plan lets users build your directory themselves by submitting, claiming, and managing their own profiles.

As the admin, you can moderate members' submission and reject or accept profiles before they are posted to the directory.

Learn how to create a directory where users suggest experts.

Monetizing Your Member Directory

The Members Directory Payments Plan makes it easy to monetize your directory by charging a one-time fee to each member who would like to be included in your industry listings.

You can charge for new member profiles or renewing existing member profile listings, with a customizable cycle length.

It is possible to use a mixed mode payment option, which means that part of the member profile will be visible for free, while other parts will be visible only once the payment has been made.

Checkout cart with member listing purchase
Checkout cart with member listing purchase

Paying for Profile Submission and Renewal

Checkout cart with member listing purchase
Checkout cart with member listing purchase
The payment system is based on either WooCommerce or Easy Digital Downloads (EDD) carts.

Together, they include more than 50 payment gateways including Authorize.Net, 2Checkout, Skrill, PayMill, and Stripe.

Once you have installed the EDD or WooCommerce plugins (which are free), you will get access to PayPal and Amazon payment gateways as well.

Read Use Case - Charging Users For Suggesting Experts in Directory.

Membership Subscriptions

The plugin allows you to create paid membership levels to control how much information can be placed on the expert page. Users can choose the suitable level and pay for it in two ways - either a one-time payment for membership or subscription based model.

The subscriptions feature works with the payment plugin WooCommerce + one of the add-ons: WooCommerce Payments or WooCommerce Subscriptions.

The membership subscriptions feature requires the following add-ons: Payments, Levels and Community.

Read: Charging Expert For Level (One-Time or Subscription)

Example of using variable subscription: the user can choose between one-time payment or annual renewing subscription.
Example of using variable subscription: the user can choose between one-time payment or annual renewing subscription.

Directory Advertisements

Location options for ad placement
Location options for ad placement
This ultimate Member Plugin allows you to insert advertisements into directory profile pages and search result pages for further monetize your directory.

Ad display location can be customized to show above, below, or between a member profile and map.

Any advert can be used from Google or other external sources such as WordPress ad managers like the Popup Banners Plugin.

CM Appointments Booking Integration

Integrate booking calendars to expert profiles.

Each expert can manage his own calendar that will allow their customers to book appointments with them.

Learn how to integrate a calendar booking system to expert pages.

Booking calendar integrated to the expert page
Booking calendar integrated to the expert page

Show Map of Experts

Map of Experts
Map of Experts
Display a Google Map with the location of all your experts anywhere on your website.

Visitors can search for places and filter the listing by categories.

A map of members is ideal for teams of teachers, scholars and academics who want to be located easily.

Requires the Map Locations WordPress Plugin.

Member Directory Use Case Examples

  • Introduce Members – If you have many stores and big team, let all team members know each other by creating a members directory.
  • Earn and Let Earn – Charge professionals like teachers, business advisors, freelancer developers etc for being listed. Requires the Payments add-on.

Member Directory Plugin Related Use Cases

Member Directory Plugin Additional Resources

Members Directory Plugin Features

Please read the user guide for detailed descriptions about each feature.

Extended Member Profile – Each member profile can be customized to display the following details: overview, publications, education, experience, address, phone number, email, website URL, and social links such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
Ads and Promotions – Insert Google Ads or advertisements from other plugins onto member profile pages or on the directory search results page.
Export / Import – Export and import member profiles to quickly transfer directories between different websites.
Search and Filters – Filter member profiles by category, tags or free text search
Ajax Support – Allows to dynamically filter and search results without reloading the page.
Directory Index Style – Easily change the look and feel of the member directory index page from the plugin settings. This includes layout, size of each profile box, theme and much more. The plugin comes with two preloaded templates.
Member Profile Page Design – Choose between two preloaded templates, while further customizing member profile page look and feel further to fit your style.
Moderation and Notifications – Moderate new member profile listings or be notified when a new member profile is posted (with the Community Plan)
Related Profiles Widget – Show related member profiles on each member profile page.
Profile Promotions – Promote specific member profiles in the search results and through the related profiles widget.
Custom Taxonomies – Create a custom taxonomy and filtering options to fit your niche.
Shortcode Support – Use shortcodes to display a list of all categories, a single member profile widget and more on any page or post.
Tags Support – Add tags to each member profile to keep them organized and easy to sort.
Editable Labels – All plugin labels can be edited and localized to fit your language or niche.
WhatsApp Integration – Allow each member to integrate his WhatsApp account and receive direct messages.
Expert Map – Show a Google Map with all your experts, where users can search based on address. Requires the Google Map Locations & Store Locator WordPress Plugin. Supports searching experts by ZIP and radius
Add Products to Expert Pages – Place products related to experts in their profiles.
Show position – Show job position with the experts’ name on the expert page.
Display City/State – Job city or state can be shown with the List View.
Alphabetical Index – The alphabetical index can be shown on the top if you choose the List View.
Lightbox – Enable the lightbox option to auto apply WordPress Thickbox on the pictures and videos on the business pages.
Frontend Profile Submission – You can give permissions to the members so that they can submit their profiles from the frontend. Submit from frontend option will only appear if you have Member Directory Community Add-on.
Registration – With the sign-up option, you can give members a backend member access and share restricted content with them, you will need them to register and log in to your site to see the restricted members area. For the registration form, you will need User Registration and Invitation Codes Plugin and for sharing the restricted area with the members, you will need Site and Content Restriction Plugin. You can assign the user roles accordingly in the member only access area and restrict content which you do not want them to see even after giving them user roles.
Open Source Software – This is an open source plugin and can be customized.
Custom Fields & Member Categories – This reliable WordPress Expert Directory plugin allows you to create custom fields to add desired metadata to the customizable forms and Categories too.
Image Gallery – You can add pictures to the image gallery on the members’ profiles.
Sidebar – You can add a sidebar on the experts’ profiles for product pages.
Reviews – You can allow users to leave a review for the individual user profiles by integrating the CM Reviews and Rating Plugin.
Compatibility – Expand capabilities by adding more features to your directories. Compatible with Business Directory Plugin and Product Directory Plugin.
Paid Listing – Create paid websites by charging your members or experts for listing them on your WordPress Website with Expert and Member Directory Payments Add-On.
Forum – Create a forum like other advanced online communities for your groups with the CM Questions and Answers Forum Plugin.
CM Appointments Booking Integration – Allows each expert profile to have a calendar that allows their customers to schedule the appointments with experts.

Member and Staff Directory Plans and Pricing

PLANSProPro CommunityUltimate
Price includes 1 year support/updates. Manual renewal with 40% discount, not a subscription $49 $69 $119
Number of Websites / License Activations 1310
Create any number of member profile listing IncludedIncludedIncluded
Choose the default member image IncludedIncludedIncluded
Choose the member category IncludedIncludedIncluded
Extended profile information IncludedIncludedIncluded
Profile custom fields IncludedIncludedIncluded
Additional taxonomies IncludedIncludedIncluded
Tags Support IncludedIncludedIncluded
Search and Filters IncludedIncludedIncluded
Permalink Settings IncludedIncludedIncluded
Directory Index Templates IncludedIncludedIncluded
Profile Page Styling IncludedIncludedIncluded
Related profiles widget IncludedIncludedIncluded
Editable Labels IncludedIncludedIncluded
Promote Profiles IncludedIncludedIncluded
Promote Products IncludedIncludedIncluded
Advertisements Support IncludedIncludedIncluded
Import / Export IncludedIncludedIncluded
Shortcodes Support IncludedIncludedIncluded
WhatsApp Integration IncludedIncludedIncluded
Booking Calendar Integration IncludedIncludedIncluded
Reviews and Ratings Integration IncludedIncludedIncluded
Forum Integration IncludedIncludedIncluded
User can list a profile Not includedIncludedIncluded
User can claim existing profile Not includedIncludedIncluded
User can edit and manage his profile Not includedIncludedIncluded
Admin can moderate new posted profiles Not includedIncludedIncluded
User can pay for posting a profile Not includedNot includedIncluded
User can pay for renewing a listing Not includedNot includedIncluded
User can pay for claiming a profile Not includedNot includedIncluded
Member forms support Not includedNot includedIncluded
Member levels support Not includedNot includedIncluded
Product Knowledge Base Included Included Included
Priority email support Included Included Included
Product updates Included Included Included
PLANSProPro CommunityUltimate
Number of Websites / License Activations 1310
Price includes 1 year support/updates. Manual renewal with 40% discount, not a subscription $49 $69 $119

Member Directory Additional Addons and Modules

The following list is additional modules and addons which can be installed together with the Member Directory plugin and provide additional functionality.

For a all-in-one solution, you can choose “Ultimate: Member Directory” option when selecting the product, it will include the Pro version and all add-ons.

Member Directory Related Plugins

WordPress Members Plugin 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 member description. Just upload the images and then create a gallery.

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

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

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

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

Can I show a Google Map with experts location?

Does this Plugin allow me to take payments from people for adding listings?

To take payments the Expert Directory Payments addon is required, the core plugin does not handle payments alone.

Learn more about the Expert directory payments add-on by clicking here.

How can I allow expert listing owners to add or manage their own listings?

To enable this or to allow experts to claim and control their own expert listings the Expert Directory Community Add-on will need to be installed. To learn more about it → clicking here ← .

Can I filter which expert listings appear on my site

Yes. Each site owner can moderate and manage which experts appear on their site?

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 expert directory listings on locations that you define, as shown in the image below:

embedding ad campaigns from external ad services like Google adsense

What filters can I have on my expert directory page?

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

Can experts offer products in their profiles?

Yes, it is possible to place products on the expert pages. Learn more about how to do this in this Help Article.

Does this Plugin support creating directories of businesses?

It could be used for this purpose but our Business Directory plugin is much better suited for this purpose.

Read more about it by clicking here

Does this plugin have BuddyPress integration if I want to integrate BuddyPress profile page?

This plugin does not integrate with BuddyPress.

Does this plugin integrate with s2Member?

No, This WordPress User Directory plugin does not integrate with s2Member.

Is there a free plugin version?

No, we do not have a free version of this plugin.

Is this an open source Plugin and can we customize it?

Yes, you can customize the plugin as it is an open source.

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