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Product Directory Community Submissions Plugin for WordPress by CreativeMinds

Product 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 CM Product Directory Pro

Product Directory Community Add-On Description

The WordPress Product Directory Community AddOn allows users to add a new listing to the Product directory, claim an existing product which was listed and manage their listings.

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

What Happens when a User Submit a New Product

Managing New Product Listings

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

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

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

Showing part of the new product submission form
Showing part of the new product submission form

In cases when the product owner forgets his password, near each product page which is assigned to a product owner, a forgot password link will appear, allowing product owners to receive a new password to the 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 product listing to the owner, Allowing him to manage the product page.

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

Modifying the Product Submission Form

Controlling the Submission Form

Plugin settings includes many options for the admin to manage the product 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 product form settings
Setting screen showing part of the product form settings

User Dashboard for the Product Submissions

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

Claiming an Existing Product

Claiming Exisitng Product

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

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

Claim existing product form
Claim existing product form

Online Demo – Check ListWP.com Product Directory

Using the Product Directory Community Add-On

  • Allow users submit a new product
  • Allow users to edit and update an existing product
  • Allow users to claim an existing product already in the directory

Product Directory Community Prerequisite Plugin

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

Product Directory Community Related Plugins

Product Directory
Build a product directory which includes product information, screenshots, video and business information. Support payments.
Product Directory Community AddOn
Let WordPress users add, manage and claim their listing in the product directory.
Product Directory Payments
Support charging payment for publishing a new product directory listing or renewing an existing one.

Product Directory Community AddOn Features

  • Shortcodes support a form with Captcha for submitting and managing products
  • Admin can define what fields are mandatory in the add new product form
  • Admin can turn on/off product claim feature
  • Admin can turn on/off forgot password feature
  • Supports external users username and password for managing their product
  • Supports product owner notifications
  • Supports changing all the labels related to the product form
  • Supports moderation of new product postings

Product Directory Community Features in Details

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

  • Add a product form – Using a shortcode admin can place a form where product owners can post new products and edit existing. The form mandatory fields are controlled from the admin settings.
  • Claim your Product – Each product page which is not already assigned to a product owner can show your product form. Once posted admin can moderate and assign a product owner to this product page.
  • Password Recovery -Once product is claimed, product owner can ask to recover password. An email notification will be sent to the product owner registered email address.
  • AddOn Settings – AddOn settings includes Moderation settings of who can moderate new product added and notifications settings.
  • Product Owner Email – Once claimed, product owner email appear in the product edit page from the admin dashboard. Admin can update email and also send password recovery notification.
  • AddOn Labels – All labels related to the product details and form are editable. Admin can also define which field is mandatory.

Product Directory Community Video Tutorial

Product Directory Community Image Gallery

Product Directory Online Demo

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

Suggest new Product Page Example

Product Directory Community Frequently Asked Questions

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

How many product listings can be created?

There is no limit to the number to the products listed which can appear in the directory. You can have 10,000 or more products listed. When having a very large number of products (50,000+) you might need to scale up your WordPress server.

Do you have to be logged in to manage products?

No. Each user submitting their product receives a username and password which will let them edit their product description. This does not make them a registered user but only grants them the ability to edit their product page.

How do users update existing products?

Users can claim an existing product which is not assigned to anyone else. Once claimed and assigned to them they can use the username and password granted to edit the product description

Can my products be in more than one category or sub-category?

Yes. You can assign your products to any number of categories which you have defined in the product directory

Can you create multiple product directories?

You can create directories based on categories and show each on a separate page using a shortcode. This use case can support having multiple directories

How do I sort the order of the products?

You can sort the order of the products in various ways. This is defined in the plugin settings. You can also promote a selected product to always appear on the first slots of the list regardless the sorting order which has been chosen

How many products can be added to directory?

There is no limit to the number of product which can appear in the directory. The product directory can include 10,000 or even more products. When scaling up you need to think about your website performance as each product is stored in a custom post type. This however can be solved using a robust server to ensure good performance

Can social media links be added to the products?

Yes you can include in each product page the associated social links which are related to the product such as the product facebook page, related Twitter account and more.

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Version 1.2.8 9th Feb 2018

  • Fixed some bugs with community form

Version 1.2.7 23rd Jan 2018

  • Added an option to display categories field as checkboxes on the Community form
  • Added an option to display tags field on the Community form
  • Added an option to disable the Social Information section on the Community form

Version 1.2.6 22nd Dec 2017

  • Updated licensing package

Version 1.2.5 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 1.2.4 6th July 2017

  • Fixed the bug with e-mails not being sent for users on registration

Version 1.2.3 14th June 2017

  • Fixed the bug with Captcha

Version 1.2.2 12th June 2017

  • Updated the Licensing Package
  • Fixed some bugs

Version 1.2.1 22nd April 2017

  • Fixed the bug with the Cookie

Version 1.2.0 23rd March 2017

  • Changed the old Captcha v1 to brand new invisibleCaptcha
  • Added the filter allowing to display custom fields in the form
  • Fixed the bug with the [business] shortcode missing in the admin e-mail notification
  • Fixed some bugs

Version 1.1.9 12th January 2017

  • Fix a security issue.

Version 1.1.8 7th Dec 2016

  • Added the option to select the business from own businesses for the logged in users instead of having to fill the business data

Version 1.1.7 5th Dec 2016

  • Add the function stripslashes() for text that appear with unwanted slashes
  • Fix a bug that cause a black dot to appear in the ‘Add product’ page for roles who cannot see the form

Version 1.1.4 10th August 2016

  • Updated licensing api support.

Version 1.1.3 from 28th July 2016

  • Added option to limit the IP for Star Rating Module
  • Added option to add/edit/delete ratings in Star Rating Module
  • Fixed some notices
  • Updated platform version

Version 1.1.2 from, 11th June 2016

  • Fixed the bug with ReCaptcha not working properly on https based sites (mixed content)
  • Version 1.1.1, 14th June 2016

    • Fixed bug with plugin deactivation

    Version 1.1.0 fro, 11th June 2016

    • Security Fixes

    Plugin First Release 17th June 2016