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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.
  • GDPR Compliant – Provides tools that let users have full control over their data, assisting the admin with data regulations compliance. Learn more.

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.

What is the benefit of this add-on?

The Community add-on for the Product Directory plugin allows visitors to your site to Create new products to your directory or to Claim existing products.

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 product owners can have the creative control over their listings and who knows a product better than the owner / seller?

To learn more about the Product Directory Community add-on see this Overview article.

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.

To learn more about this feature see this Help article.

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.

To learn more about this feature see this Help article.

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

To learn more about this feature see this Help article.

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

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

To learn more about claiming products see this Help article.

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

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

To learn more about Product Directory Payments see these Help articles.

What if I want to make a directory for businesses each selling many products?

It depends. If you want to list the products on your site then the product directory plugin with the community add-on may be a good way to go.

If you really only want to create a directory for the businesses with businesses overviews only, or then adding what the Business sells in the description section for example, then the Business Directory add-on might be a better way to go for you.

To learn more about this feature see this Help article.

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.

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 product listings from here.

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 product 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.

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Version 1.3.7 10th Dec 2018

  • Improved galley features

Version 1.3.6 23rd Nov 2018

  • Bugfix in gallery and videos feature

Version 1.3.5 22nd Nov 2018

  • Added product images gallery and videos feature

Version 1.3.4 31st July 2018

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

Version 1.3.3 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 1.3.2 19th July 2018

    Fixed bug with password recovery email

Version 1.3.1 19th June 2018

  • Added community form fields show/hide option
  • Fixed bug with reCAPTCHA

Version 1.3.0 10th June 2018

  • Added GDPR Feature

Version 1.2.9 11th Apr 2018

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

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