Product Directory Community Add-On for WordPress by CreativeMinds

Product Directory Community AddOn for WordPress by CreativeMinds

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Allow non logged-in users to add new products, claim existing ones, and manage listings with the Product Directory Community Add-On.

Requires 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.

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.

Creating Community Directory

Product Community gives you full control on how your visitors can submit their product info for approval.

Learn how to create a directory where users suggest products.

Product Directory
Product Directory

Administrator Tools to Manage Listing

Moderation and Notification

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

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.

Admins 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 Existing Product

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 Product Directory

Use Case Examples

  • App Directory – Build an application directory and let users submit and showcase their products.
  • Freeware Base – Build a popular freeware base of software solutions that users submit directly to the index.

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

CM Product Directory Pro
Product Directory
Build a product discovery directory which with product information, screenshots, video and also information about the business behind the product. Product pages can include a purchase button as well as any other related links such as the product demo.
[ Video]  [ Userguide]

Product Directory Community Related Plugins

CM Product Directory Community Items
Product Directory Community
This add-on for the CM Product Directory Plugin supports letting users add a new listing to the product directory. Users can claim an existing product, renew a product listing and manage their product listings as well as create a local product database and product directory community worldwide.
[ Video]  [ Userguide]
CM Product Directory Payments
Product Directory Payments
Support charging payment for publishing a new product directory listing or renewing an existing one. You can choose between WooCommerce cart or Easy Digital Downloads.
[ Video]  [ Userguide]

Product Directory Community AddOn Features

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

Add Product Form – 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 not assigned to a product owner can show your product form.
Password Recovery – Once a product is claimed, the owner can ask to recover password. An email notification will be sent to the product owner registered email address.
Claims Dashboard – Review all claims from a single, efficient dashboard
Moderation Settings – Choose who can moderate new product added and notifications settings.
Product Owner Email – Once claimed, the product owner email appears in the product edit page from the admin dashboard. Update email and also send password recovery notification.
AddOn Labels – All labels related to the product details and form are editable. 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, the admin is notified. 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.

Product Directory Community Changelog

Version 1.7.1 from the 24th Jan 2022

  • Bugfix related to email field
  • Improvement in community form

Version 1.7.0 from the 23rd May 2021

  • Updated license package to version 1.9.1

Version 1.6.9 26th April 2021

  • Improved CSS of GDPR disclaimer feature

Version 1.6.8 8th Jan 2021

  • Bugfix related to claim feature

Version 1.6.7 13th Oct 2020

  • Added fax field support with community form @

Version 1.6.6 8th Oct 2020

  • Added support to show/hide username and password fields from community form

Version 1.6.5 10th August 2020

  • Updated license package 1.9.0

Version 1.6.4 4th JULY 2020

  • Bugfix related to gallery lightbox caption

Version 1.6.3 13th May 2020

  • Bugfix in send login and password feature from admin

Version 1.6.2 27th Apr 2020

  • Added change username and password feature with community form

Version 1.6.1 13th Apr 2020

  • Bugfix in GDPR disclaimer feature

Version 1.6.0 9th Apr 2020

  • Added claim request listing
  • Added new email notification for user claim on submit
  • Bugfix related to community form submit button label
  • Updated package 1.8.10

Version 1.5.9 27th Nov 2019

  • Fixed invalid HTML in community form

Version 1.5.8 14th Nov 2019

  • Bugfix related to recaptcha v2 invisible

Version 1.5.7 12th Oct 2019

  • Replaced deprecated function
  • Improvement in html

Version 1.5.6 25th Sep 2019

  • Added support to community form contact email set as owner email

Version 1.5.5 9th Sep 2019

  • Added main image as featured image
  • Bugfix related to owner email field in form
  • Bugfix related to update main image field in from while update

Version 1.5.4 19th Aug 2019

  • Improvement in statusObserver method
  • Bugfix related to send notification

Version 1.5.3 21st July 2019

  • Bugfix related to post data with double quotes

Version 1.5.2 15th July 2019

  • Bugfix related to community form submit
  • Removed some warnings

Version 1.5.1 6th July 2019

  • Compatible with php 7.2

Version 1.5.0 8th June 2019

  • Resolved output buffer issue in loadView function
  • Added loader on form submit

Version 1.4.9 16th May 2019

  • Bugfix related to video gallery

Version 1.4.8 05th May 2019

  • Added video gallery update support in community form

Version 1.4.7 05th May 2019

  • Bugfix related to custom css

Version 1.4.6 23rd Apr 2019

  • Added gallery update support in community form
  • Updated package 1.8.9

Version 1.4.5 24th Feb 2019

  • Added reCAPTCHA instructions in settings
  • Removed gray overlay after submit community form

Version 1.4.4 30th Jan 2019

  • Added stripslashes for GDPR disclaimer text

Version 1.4.3 28th Jan 2019

  • Added stripslashes for labels

Version 1.4.2 23rd Jan 2019

  • Bugfix in access notification email
  • Updated license package 1.8.6

Version 1.4.1 16th Jan 2019

  • Added community form section heading text change settings

Version 1.4.0 9th Jan 2019

  • Bugfix in community dashboard structure
  • Improvement in CSS

Version 1.3.9 5th Jan 2019

  • Bugfix in community dashboard shortcode

Version 1.3.8 26th Dec 2018

  • Added custom css support on community form
  • Updated license package

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

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