Business Directory Plugin allows you to build local directories, business provider listings, Yellow-Pages style business directories, Yelp-like review
Have been using the directory for about a year now. Had a minor problem, and they responded quickly and fixed the problem. Great plugin and service!
make sure you view the entire thread - great support from the plugin author, committed to customer service. That's huge in my book!
I reviewed the code structure of this plugin. The code is not commented and lacks any docblocks that I could find in the 15+ files I reviewed. The code is also riddled with globals, which wouldn't be a huge problem if the code was commented properly, which would allow any modern IDE to follow the inheritance/types of the code.
There are also bugs that haven't been tested or caught, such as using undefined variables. For example, in (in plugin 3.6) the file /views/views.php line 103 has an undefined variable $msg that's being passed by reference, it should be initialized on line 102 as $msg = ''. Again, this would be helped by proper comments.
It also lacks the ability to use the WordPress API to add actions or filter content.
In the templates directory, there are 7 do_action calls: http://cl.circletr.ee/image/3u1y3L3E0L0o
Compare that to WooCommerce's 158: http://cl.circletr.ee/image/370X2I2J340d
--For example, it's very useful in WooCommerce to be able to add an action to a checkout page, and not have to copy/override an entire template. Why? Because when WooCommerce releases the next major release, it's very easy for them to keep a do_action() call in a template, and then restructure the entire page's DOM, without fear of breaking interoperability.
I used this plugin on my directory of [ link redacted, please do not post links in the reviews section ]. The only thing I wish I had more control is the url structure, but for a free plugin this is the best one out there.
I've been using BDP to set up an online DJ directory. Dave and the team have been extremely helpful when answering technical questions about the plugin. The additional modules are really useful too; it really is a comprehensive solution to put together an online directory. If I could give it 6 out of 5 I would!!
Even though a directory is a fairly complex system, WP Business Directory is easy to manage and customize.
I did encounter one issue and reported it to the plugin admin: it was solved quite rapidly.
Great work, keep it up!
The developers were very helpful in helping us with a bug we were experiencing. I would highly recommend this plugin, as it has a rich feature set and great support.
Exactly what i was looking for, for my website Central Coast Business Directory
My blog is not my "day job" and using plugins that work and can be quickly modified for my needs is really important. I'm not a programmer either.
I have found this plugin to be easy to setup, everything "under the hood" clearly laid out, and when I got stuck, I received excellent customer service.
I have been using this plug-in more than two months...have found it easy to use, innovative, and just what I wanted for now. Within this time, I have contacted Dave, the owner of the plug-in twice with some small issues - I got respond almost right away and helped me with my issue. It seems like they guard their product's reputation and anyone use it - paid or fee version - whole heartedly! (I am testing free one.)
I am using this plug-in to build a community database and it is so far working great. There are more features in development phase according to their website. Wish they will release them soon. But so far what I am using is all I need for now.
Last but not the least, Business Directory has the BEST Customer Service one can experience ('which is kind of forgotten in the States'), if you need it. They TRY their BEST.
We are investigating a plugin for use on a couple new sites that can do what this plugin can do. Only issue so far is that we have a smaller host who is very sensitive about security, so we had to open up some permissions for the plugin to upload CSV files. Then I had to request a patch for the CSV downloads, but replies from developer were fast and the plugin is working great now!
Still testing to be sure the plugin features will meet all our needs and if so we will be contributing to the great work by the developer(s).
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