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Quite simply, Connections Business Directory is the best directory plugin available for WordPress. Its simplicity in design and function, vast array of unique features and versatility are the reasons more and more people are turning to Connections for their directory needs. You can use Connections to create a simple address book, maintain a staff directory and run a business directory or link directory. Connections was built bottom up to be as configurable as possible while providing the features you need. Read on to learn about some of the best features Connections has to offer...
- Seamless integration with WordPress.
- Highly rated support.
- Continuously updated bringing you new features for free.
- The photo and logo images are fully responsive with HiDPI (Retina) display support.
- Dashboard admin page where you can see at a glance today's anniversaries and birthdays as well as upcoming anniversaries and birthdays.
- Multiple entry types from which to choose. They are individual, organization and family. The family entry type is unique to Connections. This entry type allows you to group individuals together as a family which makes Connections ideally suited for creating church directories.
- Repeatable fields for address, phone numbers, email, IM, social media, links and dates.
- You control which entries are viewable to the public and which entries are private, viewable for logged in users only. You can even have entries set as unlisted so only admins can view them.
- Scalable, manage directories which contain hundreds of thousands of entries.
- Category support. Categories can be hierarchical and entries can be assigned to any number of categories.
- Role capability support.
- Displaying your entries on the frontend is as simple as putting a shortcode on a page. Don't let this simplicity fool you. The shortcode provides a dizzying array of options that are just too numerous to list. To learn more, go here.
- SEO. Every entry outputs following the hCard spec. Soon to be updated to following Schema.org.
- Extensible and developer friendly.
- Robust templating support with the Template Customizer. Several basic templates are provided to get you started with many more premium templates available.
Here are some great free extensions (with more on the way) that enhance your experience with the business directory:
- Toolbar :: Provide quick links to the admin pages from the admin bar.
- Login :: Provides a simple to use login shortcode and widget.
- Face Detect :: Applies face detection before cropping an image.
- Authored :: Displays a list of blog posts written by the entry on their profile page.
- Contact :: Displays a contact form on the entry's profile page to allow your visitors to contact the entry without revealing their email address.
- CSV Import :: Bulk import your data in to your directory.
- Custom Category Order :: Order your categories exactly as you need them.
- Form :: Allow site visitor to submit entries to your directory. Also provides frontend editing support.
- Link :: Links a WordPress user to an entry so that user can maintain their entry with or without moderation.
- ROT13 Encryption :: Protect email addresses from being harvested from your business directory by spam bots.
- SiteShot :: Show a screen capture of the entry's website.
- Widget Pack :: A set of feature rich, versatile and highly configurable widgets that can be used to enhance your directory.
- Open development on Github.
- Access to 180 action hooks and over 300 filters ... and counting.
- Term API.
- Custom Metabox and Fields API.
- Template Engine and API.
- Fragment Cache API.
- Log API (stateless and stateful).
- Admin Notices API.
- Email API.
- Settings API.
The directory has a very flexible template engine. The loading of template and CSS are context aware. This means you could create specific templates that load when a user visits a specific entry, category, postal code and more.
Templates and CSS overriding is very granular and update safe. Check out these links for the details:
Connections Business Directory has been embraced around the world and has been translated by its users in the following languages.
- Arabic [86% Complete]
- Catalan [76% Complete]
- Croatian (Croatia) [35% Complete]
- Danish [46% Complete]
- Danish (Denmark) [40% Complete]
- Dutch (Netherlands) [71% Complete]
- French (France) [85% Complete]
- German (Germany) [68% Complete]
- Hebrew (Israel) [88% Complete]
- Hungarian (Hungry) [75% Complete]
- Italian (Italy) [45% Complete]
- Norwegian [18% Complete]
- Persian (Iran) [75% Complete]
- Polish (Poland) [76% Complete]
- Portuguese (Brazil) [72% Complete]
- Portuguese (Portugal) [34% Complete]
- Romanian (Romania) [99% Complete]
- Russian (Russia) [39% Complete]
- Serbian (Latin) [3% Complete]
- Spanish (Latin America) [71% Complete]
- Spanish (Spain) [88% Complete]
- Thai [1% Complete]
- Turkish (Turkey) [83% Complete]