I am desperately looking for a free directory plugin to add to a buddypress community site, but it's no easy challenge as most of those available have some key feature(s) missing or have not been updated for a long time, etc.
This one is promising as the fields it has are the ones I need and it has the Gmap functionality available.
I noted however after adding a local address (Germany) with the area Zip code, which on other Gmaps (plugins) is sufficient to locate a place, that this was missing at the frontend. When I then edited the "This is your first listing" & removed the lat & lon info & corrected the physical address, this info was also missing at the frontend, implying the Gmap & address are only shown IF lon & lat are included! However, where would users get these values from and why is not possible for the Gmap, like in other Gmap plugins to do with just the street address & Zip? Most users are NOT that web savvy AT ALL ... or do not understand English, etc.
- all the 3 sites I included have no maps.
German addresses & those of neighboring countries are in the form:
Dortmunder Straße 20
#2 Is there anyway to include/embed the map ON PAGE for a given item/listing without it having to be in a new pop-up page AND is there a way to make the ITEM link at the frontend open in SAME page & NOT a separate page?
On the same ITEM page, it would be great if the website was included as well.
#3 Is there at least any screenshot or live sites showing the frontend of the default frontpage ([display_listings show_paging=1] ?) appearance options? ... or is there something better?
Actually, the directory is supposed to eventually have possibly a few thousand links under dozens of categories. I thought the frontend would have a list of categories, a bit like at DMOZ.org from which one can access subcategories of different levels, which then have individual sites.
Is this option there & if NOT does this one give an overview of at least the MAIN categories on the frontpage or one has to navigate probably to many pages to get an overview of MANY DOZEN categories? I currently have 3 sites in different categories/subcategories previewed on the frontpage, but if I had links in 30 different categories? Would the "overview" mean moving from page to page to just find out which categories/subcategories are there?
#4. Is it possible to customize submission form text, say to German & if so where can I do this or is there an existing translation ... or is this only for the US, ...?
Some form labels (titles) need to have text changed for it to make sense, like "Item Information" [it might be hard for some people to know what is expected here] or "Location information", etc. I am NOT a programmer, but if I new exactly which script has this text, I can try to change it, since many people do not necessarily understand English. Of course a German translation of BePro Listings would be better, if there is any ...
#5. It seems the telephone field on user submission form only expects phones in US format. I could not include numbers in locally acceptable formats AT THE FRONTEND, though I could edit this as admin & include this at the BACKEND.
#6. If "Contact" is included in Options, Names seem to be compulsory. In case of organization or businesses, this is always not necessary to include these (whose?) or names might not be available at all, but just the business or institution's name. Is there any way around this?
Also I noted the phone number is connected to names under Contacts & if you disable this, no business phone is shown ...
#7. If one is listing different types of sites, the "Cost" field can be quite awkward. I have some associations, schools, shops selling different goods with "Cost - Free", anyway to deal with this? The First Name & Last Name fields - it would be good if there was an option not to have them shown at all without jeopardizing the appearance of a business/institution's email/phone.
Cost - Free
First Name -
Last Name -
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone - 0791 900001
I know these are a number of questions and some issues may have no quick solutions, BUT I would be grateful to get a response to all, however short & I would appreciate solutions, including those involving some little customization of code, if I am told which one, for someone with very BASIC programming skills, like editing form labels & a couple of others.
It took weeks of repeated searching using usual search terms, like "web directory", "link directory" but never found your script, but others & just found it more or less accidentally via buddypress.org, plugins. I am quite sure with some additional tags, your plugin would do much better in wordpress.org plugin search results.
I am quite with a couple of modifications, it would be the very best free directory script. One of the options would of course be being able to add custom fields, like tel, fax or email, etc.