• First, let me start by saying that I emailed the developer and received a fast response for a couple pre-sales questions from Paolo. If they answer after purchase support questions just as fast then they get a high 5 for that! Especially considering this was on a saturday night!

    At my first reading of the feature listing at their website I was pretty impressed. And I can see the really great potential for this fine plugin.

    However, after spending a some time with the demo site on their server, I resigned to the fact that I believe this plugin has a ways to go before I could give it a high number of Stars.

    Here is the list of things that made me take away stars from my review:

    1… On my Android phone the login/register screen had major display problems. It bunched both blocks (Login and register) into a skinny unreadable display. (About 1/2 inch wide with the input fields so tiny I could not even tell what they were. Not sure what is going on here but also tried with my wifes Larger LG android phone and got the same result.

    2… The map on my mobile device did not allow to scroll below the map. Instead, it simply just moved the map around. Since the map took up the entire screen, there was no way to scroll the thing below the map. A little irritating to say the least.

    3… I expected to see an easy search feature where a user could do a proximity search from the users current location to find nearest locations right on the main search page. For example: Search from my current location within 5,10,20,30,40,50 miles. I found an extended search area that appears to offer this. However, I am not sure if this is actually from the users CURRENT position (Say while driving in a car) or if it using a default position last stored from the user. I really would like to see the proximity options in a pull down along with the main search (i.e. “All, 10 miles, 20 miles… etc) rather than placed in another section.

    4… After doing a search, the listings do not show number of miles from my current position. This has become a pretty standard thing on many other google map sites that give listings and something I really expected. The ability to change the current sort on the displayed listings to miles away from my current location is something that I expected to find.

    5… A Possible Problem? : After trying the proximity search, the listing showed nothing listed. I expected this since I am in Colorado and there was nothing in their demo database within 10 miles. However, I was unable to search any longer without the proximity and everything I tried kept showing nothing found. The main screen map showed nothing found without the map showing. I could not find anywhere a reset button to get back the main map with search results without the last proximity settings. The only way I could get rid of the problem was to delete my cookies. On my mobile phone was the same result!

    6… Another Possible Problem? Not sure if I just don’t have enough step-by-step docs to figure this out (could not find any good documentation available) but when I tried to add my first Place I kept receiving errors using the Place Information section. I typed in my address, entered my zip code and received an error popup that said “Please choose any address of the () city only”. Then it would insert text into the address field of “Cannot determine address at this location.” – So I tried other addresses with the same exact problem. Just to double check, I tried a free WP geo plugin and it accepted my addresses just fine. Not sure what is wrong here!

    7… I was unable to find a “Get Directions” button anywhere on a detail listing. Something that most map sites using google API have and hard to believe that this was forgotten. Or perhaps it is just turned off in the demo for some reason?

    My wish list for this plugin:

    … A “Follow” feature. Allowing users to follow a business listing with the listings having the ability to send out notifications to their followers. Special announcements, etc… Ideally, having this feature would allow users to opt into receiving notifications via email OR just viewing on a following list of notifications when on the site.

    … A “Deals” feature. These “Deals” would announce to those following their listings that they are offering a deal (at their establishment). Example: “Announcing 10% off everything on Tuesday from 1:00PM to 5:00PM.” Those who are followers of the business would receive this “Deal” announcement via email (If they elected to allow).

    The “Deals” that I am talking about here could be pretty easy to implement using the Events plugin they already have with a little tweeking. However, as mentioned above, without the ability to tie in sending notifications to followers then this is only something to dream about without doing your own coding. To me, a Deal is an Event!

    … The “Events” plugin should in my opinion also have the ability to auto notify followers of the newly announced event. This also shows the importance of a “Follow” feature.

    … Would really like to see easy ways to build the detail pages with customization such as using blocks. (Dragable for the main detail page and sidebar) Having an easy way to add html along with custom php would be perfect for these blocks and being able to add shortcodes from other plugins would be awesome for great customization.

    I hope that someday soon I will see this evolve into a something I can actually give more stars to. It sounds like the developers are pretty serious about going forward with this so I am sure that I will return someday with more positive comments!

    FINAL COMMENTS: By NO means does the current state of the plugin or my comments above mean that it would not meet your needs. Like any plugins, they are never going to be perfect for every use case and will usually require more development to get the functionality each person actually needs.

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  • Plugin Author Stiofan

    (@stiofansisland)

    Hi Dave,

    Firstly thanks for the feedback, feedback is what we need to help improve our products, i think 2 stars are a little harsh but hopefully i can help you reconsider it with my reply 🙂

    Just a little pre-note, we sometimes use our demo to show users how to change things and sometimes it can be a little funky, we will try and do that on dev servers from now on.

    1. The login CSS issue is indeed a bug, it unfortunately is a new bug from our recent template changes and i have already fixed it and it will be in the next release very soon.

    2. The map can be scrolled up by scrolling on the category sidebar, i admit it’s maybe not obvious at first but it’s the only other thing on the screen so when scrolled it works, we have to try and keep map functionality here also, do you have any ideas how we could improve it?

    3. Plans for this are already in the pipeline, we tend to do features in the order of user demand for them, and there have been more pressing feature requests. I don’t think it’s a reason to mark us down though 🙁
    Ask and you shall receive 🙂

    4. I am not sure i fully understand what you mean here, do you mean just on search or in the main listings also? If in the main listings can u provide a link to similar functionality and i am sure we can replicate. thanks.

    5. I could not replicate this, but it sounds like you somehow changed the location you were in (there is a location switcher in the menu) , to get back to you can select the everywhere location or wherever you prefer. (i hope that was the case, if not please let me know)

    6. I will be working on docs all this week, i am also doing a series of video documentation (just started today) and we have also hired someone to help write out our written docs. It sounds like your problem is that you were trying to add listings out with the default location?

    7. We were actually showing a user how to remove the that button that day so i guess you tested then, you can see the button here: http://wpgeo.directory/attractions/united-states/illinois/chicago/landmark/crown-fountain/#post_map

    Wishlist:

    #1 We have the favorite feature, i never thought about owners being able to send notifications to favorite’rs but i like that idea 🙂

    #2 We opted not to do a deals addon as a 3rd party developer who has a good track record of making deals addons has stated he is building one, we do however have a special offers section you can add to your listing.

    #3 i like your ideas, you should try posting on our forums and see what feedback users give, if it’s good then we will build it! http://wpgeodirectory.com/support/forum/geodirectory-core-plugin-forum/general-discussion/

    #4 What would u change? Most things can be changed with very very little work (this needs documentation)

    #5 We are here to listen, and yes we are passionate about this, i think the most surprising thing people find is how quickly and how willing we are to implement suggested features, if you are social on our forum then your ideas will be implemented!

    Our sort of moto is: If you can suggest a feature that will benefit EVERYONE then we will add it.

    Again thanks for your feedback, i hope you see 2 stars is a little harsh for now and i hope if you stick with us we can get that up to 5 stars in a few weeks 🙂

    Thanks,

    Stiofan

    The 3rd party deals/voucher add on is currently in beta testing and should be released in a few weeks according to the developer.

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