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Business Directory Plugin

Build local directories, business provider listings, Yellow-Pages directories, Yelp-like review sections and much more!

257 reviews
Average Rating
4.7 out of 5 stars
I like thiss plugin a lot
By , for WP 4.2.3

Great plugin!!

Always super helpful
By , for WP 4.2.2

I am juggling too many things at once and therefore find myself needing help.

I always Get a quick reply to my requests for assistance. Thanks so much!

Best Directory Plugin, hands down!
By , for WP 4.2.2

Tried using so many other directory plugins that have confusing options, less attractive looks and not so great usability.

Great plugin for even the most advanced directory website. Much recommended!

Crappy plugin, crappy support, and crappy look
By , for WP 4.2.2

After wasting months and hundreds of dollars trying to get this plugin working how I wanted and, in reality, how it should work, I got fed up and decided to look at other plugins again.

On the WPBD support forum, their attitude is "It doesn't do that, and if you want it to, you need to pay us a crap load of money." I haven't found a single feature this crappy plugin has that Sabai doesn't.

Ignore this plugin and search the others for one that fits your needs. Don't fall for the free plugin with $199 premium modules like I did.

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Works well!
By , for WP 4.2.2

Completely excited that I came across this plugin for my new directory. The support has been immediate and professional. Aside from a few tweaks, the plugin works like a charm and the documentation has been very helpful.

Best directory plugin
By ,

I have used WP for many years and have yet to find a better directory plugin than this one. Solid as a rock, it works flawlessly with so many other plugins due to its custom post type implementation and other adherence to standards. As a result I have bought a premium module and intend to buy another to show my appreciation to the developer and recommend that everyone does the same to support the development of this great plugin.

Awesome Plugin - Awesome Support!
By , for WP 4.2.2

This plugin is the best. It is well thought out and support is fantastic.

Great form options!
By , for WP 4.2.2

Complete control over form fields and search/filer options. Awesome.

Works, but limited
By , for WP 4.2.2

The software works as advertised, and it is well-supported. You can certainly created a directory right out of the box. The directory functions pretty much as described.

However, the system's design is limited and quite inflexible. It uses a single WordPress page to display all the directory pages, and this creates numerous issues.

Among other things, the software does not provide any differentiation in the HTML code between different pages. So if you want to use CSS to affect one directory page but not another directory page, you're out of luck.

Rather than use the superior WP commenting system, which won't work with BD's single-page-for-all approach, they've created their own commenting system, thereby making it more vulnerable to spam attacks.

When these weaknesses are brought to the plugin creator's attention, their response is that the weaknesses are really WordPress's fault because, in the plugin creator's view, WordPress's taxonomy system (which allows creation of custom pages like the one used in this system) is inherently flawed. The reason? It doesn't enable a business directory plugin creator the ability to maintain complete control over programming that the plugin creator wants to monetize.

Personally, I find that excuse to be pretty weak.

They could easily use WordPress's taxonomy system as it is written. And even if they didn't, they could still provide HTML hooks to allow template designers to use CSS to modify their directory pages stylistically. All that is required is a unique identifier, which already exists. If there were no unique identifier, the system would be incapable of deciding which directory page to show under which circumstance.

When I pointed out that it's good to give users the ability to template their own designs for the directory pages, they responded that that creates too many problems for the programmers.

Say what? This is WordPress we're talking about, right? The platform that crows about its ability to template individual designs?

Apparently, the plugin creator doesn't share that vision.

So while the plugin does function as advertised, I don't expect this software to grow and evolve over time. There's too much resistance from the plugin's creator for that to happen anytime soon.

Hands Down, BEST of Class Flexible & Stable
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We have been using the Business Directory plugin for our non-profit site for over 2 years. It is highly flexible, easy to use, STABLE and the developer provides not only exceptional but also helpful support. It doesn't get any better than that on WordPress.

Our site also uses two of the add-on modules giving us a package that meets our highly specialized needs. Our site could not exist without the Business Directory and it's add-ons. Without it, we could not fulfill our mission without an army of volunteers and thousands of non-existent dollars.

Hats off to Dave and heartfelt thanks for your work and help.

For anyone who needs this type of capability, don't hesitate in the slightest.

Ann Gruden
Ferret Shelters Directory

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