I am very positively surprised after testing other plugins, to find this one as easy, complete and just working the way I need it, even as free version it gets me there. This alone makes me want - to upgrade. :)
I've been using the paid product over two years now and believe that this is the best directory plugin for wordpress out there. It's not only a great product, but it is backed up by a great service. Their support extends way beyond the purchasing time, through the life of your relationship with them.
I've had numerous issues in setting up BD only because of my technical incapacity but have found the backup and support from Dave and his developers to be the best I have experienced. Total and efficient support, rapidly delivered and with great results. Can't speak highly enough. Two thumbs up here!
Business Directory has worked well on a couple of different themes that I have used and I am now also using the Maps plugin which also is easy to use and looks really good.
But what I have been really impressed with is the level of support that Dan has given me. He didn't go on the defensive with the problem and require that I do 150 things before he would even look at it - no, he just sorted it out. Within 24 hours I had a fix.
Dan really couldn't have been more helpful - it is so important to have good support when you have a live website. Thanks Dan!
The quality of the support is astonishing. I hope these people go on to make a million bucks because they seem to be one of the few organisations around who understand that people's WordPress installations are their face to the world, representing their business or social credentials. I had an issue that (it was subsequently established) had nothing to do with BD but Dave and his team identified the issue in a matter of minutes. Well done.
First of all the product is top notch and very flexible. The add-on's are affordable and just what they're supposed to be: add on's. The plugin works great "as is" without any add-on's.
As a long time WP user I have experienced plenty of terrible plugin support so when there was a problem updating the plugin automatically I fired off an email expecting to hear back hours or more likely days in the future. To my surprise Dave responded within five minutes -- not a canned auto response, an actual personal email -- explaining the problem was with one of his vendors and attaching the updated plugins so I could fix the problem immediately.
Having come to BD after severe pain with a different business directory theme, I was disappointed to find teething problems. But the support was excellent and they soon tracked the error down to config left behind when i de-installed the previous theme. The BD Support team even cleaned up my site for me.
Import / export feature is great and very easy to use.
I've done a lot of restyling on the directory to make it look just like my site, and my client is delighted.
BD gets 4 stars from me for the plugin and one star for the great support.
With some manipulation of the fields I was able to import the entire list of our city businesses. http://www.everythingpuntagorda.com/business-directory/
Thanks - waiting to see if the interest prompts for the map module.
Very well done. And they promised us to enhance it by making it more appealing esthetically and make it responsive....can't wait for that...it will make even more happy with it.
I bought the premium and happy with that.
This plugin is truly noteworthy: it's not the first one I tried out, but definitely is the LAST one: the one I choose to really use.
Even at the starting level of 'free' the plugin is well documented, clear and easy to understand, and very powerful even for tweaking and additions.
I already know I will also be interested in the paid add-ons, but unlike other plugins this one does not force you to get paid modules for stuff that is basic. And that makes all the difference to me, in my willingness and interest in expanding to paid parts and starting a relationship with the plugin creators: I don't feel framed in.
But it is not all:
the free support is being excellent, fast, careful and they really dig into the problem with the intention to solve it.
Kudos for the team, and for this excellent plugin!
I look forward to using it for a long time.
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