Complete control over form fields and search/filer options. Awesome.
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.
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.
Ferret Shelters Directory
This is an excellent plugin. Straightforward and easy to use, but powerful and effective. We upgraded to the premium modules and love the features. I am not super technical and had an issue and the support team helped me resolve in under 24 hours which was huge for me.
This is a great plugin.
However there should be option of having the entries in manage option field to be linkable like for Categories and Tags.
The search option should be much visible and an option to change colours accordingly to match your theme.
Overall great plugin!
Seems to do exactly what I need and it was pretty easy to figure out and understand. I had one little problem, but it was something I did wrong; before I knew it was my mistake though, I e-mailed support and instantly got a reply. Their reply was very informative and I realized what I had done. Simple mistake, simple fix.... Great program. May ad the PayPal Gateway next......
I am a WordPress newbie and much more designer than coder. I was pretty intimidated with this and other business directory plugins. I hit many snags learning how to edit the css and customize my directory but they were right there with fast, friendly and helpful support. I probably should have paid a developer to help me but with WPBDP support I managed, and now have a great looking and well functioning directory.
We needed a robust directory that would allow customization, location, and good search capabilities. Business Directory has been a great find for our organization.
I've also been very impressed at the support from the plugin developer. He's been prompt and thorough each time I've contacted him.
This plugin fit our needs perfectly for a resource directory supporting people with special needs. When we hit a minor glitch, the team was extremely responsive and helped me out right away.
I'm really pleased with this plugin it's done everything I needed it too and the support I have received has been brilliant!
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