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Business Directory Plugin

Build any kind of local directory, directory of business providers, a Yellow-Pages business directory, Yelp-like review directory and much more!

7 reviews
Average Rating
4.7 out of 5 stars
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This plugin created a security vulnerability
By , for WP 4.2.4

I have had this plugin installed for several months and I enjoyed it greatly.

Shortly ago, we found malicious PHP files placed throughout our server and upon further review, we had an above average number of page views on a select few of the directory listings and we found that with this plugin active on our site that unknown parties were using the public text area box that is supposed to be used to email those owning the directory listing to insert malicious PHP files onto our server that were emailing many malicious spam sex emails from our server, under fake email addresses every few seconds, and resulting in over 100,000 spam emails being sent out before we realized that our server performance was drastically reduced under this massive spam email issue.

After scanning our server several times and removing the malicious files, we would find additional files being placed on our server that would being sending emails again. Once we deactivate this plugin, new PHP files being placed on our server stopped immediately.

This is a sweet plugin which worked perfectly for us, but someone in Sweden has found a vulnerability within it and I suggest the developers find this vulnerability and get it fixed asap before more users of this plugin find themselves fighting the same battles we just endured.

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.

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Sorry about the low rating - I will update it if the response to this is satisfactory.

I read a post from a few weeks ago from someone complaining that the pricing page did not make it clear that the add-on modules are purchased as a subscription and have a recurring yearly fee in order to stay updated.

The author immediately put that disclaimer prominently on the pricing page stating this fact.

Now - it is no longer there. Does this mean the add-on modules are now a one time purchase like most plugin addons??

Please tell me this is the case and the author is not trying to hide a very important piece of information - and then I can change my rating.

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As for the free plugin, it does an ok job. For free there are no complaints as you can't expect miracles for free. But the many add-ons are very expensive. 50$ each. And I advise everyone to read the fine print. Buried in the terms is the little detail that after 1 year and each year there-after you will have to pay to keep it updated. So just be aware that if you spend a lot of time adapting your site to use this plugin - you will not only probably need to add expensive add-ons - but you will continue to pay year after year, or all your time and work will be for nothing.

Upgrade breaks existing stable install
By , for WP 3.9.1

I've been running Business Directory on my site for a couple of months and despite so hiccups with my customizations it has run very well. That all changed when they released an upgrade to the plugin.

When the upgrade was released my existing implementation stopped working.

I've seen plugins break after upgrading WP but a plugin shouldn't stop working because a new version of itself was released.

You are taking a huge risk that if you have a successful install it can be broken right under your nose by the developer.

too many options, defaults are not optimal. takes forever to customize
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but once it's setup it works quite well. remove 1 star because of too many confusing options and bad UI. remove another star because the premium plugins are just a little too expensive. $49 each. If you need 3 it gets pricey fast. should be $29 or $39 in my opinion.

{UPDATE} - I'm updating my rating to 2 stars because I keep running into problems with this plugin. Today I was trying to alter the default styling (which is pretty bad) to alter the h1 tag of a single listing, but it was impossible with CSS because they have put no class selectors in the body and the only selector they put in is for the body of the listing, too late to select the title.

I gave it 2 minutes
By , for WP 3.7.1

I was running this on a test site to give it a try in a comparison of other plugins of similar nature.
I installed easily and opened the configuration pages, turned on paypal to try how it looks and I was instantly pushed to purchase a 200 dollar tool to make that work.

Uninstalled and moved on.

I can not say this tool did anything, I did not give it a chance. I do feel though you should get a heads up on such a steep price for advanced features.
Not for me.

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