What sets Connections Pro apart from other plugin developers in the online directory space is that their plugins work as advertised ... few conflicts, the promised features work, and the developer doesn't overpromise what's offered with each template and extension - they do what they say they're going to do, which is becoming increasingly rare in the WP plugin universe :(
(Plus, the pricing? Super affordable for small businesses like ours.)
And, more than that, Steven's customer support is legendary! I don't know how he does it, but questions in the support forum on his site are typically answered within a day, 2 at the most - and, they're real answers. I asked a question yesterday, Steven replied overnight, but he anticipated something about my question that I hadn't considered and provided more details in his answer that saved me a ton of time today ...
If you're looking for online directory plugins, start with Connections Pro - you'll be very glad you did!
I looked at a lot of options in setting up an online private directory for our church members and settled on the Connections plugin for meeting all the needs. Initially it took a little bit of work to get it configured to meet our specific needs, but once it was setup it worked really great.
However one thing I must point it is the excellent support on this plugin, Steve does an excellent job responding to questions and assisting the users to best meet their needs, and this has been the difference between making a good plugin a great one, the top notch support and assistance. I'd have no hesitations in recommending investing in this plugin.
Great Plugin and a very rapid support.
Congratulations to Steven !
I purchased the Pro version of Connections and have found it very easy to use. I imported the data as a CSV file and it didn't take much tweaking at all to have a great directory working very quickly. The developer Steven answered my question with one issue very quickly and I was able to resolve and move forward in a short amount of time. One of the better plugins I've used.
Some years I have used an other plugin for making directories. I have delete it after I have installed Connections Business Directory with a optional template.
It runs very good and was customized in look and feel to my theme.
The support from Steven is very good. After I have a question very fast Steven made the request with a solution.
Thank you for this great plugin.
I was searching for a plugin to display a directory of staff and clinics on my website, and after wading through several dozen plug-ins, I finally used the right keywords in my search and came across Connections. The free template(s) offer quite a bit of customization, and the support is top notch (I posted a question on the forum and it was answered within the hour). I ended up purchasing one of the paid templates, and now my users are able to search staff by specialty and location in an easy to use interface.
I should add, I work in healthcare, not in IT or website development, but the documentation on this plugin's site was good enough that I was able to do everything I wanted to create a professional directory, in only a few hours. My confidence was bolstered by knowing the author was there to help me out if I ran into any snags.
Great plugin, great support. Highly recommended!
I recently used this plugin as a way to make a private website for an ad-hoc distributed iOS app. This plugin worked beautifully to make entries which could then be scraped by the app. I highly recommend!
I recently got a little issue that was actually not coming from the plugin but from a setting in wordpress and Steven have been very helpful to help me identify the root of the problem.
We've begun using Connections Pro initially for a lawfirm site to both deliver a full office directory as well as attorney profiles, leveraging category ordering and other deeper Pro features within the plugin to customize how it works. The plugin brings serious customizability for creative use. As we've navigated working through our needs, we've had to lean on support a number of times for guidance.
You simply will not get better, more responsive support anywhere.
If you are not very php adept, you can likely create robust functionality with Connections and Connection Pro with ease only learning about shortcodes. If you are php knowledgeable, you can go to town with the plugin and its depth.
We needed a directory plugin for a very large academic website, and Connections has surpassed our needs and expectations. We now use it not only for our online directory of staff and faculty members (using the Slim Plus template), but also for the "Contact Us" page of each department, using the Tile Plus template, and the "Faculty profiles (contact, bio, research and publications) using the Gridder template. With all of these different templates, the end-user would never guess the information is powered by the same tool, but being able to do so greatly improves our productivity.
The support we've received to help us customize each template was truly outstanding. I highly recommend this plugin.
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