Connections Business Directory is an easy to use directory plugin to create an addressbook, business directory, staff directory or church directory.
Connections was absolutely the perfect solution I'd been searching for to implement a business directory. Fantastic formatting options, sharp templates with great short code customization and superlative support mean I will be using Connections again and again! Download and try! You'll fall in love!
About two years ago I inherited the website for our Rotary Club. The website was built around a custom CMS and was very limited in its capabilities. The only features of this site that were implemented was a club directory and upcoming birthday list. The club had paid $2500 for the initial setup and $1200/year in annual maintenance. It was horrible.
I research dozens of options to replace this approach and settled on WordPress with Connections to provide the primary club management functions. From the very beginning, the support from Steve was outstanding. He quickly answered all my questions while I was researching options for the club and that same level of support has continued ever since. The documentation is also very complete.
We went the Connections Pro Pack route. Installation was a breeze. The CSV import feature allowed us to import the data from the old site. Steve provided a CSV template that made the import quick and easy and with almost no hand jamming data into Connections. The new site was up and running in less than two days and live to the membership in less than a week.
Since the initial deployment we have been through several upgrades of WP as well as the Connections plugin. Every time the upgrade has been quick and painless for us and transparent to the users.
One of the best features is the ability for the users to edit/update their information. For an all volunteer club, it was way too much for one or two people to try and keep a directory up to date. With Connections, we gave the work back to the people – now they are responsible for keeping their own data up to date. One of the other features is the upcoming birthdays. We acknowledge the current month’s birthdays on the first Tuesday of the month. Using a well documented short code, we have a page that displays the upcoming birthdays (without the year thank goodness). So who ever has the birthday duty for the month, has a quick and easy way of retrieving that information.
Recently I presented with a request for a printed directory. In the past, we have had printed directories that cost about $2000 to print. My initial thought was a data export from Connections but really didn’t like the thought of a separate database being used for a printed directory. So once again turned to Steve. We quickly came up with an approach for a self-service printable directory using one of the existing Connections Templates. Steve provided the CSS for another plugin to allow us to print the directory!
I can’t say enough positive things about the Connections plugin and Steve. The impact to our club is huge. At Rotary, beyond our basic operating costs, all funds raised go back to supporting local charities and world-wide effort of Rotary International. The savings we have realized using Connections has allowed us to give back to the community that much more!
I trialed a number of different business directory plugins before coming across Connections, aside from the fact the the plugin actually does exactly what it promises, Steve's support was the the best I have experienced from any WP related software company....ever.
Steve went out of his way to help me when the WP template I was using caused a couple of issue with the Connections plugin due to the outdated js script being used by the WP template, Steve responded really quickly and then fixed the issue even though it was not the fault of his software!
Excellent product and excellent service, cannot recommend highly enough.
I just purchased some of the premium templates and extensions from Connections-Pro and Steven Zahm and I could not be happier. The plugin does an AMAZING job creating a staff directory for my website.
It offers a nice variety of choices for the style of the directory. I went with Excerpt Plus and it works perfect for my staff directory.
I am also using the Form extension to allow SELF-SERVICE for my staff to enter their information without my assistance. All I need to do is approve the submission once they submit. This saves me an immense amount of time.
I tried 10 other directory plugins and none of them come anywhere close to what Connections-Pro offers. This is an outstanding plugin and the best in the entire WordPress universe if you are looking to create a staff directory.
As far as customer support, Mr. Steven Zahm has answered ALL questions I have asked so far with great details and examples. He does a perfect job supporting his customers. Plus there's an extensive FAQ and Demo section on the website.
This is what WordPress plugins and support should be about. Excellent functionality, reliable support, and inexpensive. Mr. Zahm gets a perfect score from me on all aspects.
This is a great plug-in. It's very user-friendly and makes managing a large directory easy. When I had an issue, Steven offered support very quickly. Highly recommend!
Connections is great. Took a little while to get use to it but I think that is because there are so many options. Steve provides great support and help. When I needed to do a small customization, he was able to easily tell me how to do it. Highly recommended.
I am running this plugin with 250,000+ directory entries and 1500 categories using the cMap template and the Form extension. This was my greatest concern as the directory will eventually hold several million entries but right now there is no sign of performance degradation at all.
While front-end customization has been relatively simple, Steve has been great at responding to support requests for code snippets where needed.
The plugin comes with a lot of pre-defined functions enabling the output to be rendered in blocks and the Link and Author extensions have enabled me to integrate efficiently with the standard WordPress authoring capabilities.
The only downsides have been that the documentation is not particularly thorough, which has meant a fair amount of forum searching, and you need developer knowledge to add new fields to the Form.
Overall, however, a very impressive plugin.
Love the flexibility of this plugin. Works perfectly and I appreciate the quick responses when I need help with achieving a custom style change.
Steven provides excellent support and goes above and beyond what is needed to help you!
A million thanks to the author!! A must have plugin! Excellent documentation also!!
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