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.
I have been using the Connections plugin for many years now and have seen it develop into a very powerful and flexible plugin.
As it is very configurable at many levels it can be used for more than just Directory Listings.
There are a good number of templates and additional function widgets to add even more configurability.
The support is excellent and I congratulate Steven on a wonderfully useful plugin.
The Connections plugin was relatively easy to setup, provides great flexibility, and allows us to provide a comprehensive directory to our visitors with minimal intervention from us. I've posted a couple of support questions (due to my lack of experience) and the replies have always been thorough and prompt.
I really like the form extension which allows users to add their own details, which we then review and approve - saves us a load of time!
Have installed Connections on two websites now and just love the power and flexibility it contains in such a simple setup.
As a Chamber of Commerce we run two websites - one for business and chamber members and the other for tourism purposes - different audiences, different websites, different look and feel.
Using CSS we were able to adjust the look and feel of Connections installations to match perfectly with the overall sites' designs. In addition, via CSS we were able to fully control default display of images, maps, detail, emails and business names. With three levels of Membership "buy-up" on GrandBendTourism, plus addition of Non-Member business listings - we turned default elements on and off via CSS.
We used "Market" templae on GrandBendChamber.ca (although thinking of changing template over to cMap so that it's responsive). Used "cMap" template on GrandBendTourism.com (our latest install).
Had a few questions and need for support during customization. Simon responded quickly and thoughtfully! Worth every penny. LOVE THIS PLUGIN!
Works nicely with a number of other plugins we have installed, including All in one SEO (Torbert), AntiVirus (Muller), Block Bad Queries (J. Starr), Column-Matic (TwinPictures), Enhanced Text Widget (B. Dell-Vandenburg), Fast Secure Contact Form (M. Challis), GA Google Analytics (J. Starr), IM8 Exclude (Intermedi8), Quick Page Redirect (D. Fischer), Relevanssi Premium (M. Saari), Revolution Slider (ThemePunch), SI Captcha AntiSpam (M. Challis), Simple IP Ban (S. Kovacs), TablePress (T. Bathge), The Weather Network, WordPress File Monitor Plus (S. Cariss).
We're running WordPress 4.2.3 - on GrandBendTourism.com - a heavily customized version of TwentyTwelve. On GrandBendChamber.ca - customized version of TwentyThirteen.
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