I looked at loads of other plugins for a business directory and then found this one. Unlike the other plugins which had missing important features unless you pay for a premium licence - this plugin has an amazing set of features and options - You can even add custom fields in the directory entries for fax and Mobile numbers.
I have been using this plugin for around a year now - I had a look at it for a few months and it couldn't quite do all that I wanted so I went away and did other things (I am not a developer at all, but had a pet project I wanted to have a go at after managing my own basic website for a little while and getting to grips with what WordPress was about).
I went back to it after a few more months and it had moved on so much that I had to join as a subscription member: GD is so flexible and the functions (and add-ons) are very well thought out - on the (numerous) occasions I have used the forums to ask about having it tweaked or suggested changes it has been done very quickly (or a reasoned explanation given why what I want would not work) - any bugs I have found have been sorted super-pronto. The support guys and developers are very much on the ball.
Now I have a site that integrates GD with Buddypress, BBpress, and does so much that I would not have thought possible when I started my WordPress journey - I am so impressed with GD that I have just had to set up a WordPress account here and post a review - really! (now I guess I'll have to go post reviews on all the other great plugins I use - not tonight though!)
5 out of 5 no problem.
ok, so I have been a bit gushing, and as other reviews have pointed out, you do occasionally come across bugs - but in my experience those are fixed quickly - even when they are not necessarily bugs, if you know what I mean
no full compatibility with woocommerce - pls fix bugs
I GIVE 4.25 Stars GeoDirectory is hands down the absolutely best directory plugin I have ever used and I currently have over 30 directory based sites.
The reason for only 4.25 stars?
#1 Too many add-ons required to get similar functionality available in one fell swoop with other directory themes/plugins.
#2 Design - GeoDirectory styling hasn't changed much and it is far behind other similar products. You can always tell when you stumble upon the GeoDirectory plugin because it's the same everywhere, only the theme changes and the only way the look maintains any design consistency is if GeoDirectory themes are used.
#3 Price - I am on the $85 every 6 months plan in order to get the much needed available add-ons that many themes offer prepackaged at no additional cost. I can buy 4 comparable new new themes a year for that price.
#4 Modernization - even though the plug-in is set-up to work with various themes - GeoDirectory Framework theme seems to be the only theme I am able to get to work satisfactory without tons of customization and multiple support tickets.
The good stuff...
With all the add-ons installed on a GeoDirectory theme, it is hands down light years ahead of 95% of other themes. BuddyPress integration is flawless and the custom post types add on makes it easy to create any type of directory you want from real estate to automobiles and an event based site that recurs and more. The ability to import from social (add-on) makes for quick and easy importing of place/event details and descriptions. The reviews manager add-on is very similar to Yelp, which is very good. The ability to control every minute detail of listing packages is incredible amazing too, making it simple and easy to monetize a site.
How to get 5 Stars?
#1 Focus on the user experience from both the business and consumer side. Improving design, structure and functionality of GeoDirectory themes to be modernly comparable to some of the more modern directory themes out there. Improve drastically on design, look and feel. Reduce the number of clicks required to get the information needed.
#2 In the GeoDirectory based themes include all the standard directory based functionality; i.e. places, events, payment gateways, claim listing, multiple locations, advanced maps, marker clusters, multiple header and home page types including video. There are currently 3-4 themes that I uses that includes all of GeoDirectories functionality including the add ons for on $45-$59 (However, buddypress can't be integrated but information on users accounts is available via something similar to a twitter card)
#3 Reduce the number off add-ons by including them in the core plugin as one fell swoop and being able to simply tick on or off certain functionality.
#4 Reduce the price
#5 Provide for a Cordova / PhoneGap project to easily create native companion iOS and Android App so that the CMS is seamless as possible across all technologies. A number of themes offer this for no additional charge and even provide support for it.
GeoDirectory, despite all the afore mentioned downsides is my go to technology when I need a highly functional and robust directory site. The only way I could get it any better is if I had my own team of developers. Although it is substantially more expensive it is ultimately worth it because the support is very good as well.
really really easy to set up and use, i found that this is the best directory plugin
Very good plugin for city directory.
Have some little bugs with adress set on map button in free version, but after instaling location manager addon it work right.
There was some incompatibility with my theme/plugins and Paolo & Stiofan kindly took the time to fix the problem and suggest improvement.
Excelente Plugin, and its free. It is unique and easy to use.
Couldn't be happier to join GeoDirectory as a member. Great support and very dedicated author. Thanks
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