How to Manage and Configure the Options of the Business Directory Plugin

Posted OnJul 9, 2015     CategoryPlugins     CommentsNo comment

The second guide to Business Directory will focus on configuration, including directory link structure, display options, notifications, payments, and a lot more.

Step 1) Login to the WordPress Dashboard.

Step 2) From the Admin Panel, click on Directory Admin >> Main Menu. From there, head to Configure/Manage Options.


Step 3) The Business Directory settings are set into various sections, and can be found at the top of the page in a toolbar. The settings are: General, Listings, Email, Payment, Registration, Image. You can Reset Defaults at any time. The first section on General is the Data Collection setting, where you can tick a box and allow Business Directory to collect info on your installed plugins, themes and WordPress version.


Step 4) The Permalink settings are used to create the URL slugs for listings, categories and tags. You can also remove listing ID from directory URLs by ticking the box provided.


Step 5) The reCAPTCHA settings are used to set up where your captcha forms will appear, including contact forms, listing submits and listing comments. You can get API keys for reCAPTCHA by hitting the blue link, and you can add the keys into the settings below.


Step 6) The Terms and Conditions can be added to your directories, and you can make sure your users agree to them by ticking the box in the settings. Your can add your terms and conditions into the text box provided, or add a URL that takes users to a separate page featuring your T&Cs.


Step 7) You can control what comes up in your Directory Display by ticking or unticking the boxes below, including Submit Listing button, Search Listings and View Listings. You can choose to display the search form when displaying search results, enable high performance searches and add the quick search fields.


Step 8) The Listings settings start with General Settings, which include how many listings feature per page, the listing duration for no-fees sites, adding a contact form, setting the max number of contact form submits and more.


Step 9) The Listing Renewal settings are designed to set-up listing renewals, starting with turning on the renewal feature, setting the renewal email threshold (default is 5 days), and sending expiration notices and reminders.


Step 10) The Post/Category Settings include setting the default new post and edit post status (pending and publish respectively), ordering category lists and order and more.


Step 11) The Listings Sorting section gives you the ability to order and sort the directory listings, and if you enable the sort bar, you can add sortbar fields including Business Name, Phone Number and Email.


Step 12) Featured Listings are your Premium Listings, and in the settings section for these you can choose to enable or disable this feature, as well as offer upgrades during submit and setting the sticky listing price.


Step 13) The E-Mail section is next, and the general settings here allow you to display email emails publicly and set how you determine the listings email address (default is try listings email field first, then authors email address).


Step 14) The email notifications can be set so the Adminare notified when users do certain things, such as adding a new listing, editing a listing, when a listing experies and when a contact message has been sent out. You can also set a CC email address for multiple Admin users to receive a copy, and set email notifications for your users.


Step 15) In the Email Templates section, you can create the template for email confirmations, published listings and listing contact messages. There is also a Payment Related email template that is for when a payment is abandoned.



Step 16) You can set Renewal Reminder emails in the next section. These will send emails out for a variety of tasks related to renewing listings, including when listings are pending expiration, auto-renewal reminders, recurring payments and much more.


Step 17) The Payment Settings are for Premium users who are not offering free listings. If you accepting payments, tick the Turn On Payments box to open the gateways, set currencies – including codes and symbols, and notifications for payments.


Step 18) If you are allowing payments via Net Gateway and Google Wallet, tick the boxes provided in their sections, and add Login IDs, Transaction keys and any other info you may need into the boxes provided.


Step 19) The Registration settings are related to whether you require a login for users to post listings. If so, you can set a URL for your membership registration form so that users are redirected there when they want to set up a listing and have to sign up first.


Step 20) The Image settings are related to the images you add to listings. Tick the Allow Images feature firstly, then set the min/max file size and px width and height.


Step 21) If your users are adding thumbnails, you can set the default width and height in px here. You can also enable the crop feature to cut any thumbnails down to their exact dimensions.


Step 22) In the listings section, you can set the number of free images you allow in a listing, and whether to use the default picture for listings with no picture. You can also enable a feature that will show the thumbnail on the main listings page.


The next step of the guide will focus on setting the form fields of your Business Directory.

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