Questions about the plugin features before installing.

Hello,

I would be interested to know more about the plugin features and capabilities before making a business decision.
- Is it SEO friendly? If it integrates well with SEO wordpress plugin by Yoast for example?
- Is there a RSS feed for latest posts. Ideally would be an RSS feed by category so we can for example import the post to a RSS driven email campaign? as well as integrate it to a widget.
- Is there a search advanced function?
- Would it be possible for members to post directly from the front end of the site?
- Would it be possible for members to post a listing without being registered? Or ideally to enable the option for admin to choose between enabling the feature for members registered or non registered.
- What type of payment service are they integrated with the directory?
- Is there any import/export functionality?
- Is there any automatic email notification for each listing added to the user and admin?

The reason why I'm asking all these questions is because we're using already a plugin http://businessdirectoryplugin.com/ and we're experiencing some limitations we need a more advanced solution.

Thanks for your support!
HB

  • Timothy
    • Chief Pigeon

    Hey there.

    - Is it SEO friendly? If it integrates well with SEO wordpress plugin by Yoast for example?

    Directory is a custom post type so it's just like your post or page. If an SEO plugin supports custom post types then it should work.

    - Is there a RSS feed for latest posts. Ideally would be an RSS feed by category so we can for example import the post to a RSS driven email campaign? as well as integrate it to a widget.

    Directory is a custom post type so just like a post it has RSS. So for this plugin:

    /feed/?post_type=directory_listing&listing_category=test-cat-2

    That will get the feed for the post type directory_listing for all posts in the listing_category of test-cat-2.

    - Is there a search advanced function?

    It uses the WordPress one. But there are advanced search plugins:

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/advanced-search-by-my-solr-server/

    - Would it be possible for members to post directly from the front end of the site?

    Yes and with BuddyPress if you use that.

    - Would it be possible for members to post a listing without being registered? Or ideally to enable the option for admin to choose between enabling the feature for members registered or non registered.

    If you don't mind bucket loads of spam then I suppose you could edit the visitor role for this.

    I wouldn't advise it really.

    There are other plugins which allow you build forms which can submit to custom post types:

    Gravity Forms:

    http://gravityforms.com

    Formidable Pro

    http://formidablepro.com

    - What type of payment service are they integrated with the directory?

    Paypal or Authorize.net

    - Is there any import/export functionality?

    There is not, but again this is a custom post type so there are plugins for example:

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/csv-importer/
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-importer/

    Hopefully this helps.

    Take care.

  • HitchB
    • Site Builder, Child of Zeus

    Thanks a lot for your fast reply!
    I was asking also about - Is there any automatic email notification for each listing added to the user and admin?
    And if it's possible to adapt the email message.

    Thanks a lot again, your answers were helpful of course!

  • Timothy
    • Chief Pigeon

    Ah sorry I missed that:

    Is there any automatic email notification for each listing added to the user and admin?

    The plugin doesn't. There is a notifier type plugin:

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-status-notifier/

    But it might need some code modifications. I've not tested that.

    If you used one of those form plugins then I believe you can include a cc/bcc so you could receive an email as it's submitted as well.

    And if it's possible to adapt the email message.

    The only email sent by this plugin is when a message is sent through the contact form for listings.

    Take care.

  • aristath
    • Recruit

    Hiya, just going through some of the older threads here.

    As it's been a little while since we last heard from you I thought I'd check in to see how you're going?

    If you're still looking for some further assistance with this thread then please feel free to reopen the thread or of course for any new and related issues you are most welcome to open a new thread.

    Thanks.
    Ari.

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