Review: Connections Business Directory – A Directory Plugin for WordPress
Connections Business Directory is a popular and high rated WordPress plugin that allows you to create amazing directories online. Directories are an important part of our world. We have them all around us, from small and simple to more advanced and complex ones. In fact, directories make life a whole lot easier for us, but they are not always easy to setup and manage!
Directories are perfect for organizing all kinds of data, and this is an essential feature if you run a website with a considerable amount of data. If you want to make your website attractive and easy to use, both for you and your visitors you will need a powerful tool to do the hard work for you!
Connections Business Directory Plugin is a crafty plugin for WordPress that can turn your website content into a directory entry within your site. Whether it is an address book, a staff directory, links or a business directory, Connections will do a sure job of organizing these entries for you.
The plugin can be customized with templates. This way you can display your entries according to your own taste. There are also 3 entry types, “individual”, “family” and “company” that you can use. The family entry type is perfect for churches or similar directories. The entries are controllable from the plugin’s dashboard, and it’s privacy setting will let you select which ones you want to share on your site.
The plugin has its own Manage Page, so it’s easy to manage multiple entries and categories in your directory. Furthermore, the plugin is SEO friendly and localization ready with its 5 language option (French, Hungarian, Spanish, Dutch, Danish and Polish).
Let’s discover the details about Connections Business Directory
Connections is integrated into the WordPress theme Dashboard upon installation. It’s also got its own Dashboard where you can see News and other Updates about the plugin.
Connections in Dashboard
This plugin has its own Settings page for important edits with tabs for General, Display, Images, Search and Advanced Options. This screenshot displays the General Tab where you can edit where your directory is going to be posted, as well as, Login options.
Settings Page – General
The Add Entry Page is where you manually type your directory entries. You can upload additional images and logos to go with your entry. You can also choose the entry type (Individual, Organization, Family) at the sidebar area and you can include a Category for your entry as well.
Add Entry Page
The Category Page is where you add Categories for future and existing entries in your site. You can also add a slug line (headline) and description to further explain your Categories.
The Manage Page is where existing entries are seen. You can filter entries by Categories or Date.
The Template page is where you can see available templates you an use to display your directories. It has 5 basic templates (Defaut, Bio Entry Card, Table Entry Card, Names and Profile Entry Card) to choose from. However, if you need more customized templates for your directory, you can purchase from Connections’ premium templates page.
There are lots of templates to choose from. Here’s a sample of a directory made using the Connections plugin. This directory is using Connection’s Custom Template.
Sample Directory using Custom Template used by Project Debt Relief
Connections Business Directory Plugin is one of the best plugins to install whenever you’re looking forward to building a directory website. With its back end management capabilities and its front end display templates, customizing and organizing your directory entries will be no sweat. The templates are my favorite since it gives me a ready to use base template for my entries. The plugin is also convenient to use since it only requires you to add, select and enter edits with its custom entry types and shortcodes. Overall, a great plugin to use. You can view more details about the plugin here.