How to create business directory website in WordPress? (Step by Step Guide)
Creating a business directory might look like a big thing to do if you don’t have the right tools. Speaking of tools, one of the best and widely used tools for creating a beautiful and dynamic directory website is by using WordPress your website’s platform. As it consists of various resources (Themes and Plugins) to easily create and manage fully-fledged online directories. To start up a directory website, you can use the WordPress directory templates that come with inbuilt layouts and options to create a directory specialized website. While to create a directory on your existing website, you can take the help of WordPress business directory plugins, as these plugins consist of powerful features to convert any website into a fully functional directory.
Here, in this article, we will be using Everest Business Directory – A Premium WordPress directory plugin to show you step by step tutorial of how to create an online business directory on your WordPress website.
Everest Business Directory: Brief Introduction
Everest Business Directory is a highly rated WordPress plugin that allows you to create and manage business directory on your WordPress website easily. It contains cool layouts and user-friendly customization that makes the directory creation easier than ever.
Some of the Great Features of Everest Business Directory
- Multiple Templates for Directory Listing with List, Grid and Map View
- Advanced Search Form containing 5 Ready to Use Templates
- Highly Customizable Frontend Submission Form
- Advanced Frontend Directory Dashboard to Edit and Delete Directories
- Integrated with Advanced Google Map for Directory Listings
- Selection of Directory Address Directly from the Google Maps
- Unlimited Custom Fields for Directory Submission Forms or Directory Lists
- Inbuilt Login Forms for Directory Submission and Directory Dashboard
Installation and Activation
Get Everest Business Directory plugin from CodeCanyon marketplace at the discounted price of $10. (Since AccessPress Themes has provided 70% off as their promotion sale. For more detail about the offer, check out the article: Offering 70% free discount offer in Everest Business Directory – A Complete Business Directory WordPress Plugin.)
After you have bought the plugin, install it and activate it. The installation process of Everest Business Directory is similar to other WordPress plugins. So, if you need any help on installation then, you can take the help of its documentation or go through the article: How to install a new plugin on WordPress website?
Create Business Directories in your WordPress website by Using Everest Business Directory Plugin
After you have completed the installation, you will see “directories” tab appear on the left side menu on your WordPress backend. Click on it.
You will land to all directories page. It contains the list of all the directories that have been created on your WordPress website. To add a new directory, click on add new button present on the top of the screen.
It will land you to Add New Page. Enter the title and content for your new directory. Then, set its expiry date, category, tags, and featured image. After that, add the contact information, social information, and location of your new directory. Once everything is done click on the publish button to publish your directory.
After you publish the directory it will appear in the list of all directory page.
The categories section will let you create different categories to organize your business directories. This will make your directories well managed and help your audience find the directories quickly and easily.
To add a new category fill up the “Add New Category” form by adding the name, slug, and description of your new category. Then, assign its parent category if there is any.
If you want to mutually learn about organizing the categories then, check out the article: How to organize your WordPress posts into categories?
The tags section will allow you to add tags to your business directory. Assign tags on your directory will play a role as the keywords to display the relevant result in search engine.
To add new tags for your directories fill up the “Add New Tags” by adding the tag name, slug, and tag descriptions.
If you want to mutually learn to add tags then check out the article: How to add tags and categories in WordPress posts?
The settings page contains all the configuration and customization options available on the plugin. You can configure and customize almost everything for creating directories, submission form, and listings.
It consists of 6 different subsections with an individual set of settings. They are:
From the general settings, you can choose the page where you want to place the listings and dashboard of your directory. Choose any page of your WordPress website to add the listing and dashboard. Also, assign the number of listings you want to display on each page. The default number of lists per page is 10 but you can change it to any numbers.
This settings section also contains the templates for directory layouts (grid and list), paginations, search form, and ribbon. Just enable them and choose any of the 5 pre-available templates for each of them. Moreover, you can also enable the map view to display your listings.
The map settings section will allow you to assign the location of your business directory. Here, you need to API key of the Google Maps. In order to add API key, you need to create the project from Google developer console. Then, enter the base address, latitude, and longitude of your business directory. Latitude and Longitude can be obtained from latlong.net. Then, assign the zoom level, width, and height of your map. And finally, select the markers (default and featured) in order to mark your business location on Google map.
From the custom field section, you can add extra fields for your directory submission forms and directory listings. Create and Add as many custom fields as per your requirement on your directory listings and submission form.
The frontend form section will consist of the configuration and customization option for your frontend directory submission form. It contains 4 sub settings. They are:
From here, you can choose your directory status of the submitted directory, and set the field required message, file extension error message, file upload limit message, file size limit message, success message, and form error message. Also, set the custom redirect URL to redirect your audience after they successfully submit the form, login type, category, author, and submit button label.
This subsetting section will let you configure the notification for all the directory submission, the directory published and directory rejection along with custom subject and message.
Here, you can add and customize the custom fields for your frontend submission form. Add and configure all the fields as per your requirement.
From the form layout sub settings section, you can choose the layout for your frontend submission form. The plugin contains 5 pre-designed templates. So, choose the best one for your WordPress website.
The directory details section will let you choose the templates for displaying the details of your directory. You can choose any of the 3 inbuilt directory details templates. So, choose the most suitable one for your website. Also, enable/disable the feature image, gallery, tags, category, social information, location information, contact information and map view for your directory listings.
From the Captcha settings section, you can configure and add the Google reCaptcha on your frontend submission and login form. To add the reCaptcha generate the site key and secret key from Google reCaptcha site and then, add the custom label and error message to assign the reCaptcha.
In this way, we can create a business directory website in WordPress. These online directories can be very helpful for adding different revenue streams on your WordPress website. So, if you want to create a similar type of business directory website then, you can purchase the plugin and follow this step by step tutorial.
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