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Classifieds » Listings, Monetization and Stores » Directory / Businesses Plugin

Directory / Businesses Plugin

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Product Specifications

  • Compatible with SEPHP Version 5.6.1
  • Latest Product Version 5.6.1
  • Modifies SE Core Yes

Features

  • Responsive Yes
  • Included Free Free initial installation, Free Upgrades, 90 days complimentary support (per support terms)

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Exclusive Offer We offer FREE Installation of this Plugin, FREE Support for the first 90 days, and FREE Upgrades.


Enables you to have a robust directory system in your social network.


 



Highlights


 



  • Business Packages: Admin can enable packages for directory items / businesses on site. If enabled, multiple packages can be created based on features that should be available to businesses under them. Paid packages, with one-time and recurring billing options can also be created.

  • Categories, sub-categories allow robust classification of business listings. You can also create 3rd-level categories for more detailed classification.

  • Custom Profile Types can be created for business listings with each profile type having different profile fields. Association of categories with business profile types enable you to have different profile fields for each category.

  • Multiple Admins for Businesses allow multiple users to manage a business listing. Thus, every directory item / business can have its team to configure it and keep it updated. business admins can also be shown on the business profile.

  • Claiming Businesses:

    • Businesses can be claimed. Users can file claims for business listings.

    • Admin can choose certain users as "Claimable Business Creators". Businesses created by them get the "Claim this Business" link on the business itself. This is useful in cases like if you have certain members whose job is to create only those businesses on your site which could later be easily claimed by their rightful owners.

    • Admin can enable/disable claiming. All claims require admin inspection and approval.

    • Admin can get an email notification if a member makes a Claim for a Business.



  • Data Importing: Admin can import Directory Items / Businesses on their community from CSV files and listings from Listings / Catalog Showcase Plugin. Enables launching of community with already created Businesses. Entities could then claim their Businesses using the Claim Businesses feature. Importing can also be done anytime, even in a running site to create Businesses in bulk.

  • Settings to easily replace the singular / plural titles for 'Business' to 'Directory', etc.

  • Business Dashboard enables easy creation of businesses, and allows managing various components of a business listing.

  • Business Profile - Cover Photo and Information widget enables Business admins too choose a cover photo for their Businesses and displays the Business Cover Photo with Business Profile Photo, Title and various Action Links like - Join Business, Like, Follow, etc.

  • Search Engine Optimized (SEO) URLs and structure.

  • User Experience:

    • User Interfaces with optimal use of AJAX, without sacrificing SEO. Our extensive AJAX implementation in this plugin for enhanced user experience has been done considering the fact that SEO is equally important for your site.

    • Easy navigation enabling quick transition to users. Breadcrumb based navigation at many places also helps in SEO.

    • 3 displays: List View, Grid View, Map View for directory items / business listings on Businesses Home and Browse Businesses provide excellent user experience.



  • Keyword tags can be associated with business listings. A tag cloud widget provides easy filtering of businesses.

  • Sponsored Businesses:

    • Packages can be created such that their businesses are automatically made sponsored.

    • Thus, users can be made to pay for making their business sponsored.

    • AJAX Carousel widget for showcasing sponsored business listings.

    • Sponsored businesses have "Sponsored" labels on their profile, are highlighted with an attractive sponsored icon or label in listings and their markers can be shown on map with a bouncing animation.

    • Ordering on "Browse Businesses" can be done such that sponsored v are shown first.

    • Site Admin can make / remove businesses as sponsored.



  • Featured Businesses:

    • Packages can be created such that their businesses are automatically made featured.

    • Thus, users can be made to pay for making their business featured.

    • Featured Businesses Slideshow widget for showcasing featured business listings.

    • Featured businesses have "Featured" labels on their profile, are highlighted with an attractive featured icon or label and colored background in listings.

    • Ordering on "Browse Businesses" can be done such that featured businesses are shown first.

    • Site Admin can make / remove businesses as featured.



  • Follow Directory Items / Businesses:

    • Business Admins will get a notification when members "Follow" their Businesses.

    • Members get notifications when Business Admins update status and add various contents like Notes, Events, Photos, Videos, Music, Polls, etc. (by using various Extensions of Directory / Businesses Plugin) to the Businesses that they are Following. (Notification for status update is dependent on the "Advanced Activity Feeds / Wall Plugin").

    • "Follow Button" and "Most Followed Businesses" widget: If "Directory / Businesses Plugin" is already running on your site, then you should place these widgets manually after upgrading the plugin.



  • Business of the Day widget enables one business listing to be highly showcased for a day. This is admin configurable.

  • Layouts:

    • 2 attractive AJAX based layouts for Business Profiles: Tabbed Layout and Non-tabbed Layout. In tabbed layout, main widgets are linked via ajax based horizontal tabs. In non-tabbed layout, main widgets are linked via ajax based links in vertical order, in left column. Site admin can decide which layout type to activate.

    • Widgetized Business Profile with drag-and-drop widgets, and admin controls enables you to choose and customize features for business listings on your site.

    • Site Admins can enable business owners to customize block positions, add new available blocks, create and add HTML blocks on their business's profile via a drag-and-drop interfaced layout editor. Available blocks are the many widgets provided in this plugin.

    • Widgetized Businesses Home and Browse pages, which can be configured using drag-and-drop widgets.



  • Google Maps and Geocode API integration:

    • Google maps integration used in Map View for business listings.

    • Businesses having location information have a Map Tab on their profile showing their accurate location on map.

    • Business owners can point their exact location on map using drag-and-drop marker in Business Dashboard.

    • Owners can simply enter their business item's location address and this converts it to a formatted address and location coordinates to be plotted on map using Geocode API.

    • Geocoding is also used in Proximity Search for directory items / businesses.

    • Branded Maps: All Maps from this plugin appear branded with your Site's Title on them.



  • Searching and Browsing:

    • Good directory items / businesses browsing experience and powerful search ensures that users easily find results.

    • Searching enabled over business profile types and custom fields

    • Name / keyword based search

    • Proximity Search to find business listings around a location at a distance

    • Filtering based on closed / open status, friends' / everyone's businesses, "Businesses I Like", featured Businesses

    • Filtering based on tags / categories / sub-categories

    • Filtering based on popular locations

    • Alphabetic Filtering

    • Ordering based on recent / views / comments / likes / alphabetical

    • Admin Search Form Settings: Choose which of the available search and filter fields should be shown in the form and what their sequence should be.

    • AJAX Search widget: It enables AJAX search over Business Titles. Search interface is similar to Facebook's search.

    • Businesses archives for month-wise browsing



  • Browse by Locations (Location & Proximity based browsing and searching): If searching of Directory Items / Businesses based on Locations is an important component of your site's idea, then you and your users are sure to love this feature: 

    • Enables users to easily and quickly find the relevant Directory Items / Businesses around them.

    • User's current location is detected automatically to display results around that. Users can also change the location as per their choice.

    • An approximate distance to the searched result will also be shown.

    • Directory Items / Businesses closest to the location appear first in search results sequence.

    • Users can choose distance from location within which results should be returned in search.

    • There is basic search and advanced search with more options.

    • The "Locations" tab for this feature's business can be enabled in the main Businesses Navigation Menu allowing members to easily search and browse Directory Items / Businesses by location, proximity, and various searching options available.

    • The search results are attractively shown on the map.

    • From search results, members can easily get directions to Business locations from their current location or a location of their choice.



  • Getting Directions to Businesses: Users can easily get directions to Business Locations by clicking on the "Get Directions" link at various places. The entries in locations based on the searching mentioned above have this link. The "Map" tab of Directory Items / Businesses has this link. This link can also be enabled to appear in the Info Tooltips in activity feeds from "Advanced Activity Feeds / Wall Plugin". The attractive Directions Lightbox has a marker for Business location and plotted directions on Map from the user's current location. Slide-able instructions are also provided for directions. Users can change the starting location from which directions should be shown.

  • Advertising: Seamless integration with Advertisements / Community Ads Plugin. Lots of well-designed ad positions for attractive advertising. Users can also advertise their directory items/businesses. Additional widgets that tempt users to advertise their business.

  • Activity Feed integration: Integration with site homepage feed, user profile feeds and business updates feed. Feeds have been designed to have maximum impact. Additionally:

    • Activity feeds for directory items/businesses can be generated with Business Photo and Title instead of the photo and name of the Business Admin.

    • Users can receive on their homepage the activity feeds of Businesses that they have liked.

    • New Business Wall / Activity Feeds for Businesses with excellent features like Feeds Filtering, Info Tooltips, Auto-loading of feeds and many more! Users can also Tag Businesses in their status posts. Business Admins will get notification updates and emails when their Business is tagged in someone's post. (Dependent on the "Advanced Activity Feeds / Wall Plugin")



  • Linking to Facebook Business: Admins of Directory Items / Businesses on your site can now link their Directory Items / Businesses with their Facebook Businesses from the "Marketing" section of Business Dashboard. With this enhancement:

    • If Business Admins select the "Publish this on Facebook" option while posting their updates, then these updates will be published on their Facebook Profile as well as on the linked Facebook Business (This is dependent on the "Advanced Activity Feeds / Wall Plugin").

    • Business Admins can display the "Facebook Like Box" for their linked Facebook Businesses on their Directory Items / Businesses on your site. This enables them to gain Likes for their Facebook Business from your website. Like Box will also:

      • Show the recent posts from their Facebook Business.

      • Show how many people already like their Facebook Business.

      • Enable people to Like their Facebook Business.





  • Modular Architecture & Extensions:

    • Enables you to plug-and-play extensions for enhanced features. You can choose which ones to install based on your requirements. All extensions are highly configurable. Click here to see all extensions.

    • Reviews & Ratings: Categorical and attractive ratings system. Rating parameters based on business categories enable users to give accurate opinions. Separate pros and cons fields in reviews easily highlight the good and bad experiences of reviewers. Members can mention if they would recommend the business to someone. The reviews section on business profiles shows their reviews. Users can post comments on reviews and 'Like' the ones they find useful. Visit here for more.

    • Photo Albums: Ajax-based photo browsing in albums. New "Theater Mode" Photo Viewer provides excellent photo viewing experience. Business owners can select good photos to be shown in a photo strip on their business profile. More details here.

    • Videos, Notes, Events, Polls, Music are some other content extensions.

    • Form Extension: Enables business owners to create a form and receive user responses. Can be used for receiving booking leads, feedback, enquiries, etc. More details here.

    • Badges: Badges can be assigned to businesses. This can be used for marking business items as Premium, Leader, etc as per your requirements. Business owners can also apply to site admin for a badge. More details here.

    • Offers: Business owners can create offers and mark a featured offer. More details here.

    • Inviter and Promotion: Business owners can promote their business by importing their address books from popular webmail services and contact lists and inviting their friends or fans to visit & explore their business. Details here.

    • Embeddable Badges, Like Box: Great tool for Business owners to attract people and gain popularity, visibility and Likes by using attractive embeddable badges of their Business which can be shared across the web. Also very good for brand propagation of your website. Details here.

    • Contact Business Owners: Enables you to quickly reach out to all the Admins of Businesses on your site via 2 channels: Emails and Messages. (FREE Extension)

    • Short Business URLs: You can now have Vanity URLs for Businesses on your site, like Facebook. URLs of Directory Items / Businesses on your site can be made short and more human readable. These are easier for visitors to identify, remember and share. (FREE Extension)

    • Discussions: Every business can have its own forum where discussion topics can be created and discussed. (FREE Extension)



  • Widgetized Home & Browse businesses for all Extensions: The various content extensions like Photo Albums, Videos, Reviews, Notes, Events, Offers, etc have their own widgetized home and browse businesses listing collectively the respective contents from all Directory Items / Businesses.

    • You can choose to place links for these businesses in the Main Businesses Navigation Menu, and manage them.

    • You can also choose to place the respective links for these businesses in your site header navigation menu or in any other menu of your choice.

    • Enables you to highlight those content types from Businesses on your site that are important to your site's concept. Example, if Photo Albums and Reviews for Businesses are important feature of your website, then you can choose to show the links for their browse businesses in your Main Businesses Navigation Menu.



  • Pinboard Layout: This layout is very useful if visual appearance of Businesses content is important for your website. With this feature:

    • You can choose to enable attractive Pinboard Layout for Home and Browse businesses.

    • New "Browse Businesses' Pinboard View" business to display search results in pinboard view.

    • On-the-spot commenting on Businesses from the pinboards.

    • Mouse-over action links appear attractively on various Businesses.

    • You can choose to display Businesses' search results based on member's current location.



  • Attractive Grid View for Businesses: This feature will enhance the visual appearance of Businesses in Grid View:

    • You can enter the width of each grid item.

    • Title is highlighted with a shadow effect above the profile picture of Businesses.

    • Members count shown (This feature is dependant on "Directory / Businesses - Business Members Extension")

    • You can choose to display various statistics for Businesses like - Views, Comments, Likes, Location, Featured marker, etc.



  • Search Forms for all Extensions: The various content extensions are integrated with SocialEngine's in-built search engine. Additionally, search form widgets are also available for the content from extensions. These content search forms with various search and filter fields also enable users to see content from only the Businesses that they Like.

  • Linking Businesses: Business Admins can link other Businesses to their Business. The "Linked Businesses" widget on Business Profile shows Businesses related to that Business. An example usage of such a widget could be a movie theater business linking itself to Businesses of movies being played over there.

  • Geo-Location, Geo-Tagging, Check-Ins & Proximity Search Plugin: This integration provides many new features. Users can check-in into Businesses using either a check-in button, or from their status update box. They can tag their photos with Businesses. Businesses checked-into are shown plotted on map on user profiles, and many more.

  • Likes for Businesses:

    • Businesses can be liked / unliked

    • Business Admins will get a notification when members Like their Businesses.

    • Business Content Creation Privacy - Who Liked This Business: This privacy option enables Business Admins to choose the Creation Privacy of various contents like Notes, Events, Photos, Videos, Music, Polls, etc. in their Businesses (content from various Extensions of Directory / Businesses Plugin) to only those members who liked their Businesses. This is admin configurable.

    • Businesses will be automatically 'Liked' by their Business Admins after their successful creation.

    • Business profile shows users who like it

    • Most Liked Businesses widget

    • Business owners can send updates to users who Like their Business

    • Integration with Likes Plugin and Widgets adds additional valuable features



  • Manage Notifications: With this enhancement, notifications for the following actions will be sent to Business Admins which they can manage from the Manage Notifications section of their Business Dashboard:

    • When someone posts an update on their Businesses.

    • When someone creates any content like Notes, Events, Photos, Videos, Music, Polls, etc. in their Businesses.

    • When someone Likes their Businesses.

    • When someone Comments on their Businesses.

    • When someone Follows their Businesses.



  • Integration with Suggestions / Recommendations / People you may know & Inviter plugin:

  • Suggest to Friends link

  • Recommended Businesses widget: Recommends Businesses to users which they are likely to be interested in.

  • Businesses recommendations in mixed recommendations and more..

  • Tell a friend: Enables a user to easily email a business listing to friends.

  • Printing: Business information can be printed.

  • Innovative You May Also Like widget shows to users of other businesses that might interest them based on the one they are viewing currently.

  • Privacy configurable by business owners relating to viewing business, commenting, showing in search, discussions, and also privacy controls for extensions enable business owners to specify who can post content like photo uploading in business, video creation, etc.

  • Businesses can be published or saved as drafts.

  • User profile integration: Businesses Tab widget in user profiles shows directory items/businesses posted by the user.

  • Insights and Statistics:

    • Business owners can see Tabular and Graphical statistics for their businesses.

    • Metrics include views, likes, comments, and active users.

    • Graphical statistics can be viewed over different durations and time scales in both cumulative and incremental form.

    • Statistical reports can be viewed / downloaded over different durations and time scales in web(.html) and excel(.xls) formats.

    • Users can choose to receive periodic emails with insights of their businesses.

    • Admin can see detailed statistics for businesses.



  • Networks: Users can be shown businesses belonging only to their network.

  • Mobile Compatibility: This plugin is compatible with our Mobile/Tablet Plugin.


This feature-rich plugin can be used for a wide variety of listings like businesses (hotels, stores, restaurants, etc), personalities, products, profiles, services, books, pets, etc. With properties like excellent features, ease-of-use, great design, quick navigation, and search engine optimized businesses, this plugin is the ideal solution for advanced listings. Its modular architecture and many available extensions allow you to have just the right feature set that you need on your site. Features like reviews & ratings, albums, videos, notes, invite & promote and many more can be easily plugged into businesses.


This plugin gives you a great monetization opportunity by allowing you to charge users for business listings. Multiple business profile types with custom fields and options to associate them with business categories enable you to create various types of business listings according to your requirements.



 



Key Features


 


Business Profile (Business Components):

 



  • 2 attractive AJAX-based layouts: Tabbed and Non-tabbed. In the tabbed layout, main widgets are linked via ajax based horizontal tabs. In a non-tabbed layout, main widgets are linked via ajax based links in vertical order, in the left column. Site admin can decide which layout type to activate.

  • Widgetized Business with drag-and-drop widgets and tabs; can be customized by admin using Layout Editor to choose features.

  • Site Admins can enable business owners to customize block positions, add new available blocks, create and add HTML blocks via a drag-and-drop interfaced layout editor. Available blocks are the many widgets provided in this plugin.

  • Updates: Similar to the wall feature on Facebook Businesses, enables users to keep track of updates and content posted in a listing.

  • Info: Information about a business listing like its description, tags, category, owner, location, contact details, etc. Admin created custom profile fields also show up here.

    • Comments feature.



  • Overview: Business owners can create rich profiles for their business using the WYSIWYG editor.

  • Map: Available if directory item/business has location information, this shows the business entity on a map. Detailed location information is also shown.

  • Tabs from various app extensions like Photos, Videos, Notes, Reviews, Form, Events, Polls, Offers, Music and Discussions.

  • Links: Links shared by users on the business are displayed here.

  • Sponsored and Featured labels: Attractive label images above and below business profile photo for sponsored and featured businesses respectively. These labels are admin configurable.

  • About Us: Business owners can write a main caption about the business, just like on Facebook Pages and Profiles.

  • Action links for sharing, suggesting, tell a friend, printing, contacting the owner, etc.

  • Rating widget: Shows average overall rating and the average rating for the various parameters.

  • Users can see who all like a business.

  • You May Also Like widget shows to users similar businesses as the current one, which might interest them.

  • Social Sharing Buttons for quick sharing on favorite social networks.

  • Business Owners widget showing featured owners of the business.

  • Multiple other widgets.

  • Search Engine Optimized structure.


 


Businesses Home:

 



  • Widgetized and customize-able by admin using Layout Editor. Widgets can be easily moved, added, or removed.

  • Featured Businesses Slideshow with controls.

  • Categories and sub-categories are shown in an attractively arranged manner.

  • Recent / Most Popular / Random / Featured / Sponsored businesses shown in Ajax tabs.

  • 3 display forms: List View, Grid View, and Map View. Grid view has tooltips for all entries and enables users to easily Like businesses in an attractive manner.

  • Sponsored and Featured businesses are specially marked.

  • Ratings are shown for businesses.

  • Search form and filtering widget.

  • Sponsored Businesses AJAX Carousel.

  • Tag cloud showing popular tags.

  • Other widgets can also be placed from Layout Editor as desired.


 


Browse Businesses:

 



  • Widgetized and customize-able by admin using Layout Editor. Widgets can be easily moved, added, or removed.

  • Categories and sub-categories are shown in an expandable widget for filtering.

  • 3 display forms: List View, Grid View, and Map View. Grid view has tooltips for all entries and enables users to easily Like businesses in an attractive manner.

  • Sponsored and Featured businesses are specially marked.

  • Ratings are shown for businesses.

  • Search form and filtering widget.

  • Popular Locations widget.

  • Tag cloud showing popular tags.

  • Other widgets can also be placed from Layout Editor as desired.

  • Month-wise archives of businesses.


 



Admin Panel


 



  • Enable and configure plugin settings for payments, multiple business admins, sharing, maps integration, proximity search, featured & sponsored labels, browsing sequence, business layout editing by owners, category editing, etc.

  • Activate one of the 2 available layouts for Business Profiles.

  • Enable, create, and manage packages.

  • Extensive Member Levels based controls and permissions.

  • Create and manage categories and sub-categories. The sequence of categories and sub-categories can be adjusted by drag-and-drop.

  • Create and manage profile types and custom profile fields for directory items/businesses. Custom fields can be made searchable.

  • Configure mapping between business categories and profile types such that custom profile fields can be based on categories.

  • View, manage, and moderate businesses, with extensive options to change business category, change owner, edit a business, etc.

  • Mark businesses as featured and sponsored.

  • Widget Settings.

  • Assign Business of the Day.

  • Enable and manage claims for businesses.

  • Assign users as "Claimable Business Creators", whose businesses would be easily claimed.

  • Configure settings for Insights Emails and Graphs.

  • View Statistics for businesses.

  • Advertising Settings: Settings for the various ad positions and widgets created because of seamless integration with "Advertisements / Community Ads Plugin".

  • View and manage transactions for paid directory items/businesses on site.
    and more.




 


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