Building a Business Directory using WordPress with Jeff Rose

Using WordPress as a foundation, you can quickly build a business directory featuring maps, ratings & reviews and other features you've seen on Yelp or Google Places. Best of all, this could be an opportunity to start a new venture. We'll take a look at about 6 of the many themes & plugins available to help you with this task and talk about things to look for and watch out for.

Who is this talk for?

End users, designers, consultants. This showcases some of the versatility of WordPress and how one might start a business with WordPress at it's core. It's not developer-y.

Jeff Rose in his own words

I am primarily a hobbyist programmer with big dreams. I fell in love with WordPress back in the early 2.x days and have focused on learning how to make it dance & sing since then. I have 3 plugins in the WordPress.org repo and 1 has over 20,000 downloads. I've done several client development projects and am working on way to many personal WordPress focused projects, as always.

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  • Johnny Zakharia V.

    ....
    Hey Jeff. I went to your site and noticed this is one of your websites.

    http://www.vancouverdoggroomers.ca

    But the links are not working. It goes to a 404 page

    Is that a problem with GeoThemes?

    ....

    January 31, 2014

    • Jeff

      As the comments about the meetup go to everyone, I think we should move this to the discussions area, or you could contact me directly. I didn't see any 404 errors on that site.

      February 1, 2014

    • Johnny Zakharia V.

      ....

      Here is a picture

      http://s28.postimg.or...­

      ...

      February 2, 2014

  • Jeff

    I won't answer any more comments in the comments thread. Let's use this discussion group for it.

    http://www.meetup.com/Vancouver-WordPress-Meetup-Group/messages/boards/thread/41541622/#[masked]

    February 1, 2014

  • Jeff

    Thanks to everyone who attended last night! Wish we'd had room for more people. I had a great time and you all had some amazing questions & comments!

    As promised, here's a PDF version of my presentation with a list of links to the themes & plugins at the end.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/uk7yuuo4870qis7/WPDIrectories.pdf

    Please feel free to get in touch if you need anything.

    January 31, 2014

    • Johnny Zakharia V.

      ....
      Hey Jeff. I went to your site and noticed this is one of your websites.

      http://www.vancouverd...­

      But the links are not working. It goes to a 404 page

      Is that a problem with GeoThemes?

      ....

      January 31, 2014

  • Johnny Zakharia V.

    Hello Friends. Anyone has experience or advice with
    SabaiDirectory for WordPress ? It is 25 bucks :) http://codecanyon.net/item/sabaidirectory-for-wordpress/4505485?ref=rezash&ref=rezash&clickthrough_id=196434846&redirect_back=true

    January 31, 2014

  • Kole K.

    Nice overview! Thanks!

    January 31, 2014

  • henny h.

    Thanks Jeff, great presentation.

    January 31, 2014

  • Mari K.

    Quite informative

    January 31, 2014

  • Phil C

    Great presentation Jeff!

    January 31, 2014

  • Phil C

    Never used directory plugins but researched themes. Best reviewed one are apptheme's vantage, premiumpress' directory press. Others I tried: wp local places (no support), wp directory suites (lacked features I wanted), etc.

    January 18, 2014

    • Phil C

      Yes, you can moderate reviews/ratings prior to publishing them. You can also take them down after publishg.

      January 31, 2014

    • Phil C

      re: docs.appthemes. Likely won't take 5 pages, more like 1 day tops. Vantage is fairly intuitive.

      January 31, 2014

  • Penelope H.

    Interesting overview

    January 30, 2014

  • Johnny Zakharia V.

    This is perfect. I have a great project. I bought BCtherapists.com (and .ca and .org) which will be a directory for therapists in BC (even massage therapists) And I have been through the jungle with all the directory scripts.

    January 23, 2014

    • Jeff

      Same question I asked Phil - Have you chosen one yet? Or any leaders?

      January 24, 2014

    • Johnny Zakharia V.

      No I have not. Still looking. And if anyone wants to partner up with me

      January 24, 2014

  • Mikhail M

    Interesting topic! I run a not wp based directory, and I'm thinking of a classified and real estate sites. Same idea, cpt and front end submission. Some themes are available and quite impressive, but have too much of unnecessary stuff. I'm looking for a plugin, tried some, such as AWCP, it worked but .., not fully satisfied).
    I'm researching now if I can use something like the Toolset by wp-types or even Formidable forms ... to have a universal solution then.

    January 18, 2014

  • Phil C

    Timely, already building 2+ business directories for a client!

    January 17, 2014

    • Jeff

      If you've got any input on themes or plugins that you've looked at, I'd love your input.

      January 17, 2014

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