A few things we can do to help our communities during the COVID-19 emergency

We can all help stop COVID-19 and if you are not a health care professional, the best way to do it is to stay at home.

At AyeCde we never had a central office, we all work remotely, and staying at home for us is just another day at the office.

It can be done and you should do an effort to make it the new normal for you too. At least until this emergency is over.

But what else can we do to help? As web and directories developers, there are a few things that we can do to help our communities.

Help spreading the correct information and not the virus

Every country, region, city, town, every single location has its own procedures to manage this emergency.

If you have a local directory, make sure to provide the right information for your local population and tourists.

Information about what people should and shouldn’t be doing during a complete shutdown is vital.

Especially about what to do in case someone suspects that they have contracted the virus. Who to call and or where to go and not to go.

Help your local businesses to survive

With cities in partial or complete shutdowns, local businesses may have a hard time surviving.

As a directory developer, they are all potentially your customers and if they disappear, you disappear.

This may not be possible for everyone, but for the most creative out there, it’s definitely an option and they should start selling some of their products and services online.

I’m not sure if deliveries are allowed everywhere, but they should still be possible in most countries. If customers can’t go to them, help them go to their customers.

local business delivery

Our Invoicing plugin can be of great help in a similar situation. Where a customer just needs to have a simple system to start receiving payments online.

Installing it is very easy and anyone can start accepting payments online with it, literally in a matter of minutes. If PayPal is enough, it’s also 100% free.

There are other solutions like WooCOmmerce or Easy Digital Downloads for those who need to manage more complex projects.

Make sure that business owners you are in contact with are aware of similar solutions and offer them your services to help them install and configure whatever they need to keep doing business.

Publish in your directories places providing delivery services

Because many will start providing delivery services, it is important to give them as much visibility as possible by listing them on your directory correctly.

Adding the “delivery” filter to your advance search setup will be important too.

Least but not last, think about sharing the info in the directory’s social media and everywhere. You’ll help your community members get what they want and your business to stay afloat.

Do you have other ideas?

Feel free to share what you are doing to help your community through your directory website, in the comment section down below.

You could provide inspiration to other fellow directory and web developers.

Published by Paolo

Paolo Tajani is the co-founder and growth hacker of AyeCode LTD. With his business partner Stiofan, they are the makers of the GeoDirectory, UsersWP and Invoicing plugins for WordPress. Paolo developed his first WordPress website in 2008. In 2011 he met Stiofan O'Connor and together they started building and marketing successful themes and plugins for WordPress. Today their products are used by +100.000 active websites.

3 thoughts on “A few things we can do to help our communities during the COVID-19 emergency

  1. After reading this my mind is made up. I’m going with GeoDirectory.

    “Help your local businesses to survive
    With cities in partial or complete shutdowns, local businesses may have a hard time surviving.

    As a directory developer, they are all potentially your customers and if they disappear, you disappear.”

    Paulo, how can you be contacted directly?
    We are starting a “new” way for businesses to showcase themselves and this could help, even if your business burned down (my usual bad case scenario) and now this virus.

    With exponential technologies increasing the “Retail Apocolypse” even further and at a faster rate, this has become crucial.

    Hope you reply and we can discuss to see what we can do.
    If not, thank you for the mindset. It is wonderful to see.
    (Private mail for now.)

    1. Hi Johann,

      thanks for your comment and kind words. You can send an email to info [at] wpgeodirectory.com directed to me and I’ll get in touch if there is anything I can do to help.

      Cheers!

  2. I’m from Lithuania and the situation is not so bad in here compared to other countries with the number of infected people, but the government closed almost everything except grocery stores and pharmacies. Now the small businesses are gathering and asking for the government to freeze their loan payments because if this quarantine will last longer than 4 more weeks, a lot of small businesses will go bankrupt. The economical crisis after quarantine scares Lithuanians more than the virus itself.

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