Today GeoDirectory Version 2 comes out of BETA and the Release Candidate can be downloaded here.

This has been a huge effort for us (+12 months), while it lands with few weeks of delay (that we apologize for) we can assure that the time has been invested to bring in some additional improvements that we are positive you will love.

Notably:

GDPR compliance

gdpr ready

We will be the only directory plugin for WordPress that is mostly GDPR compliant. We will be fully compliant when WordPress will allow us to be.

Business hours – now built in

business hours

You can create different operating time for each day of the week and even multiple schedules per day. All fully schema compliant.

Setup wizard improvements

setup wizard

the new setup wizard will allow to kick start a new Directory in no time.

Tabbed content builder

tabbed content builder

With V1, it was possible to re-order the Tabs in the listing detail page through filter hooks. You can see the old procedure here.

Now we added a system that allows you to do that via a drag and drop UI. This user interface also allows to basically add any bit of listing data in any part of the listing page content.

With this UI and the option to design the directory templates via shortcodes or using Gutenberg, GeoDirectory design customization options are virtually endless.

Ninja forms integration

ninja forms integration

The old contact form was difficult to customize and almost featureless.

We integrated what we think to be the most impressive free Contact Form plugin.

You’ll be able to customize the form completely, add multiple forms per listings and also keep track of messages sent through them, making it a real lead generator.

More information about the GeoDirectory X Ninja Forms integration.

Sort options builder

sorting builder

You will be able to create a primary and a secondary sorting for listings.

For example sort by ratings as the primary sorting option, and create a secondary sorting for the listings without ratings that could be random, or post date, or alphabetic.

Install extension via WP Easy Updates.

extensions page

Once all add-ons for V2 will be released, if WP Easy Updates is active on your website, you will be able to install the add-ons directly from the GeoDirectory extensions page, inside the WordPress dashboard.

No need to download any of the add-ons from our website.

You just need to input and activate the license key for each add-on and the download and install will be seamless.

Other features enhancements

All WPML code has been moved to an add-on

WPML Integration

we will make it available on the wp.org repository once V2 is live on it too.

Currently it can be found here.

This makes the core plugin even lighter in size for those who don’t need a multilingual website.

New Price Range custom field

price range custom field

an important custom fields option that is missing in V1 that in V2 will also populate schema info, giving to your directory better filtering capabilities and SEO opportunities.

New Predefined Logo field.

logo custom field

The post_images shortcode/widget now has the option to show the business logo as the first image of the listing gallery.

Better GeoDirectory image attachments.

All images are now created in all WP image sizes, they are responsive and Ajax loading by default. This will reduce considerably the loading time of listings pages.

Font Awesome V5.

we took advantage of this major update of GeoDirectory to bring all 3rd party script that we use to their latest version and Font Awesome is one of them. Keeping V4 could have brought conflict with new themes or plugins using V5.

Converted chosen-select to select2 JS

Chosen-select created several responsive problems in V1. This script proved to work much better on mobile devices.

Custom fields now have placeholder setting

Where applicable, now you can add a placeholder to your custom fields.

Sessions have been completely removed.

This should fix some hosting caching issues

What’s Next? Add-ons V2 and conversion tool

All the above has been added since we released the very 1st beta, back at the end of March.

While the beta was debugged, our team started converting the add-ons to work with V2.

We will add 1 major improvements to each add-on before releasing them.

More enhancement will be introduced in future versions.

The 1st add-on to be worked on is the location manager.

We will focus the 1st improvement around the Location Switcher.

When the Location Manager V2 Beta will be out, we’ll start working on the V1 -> V2 conversion tool.

Finally all other add-ons one by one.

While the developers will be coding, the support team will take care of the new documentation.

We hope to complete this process within the next couple of months.

Our team of WordPress developers just welcomed a new element and things should become a lot faster now that the biggest task has been completed.

Can I use this version for a production site?

You can use this version for a production site, we are fairly confident you will not encounter major bugs or fatal errors. What you cannot do yet, is converting your current GeoDirectory powered website from V1 to V2.

It can still be used for new websites only and without any of the add-ons.

Can I use this version to start designing a theme or building an add-on for it?

Absolutely yes. You can start building themes and add-ons for it with confidence that only minor changes will be made to its code.

When will you update GeoDirectory on WordPress.org?

When all add-ons are ready and a good amount of testing has been done for them all, we will update GeoDirectory officially on wordpress.org too.

We hope you enjoy the new version of GeoDirectory, please don’t hesitate to share your feedback in a comments down below and to report any bug you may find in our support forum!

Team GeoDirectory

26 thoughts on “GeoDirectory V2 Release Candidate

  1. Well done to the GeoDirectory Team. I feel certain that your hard work on V2 will soon deliver dividends for you. I am sooo excited about V2. I plan to get stuck into developing several new directory sites throughout July and August.

    I look forward to the updated add-ons being released in the near future.

    Thanks again.
    Cheers
    Chris

    • Thanks Chris!

      we are very excited about V2 too. We can’t wait to get all the add-ons out and see how the WordPress community reacts…

    • Thanks!

      Reviews can be moderated. As far as I know there is no way to verify that a review is 100% legit. Trip Advisor has tried for 10 years and they are still struggling.

      Thanks

  2. Well done Guy! I’ve been playing with the betas and can’t wait to start building my directory.

    One thing I’d like to suggest as a new plugin or worked into a core is widgets like Trip Adviser has. That will let the business owners paste a bit of code on their website that will then show their rating on the listing with a link back etc.

    Its a great way to drive traffic back to your site.

    Look at the widget page on Trip Advisor to see what I mean

    https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Widgets-g186364-d550128-Mercure_Sheffield_St_Paul_s_Hotel-Sheffield_South_Yorkshire_England.html#c-All

    it would be even better if it was possible to have a widget like the “Review Starter” where they can leave a review directly.

  3. Great job guys, all sounds amazing!!!
    I will get to developing a new site with v2 over the weekend.

    I think the filtering in the advanced search is probably the plugin that needs some work, it is visually kinda average with lots of checkboxes when u add custom fields to the listings and want to filter thru them. I know this may be too much but I really liked this filter plugin https://facetwp.com/demo/cars/ So I am not sure if its something that would work with the post type “places” in GD or is it something that would have to be built in? I have seen some directories with hundreds of listings, it gets really difficult to filter thru them other than by location or which is the nearest. There is almost no visibility for some listings once they land in page 3+ inside a category.

    Some easier way to change the order in which the listings appear inside a category would be really appreciated too. My clients in particular bug me almost every month since they wanna appear higher in the ranking order inside a category so it has become a little of an issue for me in particular. I rotate them kinda randomly now. I kinda just go, here u go, u are first now and I keep the listing there until another client bugs me, rinse repeat. I do the same for the listings in the homepage but I wish there was a better way, going thru the documentation didnt help me that much. I wish there was more granular control on the sorting of the listings.

    The calendar is also a little strange. It has exactly one month in it and when u click on the arrow for the next month u completely lose sight of events in the last week. Same thing goes when u have an event coming up lets say this friday for instance but the month happens to end on thursday and u cant see the event on friday properly in the calendar. I think it would be better if it moved week by week or there would be a way for us to set from which date to which date we want it to default to when the page loads.

    Sorry for the long post and I am aware some of these things are already possible its just that they are a little too complex.

    • They do not. From the post:

      What you cannot do yet, is converting your current GeoDirectory powered website from V1 to V2.

      It can still be used for new websites only and without any of the add-ons.

      Thanks

  4. Hello.
    I’m faced with a problem. I can not find a driver for my workstation(Lenovo).
    There are a lot of viruses or doesn’t work at all or more,they want me to make a paid subscription.Help.

    • I’m very very sorry about that, but we don’t provide support with hardware. You’ll need to go to your local PC repair shop for that.
      Thanks

  5. Any thoughts about a tutorial (youtube) on using V2 with Gutenberg? I’d really like to put my efforts into learning Gutenberg.
    Thanks
    Chris

    • Hi Chris,

      now we are 100% focused on converting the add-ons to work with V2 and we don’t have spare time to create new videos, but once we are in a better position with development we’ll definitely produce something. In the meantime, you can have a look at one of the countless video about Gutenberg that you’ll find on YouTube. They’ll give you a good idea of how the system work. All you need to know is that you compose pages adding blocks and with GDV2 installed, geoDirectory specific blocks will be available in Gutenberg interface.

      Hope this helps, otherwise don’t hesitate to ask in the forum and we’ll give you extra assistance.

      Cheers!

  6. Hi – I realize this will be a difficult question to answer…. so I am not looking for anything super specific…. but, I am looking to start a new project – have previously puttered with Geodirectory…. am very interested in using V2 but wondering approximate timeline for add-ons? summer, fall, end of year?

    I guess the other question will be whether there would be a straight upgrade option from 1 to 2 once all the add-ons are complete.

    Just trying to decide whether to dive in with 2 or build out using 1 and upgrade when all the pieces are available.

    thanks
    darren

    • Hi Darren,

      Stiofan is working hard to complete the Location Manager V2 and to release it in BETA by the end of this week. 3 programmers are working full time to convert all other add-ons before passing them to Stiofan for his final touches.

      I hope that we’ll be done (all +20 add-ons released as final versions) by the end of this summer.

      We already started working on the conversion tool that allows to move from V1 to V2 by clicking 1 button. It should be released within the next few days too, maximum net week. (in BETA)

      Hope this helps!

      Thanks

  7. Finally installed V2 and had a look around and my first impressions are that this is both very clean and very logical. GD is a complicated plugin so it can take some time to set up but V2 speeds up that process quite dramatically in my opinion. I will wait for the Location Manager to be released before I really delve in but overall I am very impressed. The evolution from Geotheme to GD V2 is quite dramatic when you think about it. Well done!

    • Thanks Mark,

      this is what we like to hear, especially if it is coming from someone who has been supporting us since the very beginning!

      Cheers

  8. I am building a new site with V2 but need location manager add-on functionality. Is there any way to do this without having to wait for the updated location manager add-on? And is it anticipated that each add-on will take “a few months” … meaning we’re several years away from getting all of the add-ons available for 1.x? We’re hoping to launch in the next month or so, but need to know if I should be building out in 1.x version and not plan on 2.x until 2019 or beyond. V2 looks great so far, so really looking forward to it! 🙂

    • Location Manager V2 is over 95% done. 2 months is what we expect will be needed to finish them all.

      Thanks

    • Location Manager BETA should be released by the end of this week. Every week after we’ll release another add-on in beta. We think 8 weeks should be enough to release them all in BETA. By the end of the summer we should be updating V2 on wordpress.org and make all addons v2 available for current members.

      Thanks

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Share This