Business directory administration

You can access the component settings in the backend, at any time by selecting from the main menu Components > J-BusinessDirectory. You will be presented with a list of options that will allow you to setup your business directory.

The administrator has the following features available

  • General Settings (extension settings)
  • Categories
  • Business Listings
    • Business Listings
    • Business Categories
    • Custom Attributes
    • Business Types
    • Business Messages
  • Company articles
  • Offers
    • Offers
    • Offer Categories
    • Custom Attributes
    • Coupons
  • Events
    • Events
    • Event Categories
    • Custom Attributes
    • Event Types
  • Packages
  • Discounts
  • Orders
  • Taxes
  • Payment Processors
  • Countries
  • Reviews
    • Reviews
    • Review Questions
    • Review Criteria
    • Review Responses
    • Review Abuses
  • Reports
  • E-Mail Templates
  • Update
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The dashboard section provides useful news, links and statistics. The statistics are associated with a chart (for business listings, offers, events and income).

In order to provide an easier setup for your directory we have created a status section that will show if all necessary details are completed. The details about each status can be found below.

  • Google MAP API– shows if there is an API key entered in the general settings.
  • Translation plugin – If SEO is set to yes then the J-BusinessDirectory URL Translator plugin setup is required.
  • Front-end ACL – If the “Front-end ACL” setting from the directory general settings is set to yes then it is required to configure also the user groups permissions, otherwise the box will turn to red. The user group permission configuration is needed in order for the front-end to function in normal parameters.
  • CAPTCHA – When Captcha is set to yes on general settings then it is required for CAPTCHA to be enabled in Joomla general configuration and also the CAPTCHA plugin to be enabled and configured properly, otherwise an error will be shown.

General Settings

In the application settings screen a series of global settings can be set. Available settings are organized in the following sections:

  • General Settings
  • Business Details
  • SEO
  • Metadata settings
  • Frontend
  • Business Listings
  • Attribute Configuration
  • Offers
  • Events
  • Languages

General Settings

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General Settings

Date Format: The format of the date displayed throughout the application, front end and backend.

Time Format: The format of the time displayed throughout the application, front end and backend.

Enable cache: enable/disable cache for the search results for business listings, offers and events.

Enable RSS Feeds: You can set whether you want to activate RSS Feeds or not. If the mechanism is enabled an RSS icon will appear on catalog, offers and events list view.

Enable social sharing: You can set whether you want to activate social sharing or not. If the mechanism is enabled a button will be displayed on a business listing, offer and event view.

Enable multilingual content: enable multilingual content. A separate tab, linked to each language located in extension language folder, will appear above the principal items of the extension.

Enable CAPTCHA: enable CAPTCHA on contact form and review form

Note

When enabling CAPTCHA on J-BusinessDirectory you must enable also CAPTCHA plugin in manage plugins and set default captcha in Joomla General Configuration.

Enable Bookmarks: You can set whether you want to activate bookmarks or not. If the mechanism is enabled, gives you the possibility to add a new bookmark on a listing or on an offer and also a new box will be displayed in the control panel section.

Enable attachments: You can set whether you want to activate attachments or not. If the mechanism is enabled the attachments upload section will be displayed.

Enable attribute categories: When setting to yes, the custom attributes for listings, offers and events, will be linked with their main category and only those attributes that are associated with that category will be shown on their edit views and details views. If the category input field is left empty, the custom attribute will display by default for all categories selected.

Enable criteria categories: When set to yes, the review criteria will be linked with the main category of the listings. Only the criteria linked to that category will display in the review section. If the category input field is left empty, the criteria will display by default.

Maximum number of videos: You can set the maximum number of videos that can be added for listings, if packages are not enabled. This maximum number is also applied to offers and events. For e.g. if the max number of videos is set to 4, the user cannot add more than 4 videos. If the max number is reached, then the “Add video” button will not display anymore on the edit view of the listing, offer or event. And if some of the videos are removed, the listing/offer/event should be saved for the “Add video” button to display again. If on a listing/offer/event is added the max number of possible videos, and after that, the admin decides to set a lower/higher number on general settings, this will not affect none of the detail views, but only the edit views. This number will be applied to the listings as long as the packages are not enabled, whereas for the offers and events will be always applied.

Maximum number of attachments: You can set the maximum number of attachments that can be added, if packages are not enable. This maximum number is also applied to offers and events. The set max number of attachments, also affects the number of attachments added before, for e.g. if the max number was 6 and you have added 6 attachments, but then the admin sets this number to 4, then on the listings/events/offers details view, will display only 4 attachments. On the edit views, if the max number of added attachments is reached, then the user cannot upload any attachments anymore and a popup will display in the top of the page notifying that the max number of allowed attachments is the number set on general settings. This number will be applied to the listings as long as the packages are not enabled, whereas for the offers and events will be always applied.

Metric: Set the metric to miles or km.

Expiration notification days: an e-mail will be sent to business owner (if the link from chapter 6 is called) before expiration with the number of days provided. E.g. If the number of days equals 5, the user will receive an expiration notice 5 days before the business listing expires.

Enable front-end ACL: enables the Access Control List on front-end. If disabled the ACL would not be activated on front-end.

Note

Before enabling the front-end ACL please make sure that permissions are correctly defined on Joomla ACL.

Choose usergroup: You can determine the usergroup of the users that are going to be registered on the directory registration page. The directory registration page will be shown after a payment plan is selected.In this way, you can have multiple user groups with different access rights.

Business user group: It sets the usergroup that will be added for the users that are going to create a new business listing.

Enable HTTPS on payment page: Allows the possibility to perform the payments on a secured page. In order for this feature to be active, you have to make sure that your site supports https protocol. If you face any issues related to https protocol please contact your hosting provider.

Business update notification: When set to yes, the directory admin will receive an email each time when a change is performed on a business listing.

Maximum number of review images: You can set the maximum number of images that can be added in a review. When set to 0, the image upload will not display.

Number of items on pagination: The admin can set the number of items displayed on the front-end pagination. But if the pagination is changed afterwards by a front-end user, it won’t be affected anymore by this setting.

Currency

Name: the currency that will be used in the directory

Currency symbol: the currency symbol (it can be HTML code or text)

Currency display: how will the currency be displayed, name or symbol

Show currency: the position of the currency related to amount, in front or after

Amount separator: the decimal separator

Images

The user can now set the logo image, cover image and the gallery images widths and heights.

Enable cropping: if this option is set to yes, the user can crop the images before uploading them in and on the cropped image will be applied the sizes set in the above fields.

Restrict image size: if this option is set to yes, the resolution of the pictures uploaded from the user, will be restricted to the sizes set in the above fields.

Terms & Conditions

The terms & condition for directory listings: can be viewed when a business listing is added.

The terms & condition for reviews: can be viewed when a new review is added to a business listing or on an offer.

The terms & condition for contact: it appears whenever a listing, offer or event is being contacted.

Business Details

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Business Details

Name: Name of the business directory. The value of the name field is used to replace the [company_name] email tag when used in the email template.

Email: E-mail used when sending e-mails.

Facebook: Facebook of the business directory.

Twitter: Twitter of the business directory.

Google+: Google+ of the business directory.

LinkedIn: LinkedIn of the business directory.

YouTube: YouTube of the business directory.

Logo: The logo used on the business directory.

Invoice Information

Name: Name of the business directory that will be applied on user invoice.

Address: Address of the business directory that will be applied on user invoice.

Telephone number: Telephone number of the business directory that will be applied on user invoice.

Email: Email of the business directory that will be applied on user invoice.

VAT identification number: VAT ID number of the business directory that will be applied on user invoice.

VAT: Value-added tax – it will be applied on user invoice.

Invoice Details: YouTube of the business directory.

SEO

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SEO Mechanism: You can set whether you want to set SEO related to the directory extension or to Joomla.

Menu item ID: If SEO is set to yes then the menu item id has to be entered also. The menu item id has to be from a menu item of directory type.

URL Fields: provides the possibility to set the business listing URL in different types, such as:

  • City – the URL will contain also the city of the listing
  • Category – the URL will contain also the category of the listing
  • Region - the URL will contain also the region of the listing
  • Province the URL will contain also the province of the listing

Category Url Type: provides the possibility to add/remove the category keyword on category URL.

Add menu item alias on URL: provides the possibility to add/remove the menu item alias from URL.

Menu item alias: specify the menu alias that will be added to directory item links (the alias is added only if the Add menu item alias on URL setting is set to yes)

Add id in URL: Add/remove the item id from URL.

Add language code to URL: provides the possibility to add/remove language code to/from URL

Metadata settings

This section allows you to enter the metadata that will be shown for each business listing page. It gives also the possibility to introduce the text that will be published on Facebook on business listing sharing.

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Front end settings

Frontend settings allow you to choose certain views when it comes to categories, some general settings and map results.

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General

Include country in address: You can set whether you want to include the country in address or not.

Address format: You can choose one from the eight address formats available:

  • Format 1: street number address, area, city postal code, region, province, country
  • Format 2: address street number, area, city postal code, region, province, country
  • Format 3: street number address, area, city, region postal code, province, country
  • Format 4: address street number, area, city, region postal code, province, country
  • Format 5: street number address, area, postal code city, region, province, country
  • Format 6: street number address, area, postal code city, region, province, country
  • Format 7: postal code province, city, area, street number
  • Custom address: custom order of the address fields

Map

Show map on search: Show/hide map on business/offers/events search results.

Map type: Allows the possibility of choosing between different types of maps: Google map, Bing map, and Open Street map.

Google map key: Enter the map key from your Google API Dashboard. For more details please check Google Map is not working or location has disappeared? on FAQ Section.

Google map key-zipcode: Map key that that will have no restrictions. This key will be used for extracting the map coordinates from the zip code and it will not be available on front-end. For more details please check Google map is not working or location has disappeared?in FAQ section.

Map auto-show: You can set whether you want to show the Google Map with the markers on the search results.

Enable Google Map Clustering: You can set whether you want to activate Google Map Clustering or not.

Latitude: You can determine the latitude of the initial point that you need to be centered on the map.

Longitude: You can determine the longitude of the initial point that you need to be centered on the map.

Zoom: You can determine the zoom level that fits your needs best, it will be applied in the map.

Enable auto locate: By activating this option you will make sure that all markers will fit within the map borders.

Apply in search: By enabling this option you will activate the initial point that you determined by setting the latitude, longitude and zoom above.

Show custom markers: When set to no, it will be displayed the default marker, or the one that is set below.

Map marker: You can choose a default map marker for the listings to show on the maps. It will display only for those categories that don’t have a map marker on its own.

Categories

Categories view: Categories can be presented in 4 ways.

  1. Style 1
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  1. Style 2
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  1. Style 3
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  1. Style 4
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  1. Style 5
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Show category description: Show/hide category description on search results (businesses categories, events categories and offers categories)

Maximum number of categories: The admin can set the maximum number of categories that can be added in a business listing, only if packages are not enabled. This number affects also the offers and events. The user cannot add more categories for a listing, offer or event, than the number set in general settings. This number will be applied to the listings as long as the packages are not enabled, whereas for the offers and events will be always applied.

Show the total number of businesses in a category: When set to yes, it can show the number of businesses that a category has.

Category order: There are two options for the administrator to display the categories in frontend:

  1. Alphabetically – the categories will display ordered alphabetically in the search filter and the search module
  2. By order – this means that the categories will display in the same order like it is defined on admin.

Business Listings

Business listings settings allow you to choose certain views when it comes to business listing and business listing search result.

General Settings

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Enable Packages: You can set whether you want to activate Packages or not. More details on the packages can be found in the packages section.

Edit form type: When setting to tabs, the business listing edit view will display on tabs. When set to one page, all the features will display in one page.

Enable Ratings: Enable/Disable ratings

Enable Review: Enable/Disable reviews

Reviews by users only: Reviews can be posted only by logged in users

Enable Claim Business: Enable/disable claim button

Show pending approval: This allows the possibility to show on search results the businesses that have approval status to pending approval. The business listing will be shown directly on front-end without the site admin action to validate the business listing.

Show pending review: When set to yes, the review will show on front-end business listing view, without being approved by the admin of the site on back-end

Enable Contact Business: When setting to yes, it enables the contact button on listings, offers and events

Price list view: Allows the possibility to change the layout of services price list into grid or list view, on the listings details view.

Show details only for login users: When this option is active only some basic information are displayed to non-login users. Only after a user logs in, the full information will be shown.

When this option is set to yes and the user is not logged in:

  • On the search results view - the phone/mobile/fax number, website and map directions won’t display.
  • On the business listing details view - the phone/mobile/fax number, business email, website, contact persons, attachments, the map and the social networks won’t display.

Show email: Shows the business listing email on business listing details page

Maximum number of pictures: Maximum number of pictures that can be uploaded to a business listing page, if packages are not enabled. This maximum number also affects the offers and events. The user cannot upload more pictures than the set number in general settings. For e.g., if the set number on general settings is 10, the user cannot upload more than 10 pictures. If less than 10 pictures are added in the drop zone, than all of them will be uploaded and the drop zone will be still shown, but if more than 10 pictures are added in the drop zone, then only 10 of them will be uploaded. When the maximum number is reached, the drop zone will not be displayed anymore. This number will be applied to the listings as long as the packages are not enabled, whereas for the offers and events will be always applied.

Maximum number of business listing: Maximum number of businesses that can be created by a user account. If set to 0, means that the user has no limits on how many listings he can create.

Enable secondary location: Allows the possibility of entering secondary locations for a business listing. Also, this option is connected with the front-end. It allows the possibility of displaying or not the secondary locations on the search module for country/region/city search options, on the search module map and the search results list view map and also on the search filter.

Enable link follow: When set to yes, it will display rel=”follow” or rel=”nofollow” depending on the package feature for the listing. When set to no, it won’t display anything, even if the “link follow” is a package feature.

Default time zone: The admin can set the default time zone to display in the business listings edit view when first creating the listing. Of course, the option to change this default time zone is also possible at the business listings edit view, if the user desires to select a different time zone.

Business listing details

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Business listing view: Business listing information can be shown in 5 ways: Style 1, Style 2, Style 3, Style 4, Style 5 and Style 6. Each view has a different layout.

  1. Style 1
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  1. Style 2
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  1. Style 3
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  1. Style 4
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  1. Style 5
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  1. Style 6
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Show number of views: When set to yes, it shows the number of business views in business listing details, offers and events.

Social profile: It adds a social profile for the extension mentioned on business listing pages and shows the profile of the business owner from this extension.

Enable reporting: When set to yes, it enables the Report Listing button on the business details view.

Attribute Configuration

You can set here which business listing attributes are mandatory, optional or will be not displayed on both, edit views and details views.

Apply configuration for offers: When set to yes, the attribute configuration will apply also for the offers, but only for those attributes that belong to offers.

Apply configuration for events: When set to yes, the attribute configuration will apply also for the events, but only for those attributes that belong to events.

Offers

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Enable Offers: You can set whether you want to activate offers or not. More details on the Offers can be found in the offers section.

Maximum number of offers: You can set the maximum number of offers that can be created.

Enable Offer Coupons: You can set whether you want to activate or not coupons functionality for offers.

Show Free Text: If set to yes and if the offer has no price set and also no price text filled, then on the offers list view, on the offers details view and also on the latest offers module will display the “Free” text, meaning that the offer is free.

Search

Default order offers: You can set the default order that the offers will display

Enable search filter offers: Enable/Disable search filter on offers page

Offer search results grid view: Offers the possibility to choose between 2 grid layouts

  1. Style 1
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  1. Style 2
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Offer search results list view

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Default offers view: You can choose between two layouts: grid and list.

Offer Details

Offer details view: You can determine the style of the offer details view

Events

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Enable Events: You can set whether you want to activate events or not. More details on the Events can be found in the events section.

Maximum number of events: You can set the maximum number of events that can be created.

Enable event subscription: When set to yes, on the event edit view will display the option to enable event joining that will enable the Join option for the actual event.

Search

Default order events: You can set the default order that the events will display on frontend

Events - Enable search filter: Enable/Disable search filter on events page

Default events view: Possibility to choose between grid or list layout

  1. List view - Style 1
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  1. Grid view
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Event search results list view: Possibility to choose the list layout

Event Details

Event details view: You can determine the style of the event details view

Languages

You can create and modify from this section the desired languages. Each language has a custom area section where you can enter your language overrides. Please notice that after each update you will have to edit the language and save it again in order for the overrides to be added to the main language file.

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Categories

You can define a list of categories/subcategories that will be available for owners to classify their companies, offers and events. You can filter the categories by selecting the filter type (Business, Offers and Events).

You can add, edit, delete, publish/unpublish or add a new subcategory by using the buttons available on the interface. Also, you have the option to duplicate a selected category or subcategory from the listings categories to the offers and events categories, or vice-versa. If you duplicate the root category with its subcategories, they will be duplicated just like they are. But when duplicating only a subcategory without its root category, it will be duplicated as a root category.

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Import from CSV

In order to add categories from an existing source, the extension provides a tool to import from a CSV (comma separated values) file.

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Before you start the import process you have to make sure that your file is correctly formatted. You can check if your file respects the rules below:

  1. CSV file values can be separated by a comma (,) or semicolon (;). They are called delimiters.
  2. Headers must be specified on the first line. Headers are case sensitive. Not all fields are mandatory.
  3. All records must be entered on one line.
  4. All lines should contain the same number of comma-separated fields. If the fields are empty you can leave it empty but add the delimiter. Each line has to have the same number of commas or semicolons.
  5. Any field may be quoted (with double quotes).
  6. Fields containing a line-break, and/or commas should be quoted. (If they are not, the file will likely be impossible to process correctly).
  7. Double quote character in a field is not allowed. You can replace double quote with single quote.

Here are the header fields:

  • name

  • subcategories

  • type - it represents the type of category. This type can be 1,2 or 3

    1. Business listing category
    2. Offer category
    3. Event category

    If type is not specified the default type will be applied which is 1 (Business listings)

  • E.g of CSV file
  • category;subcategories;type
  • “Automotive & Motors”;”Automotive Tools,Tires ,Automotive Parts,Car Electronics”,1
  • “Books”;”Textbooks,Children’s Books”,1
  • “Camera & Photography”;”Photography,Camera”

Export to CSV

  • Export current categories to a CSV file. Only level 1 and level 2 categories are exported.
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Business Listings

  • A business listing can be created by any owner (by creating an account in frontend) or it can be added by an administrator using the functionality in the backend.
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  • As an administrator, you can search for companies by type, state and status. For an easier management the business listing information has been grouped into several sections.

Import from CSV

  • In order to add business listings from an existing source, the extension provides a tool to import business listing from a CSV (comma separated values) file.

Important

Please setup or import category structure first.

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  • Before you start the import process you have to make sure that your file is correctly formatted.

You can check if your file respects the rules below:

  1. CSV file values can be separated by a comma (,) or semicolon (;). They are called delimiters.
  2. Headers must be specified on the first line. Headers are case sensitive. Not all fields are mandatory.
  3. All records must be entered on one line.
  4. All lines should contain the same number of comma-separated fields. If the fields are empty you can leave it empty but add the delimiter. Each line has to have the same number of commas or semicolons.
  5. Any field may be quoted (with double quotes).
  6. Fields containing a line-break, and/or commas should be quoted. (If they are not, the file will likely be impossible to process correctly).
  7. Double quote character in a field is not allowed. You can replace double quote with a single quote.

If you want to update the existing listings and not create new ones you have to check “Update existing business listings” checkbox. Please make sure the listing names are the same, otherwise they will not be updated and a new listing will be created.

Here are the header fields (please notice that headers changed starting with version 4.5.0):

  • name
  • alias
  • categories
  • main_subcategory
  • commercial_name
  • registration_code
  • tax_code
  • type
  • slogan
  • description
  • short_description
  • street_number
  • address
  • city
  • region
  • country
  • province
  • website
  • keywords
  • phone
  • mobile
  • email
  • fax
  • latitude
  • longitude
  • user
  • average_rating
  • views
  • website_count
  • contact_count
  • package
  • facebook
  • twitter
  • googlep
  • skype
  • linkedin
  • youtube
  • instagram
  • pinterest
  • WhatsApp
  • business_hours
  • custom_tab_name
  • custom_tab_content
  • publish_only_city
  • postal_code
  • state
  • approved
  • contact_name
  • contact_email
  • contact_phone
  • contact_fax
  • logo_location
  • business_cover
  • pictures
  • E.g of CSV file

name,alias,commercial_name,tax_code,registration_code,establishment_year,employees,website, website_count,type,keywords,slogan,short_description,description,categories,main_subcategory, business_hours,street_number,address,area,country,city,province,region,postal_code, publish_only_city,latitude,longitude,contact_department_1,contact_name_1,contact_email_1, contact_phone_1,contact_fax_1,phone,mobile,email,fax,facebook,twitter,googlep,skype,linkedin, youtube,instagram,pinterest,whatsapp,logo_location,business_cover,business_ad,pictures,user, average_rating,views,contact_count,package,custom_tab_name,custom_tab_content,state,approved, modified,publish_start_date,publish_end_date,created,featured,meta_title,meta_description “Vintage photography”;”vintage-photography”;”Contruction Company”;”12312”;”JBD-343412”;”“;”0”;”http://google.com”;0”;Service Provider”;”“;”Good old day are coming back.”;”Quisque cursus nunc ut diam pulvinar luctus.Nulla facilisi. Donec porta lorem id diam malesuada nec pretium enimeuismod. Donec massa augue, lobortis eu cursus in, tincidunt utnunc.”;”<p>Quisque pretium enim euismod. Donec massa augue, lobortis eucursus in Sed ullamcorper ante ac nunc commodo vitae rutrum semplacerat. Morbi et nisi metus.</p>”;”Camera & Photography,Photography”;”Photography”; “08:00:00,20:00:00,08:00:00,20:00:00,08:00:00,20:00:00,08:00:00,20:00:00,08:00:00,17:00:00,closed”; “22,Lawrance,,Canada,Toronto,,Ontario,23123123,0,43.65057817,-79.37493324”;”727321321”;”“; “office@site.com”;”0269/220123”;”http://www.facebook.com/cmsjunkie”; “http://www.twitter.com/cmsjunkie”;”http://www.google.com/cmsjunkie”;”“;”“;”“; “/companies/8/image7-1469608618.jpg”;”/companies/8/cropped-1519401860.png”; “/companies/8/image8.jpg”;”/companies/8/image7.jpg”;”/companies/8/image2.jpg”; “/companies/8/image11.jpg”;”/companies/8/image1.jpg”;”/companies/8/image5.jpg”;”0”;”0”; “177”;”0”;”Basic”;”1”;2”;”2/26/2018”;”8:57”;”11/23/2011”;”23:32”;”0”

If you want to import pictures or logos you have to place the images on {joomla}/media/com_jbusinessdirectory/pictures folder and set the relative path on images on CSV file.

If business listings are not showing up on front-end please check the followings:

  1. Make sure that state fields in CSV file are set to 1
  2. Make sure that approved field is set to 2
  3. Make sure that category is not empty
  4. If packages are enabled and the package is not specified in the import list, a default value (0) will be associated. This will prevent companies to be listed in front-end. To set a default package for companies you have to go to Application settings/ General tab and set packages to no and then to yes. A select box will appear that allows you to set the default package. Set the default package and save. This will change the package only for companies that do not have a package set.

Export to CSV

  • Export current companies to a CSV file.
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Business Categories

You can add/edit, delete and publish/unpublished a business category from the Manage Categories screen.

Custom Attributes

Custom attributes provide the possibility to extend the current information that is added on business listings, offers & events. You can create & add your fields according to your needs. The custom attributes will appear in the additional information section for completion. Based on the custom attribute settings, it will be showed or not in the front-end on item details.

You can create and manage the custom attributes from the Custom Attributes screen. You can switch at any time between the custom attributes for different sections.

If packages are enabled, custom fields will appear on business listing edit view only if they are associated with the selected package. On front-end, the custom attributes will be shown only if the order associated with the package will be paid.

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The available options for custom attributes are:

  • Name – the name of the custom attribute
  • Code – the alias of the attribute
  • Group – possibility to set a group for the attribute. Attributes of the same group will display in the same box.
  • Mandatory – possibility to make the attribute mandatory or not
  • Show in front – possibility to display the custom attribute in the front
  • Show icons – possibility to set icons to the custom attributes and if set to yes, the icons will display.
  • State – possibility to activate or deactivate the attribute
  • Type – possibility to determine the type of the field (and the “Option name” is related to this field to insert the options)
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Business types

In this section, you can define the types of business that are allowed/available on your website. The type of business will also be displayed when an owner is creating the business listing.

When accessing this option, you will be presented with a list of all the available business listing types. You can edit, delete or add a business type.

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For the business types, the user can fill in the name and decide whether to display this business type for a front-end user on the business listings edit view or not. If the option Show only for admin is set to yes, then this business type will be available only on a backend edit view.

Business Messages

As an administrator, you can view and manage all the business messages (from contact business) for each business. You can view or delete them.

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Also the messages of the corresponding business will be displayed in the Control Panel section like below:

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Business Listing Details

Upgrade Package

This option appears only when packages are active and provides the status of selected package.

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Business Details

It contains the general information about the business:

  • Business name– the name of the company
  • Alias – it is used for building the business listing URL. It cannot contain special characters.
  • Registration ID– the company’s registration id. This naming differs from country to country
  • Website– the company website (if any)
  • Business Type – the company type. Types are managed in the Companies Types and the user can select multiple types for one listing.
  • Business Slogan – slogan of the business listing
  • Business Short Description – short description of the business listing – will be displayed in search results for certain views.
  • Business Description – the company description
  • Keywords–phrase or keyword that is strictly related to business activity. These keywords will be used to identify a company.

Attachments

The business owner has the possibility to upload any files and they will be visible on business listing details page. Usually, pdf files are uploaded.

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Opening hours

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Provides the possibility of adding the working schedule for businesses and the time zone. Any values can be entered in the text fields.

E.g 12 a.m, 14:30, closed.

If none of the days is checked when creating the listing at first, on front-end nothing will display. But if only one day is checked and work hours are set, it means that the user has made changes and the unchecked days will display as Closed.

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Add image to represent your listing

Provides the possibility to enter a representative image for the business, usually a logo. For companies that do not have a logo, a default image will be displayed.

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Add cover image

The cover image is used on the business listing details page, style 5. It gives the possibility to the user to change the cover image of the business listings. If cover image is not used it can be deactivated from business listings attributes on general settings.

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Add listing ad

In this section, the user can add an ad image for the listing, which will be displayed only on search results style two. This feature is also added in the attribute configuration, general settings, where can be set to optional, mandatory or not show.

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Additional Info

In this section, the custom fields that are defined on custom attributes section are shown, only if they are associated with package chosen for the business.

Business Categories

Each company can have one or more subcategories and one main category associated with it.

Business Location

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In order to have a better user experience, we have added an autocomplete address feature. You can enter the address in the autocomplete field and all address fields are completed automatically and also the map location is set. You can also set latitude and longitude automatically by clicking on the map.

Only publish my City and Region: If it is checked only the city and region are published as address

Activity radius: Set the activity radius of the business listing and it is used in the radius search

Business listing secondary locations

Allow the possibility to add multiple business locations. The business locations will appear on the separate section on front-end, in business listings details view.

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Extra tab information

The business owner has the possibility to define an extra tab on his listing profile. He can set the tab name and the tab content.

Company Contact Information

The section contains the company contact information. This information will be displayed in the frontend, when the company is displayed to visitor. The email address is not displayed.

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Company Contact Person

The section contains the company contact person. This information will be displayed in the frontend when the company is displayed to visitor.

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Company Pictures

You can upload pictures and set a description for them in this section. To upload a picture simply click the Browse button and choose the desired picture by navigating through your content. The upload process is automatic, which means that once the user selects the pictures from the folder, they are automatically uploaded. You can change their order by dragging & dropping the pictures.

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Business listing Videos

You can use set the company videos in this section. You can share any video URL from Youtube and Vimeo.

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Business Testimonials

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You have the possibility to add business testimonials. You can set the title of the person, name and a simple description. The testimonials will display in the business details view, in a slider view mode.

Social Networks

Companies can connect with their clients via social networks. Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn, Skype ID, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest and WhatsApp are available for setup.

Service Price List

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You have the possibility to add listings services price list. You can set the section, name, description, price and also associate the information with a picture. This feature can be set to optional/mandatory/not show on the attribute configurations, and it also added as package feature. The services price list will display in the business details view, in a list or grid view mode, depending on how the admin of the site sets it in the general settings.

Business User

Each company must have a user assigned for the company to be owned, so a user’s name must be entered in the field. If the company is created by the administrator, it should have the name of the administrator.

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Metadata Information

The business owner has the possibility to enter the metadata information for his listing profile.

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Company articles

Each business owner has the possibility to add Joomla! articles from the front-end section. This articles will be displayed also on admin area, in the company articles menu item. For the menu items to be displayed, it is necessary for the plugin to be installed. Otherwise, the menu items, on both admin area and front-end control panel, will not be displayed. The default category for the plugin should be blog and each article will be connected with the listing, for which it was created, by the listings’ ID.

The admin has listed every company article that has been created by each user and has also the possibility to delete them.

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In this list view, the title of the article is shown, alongside with the listing that belongs to, the users’ name and the creation date. The articles will be opened in a new tab, where all the content will be shown.

Offers

Each business owner has the possibility to define offers in order to promote the services or products they are offering. Offers will be available for customer via a menu item or through business listing details page. How to create the menu is explained in detail in the frontend setup section below.

Notice: If packages are active, the offers will be visible only if the business listing has a package that contains offer feature and the order is paid.

You can add/edit, delete and publish/unpublished an offer from the Manage Offers screen. Featured offer can be set as the offer of the day. It will be displayed through J-BusinessOffer Module.

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When editing/adding an offer you’ll be presented with the following

Offer Details:

Subject – the name of the offer

Alias – the alias of the offer

Category – categories of the offer

Main category – this category will be used for showing the marker on the map

Short description – will be shown on search results

Description – the description of the offer

Start date – offer start date

End date – offer end date

Publish start date – the date when the offer will be available on site

Publish end date – the date until when the offer will be visible on site

Publish start time – time when the offer will be available, (associated with start date)

Publish end time– time when the offer will not be visible (associated with end date)

Show remaining time – display the remaining time of the offer

Price – the price of the offer

Price base – the base price for the unit mentioned (E.g. 100g for 1$)

Price base unit

Special price – the special price of the offer

Special price base- the base price for the unit mentioned (E.g. 100g for 1$)

Special price base unit

Price text – the text that will be entered in this field, will display on offers search results view, offers details view and also on the latest offers module.

Coupons number – the max number of coupons that will be generated – after the maximum number is reached the “Get this deal” button will be hidden on front-end.

Currency – select the desired currency

Associated company – the business listing that is associated with the offer

State – the status of offer (active/inactive)

Additional Info

In this section show the offers custom attributes, if the attribute is set to active.

Offer location

It allows you to set the location of an offer, and there’s also the possibility to load the listings’ address by selecting the Load address button on top of the offer location section.

Offer pictures

You can upload multiple pictures for your offer. You can upload pictures and set a description for them in this section. To upload a picture simply click the Browse button and choose the desired picture by navigating through your content.

Offer videos

You can add multiple videos for your offer by clicking on the plus icon.

Offer attachments

You can upload multiple attachments for your offer. You can upload attachments and set a description for them in this section. To upload an attachment simply click the Browse button and choose the desired attachment by navigating through your content.

User

A user id is automatically assigned to an offer when it is created. The administrator can change the user on the admin area.

Metadata information

Possibility to enter the meta title, meta description and meta keywords.

Offer Categories

You can add/edit, delete and publish/unpublished an offer category from the Manage Categories screen.

Please check chapter 3.2 Categories for further details.

Custom Attributes

Please check chapter 3.3.4 Custom attributes for further details

Coupons

The coupons give you the possibility to provide some discounts only for a limited number of clients. Each time a customer requests a coupon on the offer details view on front-end, a coupon is generated with a coupon code. The coupon code will have the first three letters generated randomly, which will be the same letters for coupons that belong to the same offer, and then the index will auto increment every time a new user generates a new coupon.

For each offer the business owner has the possibility to activate coupons by setting a number of coupons higher than 0.

As an administrator you can activate the offer coupons from the General Settings.

Also, the generated coupons will be displayed in the Control Panel section:

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Events

Each business owner has the possibility to define events in order to promote their event. Events can be shown on the front-end with the help of the Events menu item or with the help of the events modules.

You can add/edit, delete, and publish/unpublished an event from the Manage Events screen.

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When editing/adding an event you’ll be presented with the following

Name - the name or the title of the event

Alias - the alias of the event

Category - categories of the event

Main category - will be used to show the marker on the map

Short description - will be shown on search results

Description - the description of the event

Type - type of the event; can be managed on manage event types

Business - the business who organize the event

State - set if the event is active or not

Currency – set the currency of the event

Price – the price of the event

Event Dates

Start date – Event start date

End date – Event end date

Show end date – Show/hide end date on event details

Start time – Event start time

Show start time– Show/hide start time on event details

End time – Event end time

Show end time– Show/hide end time on event details

Doors Open – Set the door opening time

Show doors open time - Show/hide door opening time on event details

Additional Info

In this section show the events custom attributes, if the attribute is set to active when created.

Participating Companies

On this section are shown the companies that participate on the actual event.

Event location

Allows you to set the location of an event, and there’s also the possibility to load the listings’ address by selecting the Load address button on top of the event location section.

Event Contact Information

Allows you to add a contact information for the event

Event pictures

You can upload multiple pictures for your event. You can upload pictures and set a description for them in this section. To upload a picture simply click the Browse button and choose the desired picture by navigating through your content.

Event videos

You can add multiple videos for your event.

User

A user id is automatically assigned to an event when it is created. The administrator can change the user on the admin area.

Metadata information

Possibility to enter the meta title, meta description and meta keywords.

Event Categories

You can add/edit, delete and publish/unpublished an event category from the Manage Categories screen.

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Event type

You can add/edit and delete an event type from the Manage Event Types screen.

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Packages

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Packages represents one of the key features of the directory and allows you to define different levels of memberships with different availability based on package type. If packages are enabled on directory general settings, all features from the free package of type lifetime are associated with all business listings. The features from a paid package are associated with the business listing, on the front-end, only when the generated order is set to paid. You can set an order to paid on the Orders section in admin area.

A package contains the following

Name - the name of the package. This will be displayed in the frontend

Description - the description of the package. This will be displayed in the frontend

Price - the price you are charging for a package. The price will be displayed in the frontend.

Only for admin – when set to yes, the package will not display on business plans menu item, front-end.

Package UserGroup – you can decide the usergroup you want to assign this package.

Type – you can choose between the following types:

Lifetime – the package is available for lifetime period.

Fixed period – the package is available for a fixed period of time.

Recurring – the package is available for a fixed period of time with the possibility of automatically renewing the package. The package is activated each time a recurring payment is performed. (works only with recurring payment methods)

Recurring with trial – similar with recurring time package but it provides also a trial period.

Maximum number of pictures - set the maximum number of pictures that is allowed

Maximum number of videos - set the maximum number of videos that is allowed

Maximum number of attachments - set the maximum number of attachments that is allowed

Maximum number of categories - set the maximum number of categories that is allowed

Time period – set the time period of package. It can be set in days, weeks, months or years.

Package Features – the features you want to assign to your package.

The features you can create packages on:

Featured business listings - the companies that will have this package associated will be displayed in top of the list

Description – this allows the business owners to add or remove the description of the listing. If the listing has the description filled and this feature is removed and then added again on the package, the description text will display again as it was before.

Html Descriptions - this allows business owners to use html tags in their description in order to make it more appealing

Show Business Logo - shows the business logo on front-end

Website address – shows the website on front-end

Image Upload - owners are given the possibility to upload images for their companies

Videos - owners are given the possibility to present videos to their customers

Google Map - the company will be able to display a map location of their own. This map will be available in the frontend when viewing the company’s details.

Contact Form - this feature is used to provide the business potential customers with a way to contact the business listing

Business Offers - the business owner will be able to create and share offers with their customers

Business Events - business events will be shown on front-end.

Social Networks – owners are given the possibility to connect with their customers via social networks. Current available: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Skype, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest and WhatsApp.

Phone - shows the phone on front-end

Custom tab - a section where the user can create extra tabs if the tabs style is selected in General Settings.

Attachments - owners are given the possibility to present attachments to their customers

Opening hours - owners are given the possibility to display business opening hours

Related Companies - owners are given the possibility to display the related companies

Secondary locations - owners are given the possibility to display the secondary locations

Sounds - owners are given the possibility to present sounds to their customers

Link follow - owners are given the possibility to make the follow or nofollow for the website links.

Business Testimonials - owners are given the possibility to add testimonials for the business listing

Services List - owners are given the possibility to add service price list for the business listing

Featured offers- owners are given the possibility to present the featured offers.

Based on the above presented features you can create multiple packages for the business owners to select from.

Discounts

The discounts section gives the possibility to generate/define multiple discounts for end users. When an order is paid in front end a discount section appears where the discount coupons can be entered.

The discount contains the following parameters.

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Name – the name of the discount

Start date – starting date of coupon availability

End date – end date of coupon availability

Package – the packages for which the discount is available

Coupon code – the code of the coupon – that will be entered on front-end discount section

Uses per coupon – defines how many coupons per users are available. Once a user gets the coupon, he can use it several times, until the coupon’s expiration date.

Amount – amount of the coupon. It can be set to a fixed amount or a percent.

State – the state of the coupon, active or inactive.

Generate Discounts

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The extension provides also a way to generate coupons though generate coupon button on the discounts section.

The generated coupons can be also exported to a CSV format by clicking the export button.

Number of discounts – set how many discounts you want to be generated.

Start/end date – the start/end date of the discounts generated.

Select package – the packages, for which the discounts will be applied.

Code prefix – you can set the prefix for the discount name/code.

Code length – the code length will set how many characters the discount code will have. The number set will take into consideration how many characters the code prefix will have and then it will complete with random characters the empty places.

Uses per coupon – how many times a coupon will be used.

Value – the value of the discount and also set if the value will be calculated in percentage or not.

State – the state of the discount, active or not.

After completing the data, select the generate button and there will be generated as much discounts as are set in the first field Number of discounts, with the same data.

Orders

This section will give you an overview of all the orders made on your business directory website.

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You can edit/delete orders from the orders list.

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When editing an order you can change information like

Amount – the amount of the order

Payment date – the payment date

Transaction Id – the transaction ID

State – The order status, Paid or Unpaid

Start date – the start date of the order

Start trial date - the start date of the trial period of the package

Observations – the site admin can enter observations about the current order

Important notice - Start date represent the date when the package will be active. If one business buys a new package and there is already a paid package active, the start date of the new package will be set to expiration date of the previous package.

Taxes

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The admin can fill in the tax name, fill in the amount and decide whether to set it in value or percentage and a tax description. They display when the user pays the order on the front-end control panel section and they are added to the package price. After the payment is done, taxes show on invoice details view.

The taxes can be created only from the admin site, on Taxes section.

Payment Processors

Payment processors provide the means for you to collect payments from you customers. We provide integration with several payment gateways and it will present in the next chapters.

PayPal payment processor

You can collect payments via PayPal. All you need to do is have a PayPal merchant or business account and set the processor as follows.

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  • Name – the name of the processor that will be displayed on front-end
  • Type – the type of the processor. This is currently used for coding purposes
  • Timeout – time allocated until a pending payment will expire
  • Mode – the mode the processor is in: Live or Test
  • Status – set whether the processor is active or disabled
  • PayPal email – set the PayPal merchant email associated with your PayPal account. This account is where the payments are collected.

PayPal Subscriptions payment processor

You can collect payments via PayPal Subscriptions mechanism. All you need to do is have a PayPal merchant or business account and set the processor as follows.

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  • Name – the name of the processor that will be displayed on front-end
  • Type – the type of the processor. This is currently used for coding purposes
  • Timeout – time allocated until a pending payment will expire
  • Mode – the mode the processor is in: Live or Test
  • Status – set whether the processor is active or disabled
  • PayPal email – set the PayPal merchant email associated with your PayPal account. This account is where the payments are collected.

The subscription mechanism works in the following way. 1. The site admin has to create packages with a defined period of time and desired features. 2. The business owner creates a business listings and associate it with a package. If the package is paid an order is generated and the user can pay for it with existing payment methods. 3. When the payment is made with subscription method a subscription is created for the user with the subscription period equal to package period.

Stripe Subscriptions payment processor

The extension will provide the possibility to receive payments using Stripe payment gateway. After you install the extension a new payment option will be enabled on your payment processors section. In order to setup the payment processor you have to complete the following steps

Configure the processor details

You will have to fill in the configuration parameters and make sure that the payment processor is enabled.

Name – the name of the processor that will be displayed on front-end

Type – the type of the processor. This is currently used for coding purposes

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Timeout – time allocated until a pending payment will expire

Mode – the mode the processor is in: Live or Test

Status – set whether the processor is active or disabled.

Secret key - provided by Stripe (check the image below)

Transaction key - provided by Stripe (published key)

Setup the processor details

The payment works in the following way.

1. The site admin has to create packages with a defined period of time and desired features on directory extension.

2. The site admin will create payment plans on stripe account dashboard with the exact name of the plans that have been created on directory extension.

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  1. Setup the webhook for notifying the site when the amount for the subscription is being charged from customer account. The webhook link can be found below. You just have to replace yoursite.com with your domain name http://yoursite.com/index.php?option=com_jbusinessdirectory&task=payment.processResponse&processor=stripeSubscriptions
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Important

Please notice that if the webhook is not set the renewal of the package will not be done.

CardSave payment processor

You can collect payments via CardSave.

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  • Name – the name of the processor that will be displayed on front-end
  • Type – the type of the processor. This is currently used for coding purposes
  • Timeout – time allocated until a pending payment will expire
  • Mode – the mode the processor is in: Live or Test
  • Status – set whether the processor is active or disabled
  • Merchant Id – will be provided by CardSave
  • Preshared Key – will be provided by CardSave
  • Password – will be set on CardSave platform

Buckaroo payment processor

You can collect payments via Buckaroo.

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  • Name – the name of the processor that will be displayed on front-end
  • Type – the type of the processor. This is currently used for coding purposes
  • Timeout – time allocated until a pending payment will expire
  • Mode – the mode the processor is in: Live or Test
  • Status – set whether the processor is active or disabled
  • Secret Key – provided by Buckaroo
  • Merchant Id – provided by Buckaroo

Cash payment processor

The payment with this type of processor will be set automatically to done.

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2Checkout payment processor

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  • Name – the name of the processor that will be displayed on front-end
  • Type – the type of the processor. This is currently used for coding purposes
  • Timeout – time allocated until a pending payment will expire
  • Mode – the mode the processor is in: Live or Test
  • Status – set whether the processor is active or disabled
  • Account number – provided by 2checkout
  • Secret word – the secret word that is set on 2checkout platform

Authorize.net payment processor

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  • Name – the name of the processor that will be displayed on front-end
  • Type – the type of the processor. This is currently used for coding purposes
  • Timeout – time allocated until a pending payment will expire
  • Mode – the mode the processor is in: Live or Test
  • Status – set whether the processor is active or disabled
  • Transaction key – provided by authorize.net
  • Api login id – provided by authorize.net

EWay payment processor

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  • Name – the name of the processor that will be displayed on front-end
  • Type – the type of the processor. This is currently used for coding purposes
  • Timeout – time allocated until a pending payment will expire
  • Mode – the mode the processor is in: Live or Test
  • Status – set whether the processor is active or disabled
  • User name – set on Eway platform
  • Customer Id – provided by Eway

Bank Transfer (Wire Transfer) payment processor

You can collect payments via Bank Transfer.

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  • Name – the name of the processor that will be displayed on front-end
  • Type – the type of the processor. This is currently used for coding purposes
  • Timeout – time allocated until a pending payment will expire
  • Mode – the mode the processor is in: Live or Test
  • Status – set whether the processor is active or disabled

PayFast payment processor

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  • Name – the name of the processor that will be displayed on front-end
  • Type – the type of the processor. This is currently used for coding purposes. Please leave it to payfast.
  • Timeout – time allocated until a pending payment will expire
  • Mode – the mode the processor is in: Live or Test
  • Status – set whether the processor is active or disabled
  • Merchant Id – provided by payfast.co.za
  • Merchant Key – provided by payfast.co.za

ROBOKASSA payment processor

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  • Name – the name of the processor that will be displayed on front-end
  • Type – the type of the processor. This is currently used for coding purposes. Please leave it to payfast.
  • Timeout – time allocated until a pending payment will expire
  • Mode – the mode the processor is in: Live or Test
  • Status – set whether the processor is active or disabled

Countries

The countries section allows you to manage the countries that will be used on directory. The counties will be available when filling in an address. The country information will also be shown when there will be a search done after a specific country.

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Reviews

The directory extension allows the possibility of adding reviews for the existing business listings. The reviews can be enhanced by adding review criteria or review questions. If review questions are added the current review description will be removed and replaced with the current review questions.

Reviews

As an administrator you can view and manage all the reviews made for a business listing or offer.

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You can also edit and delete any reviews you find inappropriate in terms of language or content. The review is published only if the admin publishes them or if the show pending review is set to yes on general settings.

Review Questions

As an administrator you can add review questions. You can publish/unpublished a review question by clicking on the checkbox associated with each review question.

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There are three types of review questions:
  • Text
  • Yes/No questions
  • Rating

Review Criteria

As an administrator you can create and manage all the review criteria.

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Review Responses

As an administrator you can view and manage all the review responses made for each review. You can publish/unpublished a response by clicking on the checkbox associated with each response in the State column.

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You can also edit and delete any responses you find inappropriate in terms of language or content.

Review Abuses

As an administrator you can view and manage all the review abuses made for each review. You can publish/unpublished an abuse by clicking on the checkbox associated with each abuse in the State column.

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Reports

The report section provides the possibility of defining multiple reports.

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One can create a new report by clicking on new button and filling the fields, selecting the report type and the custom business listing fields.

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E-mail Templates

The email templates section allows you, as an administrator, to define the emails that are sent to you and your customers.

The email templates are:

  1. Order email – template used for order e-mail for all payment methods except bank transfer. Email sent when a customer completes the payment for a package
  2. Payment Details E-mail – template used for order e-mail only for bank transfer
  3. Review email – email sent out to a business owner when his/hers company received a review
  4. Review Response Email – email sent out to the poster of a review when the company replies to the review posted
  5. Email Response Claim – template for positive claim response
  6. Negative Response Claim E-mail – template for negative claim response
  7. Positive Response Claim E-mail – template for positive claim response
  8. Contact email – template for contact business owner
  9. Report Abuse E-Mail – template for report abuse
  10. Expiration notification e-mail – email sent to business owner to notify that the business listing is about to expire
  11. Approve e-mail – template sent to business owner to notify that the listing has been approved
  12. Listing Creation Notification – notification that will be sent to business owner when a business listing is created
  13. New business listing notification e-mail – email sent to admin when a new business listing is added
  14. Business Listing Approval – email sent to business owner after approval
  15. Request Quote Email – email sent to business owner with a quote request from a user
  16. Offer Creation – confirmation email sent to business owner for offer creation
  17. Offer Approval – email sent to business owner after offer approval
  18. Offer Expiration Notification – email received by site admin and business owner with notification of expiring offers
  19. Event Creation Notification – confirmation email sent to business owner for event creation
  20. Event Approval Notification – email sent to business owner after event approval
  21. Event Expiration Notification - email received by site admin and business owner with notification of expiring events
  22. Business Update Notification – email received by site admin to notify if a change has been performed on business listings
  23. Offer Contact Email – email received when the offer is contacted
  24. Event Contact Email - email received when the event is contacted
  25. Report Abuse Offer Review - Template for report abuse to offers
  26. Offer Review Email – email sent out to a business owner when his/hers offer received a review
  27. Offer Review Response Email - email sent out to the poster of a review when the offer replies to the review posted.
  28. Report Notification – email received by site admin with a report notification from a user
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For a template the following need to be defined:

Name- the name of the template

Type - the type of email – you can find more details about types in previous section.

Send to admin (on bcc)– provide the possibility for the site admin to receive the current email type. Some of email types are received by the admin by default and the setting will be ignored.

Subject – subject of the email

Email content: will be defined using an editor which holds a series of email tags. When selecting a tag this will be automatically inserted in the email’s content.

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