Tutorials

Installing J-BusinessDirectory

The installation of J-BusinessDirectory includes a component, several modules and a plugin. After the installation is complete, the component and the modules can be accessed from the components’ menu in the back-end section.

To install the component, you need to log in into your Joomla account and follow these steps:

  1. In the main menu, go to Extensions -> Extensions Manager
  2. By clicking the Browse button, you can locate your downloaded copy of the J-BusinessDirectory
  3. After selecting the component archive, click the Upload & Install button
  4. Upon installation completion, you will receive a confirmation message

For a more detailed information, you can check How to install J-BusinessDirectory

Create a Listing

There are several ways of populating the J-BusinessDirectory. A listing can be created by any owner (by creating an account in front-end) or it can be added by an administrator using the functionality in the backend.

The possibilities to create a new listing are:

  1. By using the import tool and uploading a CSV file containing the data (this can be done by the site administrator)
  2. By using the Business Plans menu item (front-end)
  3. By using the front-end Control Panel menu
  4. By using the Add a business menu item (front-end)

For a more detailed information, you can check How to create a business listing

Claim a listing

A business can be claimed if there is no owner associated with it, no user id is set and the Enable Claim Business option is set to yes on general settings. If all the conditions are met, a claim button will be displayed when viewing the business listing in frontend.

In order to claim a business listing, a business owner has to create an account and login into the account.

If the user is already logged in, after selecting the “Claim Business” button, s/he will be redirected to the form to fill in the details.

For a more detailed information, you can check How to claim a business listing

Create an Offer

Offers are associated with the existing listings in the directory.

The possibilities to create an offer are:

  1. By using the import tool and uploading a CSV file containing the data (this can be done by the site administrator)
  2. Manually by the site administrator in the Offers menu item (back-end)
  3. By the business owner on the front-end Control Panel

For a more detailed information, you can check How to create an offer

Create an Event

Events are associated with the existing listings in the directory.

The possibilities to create an event are:

  1. By using the import tool and uploading a CSV file containing the data (this can be done by the site administrator)
  2. Manually by the site administrator in the Events menu item (back-end)
  3. By the business owner on the front-end Control Panel

For a more detailed information, you can check How to create an event

Adding reviews

The directory extension allows the possibility of adding reviews for the existing business listings and offers. 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.

A registered user has the possibility to report or respond to an existing review.

For a more detailed information, you can check How to add a review

Contact a Listing, Offer or Event

The directory extension allows the possibility for the site visitors to contact the listings, offers and events by clicking the Contact button in their respective detail views.

  • The listing will be contacted on the email address set on the contact information details.
  • The offer will be contacted in the same email address as the one set in the listing that has been associated to.
  • The event will be contacted on its own email address set in the contact information details. If this email address is empty, then it will be contacted in the same email address as the one set in the listing that has been associated to.

For a more detailed information, you can check How to contact a listing, offer, or event

Business Plans

Business plans represent 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 has four types of payment plans:

  1. Lifetime
  2. Fixed period
  3. Recurring
  4. Recurring with trial

For a more detailed information, you can check How to setup a package