If you are looking for a directory extension that is easy to use and install, I would suggest checking out JBusinessDirectory.
I confess to being a little wary because of the price. This is not a cheap extension. However, you get what you pay for as they say.
Installation is really easy, just upload as you would any other extension, and your pretty much ready to go. There are some sample businesses preloaded, so you can check out how everything works.
General Settings in the back end covers currency choice, date format, whether to enable packages, Offers and SEO. You can also choose whether to enable ratings, reviews, numbering, google maps, filters etc.
Currently the only payment processor is Paypal, but Im sure George will add more in the future.
Some business categories are preloaded, but easy to change up to 3 levels deep.
Company entry is easy, as is the alteration of email templates.
One feature I think is great is the ability to enter companies yourself, and the company owners can claim thier business on registration.
An ingenius way to fill up your database before you even start, so your site doesnt look empty!
You can setup packages to include or omit certain features such as maps, reviews, ratings, website address links, business logo, video upload, images, contact forms, html descriptions etc.
So you can easily setup a basic FREE package for business owners to claim with options to upgrade thier listing!
Just email all your contacts after you have loaded thier basic info, and you are off!
The layout is clean, easy to read, and navigate.
I had some minor issues which George corrected for me promptly with no fuss.
Some of these my be down to the fact I am using a custom template, but it was no hassle.
This is easily the most complete directory I have come across, and after the initial pain of the price was glad I bought it.
Support is good, and it just works!
I would recommend this to anyone.
Thanks George for a great extension.
Thank you for you review. We really appreciate it.
In our continuous efforts to improve the extension we have just released another version that comes with 4 new payment processors and improved user experience. Due to new configuration possibilities it becomes easier to install & setup. We also have included several views for search results, company details and categories to satisfy user requirements.
I previously used AEC which too is a great extension, but can be quite complicated in its configuration. So after trying AEC which was free, I was a little dubious paying for a subscription extension. I must say reading the reviews was inspiring so I thought I would give it a go.
Initially I had teething problems as the component was disagreeing with my SEF. Helix told me this, so I made some alterations. I had one last problem and could not find the fault.
Not a problem for Helix. He simply went to my site backend and sorted the problem.
Now all is perfect. So many options of control its unreal. At last I really FEEL I am in control of my site.
As others have said before, this guy deserves all his success as his support and speed is awesome.
I wouldnt hesitate to purchase from him again.
If only ALL extensions and support were like this.
This guy deserves all the success he gets. And I just donated again. If you need a google map plugin THIS IS THE KIDDIE !!
Thanks Mike. A Real Extension star.
Visitors could only email members through the normal User Profile email link.
As a subscription site, this was fairly useless as I could not tell how many of my members were being contacted by visitors, meaning I had no record of successful 'hits'.
This excellent plugin changed all that. Now vistors contact my members through my site, (Public Email sends to mail to the member)and I can just go to Myphpadmin and view all mails sent, who by, etc etc.
Plugin worked straight from the get go, no nonsense, does what it says.
This plugin is worth a small fee, but NO its free.
Top notch, and should be incorporated into CB.
Superb product. Outstanding support.
With Rs, its easy installation, no faffing about, a couple of clicks and your first form field is done, 10 minutes later your form is done.
When youve done a couple, you can set up quite complex forms in a matter of minutes.
This is a superb extension. Forms are a breeze, many options available, support is great. I could go on. If you need forms on your site. Look no further. Simply superb.
Quite simply, NO!!
Installation was a breeze, just followed the installation read me. A few easy steps. (And Im a Joomla novice!) Fired up and ready to go. Lots of options and settings to adjust your community as you see fit. Im using Joomla 1.5, and it couldnt be easier. Got the download from the joomopolis site registering as a free, (not paid) user.
But after seeing this module/component, I will be subscribing. This is one addon, I want to keep on top of.
Best extension Ive seen so far.
Keep it up guys, and thank you!!