Lots of options Once you install the plugin, find the settings page under Forms > Directory & Addons. There are lots of great options here including the number of entries shown per pages, and whether to show your entries as tables, definition lists, or unordered lists. There is an option to show a search field (helpful if you have quite a few listings). The directory shows in list form by default, but there is the option of being able to click on individual entries and see the single listing.
Use any Gravity Form I set up the specific fields I wanted to include in Gravity Forms. This can really include anything you want. This is just a normal form. For my purposes, I just needed the basics. The only thing different is the Approved section you will see at the top. This was very important for my needs, the ability to approve listings before they are displayed. This is done by adding a Admin-only checkbox to the form so Admins can easily approve the listings.
This option is found under the new set of fields that are added when installing the plugin. Just add the Approved field to your form. Make sure that it stays unchecked or your entries will be approved by default.
Easy shortcodes Keep in mind that you will need a page (or post) where people can fill out your form, and then you will need a page to display your directory. Adding your form to a page is the same as always. Adding your directory to a page is just as simple as adding a Gravity Form. This plugin uses the same automatic shortcode insertion method by just pressing the Add Directory button at the top.
Users can view and edit their own listings The things you can do with this plugin are really limitless. Another great feature is allowing users to see and edit their own listings. The listings can be hidden by default and shown only to the user who submitted it. I have needed this capability several times when I had sites that needed long forms and wanted a way for customers to come back later and finish filling out the form.
Choose what to show and what to hide You can set it to show certain information to all users but hide other information. You can show some information in your directory listing and then show more in the single listing. You will see that once you download the plugin, a new Directory tab will show up with each field. That allows you to use each particular field as a link to the Single Entry view, hide the field from the directory view, and/or hide the field from the single entry view. This can allow you to have a quick referral directory and then add more profile information to each listing when clicked on. I can see a lot of uses for this – possibly a listing for houses, cars for sale, teams, etc. You can also use shortcode to hide listings from logged-out users.
*New note (Jan 9,2014) – Just found out that a new function was added to this plugin so you can search the directory by field. Look for it under the directory tab when you are editing your field in the form editor. Very nice addition!
Great option to create a directory easily with lots of great options.
The tutorial given on the plugin site is very helpful, so I’m not going to go into that a lot here. Overall, it’s a great plugin with some really great options. There have been a few bugs, but there is a helpful listing of previous versions, in case you need to revert after a problem with an update. As I was writing this post, there was a bug in the latest update, but the plugin author had it fixed within a few hours of being notified. Let me know if you have tried this plugin and your thoughts.
Rating: 4.5 stars.
Gravity Forms Directory WordPress Plugin
Reviewed by Laura Hartwig on .