Populating the business directory

The directory can be populated in the ways described below.

Import business listings from CSV

By importing a default list of businesses via an import tool (admin control panel/business listings/import from CSV). The import mechanism and how to format the CSV file is presented in the following chapters.

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The list of companies imported into the database will have no owner, so they have to be claimed by their owners.

The claiming process runs as follows:

  1. A business listing can be claimed if there is no owner associated with it. If the business listing has no owner associated with it and the claim is enabled on general settings, a claim button will be displayed when viewing the business listing in frontend. Please see below.

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  1. In order to claim a business listing a business owner has to create an account and login into the account.The creation and management of the users are totally managed by Joomla CMS.

  2. Claiming the business listing is done by completing a claim form. The user will enter the person details and claim the business listing.

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  1. The business will enter in a “Need claim approval” state and has to be approved by the administrator. The site admin has to login in the administrator area and approve the claim in Business Listings section. The user who claimed the business listing will receive an email with the claim response (positive or negative response).

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  1. After the site administrator approves the claim, the business listing will be available for edit on the front-end Control Panel.

Enter business listing on front-end.

The directory extension provides multiple ways of adding a new business listings, all the details are presented below.

Create Business Listing using Packages menu item type.

For new users it is recommended to start the business listing creation from the package selection page. The Package selection page is accessible on front-end through Packages menu item type.

  1. The user selects the desired package

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  1. The user can create a new account or use its current account

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  1. Complete the business listing details

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If Allow automatic user creation settings are set to Yes in the General Settings, the Login or Registration step is skipped and an account is created automatically for that user with the email address entered in the business listing. The newly registered user will be automatically logged in and redirected to the payment page for that Package order. Also, an email will be sent to the provided email address with the generated password in order to confirm the registration.

Create Business Listing using front-end Control Panel.

  1. The business owner will have to create an account on the website.

  2. The business owner can enter all business listing details by accessing the front-end control panel -> Business -> Listings and click Add New.

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  1. The business listing will enter in an “Approve creation” state and has to be approved by the site administrator.

  2. After the site administrator approves it from the business listing section in the backend, the business listing will be listed in the directory.

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Note

The approval mechanism can be skipped by setting Show pending approval from application settings to yes.

Create Business Listing using Add a business menu item type.

This menu item provides the possibility do add a business listing in minimum steps.

  1. Create an account / Login with the current account.

  2. Create the business listing