Please consider registering

Log In Register

Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search

— Forum Scope —

— Match —

— Forum Options —

Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters

Topic RSS
How to Customize Home/Directory Page
January 6, 2014 - 12:06 pm

Hi There,

I use Wordpress 3.8 with the Genesis Framework and Associate Child Theme.

I recently started using your plugin to build a directory site.  Unfortunately up to now I find the customization of the front end of the directory pages really cumbersome.

I have two questions:

  1. Where do I find the Page Templates you refer to in the documentation?
  2. How do I get my Directory page to look similar to the one in your Demo or the ones on your "Showcase" page?

You can have a look at how it currently looks at http://www.jirehservices.co.za.



January 6, 2014 - 12:37 pm
Member Since: July 18, 2012
Forum Posts: 8385

Hi there,

The Page Templates mentioned in the documentation can be found inside the templates plugin directory and are prefixed by businessdirectory. 

That said, how easily our plugin adapts to your theme has a great deal to do with how clean the theme is and the quality of the code that went into it. We used to have a template-based system, but everyone hated making customizations just to fit in with their theme. So we changed that to auto-integrate with themes and allow for template overrides where necessary, but not all themes are well-behaved or well-written, so some issues CAN come up. 

As for the demo, we personally have had good luck with WooThemes because they are pro WordPress developers and know what they are doing. We use their themes on many sites, all with great success and minimal hassle. http://woothemes.com 

January 7, 2014 - 7:01 am


Thanks for the response, but I am afraid it does not offer a solution to my problem.  I found the "Page Templates" in the plugin directory through my C-Panel.  What do I do once I found it? How do I customize my directory page to look like a directory page?

Currently it looks like just a long page with different posts.

I am not a HTML coding expert and are therefore looking for a user friendly method to customize the look and feel of my directory page in order to continue using the plugin.  As mentioned I am using a premium theme on the Genesis Framework, a well respected and widely used Worpress Theme framework.  I therefore doubt that it is not well written. Is there a way to fix the problem without getting in a HTML expert or changing my theme to fit the plugin?


January 7, 2014 - 3:55 pm
Member Since: July 18, 2012
Forum Posts: 8385

I'm sorry but these changes are not something that can be configured from within the settings. The detailed steps on how to implement the customization can be found in this FAQ:


To make these changes, you must be familiar with HTML coding and WP templates system. If you are not comfortable making these changes on your own, I would suggest you hire a developer from oDesk (www.odesk.com) to do the custom work for you.

Forum Timezone: UTC 0

Most Users Ever Online: 103

Currently Online:
22 Guest(s)

Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)

Top Posters:

Member Stats:

Guest Posters: 2728

Members: 1043

Moderators: 0

Admins: 1

Forum Stats:

Groups: 1

Forums: 4

Topics: 5150

Posts: 21994

Newest Members: mattwardcomedy

Administrators: Business Directory Support: 1449