Yes, you can do this by simply disabling ‘registration’ from BD plugin settings. Go to BD Admin -> Manage Options -> General -> Registration -> and uncheck Require login to post listings? option. Hope it helps!
Hello, could I just ask what the difference is between a user created account and the other option of not requiring an account. If no account is required, how do users receive messages via the contact form and where do they go to view their listing and make changes. Just within the web browser itself? I’m a little confused as to whether I should enable my users to create an account or not.
So the basic difference is that users who have an account on your website can login and edit/manage their listings. This also includes claiming and renewing listings etc. So we recommend using the ‘registration’ option if you want your end users to have more control over the listings.
As for the contact form, the messages can still be delivered to email address provided in listings data (if it has email form field) even if the listing owner does not have an account on your website.
If you choose to not allow users to create an account, you can still have them manage their listings using an access key. This allows users to manage their listings without an account and instead, use their email and an access key (emailed to them when the listing is placed, or one you can manually send from the Directory->Directory area) to edit or delete the listing. You can find more details here: https://businessdirectoryplugin.com/knowledge-base/general-tab/#registration
Hope it helps.
Yes, their account would look like any other WordPress account user and the dashboard options would depend on the user type (subscriber, author etc.). Though you can use a login redirect plugin to prevent users from landing on the backend dashboard. Let me also clarify that after initial registration & login, your end users will be able to easily login from the website frontend and manage their listings without having the need to ever see the backend dashboard.
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