eDirectory July Upgrade

We recently released the eDirectory July Upgrade to the product to add new features, make some optimizations, and change the way a few things work, all for the better!

We added more widgets to the library to make sure clients have the site that works best for their specific online community with new options for personalization.

Here’s a rundown of the latest and greatest eDirectory has to offer in its newest release:

1. Header: 4 new header widgets, totaling 5 different header widgets available for all themes

  • Header with sticky menu
  • Header with contact phone
  • Header with social media links
  • Header with centralized logo
  • Available for all themes

2. Footer: 3 new footer widgets, totaling 5 different footer widgets

  • Footer with logo
  • Footer with newsletter widget
  • Footer with social media bar centralized
  • Available for all themes

3. Results: 2 new results list widgets, totaling 4 different results widgets

  • Results list with grid view with filters on the left
  • Results list with grid view with filters on the right
  • Available for all themes

4. New Events Calendar widget available for all themes
5. New Nearby results functionality
6. New console command to enable or disable the maintenance mode

Header Widgets

We made header widgets that were once exclusive to our Medical, Restaurant, and Wedding themes available to the default eDirectory theme so clients can take advantage of those features without having to utilize any one specific theme.

Footer Widgets

The footer has also received some TLC with some new display features with new personalization options with the logo centered, social media links, or a newsletter widget. Clients can now select the footer design that works best and toggle between them as needed.

Grid View

The latest results list now allows for a grid view, showing content in easy to scan “cards”. This widget also has variations to display the search filters on either the right or left side.

Events Calendar Widget

A new interactive events calendar widget has also been added to make it much easier for visitors to find events they interested in attending based on the monthly calendar view. A highly requested feature that we’re very happy to have released. Recurring events are an especially enhanced feature of this new widget to run events that keep visitors coming back to the site.

Nearby Results Functionality

We’re really excited about one key element of this new release, which is the nearby results functionality for an improved search experience for our online community users to better find what they are looking for. This updated functionality allows both local community site and international vendor directory owners to better tailor to what extent nearby results will be displayed. This feature can even be personalized for specific locations, so if you have certain metropolitan areas or small municipalities, you can edit the nearby search results radius for those geographies specifically, pretty cool!

New Maintenance Mode

The new maintenance mode functionality now makes it even easier to enable while simultaneously allowing the site to be locked publicly while the site owner can make edits to the site and see it all live while logged in. This makes setting up the site more intuitive for the site owner so they can see the changes they make live.

Take advantage of the eDirectory July Upgrade now!

If you’re looking to launch your online Enterprise with all the newest features available, feel free to pick the plan that works best for you and get started in just a few minutes. Have any questions or would like to get connected with your assigned account executive to make sure we’re the best solution for your project? We’d love to meet you, simply request an eDirectory demo here.

If you’re an active customer of eDirectory and would like to schedule your site for an upgrade, you can get started here by completing this short Upgrade Request form.

Thank you for being the best part of eDirectory and we look forward to growing with you!

New eDirectory Groups for our users

Join eDirectory Groups in Facebook and LinkedIn and get connected to people like you!

eDirectory.com Communities

The new eDirectory Groups of users is a proof that webinar events at eDirectory.com have been a relative success, both for eDirectory and it’s global community of directory software clients.  As we got started we had a  few interruptions with the new webinar software and getting familiar with how it all worked, yet we see the applications for our business and the benefits for our clients, so we will be moving forward with weekly webinars after a slight maintenance period to get the next series planned and executed.  We have learned a great deal about what we can do to continue our mission of building the best directory software on the planet and we thank everyone for their participation thus far.

Of the many pieces of actionable intelligence one we were able to roll out fairly quickly was the launch of our private partner strategy groups on LinkedIn and Facebook.  We’ve already seen some directory owners interacting with each other and can see the potential for this as we continue to grow our community.  We are committed to making ourselves accessible to all of our clients worldwide, no matter where they are, and these private groups are an excellent example of our goals here at eDirectory.com.  Clients today have a myriad of resources at eDirectory like a knowledge base we constantly update, chat support, customer success agents on call, our blog, webinars, a support ticket system, and now our new private groups on social media.

We hope to see both clients and those interested in launching an online directory website with eDirectory get all the information needed to have the best experience possible with our platform., and we are confident these new strategy groups will play a significant role in this goal.  We will strive to take every piece of feedback we receive and based on it’s ability to be adopted throughout the platform, have it added to the MOD Store, and to or enact a fundamental change in the logic of the directory software system. Nothing is off the table!

There are some exciting new optimizations and functionalities coming up on the next development cycle of the eDirectory.com directory software solution and some of those even came from our recent community events!  We believe this is only the beginning of bringing our powerful community participants closer together online to power more “meaningful communities” for all our members and users to be a part of, one site at a time!

We invite you to please join us in either our Facebook group found here or our LinkedIn group located here. Please feel free to get started with joining the groups, introducing yourself, inviting friends and family looking to launch for the $200 in Referral credits you’ll each receive, and getting ready to learn more and earn more with other online entrepreneurs and community leaders!

Please keep the great ideas coming and we look forward to seeing our online communities grow, the same as we hope to see those of our clients’ online communities growing as well.  Thank you for being the best part of eDirectory.com and we look forward to seeing what you build with our powerful directory software, cheers!

 

Take a Guided Tour of eDirectory

Webinar Wednesdays is BACK!

Webinar Wednesdays is BACK!

webinar wednesdays

So we’re almost half-way through 2017 here (already, sheesh!) and the time certainly has gone by quickly at eDirectory.com. Looking a few years back we pioneered “Webinar Wednesdays” and it was a huge success since it allowed us to LEARN more from our online directory website clients. This was what we believed to be the most important benefit of conducting online directory software tutorials LIVE, so we could see in real-time any issues our clients were having, or what directory features they were most excited about, or what the newest upgrades entailed for their specific online communities.

As many things go in business, you tend to lose sight of what is important when you are given exciting new ventures to embark on. We’ve been busy making foundational upgrades to the entire directory software system, operational enhancements to provide better quality customer service, and we’ve also added loads of new videos to make sure clients have a better experience with this powerful (although easy to use) directory website solution. So now that we’ve spent the last year making waves with our development team with the last 3 upgrades, we are READY to re-release our weekly webinar program to our international community.

We are more than thrilled to be hosting our weekly FREE webinars for active customers as well as those looking to launch with eDirectory and wanting to see how it all works before getting started. In doing so, we’ll be alternating topics each week until we find a few our community would like to have recurring, so we’re open to any and all feedback as we kick things off here.

We curated 4 topics to begin our NEW weekly webinar series, you can see those here below:

Introducing the New Page Editor

We’ll cover the widget-based front-end and how easy it is to bring your unique vision to life on your online directory website. Drag, drop, save, and share!
Wednesday, May 24th
10am PDT – Pacific
1pm EDT – Eastern
6pm BST – Europe
REGISTER HERE

The newest platform upgrade at eDirectory.com, and why clients LOVE it!

We’ll present all the powerful new features recently made available on the directory website platform and take questions from active customers and those looking to launch their online Enterprise with eDirectory.
Wednesday, May 31st
10am PDT – Pacific
1pm EDT – Eastern
6pm BST – Europe
REGISTER HERE

Question and Answer Community Forum (+ Product Updates)

We’ll start with some recent product updates and then open up the floor for a learning session by taking live inquiries.
Wednesday, June 7th
10am PDT – Pacific
1pm EDT – Eastern
6pm BST – Europe
REGISTER HERE

10 Tips to Creating Successful, Revenue-Generating Online Directories

We’ll cover tips and strategies to create the most opportunities for success with your online directory website.
Wednesday, June 14th
10am PDT – Pacific
1pm EDT – Eastern
6pm BST – Europe
REGISTER HERE

All of our community webinars are held on a first-come, first-served bases. Upon signing up, you’ll receive a calendar invitation and some reminders before the show begins.

If you have any recommendations about webinar topics,
we’d love to hear from you. Would you like more information about our community webinars or private training sessions? If so, please send an email to marketing@ eDirectory.com.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet the team and see if eDirectory.com is the right choice for your online directory business! Register now for for your favorite topic(s) and be sure to stay in touch with eDirectory.com for company and product updates at FACEBOOK, TWITTER, LINKEDIN, GOOGLE+, and YOUTUBE.

Take a Guided Tour of eDirectory

Unleash your creativity: eDirectory Software v11.2

Hello, hello! We here with eDirectory.com, global leader in online directory software, are VERY proud to share with all of you the details in our newest release, version 11.2… SO, let’s get started!

For your convenience we organized the release details into 3 main categories with an example for each:

  • DESIGN: featuring the NEW widget-based Front-End Page Editor
  • SUPPORT: Latin America is now fully-supported here at eDirectory.com
  • FUNCTIONALITY: the NEW custom content editor and ElasticSearch

DESIGN

Without a doubt, the most powerful element of this upgrade is built around the new front-end page editor, with over 30 pages pre-defined for you to edit, as well as the ability to re-arrange the elements on page to your preference, edit features within those modules, over 100 widget-combinations to choose from, and even the option to add your own widgets…. hey, you can even build new new pages altogether with this widget-based system.. No need to know any coding, simply drag, drop, save, and enjoy! Making it even easier to have the site that works best for you and make any changes needed along the way.

We’ve also made enhancements to the default themes that each have unique layouts of their own. We refreshed the color palettes across the board to be more consistent, and updated the default logo and background image placements to make sure you have the site that best represents your brand online with more options to make changes on the fly. The default footer was also edited to better fit everything together for you. Now, let’s move on to the Support category of the recent upgrade.

SUPPORT

Although the eDirectory platform has been available for many years in 7 different languages, we are VERY happy to be rolling out the FULL support for our Latin American clients with our new website about the best online directory software in Spanish. Now our new and existing clients in Latin America have all the information they’ll need to make the best decision for their online directory technology partner, along with Pre-Sales and Support staff now fluent in Spanish, over 60 knowledge base articles, and a new Welcome Video series now in production. We can’t want to see what our clients in Latin America build with their new directory websites! Now let’s take a look at some new functionalities!

FUNCTIONALITY

Starting with our new custom content editor, you’ll be able to add custom content as needed, and in a variety of locations with the new widget-based system. Simply click to add a custom widget, add your content, and publish to live… all within your site manager and in 3 easy steps. The site manager can now also bulk insert categories to make organizing your members a breeze… simply open up the dialog box upon clicking on categories to get started adding not only your top-level categories, but your sub-level categories, all the way to 5 sub-levels of categories.

Members and users can search recurring events to find out what’s going on in their area or industry every Wednesday night for example… concerts, mixers, conferences, seminars, classes, you name it! The Classifieds engine also got upgraded so publishers of classifieds can now add a video and PDF file to their classified ads, whether those are classifieds for products, cars, properties, boats, businesses, and even personal ads. NEXT, the API for the integrated and proprietary mobile application is now running version 2 to support the recent enhancements, so be to sure to re-publish your app to get the latest and greatest! And Finally… ElasticSearch, used to power some of the most robust websites on the planet such as Facebook, Netflix, Etsy, Foursquare, and eDirectory.com was upgraded for better search relevancy and user experience.

What else is new?

In addition to all these amazing new features in design, support, and functionaltiy…. we’ve also made over 60 system improvements and optimizations to continue adding value to the eDirectory platform so that our clients have a system that stays parallel with industry advancements both now and in the future.

So, what can you expect next?

Well this upgrade is very important for us here at eDirectory.com and our clients since it has also laid the foundation for our future upgrades as we will be expanding upon the integrated mobile app frontier, pushing the limits on client-side custom content capabilities, and adding an entirely new module system that will make adding your favorite MODS a breeze… and any other valuable enhancements as recommended by you, our awesome global community.

Well this about wraps up our coverage of the March 2017 Version11.2 Upgrade. Read here the full list of enhancements of v11.2.

For active clients looking to take advantage of the latest and greatest eDirectory.com has to offer, simply fill out the Upgrade request form found here, contact your account executive, or create a new support ticket or start a chat on our website.

For new clients looking to launch their online Enterprise with all you see here and much much more, please fill out the request a demo form on our eDirectory.com so we can match you up with your assigned account executive, you can also call us directly at +1-800-630-4694, or send an email to Sales@eDirectory.com

We look forward to seeing what you build with eDirectory.com. Thank you and make it a great day!

Medical Directory Theme – eDirectory.com

Since the release of eDirectory v11.1 our customers are able to select from 4 beautifully re-designed templates, one of them is the the Medical Directory Theme.

The Medical Directory Theme

The Medical Directory theme is designed to promote the health and wellness industries and features. This theme puts recent reviews front and center – an important feature when choosing a healthcare professional.

Of course you can use this theme for ANY business or industry and customize to meet your needs. All of the image sizes are consistent between themes so you may choose to switch themes at any time and will not lose the integrity or compromise the design of your directory website.

Proposal-Theme-Medical-2Interested on having this Medical Directory Theme? If you are new on eDirectory, signup today! Already a customer and ready for v11.1? Request your upgrade!

 

Wedding Directory Theme – eDirectory.com

Since the release of eDirectory v11.1 our customers are able to select from 4 beautifully re designed templates, one of them is the the Wedding Directory Theme.

The Wedding Directory Theme

The Wedding Guide Theme easily allows site managers to build a beautiful wedding guide to promote wedding planners, venues, photographers, caterers and more.  This layout minimizes the category links.

Of course you can use this theme for ANY business or industry and customize to meet your needs. All of the image sizes are consistent between themes so you may choose to switch themes at any time and will not lose the integrity or compromise the design of your directory website.

eDirectory Wedding Directory ThemeInterested on having this Wedding Directory Theme? If you are new on eDirectory, signup today! Already a customer and ready for v11.1? Request your upgrade!

Restaurant Directory Theme

Since the release of eDirectory v11.1 our customers are able to select from 4 beautifully re designed templates, one of them is the the Restaurant Directory Theme.

The Restaurant Directory Theme

The Restaurant or Dining Guide allows site managers to prominently display featured listings for optimal exposure.

Of course you can use this theme for ANY business or industry and customize to meet your needs. All of the image sizes are consistent between themes so you may choose to switch themes at any time and will not lose the integrity or compromise the design of your directory website.

Interested on having this Restaurant Directory Theme? If you are new on eDirectory, signup today! Already a customer and ready for v11.1? Request your upgrade!

NEW GOOGLE UPDATE ON MOBILE SEARCH RESULTS BENEFITS RESPONSIVE WEBSITES

NEW GOOGLE UPDATE ON MOBILE SEARCH RESULTS BENEFITS RESPONSIVE WEBSITES

On April 2015 Google announced their plans to boost the ranking of responsive websites on mobile search results by using mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. Today there is no turning back, go mobile or go home. If your directory website isn´t mobile-friendly, don´t panic. We are here to help you.

Directories, searches and internet usage

One report from comScore put Google Search as the 4th most used Mobile App, with over 81 million unique visitors. A Google report shows that 48% of mobile purchases started on Search Engines and 26% on Branded Apps. Are you still in doubt about going mobile?

People are always searching for goods and services and the amount of time spent on mobile searches will keep growing. Is your online directory ready to appear on all first page´s search results?

Mobile App or Responsive Design: what is the best choice?

The actual scenario moves pretty fast. Users behaviors too. Some of your next customers are web-browsing fans, some are app-addicted. Both methods are essential for brand awareness over the internet. The main goal here is to be where your audience is.

How can eDirectory.com can help me on this journey?

Our software is always aligned with internet´s best practices, whether it’s our SEO center or our Design Templates. We also offer an app builder and app publishing service for you to have a complete platform ready to please any user and member.

eDirectory 10.4 Released with New Site Manager

Welcome_to_the_Site_Manager_-_Demo_Directory

We are proud to announce the launch of eDirectory v10.4.  In addition to a number of SEO Improvements, this version features a fully redesigned Admin (Site Manager) area.  We overhauled every pixel, from the navigation on down, for usability and simplicity.

Take a look at some of the new features and improvements:

Image upload has been simplified with seamless drag and drop functionality allowing you to quickly upload multiple photos in a single action:

photos

Integrated promotional features to help you get the word out, including quick access to marketing resources, a retooled SEO Center, new badges and more:

badges

New custom page builder for your mobile apps with tools to add images, headings, text areas, quotes, lists and even video:

custom app page

And much more…. visit our demo at www.DemoDirectory.com and change the Website Role to Site Manager or download the full 10.4 changelog here to see all the updates.

eDirectory Version 10 released with Responsive Flat design

eDirectory version 10 has been released, and it’s our best work ever.

It has an all new, beautiful flat design on the front, with all new typography. It’s a responsive design, that resizes automatically for different screen sizes, and it is simply stunning on mobile devices.

However the best changes are under the hood, we redid the front end code from the ground up, based on the Bootstrap framework.

What this means for you? Custom designs can be done faster and easier.

 

New and Renewed Features

Version 10 also comes with improved  features that will change the user’s experience in your site.

Search Filters: The results pages now have a filter feature, allowing visitors to quickly narrow down to what they are looking for.

Events Calendar: A new events widget shows upcoming events for the week.

Listing Detail: Listing owners can display video description, Facebook fan page and the features for their businesses.

Deal Map View: Deals are easier to find with the new map view on deals detail page.

A bunch of smaller tweaks are included as well, including ability to change the top background imageFacebook like button on Home Pagenew fields for Contact Us and much more.

Check our demonstration site – www.demodirectory.com

 

Changes

The responsive version of eDirectory includes nice changes such as:

  • Email to friend removed from Default theme – replaced by Facebook like button;
  • Link “print” removed from detail pages;
  • Link “share” removed from summary and detail view (replaced by the main social media button, i.e: Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest);
  • Search Engine verification section within site manager area updated;
  • Page “Map tuning” removed from site manager and members area (it can be done using the main form to add and edit items);
  • Site manager change themes interface: added a message asking if users want to create the categories automatically or not when Dining Guide is chosen for the first time;
  • Dining Guide: Label “Make a Reservation” changed for “Contact this listing” on listing detail view.

 

Download the Changelog – here

If you are interested in ordering the new version, or upgrading, contact our sales team at +1-800-630-4694 or sales@edirectory.com