Technical Challenges: DirectoryPress, Custom Tabs and Custom Listings

Success! Custom fields in DirectoryPress now show up on the new custom TABS on the Listing Page.

Success! Custom fields in DirectoryPress now show up on the new custom TABS on the Listing Page.


Are you aware of this: small business directories showcasing an area’s local businesses is still a sensible SEO and local search strategy? What’s new is trying to make the WordPress platform double as a business directory.

My latest technology challenge has been getting the DirectoryPress software (which is an add-on to the standalone WordPress platform) to do what they said it would do and otherwise bending it to my will. I’m using it to build a geo-targeted small business directory for my local area.

The particular technical challenges detailed in this article deal with:

  1. creating custom fields
  2. getting those custom fields to display
  3. adding custom tabs to the Listing Page
  4. hiding any custom fields that don’t have information on the new custom tabs

Thus, the challenge was to create new tabs, pull in custom fields data, then display it all nicely in groups on the new tabs.

Many business bloggers who are wrestling with creating a directory in WordPress have chosen DirectoryPress as their platform. These particular challenges are prevalent — as seen by how many times questions arise in both the DirectoryPress forums and even the WarriorsForum.

Here’s the step-by-step guide for creating and displaying custom tabs in DirectoryPress. It also covers a few things to watch out for to keep yourself from getting tangled up and off-track.

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