Tag Archives: Business

Building a hyperlocal business directory: call for suggestions

I’ve long been planning to build a hyperlocal directory for The Lichfield Blog and something which can be used by other hyperlocals.

B31 Blog launched their business directory the other day using a simple form submission and manual entry of listings. Owner Sas Taylor complained on Twitter about the lack of a decent business directory plugin, something I’m well aware of.

So when I mentioned I have been planning my own I got a few excited responses and figured if there’s interest why not ask those interested what they’d like in a directory.

Let’s start off with fields;

  • Name (of the business, of course!)
  • Address (incl postcode, of course)
  • Phone number
  • Fax number
  • Mobile number
  • E-mail address
  • Opening times
  • Contact name
  • Web site address
  • Description
  • Wheelchair/disabled access?
  • Toilets?
  • Disabled toilet?
  • Photo
  • Location(s) (pinpoint on a map)
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Foursquare


  • Ratings
  • Reviews
  • Maps (using postcode/address)
  • Search, with filters
  • Show directory as;
    • a list,
    • categories,
    • a map.


  • Toggle visibility of fields
  • Payment option (to charge for listings)
  • Paid-for upgrades (e.g. add additional photos/info)
  • Use opening-times.co.uk for opening times so we simultaneously build up that site (which I made a plugin for)
  • Pre- or post-moderate listing submissions

Any others? Add your suggestions to the comments below…

It’s The Economy, Stupid!

Barely a day goes by where we don’t hear about climate change. But what nobody is really talking about is the economic impact.

That’s why, for the second time, I’ve joined forces with Francis Irving to get people, business and Government motivated on climate change for the economy.

It’s called Serious Change and I invite you to join us.