Continuum Creating & Managing Directories & Buyers GuideHow do I create a new directory listing?

How do I create a new directory listing?

Directories are among the most customizable feature on the ePublishing platform. This article will show you how to set up and edit a simple directory listing, but if you have any questions about customizations your website may have, please contact your solutions manager.

Note: Some websites use the term buyer's guide instead of directory. In your dashboard, however, it will be called a directory.

1. Directories take different forms on different websites. Here's one example of a directory listing.

1.1. Here's an example of a basic listing on the same website.

2. To create a new Directory Listing, click the blue plus sign in the directory manager section found under Revenue in the dashboard.

3. Fill in the details for your Directory Listing. The remaining contact details will be filled in under Supplemental in a later step.

4. Add a Short Description, which will show on any index pages. The Long Description will be the full text shown on the Directory Listing on your website.
5. Set a publish date and time by clicking Publish Date and updating the date. You can also set a Publish Time.
6. Click Add Image to upload or select a Logo to appear with the Directory Listing.

Learn more about uploading and selecting images in: How do I upload new media?

7. Set the Site Placement for the Directory Listing. You will assign a directory category in a later step.
8. Fill in contact information in the bottom section.
9. Classification is required.

Directory listings are automatically sorted based on the following business rules:

  • Directory Sponsors: Logo, Company name, teaser and link to listing displayed in alphabetical order. Listings tagged as sponsors may also appear on your home page, depending on your individual website's design.
  • Premium Directory Listings: Logo, company name, teaser and link to listing displayed in alphabetical order within the directory. Premium listings receive priority listing over Basic listings.
  • Basic Directory Listings: Linked company name only displayed in alphabetical order.

A new feature on ePublishing is the ability to add an RFQ form - or Request for Quote - into a directory listing.

To enable your RFQ form on premium listings, go to your System Settings under Advanced. Scroll down to directories.rfq.premium.enabled and click on the value and type "true".

  • When set as true, this displays the RFQ subform on individual directory listings that are tagged as premium listings.

Learn how to add a new directory category here: How do I add a new directory category?

 

10. Now select which directory in which you'd like your listing to appear.

Learn how to add a new directory category here: How do I add a new directory category?

 

11. Now associate Media with your listing.

You use this step when a directory listing company has given you a video to be shown on their listing, PDFs, individual images to show in a free-form gallery, etc. Many of these files can be added by the directory listing owner themselves using the Edit Directory Listing form, but only if there is a logged in user who is associated with the directory listing.

Look to the Users subform to see if anyone has permission to control the listing. Look to Step 16 for more information on this.

11.1. Click on Associate files to this listing to select a file from your Media Manager.

If you don't associate any of the above with your directory listing, those tabs not appear. The tabs on a directory listing are highly customizable, and many ePublishing clients design listings to fit their needs.

However, the default tabs for Premium or Directory Sponsor listings include:

  • Company Profile - This tab, which is also included on Basic listings (without the logo and description), will include the logo, contact information and the company description.
  • Articles - These are articles hosted on your website.
  • Downloads - This includes PDFs, such as catalogs or whitepapers.
  • Products - Products are those sold on YOUR website, not products that are sold by the customer.
  • Multimedia - This may include video or audio files and image galleries.

You may add additional tabs beyond the default options. Any type of content can be shown including events, products, articles, multimedia files and downloadable files.

Learn more about associating Related content in this article.

13.1. For example, if you selected Related Articles, they would appear in the Directory Listing within an Articles or News tab, depending on how your directories are designed.

Some clients have customized their directories so that these tabs automatically update with recent articles and other content as it is published.

14. To control access by user, click Users under Edit.
15. Click Search to add users (typically, clients).

This allows them access on your website so that they can update their listings and submit for approval.

16. All Custom content is accessible under Edit > Custom.
17. If no custom fields are set up for your website, a yellow box will appear on this tab.

Contact your solutions manager if you have questions.

19. To publish, check Publish and click Save Changes.