LDD Directory Lite

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LDD Directory Lite allows you to add a powerful and easily integrated directory to your WordPress web site. Make a directory of local businesses, nati

Author:LDD Web Design (profile at wordpress.org)
WordPress version required:4.6
WordPress version tested:5.2.6
Plugin version:2.6.7
Added to WordPress repository:27-05-2014
Last updated:27-01-2020
Rating, %:90
Rated by:42
Plugin URI:https://plugins.lddwebdesign.com
Total downloads:28 224
Active installs:500+
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The LDD Directory Lite plugin is the best way to add a powerful, fully functional and free custom directory to your WordPress powered web site.

Within minutes you can install and configure LDD Directory Lite and start accepting submissions, or populating the content with your own listings. This is the best and easiest way to start any kind of directory you can think of, be it of local businesses (restaurants, coffee shops, craft stores, etc), or any other type of organization you would like to build around.

The Directory is extremely user friendly, ready to go pretty much out of the box. One of our primary focuses is ensuring that it integrates with almost any theme, anywhere, anytime, and we have utilized the power of Bootstrap to ensure that the Directory is 100% mobile ready and responsive. It won’t break all that hard work you’ve put into making sure your site works on any medium.

Here are just a few of the many features

  • Easy to install, easy to configure
  • Add the [directory] and [directory_submit] shortcode to any page (automatically installed for you, but feel free to change them)
  • Default list sorting options for Categories,Featured and Listings in dashboard.
  • Sort using shortcodes, i.e. [directory cat_order_by=”xxx” cat_order=”asc” fl_order_by=”xxx” fl_order=”asc” list_order_by=”xxx” list_order=”asc”]
  • Ability to change Taxonomy and Post type slugs.
  • Added new fields for listings.
  • Customize the look and feel as much, or as little as you want
  • Features can easily be enabled or disabled on the dashboard
  • Users can easily maintain their listings through a front end control panel
  • Fully customizable email notifications, for the admin and the user
  • Strong focus on internationalization, we want this to work for everyone, everywhere
  • Clean, fully responsive interface
  • Social media integration, build traffic for your users
  • Google Maps integration
  • Lightweight but still powerful
  • Supported Views: grid , compact

More information at plugins.lddwebdesign.com


  • Directory Reports & Exports. The LDD Directory Lite Reports and Exports extension allows a user to create reports and to export listings in multiple formats e.g XML, CSV, HTML, PDF.
  • Directory Import. The LDD Directory Lite Import extension allows a user to import listings directly to their directory via CSV files that can be edited by hand or in applications such as Microsoft Excel.
  • Directory Reviews. The LDD Directory Lite Reviews extension add a powerful user review system to your online directory with star ratings, comments and filterable/searchable review content.
  • Directory Social Login. The LDD Directory Lite Social Login extension that allow with the ability to login with facebook, google+, linkedin logins.
  • Directory Social Share. The LDD Directory Lite Social Share extension add the ability to share your directory listings on popular social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest and via E-mail.


This plugin is where it is thanks to the hard work and open source beliefs of a great many people. While I always try to make sure they are credited in the code itself, I would like to take the time to include them here as well. In no particular order:

Who: WebDevStudios
Where: Custom Metaboxes and Fields for WordPress
Why: Used to build the administrative user interface for the directory listings custom post types.

Who: yoast
Where: WordPress SEO Usage Tracking
Why: Code from the WordPress SEO plugin was integrated into this plugin in order to quickly add anonymous usage tracking. The information supplied by those who opt in to this program allows us a fantastic insight as to what configurations the plugin is being used on, and how to test future releases.

Who: Bootstrap
Where: Front end interface.
Why: A trimmed down copy of bootstrap was used to rapidly define the front end interface for the plugin.

Who: HappyJS
Where: Single listing view.
Why: Happy.js is used on the listing page where strong validation is critical prior to a contact form being submitted.