JV-LinkDirectory
Joomla Directory and Link Exchange Extension Suite

JV-LinkDirectory is a powerful feature rich, SEO optimized, responsive Joomla Directory extension with which you
can build directory of website or non-website based listings of all types like Link Directory, Real Estate Directory,
Software Downloads Directory, Link Exchange Directory, Coupons Directory etc

FEATURES

Highly Configurable Design and Layouts

  • Create highly configurable multi-column directory of links or choose from other available layouts.
  • 150+ fields that can be customized in directory!
  • Use the Layout manager in back-end to override existing directory output files that survive upgrades.
  • Comprehensive set of configuration options for layouts.
  • Create and edit custom.css to include your own style definitions or customize existing CSS

Twitter Bootstrap Compatible

  • Compatible with Twitter Bootstrap 2.3.2 & 3.x.
  • Option to load JQuery, Twitter bootstrap CSS and JS library in advanced configuration.

Directory Listings & Features

  • Add one-way and two-way reciprocal listings
  • Individual detail page for every listing
  • Auto-approve or approve listings by email or from site frontend or back-end
  • Select default listing sorting style.
  • Store and show listings in multiple languages.
  • RSS feeds for all types of links – recent links, random links, featured links, highly rated links, popular links etc…

Categories

  • Add listing to one or more categories
  • Create unlimited number and hierarchies of categories
  • Add custom images and descriptions for categories.
  • Show categories in different layouts in site front-end
  • Configure category parameters in back-end.
  • RSS feeds for category pages.

User Listing Actions in Front-end

  • Like and unlike listings
  • Bookmark or Add listings to their favorites list
  • Recommend listing to friends
  • Report broken links to admin
  • Check listing submission status
  • Claim listing ownership in directory
  • Manage their listings from frontend
  • Suggest new categories to directory.
  • Contact listing owner.
  • Recommend websites to directory admin.
  • Track hits to partner websites and listing detail pages
  • Show Alexa traffic rank for listings
  • Show Alexa traffic history for listings

Write reviews about entries/listings

JV-LinkDirectory integrates with the following popular commenting extensions for Joomla and social channels natively and via plugins. This enables your directory users to rate and comment on listings.

  • Built-in Rating and Comment System – Simple but powerful feature if you dont wish to use any other extension for rating and commenting.
  • Komento from StackIdeas
  • JLex Review from JLexart
  • JLex Comment from JLexart
  • CComment from CompoJoom
  • Disqus
  • Facebook Comments

Featured Listings

  • Provide featured links for free, or charge a fee!
  • Display featured links block in directory in fixed or vertical sliding layouts
  • Exclusive page to showcase featured links
  • PayPal integrated payment processing for featured links
  • Set multiple pricing plans and increase revenue with Featured links.

Features

  • Improve sites linking to you with reciprocal link exchanges.
  • Allow users to exchange or add reciprocal links from site front-end.
  • Let users link back to deeper pages of your website for link exchanges
  • Do back link check at the time of link submission.
  • Decide if you want to allow rel=nofollow in the reciprocal link
  • Run periodical reciprocal link checks and expire links that are not linking back anymore!

Link Exchange Connect Service

  • Link Exchange Connect Service, also called LECS in short, provides the ability to offer a link exchange service for site visitors. LECS connects owners of your directory listings with site visitors who are looking for link or banner exchange.
  • This feature empowers you to provide a value added service to your site visitors, and helps them in building links. In return your reputation is improved, and websites start coming back to your directory looking for more partners for link exchange.
  • This also does not require you to do any link exchanges with anyone. In-fact if you wish you can even disable two-way links in your directory and still use this feature provided by JV-LinkDirectory.

Listing Plans in Directory

A listing plan enables you to define the price (free/paid), recurring option, duration, expiration date and fallback settings, number of photos and videos, allow partner logo, allow adding to top level categories, back link options, number of additional categories and ability to contact listing owner for that plan. When a customer purchases a plan he is restricted by the parameters of that plan. This can help you to define multiple plans and sell them at different prices.

Additional Features

  • Decide fallback plan for listings after link expiry
  • Decide on what happens to link after it expires, ability to select a default plan via backend for links.
  • Let users switch plan for their listings from frontend.

Custom Fields

Define and create custom fields for links. JV-LinkDirectory provides 25+ custom field types to choose from. They can be

  • Text
  • Text Area
  • RSS Feed
  • Radio
  • Checkbox
  • Dropdown
  • Email
  • HTML Editor
  • Country
  • Address
  • Meta Description
  • Url
  • Twitter Url
  • Facebook Url
  • Google Plus Url
  • LinkedIn Profile Url
  • Time
  • Date
  • Blogspot Url
  • Digg Url
  • Dribbble Url
  • FB Messenger Url
  • Indiegogo Url
  • Instagram Url
  • Kickstarter Url
  • LinkedIn Company Url
  • MySpace Url
  • Phone
  • PInterest Url
  • Quora Url
  • Reddit Url
  • Skype
  • StumbleUpon Url
  • Telegram Url
  • Tumblr Url
  • Vimeo Url
  • YouTube Channel Url
  • YouTube User Url

Custom Field Features

  • Set display ordering for them
  • Set fields as optional/mandatory
  • Search inside custom fields
  • Define basic validations
  • Display custom fields while adding and displaying links in site front-end.

Photos and Gallery Display for Listings in Directory

  • Let your site visitors upload photos for listings.
  • Generate thumbnails for photos automatically
  • Manage photos from site front-end and back-end
  • Display photos in link detail pages
  • Configure allowed photo dimensions, size, allowed formats
  • Set limits on number of photos that can be uploaded
  • Drag and Drop Photos for Listings and Re-order them in Backend
  • Ajax based addition and re-ordering of Photos for Listings in Backend
  • Show photos instead of thumbnail previews in link listings.

YouTube Videos and Video Gallery Display for Listings in Directory

  • Add YouTube videos for listings
  • Manage videos from site front-end and back-end
  • Display videos in link detail pages
  • Set limits on number of videos that can be uploaded
  • Ajax based addition and re-ordering of YouTube videos for Listings in Backend

File Downloads for Listings in Directory

JV-LinkDirectory provides ability to upload files via directory backend and frontend to listings, which enables you to provide downloads of files to your directory users.

  • Number of files that can be uploaded can be configured as per the listing plan.
  • Version, Checksum, Size and Description info for files.
  • Set access permissions for files which decides who can download files via frontend.
  • Ajax based Drag and Drop Files for Listings and Re-order them in Backend

Directory Modules

Install modules and show directory content in predefined Joomla module positions. JV-LinkDirectory provides 24 different module functions!  Use Gravatar or avatars from CB/JomSocial/EasySocial in modules.

  • Newly added links or Recent Links
  • Today’s links
  • Random Links
  • Highly Rrated Links
  • Popular Links
  • Featured Links
  • Favorite Links
  • Link Categories in Tree
  • Most Voted Links
  • Directory Statistics
  • Link Detail Views
  • Most Liked Links
  • Shows Recent directory activities
  • Compact Add Link Form
  • Compact Search Form
  • Keywords Cloud
  • Latest Comments
  • Latest Files of Listings
  • Popular Files of Listings
  • Random Photos of Listings
  • Random Videos of Listings
  • Random Thumbnail Previews of Listings
  • Top Alexa Traffic Rank
  • Show Listings on Map and Search and Filter Module.

Content and Blog Integration

  • Joomla! Articles – Create articles in Joomla automatically whenever a listing is published in JV-LinkDirectory with exclusive JV-LinkDirectory plugin for Joomla core articles. Show related Joomla articles in detail pages of listings too!
  • K2 – Create items in K2 component automatically whenever a listing is published in JV-LinkDirectory with exclusive JV-LinkDirectory plugin for K2. Show related K2 items in detail pages of listings too!
  • EasyBlog – Create blog posts in EasyBlog Blog component for Joomla automatically whenever a listing is published in JV-LinkDirectory with exclusive JV-LinkDirectory plugin for EasyBlog. Show related EasyBlog posts in detail pages of listings too!
  • Cobalt – Show related records from Cobalt sections in detail pages of listings

Community Extensions Integration

JV-LinkDirectory integrates with latest versions of JomSocial, EasySocial, Community Builder (1.9.x and 2.x) and AlphaUserPoints extensions!

  • Display listing owner avatar in listing listings
  • Display listing owner avatar in listing detail pages
  • Send message to listing owner
  • Link to view listing owner profiles
  • Reward points to members upon multiple directory events
  • Post 14+ different types of directory events to activity stream (forJomSocial and EasySocial)
  • Show activity stream with events from directory in EasySocial, JomSocial and Community Builder.
  • Community Builder user profile integration – Exclusive Community Builder plugin for JV-LD, that will display a new tab with links that belong to the logged in user
  • Numerous applications for EasySocial and JomSocial to show directory data in them.

JV-LinkDirectory provides special integration packs for EasySocial and JomSocial, making it the best of all. These include viewing link details in EasySocial and JomSocial with extra fields, EasySocial and JomSocial apps for listing reviews, EasySocial and JomSocial apps for favorite listings. These apps provide extensive functionality and need to be purchased separately.

SEO Features

  • Add multiple profiles for a partner listing. These profiles can be shown in random for each page refresh of the listing.
  • Reciprocal links – Create multiple self profiles for your website and provide each of them to individual partners. This lets different partners to link to different titles and descriptions of your website – Great for SEO!
  • Unique page meta data, description and titles.
  • Advanced SEF URLs for listings and categories. You can decide the SEF URLs strings too!
  • Ability to choose rel=nofollow on link level and global level

Social Media and Micro Data Features

  • Social bookmarking of links with Google+, Twitter, Facebook etc…
  • Facebook integration for Like, Recommend pages
  • Post to your Twitter account when a new link is added
  • Google +1 widget integration
  • Micro Data Integration to publish rich snippets of schema.org

Directory User Community

If you do not use EasySocial or Community Builder or JomSocial, then you can now fallback to the new and default in-built community created in JV-LinkDirectory 5.9. The in-built community comes with the following features:
Full fledged activity stream where your site visitors can see the directory activities as they happen. These activities include 14 different events like new listing addition, rating a listing, commenting a listing, new photo upload, new video upload, new file upload, listing recommendation, new category suggestion etc… This stream is ajax powered and will show activities just like how you see in JomSocial or EasySocial streams.

  • Directory module to show activity stream.
  • Every user can have a custom display name, avatar (user uploaded or gravatar) and an exclusive profile page.
  • The user profile page will show the directory statistics of the user.
  • Additionally it will show the activity stream of that user, and the listings owned by that user.
  • A directory home page design which displays the activity stream instead of categories layouts. Admin can select this from backend configuration.

Google Map Integration

  • Show all listings of a category in Google map!
  • Let listings have multiple location addresses which can be shown on Google map.
  • Show driving directions and listing locations in map in listing detail pages

Search Features

  • Search inside categories, listings and extra fields
  • JV-LinkDirectory provides a very powerful search and filter utility for your users. This search and filtering design will help your customers drill down your search using search keywords and/or filters from a vast number of listings to exactly what you are looking for, thus improving the usability of your directory!

Sitemap Features

A sitemap is a file where you can list the web pages of your site to tell Google and other search engines about the organization of your site content. JV-LinkDirectory provides specific plugins that can be used for including and showing directory urls in sitemap. This includes hyperlinks to directory menu items, categories and listing detail pages. Plugins are provided for free for the following Joomla Sitemap Generator Extensions.

  • JSitemap and JSitemap Pro from J!Extensions Store
  • OSMap and OSMap Pro from Joomlashack

Anti-Spam

  • Prevent spam and unwanted bots by using one of the several advanced anti-spam techniques provided by JV-LinkDirectory
  • Blacklisting words, Blacklisting IPs, Akismet integration, Joomla captcha integration and Spam score calculation and reference.

Related Articles

  • Show articles related to the listing in listing detail page.
  • Show other listings related to the link being displayed

Thumbnail Previews

  • ShrinkTheWeb – Recommended and powerful thumbnail provider. JV-LinkDirectory provides an advanced integration using JV-ShrinkTheWeb including caching and performance improvements. The integration is also certified by Shrinktheweb.com, and requires you to purchase JV-ShrinkTheWeb separately.
  • Thumbalizr
  • Picoshot
  • Local thumbnails

SMS Notification

JV-LinkDirectory can send SMS message to your mobile phone whenever the following events occur:

  • Someone purchases a paid service
  • New link is added and pending approval
  • A link is published.
  • A review is added and pending approval
  • A review is published
  • JV-LinkDirectory uses the Clickatell Bulk SMS Gateway to send SMS to administrator mobile phone. All that you need is to create a clickatell account, create a HTTP API config and configure the settings along with your phone number to which sms need to be sent in JV-LinkDirectory admin panel.

Revenue Generation Features

JV-LinkDirectory provides ample opportunities for you to make money like setting up and selling one-way paid links, paid featured links, category sponsorship and advertisements in the directory. You can setup one or more purchase plans for each of them.

Advertising Features

  • Create advertisement slots
  • New 30+ slots at strategic places in the directory where you or your site visitors may want to place the advertisements for maximum visibility.
  • Create new advertisements slots in directory as wanted
  • Sell advertisement spaces in directory and earn money
  • Use in-built IPN based PayPal integration or INS based 2Checkout integration to collect payments.
  • Track ad impressions
  • Expire ads by date or number of impressions.
  • Ads can be HTML/Flash too!

Sponsor Category

With JV-LinkDirectory, you can earn money by letting users sponsor specific categories in the directory. When someone sponsors a category, their information like banner image, text that they will provide will appear at the top of the category page that they sponsored. As admin, you can create multiple plans for this sponsorship and also decide on the specifications of the sponsorship information like the size of banner, text input etc… This is a powerful way of allowing sponsors to get maximum visibility from the directory.

Payment Gateway Integration

JV-LinkDirectory provides offline, 2Checkout and PayPal mode of payments Payment Integrations and is completely integrated with PayPal instant processing notification (IPN), thus enabling you to collect payments and fulfilling the orders instantly. JV-LinkDirectory also provides discount coupons, and taxation including VAT integration which can be configured. Following payment gateways are supported:

  • PayPal – Integration includes automated processing of IPN notifications from PayPal.
  • 2Checkout – Integration includes automated processing of INS notifications from 2Checkout.
  • Offline payments – Directory users can choose to use checks or bank transfers using this method.

Revenue Dashboard

View all your transactions and associated purchase information out of advertisements, featured links, sponsor a category etc… from a centralized revenue manager section in JV-LinkDirectory backend

Coupons

JV-LinkDirectory lets you create coupons for paid services. JV-LinkDirectory also supports processing and receiving payments via PayPal or offline mode of payments. You can create coupon code that can be limited by time or number of impressions. Coupons can also be created for one or more services too.

Administrator Utilities

  • Import categories and links from text file
  • Import categories and links from Joomla Web Links component
  • Import categories and links from JV-LinkExchanger
  • Create categories in bulk from a text file
  • Jump Start Configurator – Configure the directory in under 5 minutes
    Install Sample Data – This provides you with a directory with sample data for you to get started.
  • Backup categories and listings
  • Data restore manager
  • Export and Import JV-LinkDirectory configuration.
  • Rebuild thumbnails for listings in bulk
  • Rebuild photo thumbnails in bulk
  • Regenerate SEF URL alias for categories
  • Regenerate SEF URL alias for Links
  • Re-Calculate Number of Links in Categories
  • Delete all links and categories
  • Backlink check using Scheduler
  • Automatically delete listings pending backlink
  • Send email in bulk (Mass email manager)
  • Configure 25+ email templates
  • Communicate with partner via email from with in JV-LinkDirectory
  • Recycle bin to hold trashed links
  • Broken link checker
  • Convert one-way to two-way links and vice-versa
  • Add private notes for every link
  • Advanced caching techniques to improve performance and more…

Customer Testimonials

Functionality:

I have tried several link directory options over the years – with joomla and other CMS and I am very pleased with this product!

Ease of Use:

I have used this now through a few version upgrades and it keeps getting better/easier to use.

Support:

Support has been responsive and very helpful – happy customer!

Documentation:

Good documentation and plenty of hover/mouse over pop-up helpful hints.

Value for money:

Definitely worth the money – I have tried plenty of free/open source products and do not regret spending $ for this – it’s worth it.

I use this:

For an Outdoor Adventure directory – started long ago as a fun project and an excuse to play on the ‘interwebs’. Be sure to combine JV-LinkDirectory with JV-ShrinkTheWeb – they go together like chocolate and peanut butter!

By adventuneer

Functionality:

There has been a lot of thought put into this extension. Great work!

Ease of Use:

Easy to setup and configure, but good features for power users as well.

Support:

Awesome! I had some questions and got answers fast!

Documentation:

Extensive and good.

Value for money:

Well worth the money.

I wanted to be able to build a directory and build reciprocal links. This does the trick, great!

By Ed Peterson

Functionality:

These guys write some of the best code I have ever used!

Ease of Use:

Very easy to get it up and running, took an hour or two for my customization’s and I am very happy!

Support:

You don’t find customer support like this, that is why I keep coming back. They have written code on separate occasions just for my website.

Documentation:

It is all there, you will need to refer to it.

Value for money:

Very Reasonable.

I used this at http://usedclockparts.com/clock-related-websites

By Tim

Functionality:

The component provides so many options for configuration that it meets my needs for 2 different types of directories.

Ease of Use:

Incredibly easy to use. Offers a sample data configuration that is great for getting you started.

Support:

Support is spot on. Post in the discussion forum and they will answer quickly. Very responsive

Value for money:

Great value for the money. I was hesitant to purchase because there is a no refund policy. I can say with confidence that if you are looking

I used this as a business directory and a web resource directory.

By Jannis

Functionality:

Great range of features and more being added with each versions

Ease of Use:

Found it easy to use. Lots to learn but that is always the case with extensions that have lots of features.

Support:

First class support. Also excellent customization service.

Value for money:

Very happy with costs of extension and customization support.

I used this as an accommodation directory – part of a walking guide website in the UK

By Richard

Functionality:

This component can do a lot more than it appears at the first view. Very efficient coding.

Ease of Use:

Ease of use, yes. Follow the steps and don’t forget to read the documentation.

Support:

Excellent support. I had a problem with Google maps in my listings. In 15 min I got an answer to my ticket that solved another problem.

Documentation:

Excellent documentation on site AND in each step of the configuration in admin side. Never saw that elsewhere in 15 years.

Value for money:

No worries this is an excellent deal.

I use this app to categorized lists of links but also to organise different lists of products, services, projects etc. according to the need of my clients

By Michel Dubé

Functionality:

You can create URLs in appropriate categories. In combination with the ShrinkTheWeb component, appears the website in a nice screenshot view.

Ease of Use:

The backend area has many options. You need 1 hour to understand the the most functions. The first steps are not very simple but okay later.

Support:

The support is very, very fast. Questions would be answered on work days and on the weekends in 3-6 hours.

Value for money:

For the good programming work and the 24 hour support, I like to pay the price.

I work with JV-LinkDirectory together with JV-ShrinkTheWeb since many weeks. I am very pleased, that I can manage my best web links and show they my visitors. The thumbnail preview images looks very nice and professional. A very good link presentation.

By Matt

Functionality:

I never wanted it for SEO, i just wanted it for LD. I asked the programmer and he gave me all what i`d needed (all questions, all code).

Ease of Use:

After my first questions where answered it was a easy task to build up my 500 dirs and just now i`m ongoing to put in my 30.000 links.

Support:

2 times contacted, 2 times solution in time with answer and code. there`s no better. he sleeps with his code. no question he cannot answer.

Documentation:

If you have some basic understanding and are ready to read through all tabs in the BE, you dont need docu. Its logic. Docu i never needed.

Value for money:

I`m some of the old happy boys who got it for lifetime, i`d never regret 🙂

Bringing 20 years of my life to an end (i`m now 46), with a collection from over 30.000 links. I`ll reduce it to new updated best of 10.000 in next year. The new JV-LD will be famous (as far as i hope it will be :)) and it was only becoming possible through the help of Niranjan.

By  Johannes Springer

Credit this company for coming up with a brilliant idea. Build your own link directory website; or, like us, use it invite others to create quality partner links. The SEO potential is awesome, if used correctly. My only issue was the extreme difficulty of customizing the front-end view. But this developer is wonderfully responsive and dedicated; and he gave generously of his time to help us get the look and feel we needed. He also assures me that the next version will be far easier to customize. Some of the best service I have ever received from a Joomla extensions developer. Thank you, JV-Extensions!

By Jim Gribble

This is a really powerful extension! I was using some other solutions before, e.g. Sobi2 which in the end I was totally disappointed with. JV-LinkDirectory has a lot of interesting features and you don’t have to buy many expensive add-ons to make it look and work good. They are already included in the main package! I’m very satisfied with the design and features of this extension. I would like to recommend it to anyone looking for a good link directory solution for Joomla!. Thanks!

By Voytek

What is Included?

  • JV-LinkDirectory Component
  • 24 Modules
  • 14 Plugins including all Payment Gateway Integrations (Paypal, 2Checkout, Offline)
  • Community Builder Integration
  • JoomFish and FALANG Integration Files
  • Free updates and upgrades for 12 months.
  • Free support via User Community Forums.
  • 12 months support via Dedicated Email Support with a guaranteed turnaround time of less than 24 hours (usually it is a few minutes to a couple of hours).
  • 15% discount on custom projects for your website

All modules, plugins, CB integration files, and other extensions integration plugins are installed automatically when you install the component. EasySocial, and JomSocial Integration packs need to be purchased separately.

Requirements

  • Joomla! 3.7+
  • PHP 5.4+
  • MySQL 5.6+
  • PHP CURL and GD Libraries

We have a 15 day money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with the software. So go ahead and try it out! Our customers trust us and appreciate the quality of the product and software.