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Advanced Business Directory 4.8.4

posted by ZLDNN.COM - 09/11/2018

It can work with DotNetNuke 6.1+ including DNN 7.x ,DNN 8.x, DNN 9.x including DNN 9.2.

Demo site and trial version

You can download 15 days free trial version from this page.

You visit the demo web site of the product:




  • Supports Winodws Azure
  •  Integrate with Google Map
  • Integrate with Twitter
  • Integrate with Facebook
  • SEO Friendly: Sitemap, OGP tag, etc.



The Advanced Business Directory is a product based on popular DotNetNuke framework. It can help you to build business directory easily and quickly. The nine modules of the product provide friendly user interface and rich features.

Below diagram can help you to understand the data model.

Below are two cases that use the product.

Restaurant directory: Authorized users can submit restaurants information such as location, contact information, photos and videos. They can also add featured foods for a restaurant. The photos and videos of the food can be added too. Visitors can make reviews on both restaurants and foods. The lists of the most recent restaurants and most popular foods can be show in the front page of the web site.

Job submit/search: Admins can define roles which can submit businesses and jobs. Authorized users can submit businesses and jobs. They can set categories for their business and jobs. Most recent jobs can be shown in the front page of the web site. Users can search jobs by categories, key words and postal code of business. Admins can define special template for search result so only defined roles can see more details of the job, for example, the email or phone number of the business.


Business List

Product List

Product Detail View

Business Detail View

The data module of Advanced Business Directory is:

  • A business can be assigned to several categories and one category can have several businesses.
  • A business can have several images, videos and related links.
  • A business can have several products.
  • You can define the edit template, display template for products.
  • A product can be assigned to several item categories and one item category can have several products.
  • A product can have several images, videos and related links.

In the Restaurant Directory case, the business is restaurant and the product is food. In the Job case, the job is product.

Demo site and trial version

You can download 15 days free trial version from
You visit the demo web site of the product:


Content organization

  •  Business is organized by category. product is organized by item category.
  •  A category can have sub categories. The level of sub category is unlimited.
  •  A business can be assigned to several categories and one category can have several businesses.
  •  A business can have several images, videos and related links.
  •  A business can have several products. 
  • You can define the edit template, display template for products.
  •  A product can be assigned to several item categories and one item category can have several prodcuts.
  •  A product can have several images, videos and related links.

Role based content management

  • Authorized roles can submit businesses.
  •  Authors can modify their own businesses.
  •  Moderators can approve businesses to be published.
  •  Administrators can assign content managers who can manage categories, businesses, products and reviews.
  •  Administrators can assign designers who can manage templates of the module.

Template and tokens

  •  The Advanced Business Directory supports templates.
  •  The templates are of HTML style. There are several default templates shipped with the product.
  •  There are many tokens that can be used in a template.
  •  There is a template editor to help you create your own template.
  •  It supports DotNetNuke environment tokens.

New Templates demos:

Custom Fields

  • You can define custom fields for both business and product.
  • You can define numeric, string and dropdown list fields.
  • You can show the values of custom fields by using tokens.

Custom Product

  •  You can define custom product by defining product type.
  •  You can set edit template and display template for each product type.
  •  You can decide if photos, videos and links can be added to items of a product type.
  •  You can add custom fields to product type.

Email notifications

  •  Email notification can be enabled/disabled.
  •  Administrators can set an email address that can receive notification emails.
  •  Email subject and body template can be defined.


  •  Admins can roles which can review businesses and products.
  •  Visitors vote a review if they find it helpful. The number of helpful and not helpful can be shown in review list.
  •  You can define template to display reviews.
  •  You can enable the review email notification.
  •  The review list sub module can show most recent reviews of business or product.

Using Light box to show photos and videos


  •  The business detail view and product detail view supports light box. The images and videos can be shown in light box.
  •  You can set the theme of light box.
  •  There are several light box themes shipped with the module.
  •  You can set the slider show of the light box.

Features of Presentation


  • Header and Footer template: You can define header and footer template for list. You can insert script such as jQuery to build more attractive user interface 
  • Pagination:  Almost all modules support pagination. You can enable pagination and set page size.
  • Sort options:  Businesses and products can be sorted by fields such as created date, view order, clicks or title.
  • Thumbnail image: There are several tokens for image and thumbnail image. You can select to show original image or thumbnail image in template.
  • User Profile Image: There is a token to show user profile image. And you can select to use DotNetNuke [Profile:Photo] to show it.

SEO friendly


  • The module can add SEO friendly title, description and keywords to detail view page.
  • It can generate SEO friendly URLs.

XHTML compatible

  •  It is compatible with XHTML.
  •  You can use the "Flow" layout to replace the "Table" layout, so as to remove tables in article list.



  • Fully implements DNN's IPortable interface, enabling importing and exporting all content of Advanced Business Directory.

Site Map

  • Support DotNetNuke SiteMap interface. The businesses can be added to DotNetNuke Site Map automatically.

System Requirements

The product is built under DotNetNuke 6.1 and VS 2010.
Database: MS SQL Server 2005, 2008 including express edition.


New in version 4.8.3

  • Remove Telerik controls
  • Working with DNN 9.2

New in version 4.5

  • New Map included: Now the ABD-Map uses Advanced Biz Map 5.9 that supports responsive themes
  • Improvement of Map: Now the ABD-Map supports search. You can add the Map into search page to show locations of search result.
  • Improvement of Search.

New in version 4.4

  • Make it working with DNN 7.3.x and 7.4.x
  • Improvement of thumbnail image.
  • Improvement of image selection.
  • Improvement of editor.
  • Improvement of template.
  • Bug fixes.

New in version 4.3

  • Improvement data provider for SQL 2012.
  • Remove the 4000 characters limit of business Description.
  • Make it work with DNN 7.2+.
  • Improvement of Category Tree
  • Improvement of image selector
  • Improvement of search
  • Improvement of CSV file import. It can import categories, branches and custom fields from CSV file.

New in version 4.0

  • Improvement of template editor. There is more friendly template editor UI.
  • Using Ajax to load business list, product list, category list and other list.
  • Improvement of template. Now header template and footer template are combined into list template.
  •  Improvement of image selector.
  • Improvement of business editor. Now you can add categories when you edit/add businesses.

New in version 3.3

  • Improvement of [FEE] token for business item. You can use [FEE:format] to set format.
  • Improvement Branches. There is a now option in Business List that can show main businesses and braches together.
  • The search result can includes both businesses and branches.
  • New nested categories template for Category List to show multi levels categories.

Now you can set Category order by title.

New in version 3.2

  • Improvement of Editor. Now you can add Custom Field Tokens in edit template.
  • New [COUNTRYLIST] and [REGIONLIST] tokens for Editor. These tokens can generate dropdown list of country and region that can get data from DotNetNuke Lists.
  • New feature of search by distance. Visitors can enter an address and search businesses around it. You can use [TAGADDRESS:width] and [DISTANCE:<type>] token in search layout template.
  • Subcategories token for search: [SUBCATEGORY:ParentCategoryId].
  • Improvement of integration with Facebook. It can post new business message to both user profile time line and page time line.
  • Improvement of Branch Editor. Now you can define template of Branch Editor.
  • Improvement of ShareToSocial.
  • New Command Template for main module. You can replace “Business” to other word in the Command Template.

New in version 3.0

  • Working with DotNetNuke 7.
  • Admin can define SEO Title Template.
  • Add Open Graph tags in business detail page.
  • New User Business List sub module.
  • Improve SQL Script for SQL Azure.


New in version 2.9

  • Integrate with new Journal module of DotNetNuke 6.2
  • Modification of search controller to improve performance.
  • Support mobile solution of ZLDNN Mobile Settings Management. All modules of Advanced Business Directory can dynamically load module settings for mobile devices.
  • Support edit template for Business. You can define edit templates for editing Business page now.
  • Improvement of category management. Now you can add bulk categories one time.
  • Improvement of share data between portals.


New in version 2.8

  • Now you can set custom reviews for listings. For example, you can set reviews for "Service", "Price" etc.
  • Integrate security settings with DotNetNuke module settings.
  • Share listings between portals. The Business List sub module can show listings from other portal.
  • It can work with ZLDNN User Subscription. You can set payment roles which can add listings.

New in version 2.7

  • Now you can add branches for a business.
  • Now it allows users to add book markers of business.
  • New show feature first option allows featured businesses to be shown on top.
  • Bug fixes.

New in version 2.6

  • Post message to Facebook application feed.
  • [FACEBOOKLIKE:width] token to integrate Facebook like button with business detail view.
  • Show category as menu.
  • Allow un registered users to submit reviews.
  • Bug fixes.

New in Version 2.5

  • Upload multi images one time.
  • Improvement of SEO friendly. Set SEO title and description when showing category
  • Custom items. Now you can create different custom item types that have custom fields.
  • New [CATEGORIES:,,[CellSpace]]...[/CATEGORIES] token for business. It can show categories of a business.
  • New [SUBCATEGORIES:,,[CellSpace]...[/SUBCATEGORIES] token for category. It can show sub categories of a category.
  • Improvement of edit and delete
  • Improvement of search. Add region as search field.
  • Bug fixes.

New in Version 2.4

  • Integrate with Twitter. A message can be posted to twitter when a business is updated.
  • It can show dynamically Google Map as well as static map in business detail view.
  • [BUSINESSCOUNT] token for category template.
  • Improvement of social bookmarks tokens.
  • Improvement of Category TreeView. Now you can change the skin and define custom skin for the tree view.
  • Improvement of image selector.
  • Improvement of business template.
  • Improvement of author change feature.

New in Version 2.3   

  • Now you can limit the number of businesses that each user can submit.
  • Now you can limit the number of products of each business.
  • BizMap for Advanced Business Directory is included.
  • Now you can change the layout of business search.
  • Now business list can show businesses by city and country.
  • New social bookmarks token. You can share the business or product to social web sites easily.
  • New slider show template and tabbed content template.
    New in Version 2.2

    New Boolean custom field
  • New settings for edit: “Allow adding images”, ”Allow adding Videos” and “Allow add related links”
  • Now you can set default value for publish date and expired date.
  • Allow unauthorized user to add business.
  • It supports RSS generation.
  • You can import businesses from CSV files.
  • It can work in medium trust environment.



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