20 WordPress Plugins for Local Business Network Sites

I’ve been considering the steps to convert an existing Women’s business networking site from Joomla to WordPress.

Joomla has wonderful capabilities, but it’s a beast to manage in the back-end, whereas building the same functionality in WordPress will require some tweaking, but the administration of WordPress is significantly easier.

This list is mostly for my own reference, but it might be helpful to someone else trying to do the same thing in the future, so here it is.

MEMBER PROFILE PAGES

In order to make this work, I need to make authors into members, and extend the fields they can enter and that will be viewable on their profile pages. I also need to add images to those profile pages, and make them searchable by business type for a business directory type section.

I found two plugins that might work for the extra fields:

and a few choices of plugins to add images to the profile pages:

I’m not entirely sure that I can hack the

to initially link only to profile pages, but I’m sure there’s some code I can gain inspiration from here to get the job done. Otherwise, it’s off to RentACoder to get a hack worked out for a searchable directory like our Joomla site has.

MEMBER LOGINS

Since members will be logging in frequently, I want to put a login form in a sidebar to make it accessible wherever they might be.

In case the members land up on the regular login screen, I want to beautify that with the logo and site colors too. I’ve always had success with

so I’m going to stick with that.

Once the user is logged in, I don’t want them going to the dashboard. That’s just wrong. So hopefully

will work to point them to a page with the latest events, and member options that I create.

should help me restrict what users can do and see once they’re logged in.

I’ve dug up some tutorials to help me out should I get stuck along the way:

EVENT CALENDAR

The networking events, luncheons, breakfasts and trade shows are the heart of the business, so the event calendar has to work for this. Not only will people need to be able to browse a calendar view, but they need to be able to see all the events in a list, click for more detail, and pay for tickets to whichever events they choose.

This might be the biggest challenge, but I’m hoping that the

plugin will at least give me a start. Maybe

, which allows online registration with Paypal integration, will give me some ideas too.

CONTROLLING REGISTRATION

Another challenging aspect of the site will be the registration. Since registration includes many extra fields and a required payment, things might get a little tricky. Here are a few of the plugins I’ve found that might be useful:

SERVING ADS
Sponsors of the group get advertising across the site, so a rotating banner manager of some sort is required. I’ve used

before, and I’m comfortable with it, so that’s probably what I’ll install.

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Since we’ll probably be adding a small shop, some member input areas, and definitely some photo galleries to the site, we’ll need

10 comments

  1. Create the guest list, choose an invitation card, send invitation by Email, The recipient that got your iCard along with useful information, will be able to answer you if he/she will participate in your event. This answer you will see in the site.

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