Next generation DirectoryPro

Next generation DirectoryPro

We have updated the article to see what features are already included in Citadela compared to the old DirectoryPRO theme. As you can Citadela already has way more features than our legacy themes. The best thing about Citadela is that it is a universal theme. You can use any 3rd party plugin to extend default Citadela functionality.

Because Citadela only uses standard WordPress features, it’s a solution that will be with us for years. We do not plan to replace Citadela with any newer theme. We will only make Citadela better and smarter. Start using Citadela today.

Short history of Directory theme

The first Directory theme we created in 2013. It was the first directory listing theme in the world. We have started the revolution and showcased to the WordPress community what is possible to achieve with WordPress.

Back then, there were no page builders. Shortcodes controlled everything. After a few years, we made a new version, the second generation called Directory+, based on our Framework 2. Directory+ had our AIT page builder. In 2020 we decided to refresh our Directory+ theme with a new design and new features. We renamed the theme to DirectoryPro. DirectoryPro is now a legacy theme.

New directory revolution

Now it’s 2021, and we’re happy to show you our 3rd generation of Directory theme based on this Citadela family. Citadela DirectoryPro Layout has been released recently to all our members. You can check it out here.

Are you asking what’s missing from the old DirectoryPro theme? The quick answer is – not a lot. Here’s an updated summary table:

Citadela is fast, secure and years ahead. Be prepared for all the changes that will be happening to WordPress CMS system in the end of 2021. Start using Citadela today.

36 thoughts on “Next generation DirectoryPro

  1. Hey Martin,

    very nice, and I am happy being back using this nice Theme and plugins.

    For me it nearly got everything. Only small pieces are missing or I don’t find them.

    – back to top button
    – set size of the Google map (height/width)
    – customized header menu
    – show category of the items on item Page
    – social media in contact

    I am still learnings using Gutenberg 😃

    Thanks,
    Denis

    1. Hello,

      that’s a great idea, Denis! We really like your example of how this particular feature would come in useful to you. We’ll definitely have a look closer once we finish the 3rd phase. Thank you again for writing in and taking the time to provide your feedback.

      Have a good day!
      Zlatko

  2. Hello,
    Sounds good. will switch to it when event listings are available and changing from events theme to citadela is easy.

    1. Hello Aussie,

      Thanks a lot for writing in and for asking. Yeah, CSV Import / Export plugin is planned and should be available in a few weeks (April/May).
      It will allow you to transfer bulk data of portal items, item categories and locations quickly. There will be implemented features like:
      – import data from CSV file to your portal theme
      – export data from your website in CSV format to do local changes in Microsoft Excel or Apple Numbers
      – plugin will automatically generate sample CSV file for the current theme
      – etc.

      Kind regards!
      Zlatko
      AIT team

  3. does it have a gallery option (upload extra images)? or add our own gallery block?

    also would be nice to have the option in the setup to have our own permalinks for items, events without the need to tweak plugin files.

    cheers
    Michael

    1. Hello there,

      Thanks for writing in.
      Gallery block can be added right from the latest Citadela plugin release v 4.0.0: https://www.ait-themes.club/citadela-directory-4-0/

      A standard permalinks settings available in the panel administration -> settings -> permalinks. Furthermore we’ll consider it as a possible update in the future.

      Kind regards!
      Zlatko
      AIT team

  4. Hi

    You are mentioning about migration from previous directory themes: Items, categories and locations.

    What happens with reviews and ratings? Can these be migrated to from DirectoryPro to Citadela?

    1. Hello Lea,

      Thanks for writing in. The content like Item reviews or rating can’t be migrated by using CSV Import Export plugin. After import Citadela Layout will be lost. Perhaps some 3rd party developer plugin might help.

      Kind regards!
      Zlatko
      AIT team

  5. Добрый день! Подскажите, пожалуйста, есть ли такая опция каталога для странички ресторана или кафе, как меню? То есть, чтобы клиент мог посмотреть (или скачать) меню с ценами. Может быть в формате PDF, как вариант.

    1. Zdravstvujte Татьяна,

      Thanks for additional question. In fact you use Citadela directory pack or Food Guide directory theme. I would like ask you to have a look at the comparison table in order to see the the differences between both products (Food Guide theme is represented by DirectoryPRO)

      Kind regards!
      Zlatko
      AIT team

  6. Hi,
    I translated about 100% of Citadela in italian language.
    Could you approve it?
    https://translate.wordpress.org/projects/wp-themes/citadela/it/default/

    1. Thank you Tore, you’re a star.
      I have sent a request to WordPress translation managers to approve your translations.

        1. Hello Tore,

          Thank you for getting back on this. The translation approval procedure takes some time, and it depends on how active the local team is. Fewer people as translation editors might take a longer time to get to validate plugins and themes.

          Sincerely!
          Zlatko
          AIT team

        2. Hello Tore,

          please find hereunder the comment we have received from WordPress community:
          “Hi @tore78mo and @aitthemes

          Thanks for your contribution!
          I’ve reviewed the strings you translated, and most of them were ok, so they are now approved. However, there are still some minor inconsistencies with our glossary, which I invite you to check at this address.

          Before granting PTE access, we always run a quick mentoring: this means that one of the most experienced Italian WordPress translators will assist you in resolving your doubts and ensure translation consistency.
          Please join the Italian Polyglots community channel on Slack, so we can give you a quick tour and start the mentoring process.

          Have a good day!”

          Hope it will help you.

          Sincerely!
          Zlatko
          AIT team

      1. Salve Enrico,

        thanks for writing in. Here is the link how to implement the new language localisation. Once the translation managed by Tore is approved you’ll be able to manage Italian translation, too.

        Have a good day!
        Zlatko
        AIT team

          1. Once the translation is approved on WordPress.org, it will be available automatically. If you switch your WordPress language to Italian, it will download italian translation for Citadela. That’s pretty sweet. If you wish to make any translations to our other plugins, feel free to check out our documenation https://www.ait-themes.club/wordpress-translation-plugins/

    1. Hey Denis,

      If the themify page builder supports Gutenberg, you can use it. Citadela is a 100% standard block-based theme. That means that if the plugin is programmed to work with modern themes, it will work without any change to our theme or plugins.

      That was our goal right from the beginning. At the end of the day, all themes and plugins will have to follow the WordPress route and be Gutenberg compatible. It’s pretty hard to guess what will happen to Divi or Elementor. Maybe they will separate from WordPress one day and make their own CMS system. Who knows.

      Cheers,
      Martin

  7. Hi guys, sorry to bother you again with some questions about the near feature.
    You had some roadmaps earlier, but it looks like the timepath is abandoned.

    Could you please share a new roadmap with us, about the new item types, the phase 3 functions that we are still waiting for. As stated earlier by Emily on the 22nd of June, these functions should release within weeks and two months, we are allready in the thirth month. 🙂

    Classified listings, importing tool, job offers, special offers, food menu, seo improvements and events which have been added by using an external plugin.
    For me it’s no problem to wait a little longer, but I would like to know when we can expect certain functions.

    Thanks in advance!

    1. Hello there,

      many thanks for writing in. Yes, there were a lot of tasks that we had to solve as a priority. We’ll be adding a new plan soon with new features, which we’ll be adding soon.

      Thanks for your patience.

      Kind regards!
      Zlatko
      AIT team

  8. Would you say that DirectoryPro takes over the job from the Foodmenu? No need to have both?

    I notice in your comparison list you talk about “Woocommerce” being the answer for Foodmenu listings, can you expand on that please?

    1. Hi there,

      Thanks for asking. Yeah, you can create online menu and ordering system with ad-on Restaurant for WooCommerce. For detailed info please check out the following link: https://woocommerce.com/products/restaurant-for-woocommerce/#

      Have a good day!
      Zlatko
      AIT team

    1. Hello there,

      Thanks for asking. Citadela product pack supports different options in order to create multilingual website. We have never tested WPML plugin, anyhow please have a look at detailed instructions in the following article: https://www.ait-themes.club/wordpress-translation-plugins/

      Have a good day!
      Zlatko
      AIT team

  9. Hi,
    there are important missing features about migration process from Framework2 to Citadela.
    For example item gallery doesn’t migrate! Only featured image appears on new items detail page. Reviews are all lost and new review system doesn’t have any custom or Gdpr field. Item filters are lost too! After automatic migration process, we need to add all filter manually again.

    Migration process is very important and is the only (?) way to avoid to waste search index and rank. But if we have to operate an hard work to have a complete migration, we may think to switch to other theme or dedicated plugins that offer much more features, like GeoDirectory, Wilcity etc.

    So, we hope you think about all our needs and avoid to lost many unhappy customers.

    Regards.

      1. Hello Tore,

        Thanks for asking. You should go to panel admin -> Citadela Listing -> Data Migration -> click on the button for restart migration.
        Should you have further questions, feel free to post your request directly via our dedicated support ticket system. Please login into your account at https://system.ait-themes.club/support/add-question
        Our technicians are ready to answer you most efficiently even as quickly as possible when you decide on a priority question (obviously within a few working hours). Customer Support is provided during working days from 8am to 5pm Central European Time.

        Best regards!
        Zlatko
        AIT team

    1. Hello Tore,

      Thanks for your comment.

      Usually, we recommend using one of the third-party developer plugins. For example, “WP All Export” plugin exports data from the original template or another export plugin. Either the free version or the paid version will suffice.
      These import-export plugins also export CPTs and can be imported into various CPTs.
      If you manage to export all the data, importing it should no longer be a problem.
      It is not a problem to migrate posts and pages. We also relocated the club page like this.

      You can replace your current theme with Citadela, and yet you can also start by importing one of the available layouts: https://www.ait-themes.club/citadela-layouts/.

      Mantanation of URLs (SEO reasons): You need to edit two fields in the database. Under wp_options, the site URL and home, under wp_options (if it’s only displaying 25 rows per page, it will show the home page on the 2nd page). Edit them to https://localhost/wp or whatever you chose to name your folder, and your cloned site will be ready to use.

      Hope it will help you.

      Have a good day!
      Zlatko
      AIT team

  10. Where do we put links to the listings’ social media accounts? I don’t see that option as a built-in feature. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin etc…

    1. Hello Michael,

      Many thanks for writing in. Feel free to use 3rd party developers block “Social Icons block” thanks to which you can set up desired social media with the URL link.
      Should you have further questions, please post your request directly via our dedicated support ticket system. Please login into your account at https://system.ait-themes.club/support/add-question
      Our technicians are ready to answer you most efficiently even as quickly as possible when you decide on a priority question (obviously within a few working hours). Customer Support is provided during working days from 8am to 5pm Central European Time.

      Have a good day!
      Zlatko
      AIT team

  11. I am able to successfully migrated from old directory to new citadela directory. I installed new staging citadela theme in fresh wordpress site. I also installed the new layout directory pro. Then in my previous wordpress website I have migrated from old to new citadela. So my previous wordpress has now Citadela but no layout as it will delete the existing item. So what I done is from old wordpress site I run wordpress exporter for my items and which i imported in new wordpress staging. All items imported successfully. I was trying for many months but not able to migrate.

    1. Hello Mujtaba,

      Many thanks for sharing your experiences. Enjoy your new website!

      Have a good day!
      Zlatko
      AIT team

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