Directory Builder 4.2.02 was released to the general public today. The latest update to Directory Builder provides the tools needed to build SEO friendly landing pages for your Store Locator Plus location data. Build a list of locations in a specific city, state, or country with a simple shortcode and a incoming links page.
This release adds a shortcode specification that allows you to build a directory landing page based on your locator data. The landing page can be a list of your locations in a specific city, state, or country. The list format is based on the Results Layout with some modifications that are appropriate for a directory style versus map locator style listing.
The resulting pages are completely dynamic but since they are using the WordPress shortcode system the content appears static to the search engine spiders. That means you can build region-specific SEO content for your locations with little effort.
Build A Linked List
Use Directory Builder to build a list of cities, states, countries, or any other location property. Use the [[slp_directory style=”list” by=”city”]] shortcode on any page or post and announce to the world where your locations are.
Use The List To Drive Your Map
Add the locator_page attribute to that shortcode and Directory Builder will automatically search for locations that match the listing. When a user clicks on the city of Charleston it will bring them to your standard locator page and automatically display all locations in Charleston while retaining the full functionality you have set for your locator page.
Or Use The List To Drive A Directory
Build a new page on your site using the [slp_directory style=”landing_page”] shortcode and make that the destination for your list page links. Combine that with the [slp_directory style=”title”] shortcode and you can also have an SEO-friendly title on that landing page. Since the landing page is built dynamically using standard WordPress rendering it is SEO friendly. Even better, the list is dynamic which means you do not have to re-create the page every time you update your list of locations.