Island Tradelink (now part of the BarterPay network) was a Commercial Trade Exchange where businesses large and small traded for goods and services rather than paying cash for them. They operated on Vancouver Island, connecting business who wanted to turn available time and supplies into products they could trade with other members. We built a website for them using WordPress and Connections Pro.

This site was built using WordPress, augmented with the Connections Pro WordPress plugin. This powerful directory plugin allowed us to give Tradelink members access to each other’s public listings of content. Its simplicity in design and function, vast array of unique features and versatility are the reasons more and more people are turning to Connections for their directory needs. We’ve used Connections Pro for many purposes – to create a simple address book, maintain a staff directory and even run a business or link directory.

Connections Pro data isn’t readily searchable like the posts or pages of a WordPress site. To get around that, we deployed Google Custom Search to index the whole site and make it available to users.

The layout came from the direction of veteran designer Bill Code, and we built it quickly using the Bootstrap theme. Rather than coding from scratch, Bootstrap lets developers use ready-made blocks of code to help us get started. Combine that with cross-browser compatibility and CSS-Less functionality, Bootstrap can save many hours of coding, creating a very polished look in the shortest time frame possible.

What makes it special

  • Connections Pro for WordPress
  • Google Custom Search
  • Layout with Bootstrap