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  1. Brian
    Brian March 31, 2017 at 11:19 | | Reply

    Nice write-up Colin. Been looking at BrilliantDirectories (as well as eDirectory) recently so this post is timely. I agree that BD seems to be a far superior solution out of the box that WP, however, a major concern for me is not owning the platform. What are your thoughts?

  2. Paolo
    Paolo June 1, 2017 at 15:29 | | Reply

    What we hear more frequently from old customers of theirs, that decided to move to our products is:

    – didn’t work out
    – a lot of back & forth
    – expensive customization
    – not flexible at all
    – way too expensive compared to any WP solution
    – not self hosted

    Got to add… it’s very sad to see WP Mayor promoting non WordPress products.

    1. Aaron Moore
      Aaron Moore June 27, 2017 at 02:13 | | Reply

      re: Got to add… it’s very sad to see WP Mayor promoting non WordPress products.

      It’s good to have discussions about all options out there and not be biased to only one thing. More information and more discussions will help everyone find the best solution for their own needs. I have multiple sites with many different platofrms and cherish my WP sites very much – including ecommerce sites with WP themes, Magento and Shopify – and all are good at different things and different levels.

      Thank you WP Mayor for being honest in your findings to your readers and sharing many options in this article. There is no doubt that people will find good uses for all the solutions you shared in this article.

  3. Aaron Moore
    Aaron Moore June 27, 2017 at 02:04 | | Reply

    I currently have several online directories. 2 With PremiumPress wordpress theme and 2 with Brilliant Directories (BD). I have to say that the BD platform has so many more built in directory features than my wordpress theme.

    I also tested Shopify for an eCommerce project I started and compared it to a WordPress theme MOSI.

    Shopify – like BD is a SaaS solution ( you pay monthly and they provide the hosting) – you also don’t get to download the entire source code like a wordpress theme – but i do have access to the templates and page layouts which is all i really need. they are more expensive, you pay monthly – but it’s a dedicated solution that does something and does it very well. I like the fact that with BD I can email their support team and they shoot for a 1 day response time. I pretty much get nothing woth my wordpress themes beyond community forum posts, crossing my fingers and hoping for help.

    In my opinion – if you need a straight forward directory site, nothing fancy, and not trying to beat out any competitors, wordpress themes are fine. But with BD, you do get a more powerful site that can compete with larger etablished sites – not to mention access to support.

    So wordpress is good for simpler sites and small communitues with no expectations to be “amazing” in my opinion. BD for direcotry sites and Shopify for eCommerce can you help your brand/project grow faster.

    I did opt for the one-time payment for the BD site, so there is no monthly payment with my site and I still get all their support help.

  4. Upmix
    Upmix February 25, 2019 at 05:48 | | Reply


    Thank you for the explanatory review.I was wondering what are the options BD to be integrated with an e-commerce solution?I understand that software is designed to be directory,but since the setup look alike a social network maybe there is a way this to be done.


  5. Ryan Newman
    Ryan Newman April 14, 2019 at 12:18 | | Reply

    Hi, I am looking at BD. I have used WordPress a lot in the past, and I have also used Squarespare and tried Shopify. Is BD based on WordPress? Is it a customised version of WordPress? Looking at their home page thats what it looks like. So are the themes they give their customised a customised wordpress solution. I have no issues paying for a solid solution even if its based on WordPress. Thanks.

    1. Aaron Moore
      Aaron Moore April 15, 2019 at 10:26 | | Reply

      They are not WordPress. They are a standalone platform, similar to how Shopify is for eCommerce websites.

  6. John
    John August 26, 2019 at 20:02 | | Reply

    Brilliant directories website loads in 9 seconds.

    All websites are hosted on shared server and the performance of the server is very poor.

    They must improve and create more reliable, affordable and better hosting plans.

    Other than that, its excellent software.

  7. Bob Hart
    Bob Hart July 24, 2020 at 16:28 | | Reply

    I just ran a speed test on BD site and it loaded in 2.46 seconds. Very happy with the performance.

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