Dashboard Setup Essentials - Required First Steps to Setup your Directory

When you access your admin backend you will get the Dashboard. Here we added a guide with the essential steps to get started with setting up your directory. If you click on any of these boxes they will redirect you to another part of the admin where you will be able to set up the basics for your site:

1. General Settings:

In this Tab you will be setting up 

  1. Website or Company Name 
  2. Website Phone Number
  3. Industry Name
  4. Profession Name  
  5. Default Website Email 
  6. Members Only Website Configuration

Settings >> General Tab

2. Design Elements:

This is the place to go if you want to edit the Look and Feel of your site. Here you will be able to set up these:

  1. Design Settings
  2. Home Page Layout
  3. Homepage Slideshow   
  4. Pre-Made Color Sets
  5. Banner Ad Design
  6. Custom CSS / HEAD

Here is a list of articles that refer to the different things you can set up in this section:

Design Settings Documentation

3.  Connect Domain:

When you launch a new Brilliant Directories website you get a "Stagging URL", which is a temporary URL that you can use while you build your website. Some on the advantages to having a staging URL is that it affords you the time to work on your site without impacting your eventual domain. Some users prefer to wait until their website has all of the proper keywords and settings set to avoid having their websites indexed before it was ready. 

Once you are ready you can connect your domain here:

Connecting your Domain with the Domain Manager

4. Payment Gateway:

By connecting your own payment gateway, any money you receive will get deposited directly into your account, and you will be able to charge members in your country's home currency (provided that your country is included on the list of countries serviced by your chosen payment gateway, and the payment gateway supports your desired currency). 

Below is a list of all of the currently supported payment gateways with links to more information about the countries and currencies supported by each. If you want to know more info about one of them in specific please click on the name below: 




PayPal Standard

PayPal Payments Pro

PayPal Website Payments Pro


Supported Payment Gateways

Here is a guide on how to set up your Payments Gateways.

Setting Up your Payment Gateway

5. Spam Form Protection:

You will need to have your recaptcha key set up in order to have your public forms prevent SPAM. As Google describes it, "reCAPTCHA is a free service that protects your website from spam and abuse. reCAPTCHA uses an advanced risk analysis engine and adaptive CAPTCHAs to keep automated software from engaging in abusive activities on your site. It does this while letting your valid users pass through with ease." You can read more about reCAPTCHA HERE.

NOTE: Before completing this step, you must FIRST connect your live domain name. Please see: How To Move Your Site To Your Live Domain.

Set Up Google Recaptcha Key

6. Google Maps:

In order to use the location search on your site, you will first need to get your own free Google Maps Javascript API Key and add this to the Admin area of your site. This will enable Google Maps to work on your domain name. In this article we will guide you step by step on what you need to accomplish in order to make this great tool work!

NOTE: Before completing this step, you must FIRST connect your live domain name. Please see: How To Move Your Site To Your Live Domain.

Set Up Google Maps API