So you’re building a business directory website? In a previous article, I identified the best WordPress Directory themes, but if you are set on an existing theme, then opt for one of these WordPress directory plugins. Each offers a long list of features that will satisfy even the most picky site owner.
Over 150.000+ downloads and vast majority of 5 star ratings are strong affirmations that this is a great directory plugin. The variety of features packed into this plugin allows you to create a simple address book or link directory. You can add custom fields for addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, logo, notes, short biography, and much more. Categories for entries, shortcodes and much more are included. Of course, there are also paid add-ons.
This is another great WordPress plugin developed by WPMU Dev. It offers features such as ratings, payments, custom categories and much more. Shortcodes guarantee that you can easily integrate directories within your existing theme. You can also create custom access levels for viewing, creating, editing, publishing and administrating listings.
If you use the Business Directory plugin, then building local directories, business provider listings, Yelp-like review sections and address books would be a piece of cake. Even more, you can add any kind of directories, fully customizable fields and accept payments for listings. Your customers can also add listings without accessing the WordPress dashboard. This free plugin has many more interesting features such as spam protection using ReCaptcha, but if you’re looking for even more, there are paid premium modules.
SabaiDirectory is another premium directory plugin. With it you can build a community driven directories like Yelp, and display them in list, grid or map view that displays listing details on mouse hover / click. Shortcodes will help you to easily manipulate and blend your listings into your website’s design.
The WP Business Directory plugin is highly customizable and easy to use. It supports QR codes, and features widgets for categories, tag clouds and location based company search. It also featuresGoogle AdSense on the maps and microformats to ensure your site is found by search engines.
Now that you know the best WordPress directory plugins, get on with populating those listings. But before you do that, let me know which plugin isbeing used on your site?