Developing, constantly monitoring, and upgrading your website can be a painstaking job.
However, if you intend on creating a directory website, then it can get really complex.
It is hard to design a business directory website from scratch, but that’s the beauty of WordPress.
You don’t have to.
As the internet’s most popular CMS, WordPress gives you all the tools needed to launch quickly. Using a well-coded theme or a robust plugin can have your site fully functional in no time.
Here is a list of the best WordPress directory themes that will make the process much, much easier.
Selling cars is a serious business. To begin, you’ll need a good-looking website with all the bells and whistles to stand out from others. Luckily, all of this is available in Automotive, a premium WordPress directory theme, which is specially designed for selling cars. It has a responsive layout, is compatible with WooCommerce, discount coupons, and easy to manage. It also features front-end submissions allowing for directories that are user driven (no pun intended!)
If you’re keen on best-sellers, then Directory is a theme for your website. It offers features such as user registration and PayPal integration. It also features a large Google Maps panel with distinct markers for every business type clearly differentiating listings by type. The theme offers easy ad management (i.e, Google AdSense) to generate revenue, and boasts a responsive design and plenty of shortcodes to ensure that it will look great on any display.
When we think of directories, the name Yellow Pages immediately comes to mind. Following on that logic, reputation and style, designers from Templatic created YellowPages theme as a child theme of their Directory theme. YellowPages theme offers you plenty of options to display your listings. The wide sidebars are great for displaying categories and widgets. Although the name of the theme is YellowPages, it doesn’t have to be yellow; there are plenty of colors to choose from. It comes with a fully responsive design and Google Maps integration with over 200 countries preloaded as great legacy from the parent theme.
Vantage is one of the more popular WordPress directory themes. Besides regular business listings, Vantage allows you to list daily or multiple day events with ease. It also features ‘claimable listings’, an option that can bring more money to your website. It’s good to know that besides integrated PayPall, this theme also includes great options for recurring payments. Since listings are not limited to a city, with Vantage you can create directories for entire countries. The theme itself has a great design, but if you’re not satisfied, then you’re free to try one of the many child themes.
An image is worth a thousand words. Buzzler allows you to create listings that include featured images all perfectly placed onto a Google Map. Buzzler also allows you to control the entire design, as well as define free, paid and featured listing. Payment options include PayPal, Moneybookers and Payza integration. You will also be able to offer great search functionality allowing visitors to search based on category, location or zip code. Additionally, with user-specific dashboards, your customers can manage their own listings, and login with a Facebook, Twitter or WordPress account.
As you can see, there are excellent WordPress directory themes readily available. If you are use something other than what I’ve listed above, please share details below in the comments. Sharing is caring!