I came across a number of developers lately who were interested in finding a reliable directory plugin for WordPress, so here’s a few of the best ones for you along with a few of the best directory themes too.
You can find more themes listed in our Best Directory Themes for WordPress compilation.
Business Directory Plugin for WordPress allows you the flexibility to create
- A Yelp clone * A Yellow Pages directory
- Small town business guide * Professional directory
- Local provider listings * Staff listings
Business Directory Plugin is the only plugin listed that will not take over the entire look of your site, adding the directory as a feature where you want. In addition, they offer a number of unique features:
– The ability to claim listings (and charge users to take them over)
– Charge fees for features (like maps, contact forms, attachments, ratings, even specific fields) attached to fee plans, allowing you to make money through listing upgrades
– Mobile friendly output
– Supports WPML and is translation ready with a number of included language files (Russian, German, Spanish, French)
– Add attachments to listings
Business Directory Plugin is also releasing directory skins (“themes”) in March of 2016 to easily change the look of the entire directory quickly and easily. With over 20,000 active sites and a great rating on WordPress.org on their free core plugin, Business Directory Plugin looks like a solid choice for many people.
GeoDirectory is the new location based WordPress business directory plugin from the creator of the GeoTheme. This is the only plugin that will work virtually with any theme, allowing you to chose your preferred style. The GDF theme framework was built especially for the plugin in case you want the perfect theme solution for this plugin. GeoDirectory is a free plugin completed by a set of premium addons.
GeoDirectory allows anyone to create from a single city directory up to a global directory covering every locations worldwide. It allows webmasters to monetize thier directory by selling premium listings. Thanks to the Custom Post Types addon you can categorize your listings like never before. The Event addon creates fully featured events directories with calendar and recurring events. GeoDirectory can host millions of listings and can be used for any location, any niche and it promises to grow even more.
SabaiDirectory is a premium business directory plugin for WordPress. The plugin features the ability to build a community driven local business directories like Yelp.com, Google+ Places, or Yahoo! Local.
WordPress directory turns your WordPress site into a fully-featured listings directory (ratings, reviews, payments and more) that’ll work while you sleep.
Simple to install and easy to configure, all you need to do is decide what you want to create listings of, how much you want to charge (subscriptions included!) and which theme you want to use the plugin with – it comes with a nice simple default theme too.
Set up multiple directories using Multisite – for singing teachers, life drawing classes, therapists, childcare centres or pretty much anything you can think of. Or go the whole hog and start your own Yellow Pages!
The plugin even seamlessly integrates with the WPMUdev Affiliates plugin so that you can have affiliates promote your directory by giving them a share of your profits!
WP Local Plus is a completely automated, turn-key WordPress plugin that will allow you automatically create content packed, dynamic local business directories complete with dynamic business reviews, business listings, coupon offers and Google Maps integration, and much more, right from within your WordPress blog.
This plugin provides the ability to build any kind of directory site: classifieds, events directory, cars, bikes, boats and other vehicles dealers site, pets, real estate portal. In other words – whatever you want.
An Easy to use, fully featured, Google map and location listing WordPress Plugin, Map List Pro for WordPress lets you quickly display your locations in a paged, sortable, searchable, and filterable list. It comes ready to go with more than 35 styles and is fully customisable. Map List Pro is perfect for creating store locators, office address and contact lists.
Now this is not a directory plugin per se, but it can easily be used to build a directory. Toolset may not be one of the most famous plugins out there, but seriously, once you try this out you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to build complex functionality without any PHP knowledge at all. Of course, you are not limited to directory plugins, you can build anything with this.
Directory Builder is a complex and advanced listings responsive WordPress theme dedicated to classified ads, events and any listings which can go in a directory. There are so many features which make it probably the most universal listings directory theme on the market.
Just a few of the many features on offer include front-end registration and login forms, PayPal & Stripe integration, advertising spaces, custom page templates, unlimited colour schemes, and a lot more.
Created using input from real directory owners and years of experience, directory theme is perfect platform for those who want to not only create but also run successful, money making online business out of a directory site. Trusted by thousands, this is the best directory solution available today.
This directory script comes in the form of a premium WordPress theme that transforms WordPress into a powerful online directory platform suitable for all types of business and affiliate directories.
Vantage is the most popular business directory theme for WordPress. It’s powerful, robust, and easy to use. That’s not all — Vantage is fully responsive which means it scales perfectly on mobile devices.
Quit messing around with other directory themes that only cause headaches and hours of troubleshooting and maintenance. Vantage is simple and pain-free. Within minutes of downloading Vantage, you can create the killer directory site you’ve always dreamed of.
Geotheme is a geographical listing directory theme that actually originated from Templatic’s Geoplaces. Geotheme is superior as it fixes all the bugs with Geoplaces and introduces new features, so between these two I would always opt for this one. An excellent theme if you’re looking to build a directory site with geographical features.
Business Finder theme is an absolutely unique theme. It is fully compatible with Directory Portal Theme, you can switch between themes without loosing your data. There are many things added on top of the Directory theme functionality making Business Finder theme even better. The theme includes Easy Admin that simplifies item administration.
You will be able to easily set up an online directory portal listing categorised items of any type – companies, shops, websites and so on. The theme has built in spaces for advertising, you can easily include your google adsense or any other ads, and it also includes custom built search and filter of all items you add in into the online directory.
Directory theme is an absolutely unique theme concept, first time ever on themeforest. You’re able to easily set up an online directory portal listing categorized items of any type – companies, shops, websites and so on. We’ve spent quite a long time developing the theme as many things were changed several times to make it right. Theme also includes Easy Admin that simplify item administration. Users won’t get lost in WordPress backend any more.
Theme has built in spaces for advertising, you can easily include your google adsense or any other ads. Theme also includes custom built search and filter of all items you add in into online directory.
Have you used any other WordPress directory plugins or themes? Let us know in the comments area below.
UPDATE: This post was updated in October 2015, with some old plugins and themes removed, and new ones added.
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