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Best Local And Global Directory WordPress Themes For Business Listings, Job Boards, Classifieds And Other Directories 2019

Best Local And Global Directory WordPress Themes For Business Listings, Job Boards, Classifieds and Other Directories 2019

This time we would like to showcase the best directory themes for job board, car dealership, real estate, website, business, service and other directly listing websites.

We have collected over 20 highly customizable, responsive and versatile directory WordPress themes that are ready to dominate any niche. Listing pages and theme layouts for all these themes can be customized to suit your requirements.

There are plenty of very successful business directory websites for local and global businesses. They exist because people are willing to find the best possible service and business owners want to promote their business and get the maximum exposure. This is why web directory business is so easy to establish and maintain.

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Feel free to suggest your own themes for this collection.


ListingPro is a premium End-to-End Directory Solution built for WordPress with several dozens of 5-Star reviews. It was built in-house from ground-up to be able to address some of the most underserved needs and maximize return-on-investment of WordPress users who wants to build a directory like Yelp or Foursquare. From built-in super advanced search feature to filter options to narrow down the search results. Just the front-end business owner dashboard is intuitive enough to convince you it’s the right investment.

A built-in ads system to start monetizing right out-of-the-box on day one, and of course the exciting new front-end submission form will keep your visitors engaged, increasing the conversion rate as it’s super simple to start accepting paid listings to monetize as well. All this requires no additional plugins, everything inside with one time fee and lifetime updates. It takes less than 5mins for initial setup with dummy content, so no coding knowledge needed, that’s how simple it is.

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listify-creativre-directory-wordpress-templateListify is an eye-catching WordPress Theme for directory and listing sites. It is packed with awesome features and options that allow you to promote and showcase your products and services online. This theme is made with functionality and usability in mind. It is fully integrated with Open Table, Resurva, Guestful, and WooCommerce Bookings plugin to let your visitors get the chance to make reservations with the businesses listed in your directory. This theme also allow users and potential buyers save a listing with the theme’s bookmarks support, let users search for a listing by a location or zip code, view a map of all the local listings, create submissions without logging into the admin interface and share or visit a listing’s social media sites.

In addition, Listify also includes video backgrounds, listings maps, oodles of custom widgets, dual menus, color skins and many more. They also included support for rich snippets to ensure that your listing will be visible on search engine, particularly in Google. This simple functionality not only boosts your directory site’s SEO rankings but it also gets greater click through rates. If you want you earn extra income from your directory site, this beautiful directory theme allows you to display ads, charge users for adding a listing, claiming a listing and even viewing listings and accessing the website.

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bridge best directory wordpress theme
Bridge is a multi-purpose tool with all and everything included to safely call it one of the best directory WordPress themes, too. In short, use it for any purpose and the final product will always be of the highest standards, following all the modern web and tech regulations. That is the way how Bridge rolls. As for the directory websites, Bridge comes with easy to use tools and simple to implement demos to have such page up in a snap.

With a clean and smooth web design, comfortable search function, easy navigation and mobile-readiness, Bridge makes sure all your users are treated right. Employ the integrated Instagram feed, catch their emails with newsletter widget and intrigue them with your must-visit and must-try locations and places. But directory pages could be of any type with Bridge so make one according to your needs.

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Whitelab is an advanced WordPress directory. It is a specialized theme made to list and arrange like an experts book. It comes with a sober, clean and smooth concept that makes it respectable formal image. Whitelab is great for all kinds of websites who could need a listing. Professions of all kinds such as agencies, real estate, pharmacies, or hotels can use it. It comes with a complete integrated payment system! Recurring payments can be set with Authorize. net and PayPal. Whitelab provides an intuitive page builder that makes changes visible in real time! It has location services and translation features with Google Maps and WPML.

You will get it with a simplified panel and layout that makes coding not required. Whitelab is perfect for those with no programming or coding skills that can’t afford to pay an expert. It suits sites made for small scale businesses of all kinds that require product listing. You will get it with the possibility to add banners and advertisements. Whitelab has an incredibly specialized searching system with several pages and filters. It also has a review system to get feedback from customers and improve its quality. Get this Cohhe design original now! Get Whitelab!

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LISTABLE is a comprehensively functional, ambitiously expansive, technologically sophisticated and polished, resourceful and feature-dense, modern and very easily customizable, user and developer friendly responsive WordPress multipurpose directory theme. It’s a highly intuitive theme that has been designed to require absolutely no coding experience. LISTABLE has been decked out with a polished user interface and a sophisticated coding framework based on HTML5 elements, smooth CSS3 styling and animations and a modular, responsive design. LISTABLE deploys these technologies with great effectiveness in order to assist in the creation, maintenance and management of modern, cutting edge, dynamic and interactive listings and directory websites.

Whether you are setting up a user car or bike online hub, an online local or worldwide classifieds system, a business or corporate directory for public consultation or any other sort of listings-based website, LISTABLE has the tools, page templates, plugins, features and widespread extensibility that you will require in order to succeed in the tough market of online directories. LISTABLE includes plentiful features meant to aid you in monetizing your website, including out of the box WooCommerce integration compatibility, which will allow you to sell Listings Packages as well as Subscription Based Packages with ease and speed, in a fully customizable, highly attractive and engaging graphical environment.

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SpotFinder is a beautiful child theme for the popular Directory WordPress theme by Templatic. By using this child theme you can completely change the appearance of your Directory-powered website. Though this theme is primarily designed for listing properties, you can also use this theme for creating a website listing top attractions in your locality, from tourist hotspots, nightlife destinations to child-friendly amenities. This theme is adjusts impeccably on any devices to provide site visitors an exceptional viewing experience.

Since this theme is fully integrated it Google Maps, your audience will find it very easy to find the place/s they are looking for and view all the listings available. Since each listing has its own custom marker on the interactive map, your visitors could see upfront other facilities and amenities close to their area of interest before they zoom in the map and click through to the individual listings for more details. Other excellent features included in this theme are: user profile pages for members, rating support, filterable staff, full-screen map page, parallax footer background, detail page for each listing, option to set your listing site in category page grid view or list view and a variety of ways to monetize your website (whether through ads or paid listings).

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ListGo is a directory and listing specialized WordPress theme. It has 16 gorgeous special demos just to start! You will get it with support and tons of specialized tools from its creators. ListGo is made for all kinds of websites and topics . It features WooCommerce for commercial and selling purposes. Its layout brings you a great MegaMenu and more  columns to arrange posts in. ListGo uses special design and submission tools handcrafted by the creative minds behind it. It is fully adaptable to all screens and devices. It is quite oriented to make great UI and UX designs. Mobile experience is at its best!

ListGo is highly malleable and fun to play with. It is widget ready and offers useful shortcodes. It even features special mapping and draggable mode. ListGo perfectly suits all services or businesses that include world wide franchises. ListGo gives you a great dashboard to display all your information with your personal touch! Hotels, designer houses, touristic informations services, and more can go with it. Get it installed in just one click! Don’t miss out on its special deals and get real quick! Try this Wiloke design and see its power! Try ListGo!

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javo - creative directory theme

Javo is a modern and impressive directory WordPress theme that you can use for building an engaging listing or directory website. This theme is designed based on Bootstrap framework. It is exceptionally responsive to any devices such as desktop, tablets and mobile phones to help your potential clients easily access your website no matter what device they choose to use. In addition, it comes with a retina ready design to give your audience an awesome user-experience. Javo includes an eye-catching homepage layout. The broad background image slider on the homepage does a brilliant job of showcasing the best listings from the directory so as to persuade visitors to see the rest of your directory site.

This premium theme features an intuitive drag and drop frontend page builder powered by the Visual Composer plugin to create custom page layouts with ease and insert countless page elements into those layouts. The Slider Revolution plugin is also included in this website template to let you add professional and dynamic content and image sliders into any of your posts and pages as needed. Of course, a directory website is not complete without the Google Maps integration. The advanced Google Maps help users find the locations of the business they are looking for.

The individual listings pages will appeal to businesses as they get a good opportunity to provide lots of useful information and photos about their listing, while visitors can leave user reviews to share their feedback with the community. Lastly, Javo includes AJAX easy search feature, PayPal integration, Social share buttons, Pricing Tables, Multilingual ready (WPML plugin compatible) and more.

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Superlist is a incredibly extensively developed and thoughtfully designed, professionally graphically composed and completely smooth and seamless, fully functional and enormously versatile and flexible, powerful and vastly resourceful, modern and very intuitive, inherently responsive WordPress multipurpose directory website theme. This theme is the result of a lengthy and time-consuming development process spanning years of coding, testing, polishing, and listening to client feedback, in order to create a truly superb, elite directory website theme.

Combining the expansive functionality of large scale, cutting edge directory and commercial websites with the utter simplicity and ease of use of the WordPress platform, greatly expanded by means of a series of powerful, bundled premium pugins, which include Claims, Coupons, Currencies, Directions, FAQ, Favorites, Fields, Google Map, Google Places, Invoices, Listing Slider, Mail Templates,Notifications, Packages, Partners, PayPal, Pricing, Properties, Reviews, Shop,Statistics, Stripe, Testimonials, and even keyword or product-specific Watchdogs, providing an incredibly thorough end user experience. Users will be treated to a completely customizable and unbranded front-end, complete with profiles, registration, password management, listing views andall the wonderful features offered by the plugins above.

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Point Finder


Point Finder is an incredibly vast and amazingly resourceful, technologically innovative and creative, wonderfully intuitive for end users and webmasters alike, visually clean and pristine, aesthetically minimalist and easily customizable, splendidly navigable and highly responsive WordPress directory and listings multipurpose website theme. This theme is a handsome and superbly functional WordPress theme that is entirely dedicated to empowering webmasters without any previous coding experience or background to quickly and efficiently churn out the most polished and professional looking directory and listings websites on the market, while packing a slew of useful, convenient and handy shortcodes and widgets that expand the functionality of your Point Finder website and pages to seemingly no end.

With the premium Visual Composer plugin, you will be able to completely customize the look, feel and behavior of your websites to fit your precise specifications, while offering incredibly useful and convenient tools for directory websites, such as versatile Membership and Pay Per Post systems, customizable search and ítem fields, a customizable review system that can be completely revamped to suit any product category, and amazingly advanced theme options. Point Finder incorporates payment systems compatible with PayPal and Stripe out of the box, as well as WooCommerce and WPML compatibility. Point Finder always knows where you’re going!

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Directory by Ait Themes

Directory theme is an absolutely unique theme concept, first time ever on themeforest with such functionality. 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. This is by far the best selling directory theme with over 15,000 purchases and counting.

This is absolutely stunning theme with incredible functionality to create professional and unique directory. The same developers claims that they made this theme even better by release of Business Finder which we you can find above. This theme has loads of awesome features but the most impressive is WooCommerce integration to monetize your listings by selling digital and physical goods. Directory theme can be used as dedicated eStore but its best use is to build business or other directory website.

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Business Finder

Business Finder theme is an absolutely unique theme inspired by our very successful Directory Theme developers released few months ago and which become the best selling theme of its kind. This theme is fully compatible with Directory theme, you can switch between themes without losing your data. There are many things added on top of the Directory theme functionality making Business Finder theme even better. Theme includes Easy Admin that simplify item administration. You can also always refer to theme documentation or ask questions to developers.

Business Finder has a built in secure payment system for those looking to make paid listing directory. This theme can be used with fullscreen Google Map for location based listings or feel free to choose between other options such as Revolution Slider, Static image or simple text. This theme allow to create online directory portal for companies, shops, websites, car dealership, jobs or anything else. Business Finder theme is highly customizable and there are literally endless options available to tweak functionality and design. This theme has become the best selling theme thanks to its clean design and outstanding functionality.

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Directory Theme


Directory is a technologically sophisticated and cutting edge yet incredibly easy to use and customize, powerful and fully functional, cleanly structured and visually pristine and seamless, resourceful and intuitive, very mobile friendly and search engine optimized to a fault, highly responsive WordPress directory multipurpose website theme. It’s a splendidly convenient and impressively time-saving WordPress theme, constructed specifically for the purpose of crafting amazing and technologically proficient.

It allows you to create a modern and functional directory websites across a huge spectrum of industries, interests, fields and niche markets, at local, city and multi-city regional levels, with seamless capabilities for handling front end user submission of listings, direct commercialization of services such as listings packages and other perks, eCommerce functionalities through a solid and reliable back end, and complete out of the box compatibility with the deeply potent Directory platform, expanding Directory as a child theme with all sorts of incredibly sophisticated features and technologies. Setting up your Directory website is as easy as installing WordPress, importing Directory, and that’s it. Monetizing your Directory website is wonderfully simple and intuitive, with predesigned ad revenue system-friendly layouts and templates that adapt to the most popular ad placement networks on the market. Go with Directory today, the smartest choice for listings on the planet!

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Directory is a clean and streamlined, polished and simple, fully functional and robustly developed, efficiently coded and very lightweight, wonderfully resourceful and powerfully intuitive, easily navigable and very customizable, modern and appealing, reliable and responsive WordPress directory and listings multipurpose business website theme. This theme is a highly deliberate and purposeful theme, constructed specifically to ease the website building experience for webmasters rookie and seasoned alike.

Directory has been decked out with a set of easy to use, visual and potent tools and features that make short work of creating your own modern directories and listings websites, from real estate to classifieds, from professional service directories to product listings, you name it, Directory can display it for the world to see, accept new submissions through a smooth front-end submission system for end-users, and even manage end-user submission edition and modification, all out of the box, without having to write a single line of code yourself! The powerful front-end incorporates a fully functional user registration, login and user profile systems, so your visitors don’t ever have to glance at the WordPress back-end as they browse, post and update your directory website. Try Directory today, and experience the power of truly multifunctional directory power!

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Business Directory by Templatic


Business Directory is an amazingly on point and spectacularly powerful and precise, thorough and very extensively developed, ambitious and competent, technologically impressive and resourceful, highly responsive WordPress multipurpose listings and directory website theme. It’s a clever and purposeful toolkit, a set of carefully curated plugins, shortcodes, template pages and whole demo websites readily available for your convenience, saving you time, money and effort as you set up your gorgeous and modern directory websites across a veritable cornucopia of feasible businesses, markets and niches, ranging from new and used cars and properties to hotels, restaurants, travel destinations or even used assorted items or classified service offerings, help wanted ads, you name it, if it can be listed, Business Directory is ready to handle it, with a slew of powerhouse features and the latest web development technologies integrated into Business Directory for your utmost expediency and ease of use.

Creating your own professional quality business directory website has never been this easy or this quick. With Business Directory, you will see your traffic increase overnight, and with it, your profit! Business Directory’s amazing monetizing capabilities let you reap the goods from day one, without ever having to code a single line!

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Splendor is a well-designed WordPress theme for directory web pages. It is specifically-built for this purpose, given that it incorporates many niche-specific features. Its layout is entirely responsive, capable of showcasing your listings on all platforms. Splendor will look incredible on tablet, desktop PC, laptop and smartphone screens.

This theme was not designed for web development experts. Anyone can use Splendor since it does not require any programming knowledge. The creators added an “Easy Install” function, and you get to import a fully-functional site demo, complete with sample content. This reduces downtime, and allows you to get things up and running. You can further customize this theme once you install the demo.

Of course, your directory site will feature a category page with several layout variations: List View, Grid View, and Map View. Regardless of your choice, that page will look amazing. For a more in-depth look, customers will be able to access the detail page. They also incorporated a Tevolution Shortcode, photo galleries and direction maps. You may also add your own personalized fields, depending on your niche business requirements. There is even an advanced search function with variable criteria. For extra security, they also enabled Captcha codes.

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Listings by Templatic

listings - minimal directory theme

Practical and well-designed, Listings is a WordPress theme that allows you to create a profitable, global or local, business directory portal. Installation is very easy, considering the inclusion of an Easy Install feature. Once you implement the theme, you can choose to press a button, and import the theme demo. It will handle all of the heavy lifting, including the configuration, and the addition of content examples.

Listings will facilitate your entry in the business world, as you can easily establish an online site for business listings. There is no niche restriction, and you can adapt to any market. It is both practical and user friendly, and the difficulty curve is quite low. It is fully responsive, constructed to look amazing on any platform. However, most themes are responsive nowadays. What sets Listings apart is the presence of a specialized mobile app-view option. Users that have this application will experience the site as an app, not just as a responsive site. You don’t have to buy the theme in order to try it out. You can always test the theme demo, and see for yourself.

At the end of the day, Listing’s ultimate purpose is to increase your profit margin. In a hyper-competitive market, it is your greatest ally.

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lisner directory wordpress theme
It is all in the theme – with Lisner, you can publish content on your own website in a few steps. This is the best directory WordPress theme you can find, as it does more than just drag and drop. Listing is king with this builder, which is why it strongly emphasizes on typography and website structure. Lisner is very intuitive, mobile-friendly and responsive so you and your customers can appreciate your website’s visuals. Especially when it comes to mobile use, Lisner ensures an app-like experience with numerous features.

You will also add WC bookings to ensure interaction from customers. Sell your or other’s products effectively by adding coupons and deals. Lisner also follows all the latest SEO practices and other web and tech regulations. Watch out for future updates from Lisner!

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DWT Listing

dwt listing directory wordpress theme
Basically, a background in design may be necessary to execute a slick website. On the contrary, DWT Listing, the best directory WordPress theme, has an arsenal of tools to back you up. Indeed, when working with DWT Listing, it will never ask you to have any prior experience. Publish a sophisticated, out of the box website from scratch, no coding, nor designing experience needed. With this theme, everyone would think you’re a pro, as it actually does all the work for you.

All you need do to is choose from eleven pre-made demos, incorporate elements and you are pretty much good to go. You have a responsive website which is, by the way, fully operational, ready to take your directory to new levels of success. Adored by developers worldwide, DWT Listing lets you experience first-class treatment.

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wilcity directory wordpress theme
Let your prospects locate you 100% of the time with Wilcity, a listing theme that is perfect for multiple purposes. As the best directory WordPress theme, it has characteristics that fundamentally manage your clients’ bookings and lets you earn income from promotions. Wilcity has a bountiful collection of templates which are appropriate for your taste. Share more details about your website by adding amenities like requests, reviews and dashboards. With SEO and social media tools, you can reach out to prospects more efficiently and experience solid growth of your online platform.

Specifically made for organizers, Wilcity lets you add unlimited directory types without any issue. Contact their support team, available all the time, if you have any additional questions. In brief, with a simple to use WordPress theme like Wilcity, you will have a ton of fun setting up the desired online presence of your directory project.

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eventum - event directory theme

Eventum is a well-designed WordPress theme. You can organize online event portals to attract many visitors. The creators streamlined and refined this product, resulting in an experience that is both superior and user-friendly. You can also access a live Demo of this theme. You can let the sales team guide you through the installation process. They will greet you with a warm, friendly attitude. Moreover, Eventum eliminates incompatibility issues, promising to be fully responsive. Additionally, it works great on any device.

Due to the inclusion of the practical, clients may now set up incredible events: It is not difficult to organize gatherings that occur on a regular basis. Regardless of their frequency, Eventum can properly promote them. Your site followers have the option to create their own events. There is even an RSVP option on your page, for users to confirm their participation. This theme can synchronize with your social media profile, increasing the number of potential followers for your page. Both you and your visitors have the option to post on Facebook. You get to choose the size of your page. Using the Directory platform, you may establish a small directory site, or a massive online portal with events, classifieds and standard listings.

Monetization is the ultimate goal of any successful web page. You may charge for content submission, as you seek to improve your bottom line. Eventum has a versatile toolset which allows owners to offer many payment plans such as recurring fees, subscriptions and trial runs. This payment flexibility allows you to appeal to many target demographics. There is a very large number plugins. You can add more plugins if you wish to expand your site’s functionality.

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DirectoryEngine is a smooth and polished directory WordPress theme optimized mobile devices. This theme allows you to build your own directory site from multiple content modules. It is easy to build and customize. It does not require extensive coding skills to set and organize certain elements in your website since DirectoryEngine uses premium page builder and WordPress customizer. DirectoryEngine also packs features that makes place or business name and details submission a breeze. Its maps, broad header photo and video support allow you to showcase the place and attract more site visitors. Finally, its advanced search system allows site visitors to explore other places in your listings.

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It can be really daunting setting up a restaurant directory. But not with Dining Engine – this is the frontrunner in customizable restaurant, café, and bistro WordPress listing hot in the market. With this theme, what you get is a design platform that allows you to showcase every nook and cranny of the unique services offered by your restaurant. Pay for different listing plans and get financial reward for featured listings. Enjoy the revenue from non-obscuring ad placements with the sleek sidebar widgets available on Dining Engine.

Frontend controls have been included to assist you simply drag and drop your contents, as well as to configure them according to your taste and that of your patrons. Take advantage of the multiple content blocks to build your web pages astutely. With page building, you can load each block with Ajax so there is no room for conflicts of interest with these building tools. And with the world going mobile by the day, you can be rest assured that customers will find your Dining Engine restaurant theme attractive on multiple mobile devices with its very responsive plugin. Google maps are also a clear frontend feature with this theme; your customers can identify different places on your site and claim their preferred listings.

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EventBuilder – WordPress Events Directory Theme is an easy to use, intuitive, incredibly powerful WordPress theme, built to sate the needs of event planners and organizers across the globe. With a highly visual design, EventBuilder – WordPress Events Directory Theme is immediately arresting, design to lure in visitors with large, high resolution images and colorful graphics, but that’s barely scratching the admittedly gorgeous surface.

Beneath it all, EventBuilder – WordPress Events Directory Theme is an incredibly powerful theme, jam-packed with goodies for event planners and organizers of all sorts. Including features such as front end registration and login forms, advertising space, PayPal and Stripe (card) integration out of the box, with plugin support to sell tickets right from your website, multiple custom widgets and templates for useful pages, contact forms, event tagging, tag searching, event reviewing with definable custom criteria, even event mapping is available right on your website! There really is no limit to what you can get out of this theme.

And with built in chronological listings, pricing tables, testimonial templates, and so many more prepackaged templates, you’ll be at no loss as to what else is possible with this theme. The inherently responsive design means your website will arrange itself for optimized viewing in whatever device your users may visit it with, meaning there’ll be no customer on Earth you’re incompatible with. Now that ought to impact the turn out! If you are not convinced that this is the right theme for you, make sure to read this detailed review.

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Directory is a flat and modern WordPress theme for building online directory and listing sites. This theme comes with a fast and clean UI that could give your visitors an awesome user-experience. Its fully responsive layout automatically adapts on all types of devices from desktop computers, tablets, smartphone or iPhone. This theme possesses nice features that you can efficiently use in building a directory site. This super premium Vantage child theme is very easy to customize with the help of its built-in options admin panel.

Directory theme also allows you to set your theme in full-width and boxed layout, while the 8 pre-made color skins let you transform look and feel of your listing site with just few clicks. Other customization options include the color picker for changing the color scheme of your theme, option to display your individual listings in grid or list layout as well as add custom CSS from the site’s admin panel to change the appearance of your theme without editing the core theme files. This theme also includes weather forecast sidebar widget for any city, a stylish featured slider for listings or events and an advertising module to help you monetize your website.

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Business Directory

business directory - flat design theme

The Business Directory theme from PremiumPress is packed with nice features and customization options that eases your site creation. The creators coded this theme in HTML5 for better multimedia integration and more animation capabilities. Business Directory runs efficiently on almost every browser out there as well as mobile platforms, provide faster load times and smoother integration with third-party applications. Business Directory theme is ideal for both novice and seasoned developers as it comes with a user-friendly admin panel and drag & drop page builder that lets you build your theme easily. This theme has built-in user location setups, distance calculators, zip code searches, radius searches and on/off Google Map listing enhancements.

This directory theme allows you to setup as many packages as you like each with their own pricing options. You can decide on which have which feature enhancements such as image uploads, image space, HTML descriptions, Google map display, visitor graphics, top of category and featured. Besides, it has a built in user membership system that enables you to restrict page access. You can also limit content displays to different membership types and charge a single recurring payment for multiple listing submissions. This theme allows users to have their own space where they can manage their directory listings and adjust their payment details.

Moreover, the theme includes a user commenting system with a star feedback rating and website contact forms. It lets users communicate their thoughts freely and effectively. They have 20 different payment gateway plugins, which allow you to add-on new payment options so you can accept payments online. Finally, they built this theme with best SEO practices to make sure that your directory site will gain more traffic and rank well on Google.

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diamond - clean and minimal theme

Diamond is a gorgeous directory WordPress theme suitable for directory and eCommerce needs. Its stunning full width layout and full screen background images ensure that your directory listings website stands out from the competition and mark a positive first impression to your target audience. This theme to responds to any device your visitors prefer to use. Diamond also comes with 4 unique layout designs for different purpose to help you setup your website in no time. Its homepage is widget ready to help you develop personal business website, online store or directory portal without difficulty.

This theme has an easy to configure parallax slider on the homepage that enables you to change the transition effects, pace of sliding and so on. It has a Directory Module that eases up the job of listing different types of products or businesses in your website. They integrated this theme with Google Maps so that visitors could easily find the actual location of your business along with listing. Diamond uses the powerful ZOOM Framework that gives you an absolute control of some theme details such as colors, fonts, custom logo, backgrounds and many more. This theme is compatible with WooCommerce plugin to help you set up an online store with just few clicks. Promoting or selling products related to the content of your directory such as maps, branded goods, or guides simply means that you will never be short of ways to generate income from your website.

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Responsive Directory Theme

directorytheme - vintage directory theme

The Directory Theme from PremiumPress is loaded with amazing features that make setting up and managing a large directory site with WordPress a breeze. The creators coded this theme in HTML5 for more advanced multimedia integration and animation capabilities. Additionally, this theme runs smoothly on almost every browser out there as well as mobile platforms. This feature provides quicker load times and smoother connection to third-party applications. You can effortlessly customize the layout of your homepage using it’s drag and drop page builder. You can use this to create different homepage layouts such as categories, text, Google maps and the rest.

Likewise, you can straightforwardly customize your website and change the logos, colors, graphics, etc. Using our built in admin control panel, you can choose the colors and layouts of your choice. This includes website pages, menu bars, buttons and so on. Some notable features added in this theme are:

  • Custom Homepage Setup,
  • Customizable Listing Packages,
  • Advanced Search Fields,
  • Customizable Membership
  • Packages,
  • Member’s Area
  • Management Tools,
  • Custom Menu Options,
  • Claim This Listings functionality and many more.

Moreover, this directory theme from PremiumPress supports over 20 payment providers PayPal and recurring PayPal payments. You can view all orders in the admin area where from you can also issue invoices and print them. Furthermore, they built this theme with best SEO practices in mind to ensure that your website will get more traffic and perform well on search engines.

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nightlife - event directory theme

Nightlife is a powerful directory theme that will allows you to fully control all your created events, posts and pages. Great thing about Nightlife is that enables both you and regular visitors to submit content. On top of that, the theme is entirely responsive, meaning it will look great on pretty much all screen sizes. Nightlife also features the Tevolution plugin which comes bundled with the theme. Moreover, Nightlife theme is multilingual, translation and SEO friendly to expand your business globally. It features a simple and easy to use filtering option to sort events based on location, time and date. Awesome, right?

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classifiedengine WordPress theme

ClassifiedEngine is an impressive and modern directory theme from the EngineThemes. The developers designed this website template with users in mind and bundled it with the most powerful theme features. They also created this theme to help you monetize your website. You can now accept PayPal, Cash or Credit Card payment for premium posting ads using its advanced features. It also comes with tons of options like Ads Subscription Widget, Featured Ads for paid users, easy ad searches, seller dashboard, pricing settings, Google Adsense options, custom Facebook login integration for new clients, simple interface, front-end controls, and much more. This theme makes theme customization really easy and convenient.

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Vantage is a clean, classic and fully responsive WordPress theme well suited for any directory website. The developers built this who specialized in creating directory themes for various topics created this theme. Also, Vantage theme has loads of customization options to tweak theme design and functionality. This starts from general layout up to listing details and fonts.

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Geo Places

geo places - awesome directory theme

GeoPlaces is the most popular city directory theme for WordPress available today. Additionally, it provides all the tools necessary to run a modern directory website. Full places and events support, built-in monetizaton and Google Maps support are just some of the features available in this advanced directory theme. Also, Geo Places has fully manageable front-page that you can customize to suit your needs. Additionally, you can use GeoPlaces for free and paid directory submission or monetize it via Adsense or other ad banners.

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Emblem is a child theme for the best directory theme out there, Directory. By installing this child theme you can completely alter the look and feel of Directory. Emblem fits users that are into darker color schemes. Moreover, you can use this theme with full width Google Map for local directory listings. You can still replace it with content slider, content area, custom filters or anything else. Developers have also created demo for theme backend to see how it works from administrators point of view.

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  1. I am looking to build a marketplace for eggs, where people can book eggs for house party, family consumption etc and there will be ready, steady supply people can book and also rate.

    Which theme do you guys suggest

  2. I want to concentrate on a specific niche in the restaurant industry. I want to do a pizza directory. Do you think Listify would be a good choice. I will start small and gradually add as we grow. We have the potential to list thousands. Is Listify the best choise

    1. Marcus,

      Listify currently is by far the best directory theme for WordPress. Recently it faced a major overhaul and it now looks even better than before.

      1. Hi Aigars,
        I was reading a lot about directory themes but as I am not a Pro in WP and need some special features perhaps you could give me an advice.

        We run a tourist website in spain in 3 languages but we are not happy with it’s structure and it’s not having the features we need.

        On one sight it’s having a lot of cultural information of an region (not 1 single city) and on the other site we have a company directory (restaurants, hotels,activities)

        We need NEARBY and OPENED RIGHT NOW for searching restaurants or places. Also everything geolocated. Would be great if you could give me a hand 🙂

  3. Hi
    I’m looking for a theme to my proyect. it is a directory of all business in town. It must be a pricing and businees buyers and maybe public review.
    It should work whit add and banners becouse i want to provide some banners than the users(business) can add whit offers and stuff than they want to sold online or local.

    What theme do you think it should work? i don’t have too much money to spend so i would prefer a free theme becouse this proyect it is for an ong for disabled and unnemplyed people.
    Could you recomened any free theme or payed but cheapest?

    Many thanks

    1. Unfortunately, there are absolutely no free directory themes available in the market. It takes way too much time to create such time to give it away for free. That would be insane.

      Otherwise premium themes are priced almost the same between $50-60. Therefore not a huge difference and I would advice to find the one that you like and not search for one based on its price because difference is minor and you won’t save much if anything.

    1. Andreas,

      What did you mean by open directory? If you mean a directory on which users can submit their own listing then any theme listed above will get the job done for you. All of them has user registration and posting options available that you can enable and disable any time.

  4. I am trying to make a website for Jewelers where I can get catalogue management as well as customize the fields of the form used for listing.. Which theme is best for that? I like the looks of Search and Go and super list. But super list has a problem of customization and has its limitations.

    1. Ratika,

      Are you sure that you are trying to build directory website instead of a eCommerce website where users will be also able to purchase your jewelry?

  5. Hi, I am looking for a directory website for types of apps. Therefore, I won’t need a map or address info, just categories. Could you please recommend a directory template for this type of website?

    1. Allie,

      Maps for all themes are optional. You are not obligated to use them. They are not even enabled by default and you have do it on your own, so you won’t even noticed that it is there once you install any of these directory themes. Theme demos are created to showcase all possible features but you can choose what you need and what not.

    1. Astro,

      All themes comes with news/blog section. WordPress used to be a blog platform only but it has changed a lot since but the blog is and always will be there for any WordPress theme.

  6. Hi Algars,
    I have just come across your post. Perhaps you could point me in the right direction.
    Im looking for a theme that can accommodate multi companies each posting a list of products. The products can be rated and reviewed individually and are either managed by admin or the company. The company info is mapped and all info in searchable. I figured a directory would be a good starting point but it appears each isn’t exactly equal.
    Perhaps you can advise. Thanks

    1. Michael,

      It appears that you are looking for some sort of combination between marketplace and directory themes but currently there aren’t any available for WordPress. The best way to solve this would be to take some directory theme such as Listify as core and then build extra functionality on top of it.

  7. I am looking for any Hotel Directory site. Can anyone suggest some theme which can be the best for my Hotel Directory site?

    1. David,

      All of above listed themes can be used as hotel directory websites as they are not made specific for some niche. My favorite is Listify but others will works just as well.

  8. Very good list of directory WordPress themes. I tried some of these, directorypress, geocraft etc. Everyone have different features. good work.

  9. Hello Aigars,

    I want to create a website in which guest can search and rate provided Business Services. (like trainers, baby sitters etc). I looked the “Reviewers” and Listify but I don’t know if are the correct one for me.

    Some of the requirements are:

    1. Basic listings of all services in the country.
    2. Business Owner login and add/update info (like photos, streat address etc)
    3. Guest login page in order to review and rate services
    2. Option for owners to upgrade listing (paid listing) shows first in the list.
    3. Advertising place(s)
    4. Search option with user friendly categories/filters
    5. Search after geolocation: shows nearby Trainers , shops etc on map
    6. SEO friendly and responsive
    3. Clicks on results and shows information.
    7. Blog page

    Can you please propose me a theme that covers the requirements ( or the most of them ) ?

    Best Regards,

  10. I have an existing website of local restaurants, I’ve had it since 2007 and it actually ranks well, but it’s in desperate need of updating to a new platform. From what I’ve seen from this great list that you’ve provided is that the Listable and Listify themes look like they could work for my purposes.
    I would post all of the listings, so I don’t need the capability of others to add their own listings. but I would want the option to customize a listing. I’m not trying to complete with Yelp or TripAdvisor as far as providing reviews, I want my site to be more informational, give the option to search by food type and geo, and provide info that’s unique to our area, like waterfront restaurants, etc.
    Thanks very much.

  11. Hi Aigars,

    I am building a travel based website which can have more than 100 places to be listed in my country. Each place again contains main attractions / restaurants / night clubs / bars etc…

    Will the Listify supports for more data with more pictures and maps? If it supports, how reliable is this site in terms of search based speed? Is there any minimum or limit which should not exceed? Along with this, can i allow customers to book hotels thru tripadvisor in listify theme?

    If i want to buy the listify theme as shown in the live demo (as of 25-Sep-2016) , do i need yo pay extra for any plugins which are shown in the theme but not provided at the time of purchase?

    Waiting for your reply.


  12. Mr. Aigars:
    If I take Tech News or Video news, can I link it to autoblogging or content management software to post my content on the specified time and date? My contents are 70 % video and 30% written articles, which theme do you recommend me?

    1. Rahim,

      There is no problem with that. Of course autoblogging is a thing from the past and it no longer works it worked 10 years ago because Google have improved a lot over the time. However, themes are still working fine with this technique.

      1. Algars,
        By autoblogging and content management software, I mean software that is linked to my website, so I schedule my articles or videos for 24 hours, it will posts my data on the website suppose each hour, instead of me posting it directly each hour. Again regarding the themes; as I said my contents are 70 % video and 30% written articles, which theme do you recommend me?

        1. Btw, WordPress does have post scheduling option by default which we also use a lot of Colorlib. Of course there are many advanced versions available via plugins and services but for us the default ones is enough.

          All themes handles videos without any problems, so it all comes down to one that you like from design perspective. For me it is Listable or Listify but you can choose your own. And they are going to work with any plugins and third party services just like any other theme.

  13. Aigars,
    Appreciate for your useful post.

    I plan to build a directory for business in different language, and i am leaning to listable as the demo shows the directory, but i see the listify seems selling more in themeforest. I have several questions: (1) Can you give me some pros and cons between Listify and Listable in term of (a) easy to customize (b) handling of big data after website grows bigger? Also (2) where/how is the good way to get the directory data to import for the first time? (3) How can i handle the change (open/close/moving) of a business in the future because not all business will do the listing with my website but i still need to give some basic info?

    1. Sam,

      1. Themes use the exact same plugins for their functionality which means that they works both the same way but design is what makes them different.
      2. Data import also works the same way for both but keep in mind that data will need to be in a WordPress specific format.
      3. You will need to decide that part on your own how you want it to be handled. There aren’t any specific feature for that for neither themes.
      The amount of data your website can handle depends entirely on your hosting provider and not WordPress or theme. If you are looking to get cheap shared hosting you are just waiting for disaster to strike. For larger sites it is always recommended to use managed WordPress hosting such as one offered by WP Engine. You can start with a smaller plan there and upgrade was you grow. Your website will also perform much faster than it would using Bluehost, Hostgator, Godaddy or other low quality hosting providers.

      1. Aigars,

        Thanks for your quick rely, i want to make q2 and q3 a bit more clear.
        q2: I means where/how can i get the real data to import to my brandnew site?
        q3: I mean to how to keep my directory more up to date with the change of the business, I import the info. of a company A at location 1 ( it is good now) but a month from now this company, A may be closed or move to location 2. Is there a way to keep track of this change.

        Again ,thank you very much

        1. Sam,

          a2: It is up to you find database/information to use for your new site. There is a demo content that comes with the site but it is a placeholder that doesn’t hold any value. You need to have content strategy in place as you can’t easily just copy/paste from other websites as well as you will run into copyright problems. There are many ways how you can approach this but it has nothing to do with theme.
          a3: Theme is not going to pull information from third party resources automatically. Either you can allow your users to edit their content or check everything manually which is going to become very difficult once your site grows. But of course you can always hire someone to do it for you.
          I think what you don’t realize is that theme is just a design and not a fully functional Yelp, Expedia, Booking that comes with all thousands of employees that performs daily tasks to run these directories.

  14. Thank you Aigars for your listing. Would you give me your opinions.
    1) Is building a directory website still a good business opportunity? Yet we know that Google already has “Google Business” where its features have been very good.
    2) Google is definitely very popular. Is there any chance if we run a directory website?


    1. Dominic,

      1. It is still a good opportunity if you provide an unique concept. It can be anything as users find it useful.
      2. You can succeed with anything if you have good idea and strategy in place. Without a gameplan you have failed before you have started.

  15. That is one of the best directory theme and I would like to congratulate for this great contribution. I am really grateful to you for your great job.

  16. Hi there, love the reviews of the themes stated above, however I am struggling to find a theme that would suite professionals, Ie, doctors, counsellors etc. What do you advise on this please?


    1. Lionel,

      There aren’t any specific directory themes for doctors but literally any theme can be used for that purpose. You can customize all themes to get the results you are looking for. This includes changing color schemes, arranging sections, filters and so on. Theme developers have just used general niches to showcase what their themes are capable of because that’s what most users are after.

  17. Hi Aigars,

    I’ve been thinking of creating a directory listing about restaurants and other businesses in my city, but I just wondering, why make one while people can easily search the locations they need in Foursquare? Foursquare has an app that people can check-in, but most, and almost all directory theme existed are solely based on WordPress and relying on a webpage to view. Is it still a valid point to create a directory listing?

    Thanks for creating this wonderfully informative website.

    1. Cranko,

      WordPress websites and especially these themes can be mobile friendly which means that you can browse them on mobile.
      Creating another yelp is pointless and this point as it has taken over the world but adding an unique twist for your website could make a big difference.

  18. Hi guys,

    This is really great source of information. I’d like to share our story in short 🙂 Many of you may know that Ait Themes has been first author on TF who introduce such brilliant theme as directory is. Why I’m thinking directory theme is brilliant? Cause this kind of theme gives you a chance to make portal for very low investments and gain some $$$. We came with this idea based on own experiences. It’s 10 years now what we created very successful portal. It was custom-made and the expenses were much much higher comparing to buying theme, plugins, etc, So we wanted to give a chance to others create own directory portal for less money. Using theme has definitely some barrier and won’t be in-house solution, but still you have great chances to create wonderful project almost for no money. Only sky’s the limit. We continue to developing and improving features. Like now adding advanced search, dealing with speed, adding new features to item reviews etc. The competition is really really strong and hard to decide which author is the best 🙂 Anyway to make that easier for you we run very special deal, also available for Themeforest’s customers. You may want to give it try.
    Happy directoring 😉

    1. Emi,

      I honestly cannot decide between your Event Guide and Templatic’s Eventum. I’ve heard your themes and plugins/addons are more stable, but slightly behind on some features. Is that a fair criticism? What other differences would you say there are? Thanks for any help!

    2. Emi,

      How would you compare yourselves to Templatic, who seems to have a similar business model? (directory theme + child theme + plugins/addons?) I am comparing your events directory solutions – Events Guide versus Eventum. They seem to have more features, but I’ve heard they are very buggy. You also cost much less 😉

  19. Hi, i am hoping you can help me find a template with the features i need.

    I am looking for a business directory theme where users will log in and create personal profiles to review and add listings, mark their favorites/bookmarks, write reviews and rank the places. The user profiles should be visible to other users (as persons/people on the site) and users should be able to follow each other. But most importantly, each users list of favourites should be visible to other users (as a list of recommended places/businesses).

    I have been looking at so many directory themes now but I do not seem to find any theme that has such feature. Hence, I would be very very thankful for your suggestions on themes that i could use! Or maybe advice on how to build the features with plug-ins.


    1. Alexandra,

      Unfortunately, there aren’t any that specific theme available. The easiest solution would be to take some theme as foundation and then hire a developer who could implement additional functionality.

  20. Hello Aigars!

    I have a question about a WP Directory themes!
    I want to create a fitness site, where i can gather all sort of fitness related places (like gyms and sportsclub) and personal trainers in my area/country and visitors, who come to this page can find every fitness related sportsclub and trainer through the search field, by name and region. The visitors must be then able to comment (i.e. leave a review) the places/peoples they like.
    I think it should be a directory related theme (like Listable for example), because then the visitors could see all the places/peoples marked directly on the map nearby them and there should be the search window on the first page, which allows to do so. Or do you think that some fitness related theme could offer the same possibilities (like JustFit for example, which also offers eCommerce possibility among other things, but i`m not sure that i can adjust the search button on it`s front page, like Listable has)?

    What do you think would be the best theme, supporting my goals and needs?

    Thank you so much for the reply!

    1. Mark,

      In your case I would recommend to use Listable or some other directory theme. Fitness themes are great to create gym and other related websites with service section, single time table, contact form and so on. As directory you will need to do a lot of modifications. Adding fitness related images and content on your website will make any theme look like it was made specially for fitness sites.

  21. Wow, great list, but tough for a newbie like me to choose. I am looking to build a plumbing directory. I don’t really need many categories as everyone will own a plumbing business. My focus will be a global directory that can break down to country, state/province, then city. If you were going to build something like this which directory would you use?

  22. Hello Aigars,

    As always I found your blog really helpful, I want to ask you something: I am planning a directory for my city, I am struggling between LISTABLE and JAVO 3.0. Both themes look really nice, I like the way LISTABLE look and after reading TF reviews and comments I see almost every customer is really happy with them, in the other hand JAVO 3.0 looks very robust and got very nice looking demos plus plugins like VC, Ultimate Addons, Slider Revolution, only thing I am not clear why they request to use the Lava-code plugins in addition to premium plugins like woo commerce product vendors.

    Which theme you would chose between these two themes? Would be possible to read a cons/pros about them?

    Thanks and regards

  23. Hello Aigars,

    Thank you for this helpful blog. I would like to create a directory site with the following:
    * members can create their own membership page with credit card capability and autopayments
    * graduated membership fees allow podcasts, video, article posting
    * membership listing ranges from basic (white page listing) to full page with links, photos, etc. that members themselves can purchase, upload, and update through a personal login
    * chat rooms by topic allow members and visitors to chat with each other
    * Private chat rooms allow for private conversations for some members
    * members create a login to update their own page
    * the site has ultimate design versatility and ease in changing the design
    * members would be searchable by key word or a certain distance from zip code

    Where do I start?

    Thank you!


    1. Debra,

      Unfortunately, there aren’t any that advanced WordPress themes and likely never will be. The thing is that themes are created to mass market where demand is. In your case you are trying to build a very specific website that doesn’t even exist yet, so there are no themes to serve this purpose. However, it is not all that bad since can choose to go with any of above-listed themes and look for plugins and 3rd party services for functionality. Still you will need to hire a developer to put it all together but it is still better than nothing.

  24. Hi Aigars

    Firstly, I wanted to say that the amount of effort you have put into helping people is remarkable and I would expect that this all comes back to you in some shape or form. Thank you for taking the time to educate and guide us!

    I am currently planning a services directory for a set of businesses within the same niche. The aim is to start off with the following 2 options (unless more can be accommodated):
    1) Free listings
    2) Paid Listing for Featured ads
    A potential 3rd avenue would ideally be the option to offer them a more prominent listing page (when the user clicks on that vendor’s block in the search) with maybe some larger photos and/or the option to include a 1-2 minute video say.

    Eventually, I would potentially want to generate revenue through taking a commission. Until then, customers would engage with the vendors by obtaining their contact details from my site to sign up for their services. Assuming I went the commission route eventually (As an example, a soccer academy may have the following options):
    1) one-on-one lessons (that would need an option to select a 1-hour slot from a calendar potentially. This will be more the exception than the rule)
    2) Signing up for a whole season – i.e. a date range from say 1 March to 16 August (this is a bit like the events directory) – This will be the main volume of listings

    I’m looking for a directory theme that can accommodate this as far as possible and ideally has compatibility with a page builder like Beaver Builder or Visual Composer (or even a built-in page builder) or at least the flexibility to be able to modify layouts to add opt-ins for example. I see Javo has compatibility with Visual Composer

    I’m looking for a very modern interface. There are going to be a lot of categories within this niche. I’m after the following:
    – maps and location radius slider
    – reviews
    – ideally featured ads within the categories rather than only on the front page
    – video capability for vendors or a subset of them

    I looked at the ones you mention and have come to the following shortlist: Listify, Listable, Javo, Directory+ and another which you don’t refer to which is Service Finder . The latter appears to have all the bells and whistles but is not built via plugins. You don’t mention Listable much. I suspect that is because it is a relatively new product? It looks amazing.

    It appears that Listify and Listable and probably Directory+ and Javo all need a lot of plugins to achieve what I need. What would you suggest? I know you’ve mentioned Listify a lot but wondering what you think about the others too.

    Thanks in advance

    1. Yaron,

      In all cases, you will need plugins to achieve what you are looking for. That doesn’t mean that your website will become bloated and slow but you will need a lot of time to set all up. I think the best fit for you is going to be Javo because of its Visual Composer integration.
      The more customized solution you are looking to create the more time, effort and nerves it will involve.

  25. Hey , nice very topic by the way.
    I checked directory demo by templatic,i like it , but I reed some bad impression about it on the comments
    do you recommend it. I need it for multi purpose listing with paid features.

  26. Hi again Aigars,

    I wanted to ask you if you could suggest me a theme or plugin where users can register as a companies and having a profile, where they could show company info, portafolio, contact details and probably they could sell their products too, an internal messaging system would be perfect. The usage of map and geolocation is not very important since this listing is for a foods exporters community instead business such a restaurants, bars, etc.

    I know you really like listify and I think it may be a the right theme, however I wanted to check if you have any other idea, I think something similar can be done using Buddypress and using companies as groups.


    1. Actually what we are planning is more like a listing for brands. We want to promote the brands and the products, instead promoting their shops, that’s why we don’t want to use geolocation feature.

      1. Hi Aigars,

        You were just right about Listify flexibility, I just spoke to them about my idea and it is indeed the best option for what I have in mind.


  27. Hi Aigars

    Hope your well and thanks for reviewing and suggesting the best themes. I have a question for you. Do any of these support some kind of group creation? I want a theme that acts like a directory but also like the idea of creating a ‘group’ so people talk about experiences.

    Thanks for reading


  28. Hi Aigars, I’ve been looking at the question posed to you and can see that I didn’t really give you much information. Would it be possible to have your private email so I can explain further?



  29. Hi Aigars,

    I would like to design a directory for online merchandise shops for breweries and brewpubs (eventually on a global scale). I’d like listings to be free (except for premium listings), and, most importantly, revenue would be generated by affiliate sales commissions. I don’t really need a map, but blogging and news is important as an added value for the visitor.

    I think Javo might be best…your thoughts?



    1. Mike,

      You can feel free to choose any theme since map and all those fancy directory features can be enabled and disabled whenever you need. Blog/news section is part of ony theme listed above since WordPress used to be a blog platform when it started and this feature haven’t gone anywhere.

  30. Hello Aigars,

    Thank you for this great list! But as many of these comments attest to I am having a hard time picking which one might be right for me!

    I am looking to build an international directory of designers and would like to have the following features:

    – Searchable directory (multiple category options, i.e. style, price, location, etc)
    – Detailed profile pages for each business, must include a gallery/portfolio option
    – Review feature
    – Look must feature large prominent images – image is everything!
    – Login capability for visitors (with favoriting feature)
    – Ability to link to external site for members and for blog
    – Option to have ads

    Any help would be much appreciated!



  31. Hello Aigers,

    Really ticked off at Appthemes for bringing out a New Vantage Directory and stating that support for original Vantage will cease JUST as I am pretty much live .. I do not want to start advertising the site around town until I know I can count on a theme faramework/ will be stable for at least a few years .

    I am done with them not simply because of the “unfortunate” timing in with the new out with the Old but the lack of any concern/support on their part is the site

    I am leaning towards your Business Directory theme… a couple questions .. Importing my current content.. Is that going to be fairly straight forward downloading csv and importing then cleaning up the “mess”. Recommended import plugin?

    And is that the Theme you would recommend?

    The “sleepy” Pastel Colors are not doing it for me .. Does the Theme have the easy color pickers plugin/element or is that something I’d need to hire out to change css styles?

  32. Hi, I’m looking to build something similar to WeddingWire or the Knot, which is a list of many different vendors. Each vendor has control over their own pictures, videos, storefront, etc. My concept would be musicians only for my local area. I also want it to be very easy for the customer to book the musician directly through the site. Finally, it would need to support reviews and some sort of forum/social interactions. Thanks and I’d love to hear your recommendation.

    1. Unfortunately, there are no exact match for what you are looking for. The easiest would be take any theme as a base and then hire someone to help with customisations. The best place to find freelancers is Envato Studio.

  33. I need a directory theme where map and geo features are optional. My target market are online real estate companies that operate by US state, not physical location. The ability to search by State is primary. Any suggestions?

    1. Bob,

      Maps are optional for every single theme so are other features. Theme demos are made to showcase as much functionality as possible and you can always enable and disable them.

  34. Hi, I’m looking to build a professional membership network directory that will require a fee to join. I’ve been running into issue with the Templatic theme and need some guidance on the best theme to purchase. I would like each member to have a professional profile to include their business details (bio, contact info, website, etc). Individuals that visit the site and individuals within the network should be able to submit referrals (similar to refer a friend) but I would like for this to be tracked if at all possible. Members should also be able to share special events/projects and specials that they are running.

    Any feedback you can provide would be appreciated.

    Kind Regards,


    1. Kimmie,

      Unfortunately, there aren’t any themes like that. Keep in mind that themes are all about the design and very little about functionality. Functionality comes from plugins. What you might want to check out is BuddyPress plugin and some themes that supports it can be found here.

      1. Thank you so much Aigars for the quick response. I will check out BuddyPress and the additional themes that support it.

    2. Kimmie,

      You mentioned you were having issues with Templatic (I assume the Directory theme?). I am considering using the Direcotry child theme Eventum. What issues did you have? was it buggy, how is their support?

      Thanks! I cannot decide between Templatic and AITthemes directory “systems”.

  35. Stay away from Vantage and AppThemes at all costs. The theme is not ready for primetime and support is limited to pleas in their forum to fix the bugs. I have gone two weeks without any responses. What a waste of time and money.

  36. Thank you Aigars. Great post, very useful. I wish I found it long time ago to save me time & money $$.

    OK, I need your opinion on a theme or a plugin to make a business directory, please. So, I want to have a website where the business directory is part of the website. Website main objective is to showcase photos of products and projects with a photo gallery or slider then link products to business listings (business directory). Website is to be bilingual (Arabic, default (RTL) & English (LTR)). Maybe the logical way to do it was to pick a WP theme then get a business directory plugin. The issue with plugin is the multi-language content. like for example when a user rates/reviews a business listing in English, that review will not appear automatically when changing the language of website to Arabic. Also you have to ask business owner to provide the name of the business in both languages if available (it would not make sense to translate a business name!). I have checked multiple plugins; BusinessDirectory, GeoDirectory, Sabai Directory (which does not support multi-language actually).

    I like DirectoryEngine out of above listed themes but I am not sure if it will work the way I want to structure the website!
    Design and features wise but it has a lot of bad reviews on Themeforest.

    How would you recommend to go about on making the website?

    Kind regards,

  37. Hello,

    Like many, I too am looking to build a directory site. My goal is to become a city guide for locals and tourists. Think a cross between TripAdvisor and Yelp with an online marketplace to purchase souvenirs etc… I would like to offer a business directory (hotels and restaurants, places to go and see and reviews etc..) I would like monetize the site by providing free to paid business advertising and classifieds plans, offer online coupons and deals and eventually real estate listings etc… Seems like a lot but I’m willing to scale up with plugins or child themes hooked in etc. Seems like Directory by Templatic, City Guide or Listify are better choices but I too have heard negatives on each. Can you help with a suggested theme to get me off the ground? Thanks

    1. Brent –

      Did you decide on a directory theme? I cannot decide between Templatic or AITthemes directory ‘systems’. They both seem to utilize parent theme + child theme + plugin/addons, which is fine, but they seem neck and neck. If you did choose, why and are you happy with your choice?

    1. Syed,

      Unfortunately, that’s not how licenses for premium products work. If you want to build a legitimate website you must purchase a licence from the developer.
      If you are looking for a free themes you can always find the best examples here.

  38. Hi,

    I want to create a directory for moving companies. I am looking for a theme that allows me to have two types of login: service providers, and users looking for a moving service. And I want it to allow services to have “From” and “To” and handle the complexities that comes with that. For example: Search by destination or start, Calculate price by length of path, etc. What do you recommend?

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Par,

      None of the themes does exactly that. Therefore, I would recommend to take Listify theme as the base and hire a freelance developer to make additional tweaks. You can always find skilled developers on Envato Studio.

  39. Hi! I´d like to create directory site like and use map and directions. I´m not a developer and i´d like a theme easy to set up, what do you recommend?


  40. Aigars, in your opinion which of the themes do a better job in the following areas:

    1) Listing algorithm. When someone searches for “Italian Restaurant” for example, how are the results displayed? Do some themes do a better job of displaying the relevant results (keyword in business name, description, category, etc) than others? And how are they ordered?

    2) Business Claiming process. Do all themes have the same process of verifying business ownership? Is there a theme that does a better job than others?


    1. 1. All of them are powered by WordPress search, so they work exactly the same. You can change that to a different search algorithm using some plugin or service.
      2. Theme itself won’t check for business ownership.

  41. Hello
    I need to make a web to tourist which allow people to choose where they want to go (Which country) and then choose which city in the country and then the system tel the visitor about the most important places to visit and making a list of the restaurants, bars, hotels…etc plus it will be better if I can let the visitor book a hotel or reserve a restaurant table through my site, also I want the visitor to be able to buy goods from the site as a souviner from the country he choose, the last thing I want to give the visitor an option that he can upload his photos tell his adventure in the country if he like and I want this with plans (free and with fees) also for the restaurants I want the restaurant be able to register there activity with fees
    I hope I said what i need clear and I am waiting for your advice
    Many thanks for your time reading my request

  42. Hi Aigers

    I am looking to create a website that is essentially a destination blog/directory – very similar to

    Would Hermes be a suitable theme for me to use or can you provide other suggestions please? I would appreciate your input as this is my first attempt at a website of any type. Thank you.

  43. Hi Aigars,
    Thanks so much for all the help and info.
    I am looking into building a global web directory for NGO doing community work along fields and subject like sustainability, care, education, none violence, and so forth. I would also like it to include a possibility to post and share relevant materials for the work.
    As it evolves I would like the map to show the kind of work being done at various locations, and create a possibility to assist groups and organizations doing similar work to communicate and collaborate.
    Thanks again, best regards

  44. Very nice WordPress themes for business directories. After reading this article I choose Directory Engine theme for my WordPress website. And this theme is actually very awesome with some unique features, which is full fill my requirements.

  45. Hi,

    Thanks for this great overview!
    I have started building a directory website for one country, one type of activity where all “providers” would be listed.
    So far, I have built it with Toolset Types & Avada. I’m new to webdesign & development so I may have made some mistakes.
    I would be listing all the providers I know of myself (about 700) and would request them to claim their listing and depending on features they want to activate (more or less info – different types of offerings like classes and camps) I’d be charging them for it (basic subscription is free).
    Eventually, I would want it to be more than a directory website as I want my visitors to be active as well.

    Could you recommend any theme/plugin which may replace Toolset (and integrate the data I’ve already created with it – do these themes allow to create Custom Post Types?) and maybe Avada?
    My website is very slow, I guess due to the many plugins used.


  46. Hi Aigars,

    I have seen you believe Listify and ListingPro are the best – I was hoping you could let me know if you believe either of them suit my below requirements better than the other? Or if there was a better one to suit my needs because I would prefer a less image based option where it has simple category navigation.
    • Global website
    • Searchable directory by location and category
    • Business profile pages – but I don’t want them to have to upload images. More about text.
    • Reviews function
    • Free listings and paid listing options
    • Ability to have featured ads within the categories
    • If there is any template that allows categories with drop down menus?

    If you could point me in the right direction it would be much appreciated.


    1. Andrea,

      Both themes will get the job done with ease.
      I am not sure about featured ads option for either of those themes as I haven’t used that option but I am sure that there must be some workaround. In the worst case scenario you can always find a freelancer on Envato Studio who will implement this functionality.

  47. Hello,

    I have a Taxi website with different developer authors. Theme, plugins, etc. The web score is very bad. The theme with other plugins are not working good. And have many errors and issues.

    Can you give me an advice. Between all the directory themes. What’s good theme for me?

    Whats the planning?
    The homepage with direct all taxi results in area 20 km geolocation. The taxi business firms must pay if they want to show her Taxi place on the site with info. Also must directly click able mobile phone numbers if the taxi searching client click on the Taxi name for a taxicall. I see you recommend every one Listify theme. But I need directly show the results without enter address of clicking search category etc.

    But this is a test site. You can here see only a few taxi places in Amsterdam and Antwerpen.

    Best Regards

    1. Talebe,

      I wouldn’t recommend switching to new theme as it would require way too much work. Even tho selling themes is my main business. Much better solution would be to fix your existing website. Right now your website has absolutely no performance optimization in place. Caching, static file minification, image optimization and use of CDN would make a huge impact to performance. You could reduce website size at least twice and make it like 3-4x faster with a proper optimizations.

  48. Hello,

    I am new to WordPress in general but I am trying to build a global event directory for races around the world. i.e Marathons, Trail Running etc. so people can look up these events based on their geographical locations. I am looking for something that is stable and that I can grow with. example would be I was looking at the Templatic version called Eventum but I thought I read some comments that there is continuous bug problelms with their template.

    What would you suggest I start with? I want a simple clean look like the example provided.

    1. AJ,

      Eventum is currently the only suitable theme for you. You are looking to build a very specific directory style website and there aren’t many options that would be get the job done.

  49. Hi Aigars,

    I really appreciate your comprehensive review but I am confused which theme I should use to suit my requirements.
    I am planning to create a Yelp similar webpage for my small community that are spread around the world.
    I want to include all businesses/Professions that belongs to any community member in order to help others to find what service they need within the community. Should be categorized by profession/location including maps.
    Also, I want businesses/Professionals to register their own business and community members to register themselves for any future contact or mailing list.
    In addition, I need to keep a space for any advertisement.

    Thanks in advance and I would love to hear your recommendation.

    Best regards,

  50. Hi Aigars,
    I’m a complete newbie to building websites and am finding colorlib very useful.
    I would like to build an event listing website, where I can charge for organiser to submit events and users can search by distance from their location. Many of the directory sites seem to have events as an afterthought or don’t have great reviews of their support. Are there any that stand out to you?


  51. Hi, I have been looking thru directory/listing type themes and plugins for weeks and am having a lot of trouble finding one that supports both online/Skype providers AND local providers in the same listing results. So if I have a reader in NYC looking for a “child discipline consultant”, I want them to be able to see the local results and providers who consult online from anywhere, also (on the same results page). From the advertisers end, they need to be able to select if they are “local only”, “local + online” or “online-only” and I could set which results their listings would be shown in or that would already be coded in. Most of these tools seem like they take an either/or approach for location- either support location only or if you take away location, you see providers from all over the country which isn’t ideal. Help!!

  52. Hi All

    I have bought the Business Finder theme from AIT but did not use it. If anyone want it with all original files and purchase code, I can sent it to you at 30% discount. No kidding, I just wanna sell it as its of no use to me.


  53. Very good list of directory WordPress themes. I purchased DirectoryPress a good 6-7 years ago and to be honest the theme looked cheap then and it was a mistake buying it as I never used it.

  54. dear Aigars,

    first of all thanks a million for the blog and your helpful replies. i am trying to build a ranking(directory) site which will list 10 best plastic surgery clinics in my city. the clinics will be listed in a vertical manner starting with the best of 5 stars along with a numbering ranking(out of 5). there will be categories for clinics(nose, Liposuction, etc) and for each category i will list the best 10 clinics. under each clinic i want to have a button “Request a Quote” which will take you to a form contacting the clinic.
    what template do you recommend, please?
    your suggestion is highly appreciated and thanks again for your help

  55. Hello,
    What a fantastic list and comments section! Thank you, Aigars.
    I tried to read a bunch to see if there was anything that might suit, but forgive me if I missed it, as there are SO MANY!

    I like the look of Diamond theme, and the combination of store + directory.
    I am wanting to know if there is something I could use in conjunction with Diamond, or a different theme that would include these things for the directory part;

    – businesses able to submit their listing, or customers can and business can claim – from the front end
    – the customer fills out a review template, i.e. rather than just a star and comment, I want all of the reviews to be the same format and include – multiple ratings, their photos, and if possible, tickboxes or something that makes it easy for them to fill out the review (e.g. “did you have a contract before work started”? and the can select (written, verbal, none) answer to suit)
    – not a huge deal now, but later down the track, the ability to monetise (sponsored, premium listings etc) would be handy

    I’m sure it’s pretty obvious, but I’m not familiar with coding, so something easy enough to get my head around would be fab!

    Thanks so much,
    Kindest regards,

  56. Greetings Aigars.

    It’s good to see someone active to answer questions.
    My aim is to create a directory/paid membership/subscription site where the small business owners enter and create their listing by registering by creating their own username/password allowing them to make changes whenever they wish (update photos/information/store hours/menu etc.).

    Here is what I mean:
    1) Interested business owner pays to get listed on the site (a recurring yearly subscription/membership).
    2) They also create their username/password in the process (not sure how).
    3) Upon payment, they can create their listing information (store hours, menu (if it’s a restaurant), photos, address, website link (if they have a website), select the category most appropriate for them (Restaurant then sub-category (Indian Cuisine), Salon, Private Lessons for whatever, etc.).

    I would need to have administrator access and be able to create categories (e.g. restaurant) and sub-categories (e.g. Indian Cuisine), another example, Category (Language Lessons) Sub-category (French, Italian, etc.)

    Are you able to recommend a multipurpose directory such as for what I described?

    Thank you for your insight.
    Note: A company called Brilliant Directories offers everything I described, but the website layout looks cheap/outdated and they tend to have glitches.

  57. Hi Aigars,
    First of all thanks for your awesome directory templates collection. Can you be recommended some free wordpress directory templates for me, Because now I am interested in developing a directory website. if you recommended free templates it’s very useful for me


    Recommended some premium templates also

    And one more thing, Recently I saw the Free directory plugins, can I add this to my website, it is useful for me or not ..
    I am waiting for your reply


    1. Mani,

      There aren’t any good free WordPress based directory themes available. The only one I can offer is a free HTML/CSS/JavaScript based one which you can find here. Other than that you will have to stick with a premium offerings for WordPress such as Listify or ListingPro

  58. Hi Aigars,

    I found this article incredibly helpful, so thanks so much for putting this together. Must’ve taken a lot of effort.

    I am in the process of creating a directory website where website visitors / customers can search for cake businesses / individuals and would like to incorporate the following:
    1) Customer submitted ratings for each business
    2) Starting with 1 city for now (but segmented by sub-regions); ideally I’d like to add other cities once the idea has been proven
    3) Ability to cleanly show 100+ listings with some thumbnail photos
    4) Own ‘profile’ pages for businesses / individuals
    5) Ability for businesses / individuals to upload their own images, Facebook / Instagram URLs

    In this case, maps are not super important, so long as the cake supplier can deliver to a certain area the customer searches for.

    In your opinion, what is likely to be the best solution? I am struggling to pick the optimum one at the moment given the great options you listed above! Any thoughts would be welcome and I hope I have explained the concept clearly.

    Kind regards,

  59. Hi Aigars,

    I would like to create a directory website with one of its page having a Q&A section (like a forum).
    Which is the most suitable theme to pick?

    Thanks for creating this page!

      1. Belle,

        That depends on what you want to do. In most cases it is enough with a $59 for a theme. The more customised and advanced you want your site the more you will end up spending on plugins. But most people don’t buy any plugins.

        1. Hi Aigars,

          Firstly, thanks for replying both of my questions. Just to clarify further, am I correct to say that in any case a plugin will surely be required (be it free or paid), otherwise the website will not be functional?
          This information is being gathered from Listable review page:

          Quote from Listable Author: “We already mentioned on the presentation’s page that Listable functionality is provided by 3rd party plugins (free or premium). So, depending on your needs, you have to decide exactly what plugins you need to use”.

  60. Hello, I plan a website where
    it should be possible to book local services. The booking funktion should be a main aspect.

    Would you recommend a central system for this? Which directory theme with booking funktion would you recommend?

    If its a decentralised solution, is it possible with a directory or an add on to see the total bookings? Is it possible to automatically charge a fee per boobook via my the page?

    Best regards Patrick

    1. Patrick,

      Unfortunately, none of the themes (nor themes listed here nor any other theme ever released) are made for that specific purpose. Themes are built for standardized sites hence the names “template” and “theme”. Personally, I would recommend to start with a Listify as a base and then add extra functionality on top of it by using plugins or hiring a developer to do these tweaks.

  61. Hi! I’m planning on creating a website where people can list their services (local Services) and things for sale and swap . I don’t want it to look like a classified ads website, i would love it to have a kind of instagram interface, users will have their dashboard and can post pictures of what they have to offer. Please, which theme would be best for it?

    1. Hey,

      Themes are ready made solutions that are standardized to serve a certain purpose. You are looking to build a completely new platform that doesn’t exist yet meaning that themes and templates won’t work for you. You need to start from scratch.

  62. Came across this list after already purchasing Mylisting – any opinion on this theme? I’m looking to create a local directory with 60,000+ listings

  63. I would like to start a directory site where companies can list themselves and their products with their product details, pictures and brochures on seperate pages. Which theme would be the best option for these function ?

    Thanks in advance for your time.


    1. Giant,

      All WordPress themes offer to create one very detailed page for each company and not multiple pages with products, brochures and that sort of thing. For that part you will need to hire a developer.

  64. I want to build a product directory merchant listing of snack products – I tried listify two years ago and got really frustrated with all the plugins etc
    it looks like Listing Pro might do the trick
    1. – Snack listing – by company – images – coupon – review – link to their site etc
    2. Social Media – Instagram upload of the listing
    3. good search mechanism for type of snacks etc
    Your suggestions…Thanks – Ron

  65. Hi Aigards,
    Thanks for a great review! 🙂 I would like to create a site where you can search for a local photographers.
    Photographers should be able to register on the page, create a profile and upload their photos. I would like to have a “map view” also. Is there any such theme or plugin for WordPress or do you recommend any other platform? Thanks!

    1. There is no such plugins, theme or platform and never will be. The reason being is that it is way too specific and niche targeted. Many would be interested to use this kind of directory but how many would be interested to build one? When it comes to themes, plugins and platforms, they are meant for as broad target audience as possible to be able to sell it. In your case completely custom platform is the only way to go.

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