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Best Responsive WordPress Classifieds Directory Themes For Job Board, Classified Ads and Other Directories 2016

Comprehensive collection of the best classifieds ads WordPress themes for general classified, job boards, automotive websites and other functional directories.

Websites suck as Craigslist and Backpage have taken over the world with millions on open listings and even more monthly visitors. However, there is one major drawback for these website – their design. Both websites look like they are designed in early 1990’s and haven’t updated since. They do their work but I am always turned down by these websites because they just suck. I usually sell my unnecessary items on eBay. While it is much harder process to sell them there, I like that I have control over my listing and it will look clean and modern.

This is the right time to create your own classifieds ads directory to finally fix this huge market niche. Many have already tried to compete against Craigslist but failed because people have got used to this website and it is hard to make them switch. You really have to come up with something huge and these themes will help you get it done.

We collected a versatile list of themes for everyone to choose. Most of these themes are highly customizable with unlimited color variations, font variations, custom homepage layouts and much more.


classiads - flat design WordPress theme

Classiads is a smart and trendy theme developed for classified ads and listing websites. This modern theme is highly compatible with WordPress 3.8+ and built based on Bootstrap 2.3 for fast and easy website development. It comes with countless color options, 650+ Google fonts, stunning social media icons, custom fields and so on. It uses Redux Framework to help developers customize the theme without putting forth much effort. Its intelligible theme options panel gives you full control of the customization of your theme from its layouts, colors, fonts, background and many more. It is packaged with LayerSlider to ensure that users will not have a hard time creating awesome and animated sliders for their website. Classiads features an amazing Front End Listing Submission functionality and allows you to incorporate Membership Plans for your website. It is fully integrated with Google Maps and offers Geo Location support to help user instantly locate the address of a business listed on the classified ads. This theme offers and option to turn ON/OFF featured Ads in your website. It is carefully coded and built with HTML5 & CSS3 technology to help you develop a website with ease. This theme supports useful plugins like WooCommerce, bbPress, WPML and PayPal. This theme is developed with functionality and usability in mind. People could easily reach your website because it responds faultlessly to all devices, runs smoothly on all web browsers and fully optimized for SEO.

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ListingBuilder is an amazingly sophisticated, highly advanced, interactive and modern WordPress responsive multipurpose theme, finely equipped to handle an ample selection of website kinds and natures, yet especially well-suited for the management of online classifieds websites, job placement and job seeking websites, help wanted and needed, assorted for-sale websites and many other related projects that involve a decentralized structure where your visitors provide most of the content and your website functions as a communication hub between interested parties of all sorts. ListingBuilder makes creating your own online classifieds central an effortless, breezy task!

ListingBuilder is a complete, complex tool that is chock-full of opportunities for customization, personalization and enhancement. The premium plugins included make sitebuilding and sidebar designing easy as pie with absolutely no coding required at any point. Thorough, native PayPal and Stripe integration will have your customers checking out within minutes of setting up. Included, powerful forms such as Contact Form 7, Gravity Forms, Ninja Forms and Claim Listing forms are all available out of the box, with powerful Admin tools and an AJAX registration and login frontend, ListingBuilder is a theme bound to make your website professional and effective in communicating content to massive, wide-scale audiences. For more information about this theme you can read our detailed review.

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The Classified Ads theme is one of the most impressive products on WordPress. If you decide to purchase it, you will never have to look for another theme. It is a complete package that offers a large number of niche-specific features, and an overall design that embodies quality. Just like its name suggests, it can be used to improve any classifieds or listing website. This product spares you from having to start from scratch. With the download, Classified will include some demo content which can be installed by the developer’s support team. There is no difficulty barrier to overcome, considering that they will handle the early stages of the development process.

Mobile users can rejoice, knowing that Classified is completely responsive. Indeed, listings and ads can be showcased on the screens of smartphones, desktop PCs, tablets and laptops. It should also be mentioned that your website will work with any major browser. The theme is widget-ready, and it is well-documented. A well-written and informative documentation file offers to explain every element in detail. With Classified, you can easily become an overnight expert. For those who want to sample this product without having to commit to a purchase, a live preview was made available.

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Globo is a WordPress theme for those who wish to create reliable directory and classifieds listing websites. Despite the practical nature of its niche, Globo maintains a charming and aesthetically pleasing design that is sure to attract many visitors. This product benefits from many niche-specific features, and it incorporates an exemplary data filtering system. It is fast, and very efficient. This makes it easier for visitors to find their targeted sub-category or category, thus increasing the quality of their browsing experience. The Listing section of your site can be a great place for content-rich facilities to advertise their company via portfolios, deals, blogs, and custom tabs that are shortcode-ready.

A Stripe Payment Gateway was added, in addition to an intelligent Redux Framework-powered back-end. There are also front-end dashboards for various companies. In order to improve navigation, a bookmarking system was integrated. Globo can feature custom tabs, events, deals and coupons, blogs, portfolios and multiple profiles. It offers classifieds support, and a powerful search function which is fueled by AngularJS. Customized typography can add a touch of class to every page. Thankfully, Globo has more than 500 Google web fonts, available for all customers. For more info regarding this theme, be sure to access its live preview.

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Classify - Classified template

Classify is a clean and modern WordPress theme custom-built for classified ads websites. It is WordPress 4.1+ ready and built based on Bootstrap 2.3 for quick website development and customization process. It comes with a very fluid layout that smoothly adapts to different kinds of mobile devices. Classify is also retina ready and guaranteed to bring an enjoyable user experience for those viewing your site. It includes unlimited colors, over 650 Google fonts, eye-catching social media icons, custom fields and many more. It uses the famous Redux Framework that makes customization a child’s play. Its comprehensible theme options panel gives you absolute control over customization of your theme from its colors, fonts to visual design. The theme is bundled with LayerSlider to help you create splendid and touch swipe compatible sliders for your website. It has an easy to use Front End Listing Submission and allows you to create Membership Plans in your classified ads website. It also includes Google maps as well as Geo location support to help user instantly locate the address of a business listed on the classified ads. It is built using clean HTML5 and CSS3 coding to help you stay abreast of the latest trends in website design. This theme supports functional plugins such as WooCommerce, bbPress, WPML and PayPal. It is compatible with all major web browsers and fully optimized for SEO. Lastly, this theme offers and option to turn ON/OFF featured Ads in your website.

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flatads classified WordPress template

FlatAds is a versatile classifieds listings WordPress theme powered by ReduxFramework. Its modern and stylish design is perfect for showcasing provides a perfect platform for posting classified ads. It is fully responsive and optimized for modern mobile devices. It is built with HTML5 and CSS3 to help your website stay abreast of the changing trends in web design. One of its main features is its Google Maps integration, which enables you to show all your current listings on a large homepage Google Map and let users zoom in to explore the listings in your directory. It also makes use of map marker icons to help your visitors identify the type of listings they are looking at on the map straight away. It makes transactions fast and easy with its PayPal integration. Lastly, it supports WooCommerce and bbPress plugin.

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ClassifiedEngine - Classified theme

ClassifiedEngine is a clean and modern classifieds WordPress theme created to showcase sellers’ products and services. It comes with a minimalist and modern interface that highlights the sellers’ content and your ads. With its front-end controls you are able to publish and edit content effortlessly. ClassifiedEngine offers custom logo and color support, includes a full-size search box on top, location filter with map, unlimited font and color options as well as category filter support. ClassifiedEngine allows sellers to control the listings, manage their profile and choose the contact details to display publicly. It also includes an email notification for ads selling, successful listings.

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jobify - most popular job board theme

Creating a job listing website has never been easier with Jobify — the easiest to use job board theme available. Create a community of employers and prospective employees. This theme features a fully functional frontend submission for employers to post their vacancies. This theme integrated secure payment gateway with different payment options for credit cards, PayPal and other. The entire payment and verification process can be completely automated and left to work on its own.

Submission can be held for moderation to maintain quality of your website, this is especially true for free job boards. Jobify features advanced filtering options based on job location, skills, sallarry and other.

Other awesome job boards WordPress themes can be found on this theme collection.

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DirectoryEngine WordPress theme

DirectoryEngine is a sophisticated WordPress theme that allows you to build a classified ads site from multiple content modules. It is fully responsive and optimized for modern mobile devices. This theme is packed with features that allow you to build and customize your website in an instant. Its drag and drop modular content blocks and WordPress customizer help you organize your theme without touching a single line of code. This theme is loaded with features that makes place or business name and details submission a child’s play. This theme gives each place owner a page and allows them to use multiple media to promote their place or business. Lastly, provides an advanced search system allows site visitors to see other places in your listings.

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WPJobus Job board

WPJobus is a 3 in 1 WordPress theme that can be used for building job portals, personal resumes or company profiles. It is fully responsive and bundled with brilliant features such as Google Maps and AJAX search. With its sophisticated directory function, you are able to put up a professional job board portal where consumers can browse, search and filter entities like jobs, companies or resumes. You can use this theme as a single page resume where you can present your professional background, education, skills and a lot more. On the other hand, you can use WPJobus as a website template for company profile website. Full review for this theme is available here.

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jobengine WordPress theme

JobEngine is a well-made WordPress theme developed by EngineThemes. Its strong and dynamic framework is ideal for building a job listings website. This theme is fully responsive, functional and very easy to install. JobEngine is a visually appealing theme packed with the finest features required in creating an outstanding online job board. This theme allows you to display job listings and let job seekers apply through your website. It has a powerful job management feature that allows you to organize your listings by location, job type and category and an Ajax job filters for preventing page refreshes when searching jobs. What’s more, it allows you to make email templates that you can use for notifying advertisers and job seekers of certain events.

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directory - advanced wordpress theme

Created using input from real directory owners and years of experience, directory theme is perfect platform for those who want to not only create but also run successful, money making online business out of a directory site. Trusted by thousands, this is the best directory solution available today. It is a versatile classifieds directory theme that can be used for any niche. This is by far the most advanced classified theme on this list with hundreds of awesome customization options and features. Finally you can create professional and unique directory you have always wanted. If you are serious about classifieds then your search ends here.

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WordPress Classified Ads Theme

classified - Responsive wordpress theme

ClassifiedTheme is a Premium WordPress theme that lets you transform your WordPress website into a genuine classified website for any niche. It has a lot of new and very useful features, like PayPal, Authorize.net, AlertPay, Google Checkout integration for secure transactions, advanced ad banner management and time based listing submission that will be deleted once expired. This theme has this unique design that you will either love it or hate it. See theme demo to get an idea.

You can turn your WordPress website into any classified ads type of site, like: auto/car ads, real estate ads, PC Ads, food ads, high-tech ads… almost anything, thanks to the custom input fields. Other real estate WordPress themes you can find on this stunning theme collection.

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classicraft WordPress theme

ClassiCraft is a Flexible, Powerful and Reliable Theme to create your own Classified Ads platform, you can now easily create highly profitable classified site with ClassiCraft. ClassiCraft Theme allows the classified ad frontend submission from users. Classifieds can be held for moderation to keep up the quality of your website.

ClassiCraft is elegantly designed and is fully responsive to look awesome on desktop computer, mobiles or tablets. It is the first fully functional classified theme platform which is completely responsive and allows you to generate revenue for you through Integrated payment module connected via Paypal. ClassiCraft theme can be used for free classifieds or paid classifieds. Everything above mentioned and much more can be tweaked via easy to use theme options.

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classipress vintage classified ads theme

ClassiPress is the original & most popular classified ads theme for WordPress which have faced 3 major overhauls to keep up with WordPress development and design trends. Our feature-rich theme was built for ease-of-use and tight integration with WordPress so you’ll be online and selling classified ads within minutes.

With thousands of ClassiPress customers, a dedicated support team, and a very active community, you can trust that ClassiPress is the best solution for your business. To learn more about our features, continue reading below. ClassiPress theme is designed and developer by AppThemes, the company specialized in creating directory style themes for various topics such as coupons, real estate, automotive and other. There is no way you can go wrong by choosing this theme, it is the best theme with outstanding support and community around it. ClassiPress is ready to dominate any niche and market.

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This Post Has 78 Comments

    1. Please, describe your perfect theme because there are many developers visiting this website and someone might be looking for new ideas for their themes. Feedback from users are always welcome and the more details you can provide the greater is your chance to finally get this theme.

        1. Peter,

          Unfortunately, that’s all there is available. If you find some good classified themes that are not yet listed here, please let me know. I constantly update this theme collections once new themes becomes available but selection for classified themes are very limited.

  1. In my opinion the best classified ads theme would be if we would compile two themes which are Classifier theme design and functionality of Classiads theme.

    Those both themes are good but they lack something and putting them together would make the perfect classified ads theme for wordpress engine.

    p.s if its out there let me know

    1. Aivars,

      Thank you for your feedback!

      Unfortunately, right now there is no such theme available or at least I am not aware of any. However, it wouldn’t be too difficult to take two themes and combine theme if you know some basic HTML and CSS. The main idea here would be to take theme with the best functionality and copy design from this other theme. If you are not developer yourself, you can always find someone from oDesk or Freelancer.com that will do this for you. It shouldn’t cost you a fortune either, because it is a very simple task and could be done in a few days tops.

  2. Abdul,

    Unfortunately, I had to remove your website URL because your website was really that bad. I don’t know what platform you used and if you hired developer or designer to created it but you should definitely get rid of them and hire someone from oDesk, Freelancer or other websites. If you are serious about your classified website then you should consider to start over. Also, our website is not to promote your websites but we are here to showcase themes, so others can create their own websites with ease. If you ever release a theme, please let us know about it and we will add them on our website but blind promotions on our comment section is now allowed.

  3. The theme or plugin I would love to have is a business directory, that is clean looking on the front page with no huge ugly map sitting there. Just a search box, with the categories under it. people could push on the category and then the state pops up for them to choose then city with the businesses in their city area. Or just search their city and or zip in the search box above.
    If they see the business in their area they want to explore more, then when they push the business their information pops up with a small map to the side of their exact location.

    On the front page on top the join button and log in next to it. So tired of just seeing a log in button with no join button. Huge map on the front page is just so ugly looking and would love to throw a rotten banana in the persons face that started that crap on websites. The map should be an option button that leads to another page displaying the map function search.

    1. Len,

      My personal suggestions for you are Classify and DirectoryEngine. Yes, the second one does have Map in the front page but there is one thing you haven’t realized is that all features are completely optional and you can enable them or disable via Theme Options. Don’t like map? That’s fine. Just disable it or don’t enable it in the first place. Theme demos are created to showcase all functionality, so users see the maximum what you can get out of these themes. Want to use like 1% of it’s potential? That’s fine too.
      Login, join, signup or whatever buttons on the top can be easily renamed or replaced and you don’t have to even code anything to achieve that. Open Theme Options and make necessary changes there.
      Like I already mentioned, everything is optional and you are not obligated to use some of the theme functions if you don’t need them. Text can be renamed, buttons can be changed etc. You are not buying the exact website but you are buying a layout that you can tweak to get the results you were looking for.

  4. Hi,
    I am new to web design and web creation and have been toying with the idea of building my own site using a wordpress theme. I have been struggling with an idea and a concept for a long time and have been putting it off because it seemed either impossible or outside of my own capabilities. I may even be overthinking this and it has been staring me in the face all along.

    Finding these themes may well have changed that but I am not sure which, if any, of these themes has the functionality that I envisage or may need.

    I think I need a listings or directory type theme. Not sure. It must be able to showcase individual business listings for free and paid advertising. Those businesses will advertise by showing a thumbnail image and a brief description of their business.

    Ideally I would want this automated so that they can visit my site and register and upload their own image and description themselves through some pre-determined forms. This would then be moderated and authorised before going live.

    I would also need it to work based on geographic location and be a global site that I can monetise through ads. So if a visitor is searching for something in their home town in Alaska, USA and local business listing would appear relevant for their needs and an ad would also appear advertising relevant products. I would get paid if that visitor clicked that ad. The same scenario for someone in Sydney, Australia. If that all makes sense. I know the big corporations do this but can a simple man achieve this? Very new and awash with ideas that I don’t even know are even possible.

    Can this be done and if so is there a theme available that can do the above or is there one available that can be customised to do the above? If I can’t manage to do it myself, how much would it cost to get it done if a theme was available?


  5. Steve,

    Thank you for your comment.

    I think you should consider DirectoryEngine theme. This theme does allow free and paid listings as well as it check your current location. It asks for your location by brief notification on the top when you visit theme demo. it looks like this:
    Location Based Directory

    Without user confirmation you can only check country they come from because in most cases IP addresses are not that accurate to track users.

    I think it is not going to be that difficult for you to create a similar website like you described because Directory Engine theme is flexible enough to get the job done for you. Also you might want to look into Directory Theme by Templatic which offers similar functionality and has many available plugins to enchance theme functionality.

    Let me know if you have any other questions.

  6. Thanks Aigars. both themes suggested would seem to do the job with a little tweaking here and there.
    I seem to remember that DirectoryEngine integrates with PayPal but is it compatible with ecommerce plugins such as WP estore (I will be purchasing various products from Tip & Tricks …. delete this is you need to) and can I integrate an autoresponder such as AWeber? Or are these types of functions already built in somehow? Excuse my ignorance.


    1. Steve,

      None of above listed themes does support WP EStore or some other eCommerce plugins as they are for completely different thing but it wouldn’t be too difficult to integrate it as this plugin is flexible enough to work with most WordPress themes. Maybe some slight tweaking might be required such as dedicated template file but it is matter of copy/pasting the right thing from online tutorials.

  7. Hi!

    I am in the process of buidling my classifieds site with Classify theme and I must tell you I am deeply disappointed.

    First of all, it has absolutely terrible documentation. There was a lot of issues that I couldn’t solve myself, but I had to contact the support. Then they sent me new theme files because the ones I got from download site were not functioning. I still have trubles translating the theme. It is supposed to be fully translatable, but my translations are not working propperly (I updated .mo and .po files which where translated using Poeditor).

    Sometimes, some settings reset and I have to manually set them back up again, which is very frustrating and unreliable.

    Actually, I am considering filing a request for refound and looking for another theme. If you have any suggestions for new theme, your oppinion is much appreciated.


    1. Iva,

      I am sorry to hear about your experience.
      Classify is not tested by as many users as other themes out there therefore it might include some disappointing surprises that you need to report as the first one. While developers are working hard to work on their themes they still can’t test all aspects of their theme and first users are ones that have to deal with bugs and limited documentation but there things usually gets better over the time. I would recommend to leave a bad review on their ThemeForest page, so they can understand that they have made a mistake and they should work harder. Also try to include as much details as possible, so they can learn from their mistakes and improve their product in the future.

      Other themes that I can suggest for you are Classiads and ClassifiedEngine. The second one is around for a while and is tested by thousands of users therefore there shouldn’t be any surprises.

      Sorry again about your bad experience.

  8. hello 🙂

    Still Looking for the best classifieds theme 🙂

    I recently bought Classiads and I am not happy at all. Why? Whoever done the theme.. they have done it so you will ask for customizing.. where they will get more money..

    I would like to have the free user (pricing plan) when you just join the site you can click on free plan.. and then transfer you to success page and carry on posting the ad.. but there you have to add manually every and each user every time..

    So what about if 50.000 people will join my site.. should I add every and each one manually? Rubbish..

    1. Dragos,

      Sorry for late response. Just returned from vacation.

      I am not sure what you mean by this. This theme does include paid membership plans and they are assigned manually after purchase. You can also assign premium plan manually for users via WordPress dashboard.
      Also users can post free ads on your website and they can go live with or without moderation depending on your configuration.

      Could you please explain it in greater details, so I can try to help you with this.

    1. Rajendra,

      Yes, those are by far the most popular classified themes out there because they are around for ages with many updates along the way to keep up with the latest WordPress requirements and design principles. Both are great themes and can still compete against most newly released themes.

  9. In my opinion all classifieds themes are basically the same – just the layout and the colors are different.
    Everybody is making the same!

    How come nobody is thinking a bit different when making these themes?

    Here are some suggestions:

    We should be able to add dealers as users. Fx. a car dealer! All ads should clearly be marked so users know this is a dealer, not a private person selling. But all products would in general be mixed on the same site. Dealers could then pay a yearly fee to be able to post on the site – end in the end we could earn more money with our site.

    If we take it a step further, I could image that a dealer could have some kind of sub-site, branded with their logo and the user would only see products from that dealer! So a dealer would have his own kind of private market site!

    I just think that all developers think the same way when it comes to classifieds themes. I am still waiting for that great classifieds theme where they have been thinking out of the box!

    People still think it is enough if they create another layout on top of the same functionality!

    1. Jasper,

      I am theme developer myself, so I know a thing or two about how the themes are created. I am developing themes that will be suited for as many users as possible. These classified themes are based on popular classified website out there, so end users are going to be familiar with layout, function and other things. Basically it is not a good idea to reinvent a wheel because most people are looking for things that feels familiar to them.
      You have described a very specific use case and your website would be one of its kind, so how developers could make money from themes like these? There would be few buyers for this theme and since themes costs around $60 then how they are going to make any money? Specific themes like classified or directory themes takes months to design and develop. If someone would decide to release theme like this then I would really feel sorry for him because of wasted time with no reward. How would you feel to receive $60 (also exclude fees and taxes) for 3 months worth of work?

      Your best bet is to hire developers from oDesk, Freelancer.com or other freelancer job boards that could create a custom built website with all the functionallity you have in mind.
      Sorry for being harsh but theme development is a business and developers are working on products that they will be able to sell but unfortunately your described one is very niche targeted. However, you can use any of these themes as platform and start developing from there. That way you will save a lot of time and money on development.

  10. Aigars,

    This is where I think you are wrong and I guess I will put you in same category as many other theme developers. “The neighbor just put out a classifieds theme. Let make a “copy” of that with different colors”

    dba.dk (owned by eBay)

    Very fast 3 classifieds site that all have the same idea or similar to what I am asking. I am sure I could find more if I spend 10 min.
    I don´t think my request is that way out and I am pretty sure you or your colleagues will have to develop something like this in the near future if you want to keep on selling classifieds themes.

    And who says you can only charge $60 for a theme? If the theme is very good and offers great functionality, then I would have no problem paying more.

    What I am just saying is, it all looks the same from a functionality point of view. Everybody is making the same but with different colors.

    The fact that we are having this conversation, is the only reason why I will remember you when I look for themes. Not because you had something great and extra cool.

    I see the same in the Joomla world by the way.

    Don´t get me wrong, I am not here to piss you or anybody else off. I saw the thread while I was looking for a classifieds theme and just wanted to hear how other users look at this.

    1. Jesper,

      There are only few users willing to pay premium for themes. That’s why there are only few subscription based themes stores (subscription theme stores are usually for developers that uses dozens if not hundreds of themes a year for their clients, so very limited target audience) and there are even fewer WordPress themes sold as SaaS (Software as a Service) because people haven’t got used to paying for themes and this kind of business model so far have been proven to be viable for portfolio and restaurant websites because of number of websites out there. Still both of these businesses are nowhere near to be able compete with ThemeForest, WooThemes, ElegantThemes or other large players.

      I have reviewed thousands of themes and used hundreds of different themes and have seen many developers to fail by targeting specific niches. For example, I have seen developer trying to sell themes for $299 and those themes were great but now those themes retail for $59 because he was unable to sell a single copy. There are some very specific themes that still retail for very high price but those themes are sold as clones for some popular and fast growing services such as Pinterest, Fiverr, Groupon where back in the days. Not sure what is booming right now but definitely not classifieds.

      If you truly believe that your described classified theme is the next big thing then hire someone that could create a website for you and then sell it as theme. Nice business model right there as you will still need a someone who can create this kind of platform and you will make extra money from theme sales.
      Once this theme is live you can contact me and I will add this theme on this collection to provide you with some extra exposure.

  11. Dear Aigars,
    I have read all your conversations carefully and now I am more confused than before ;=)
    well, the thing is: I look “the best in functionality & design” directory / listing premium theme. I have studied all of them, which you have suggested. In each a little but for me important item is missing, whereelse another theme has it, but another thing not… sorry for my bad english, I am Austrian.

    So my closer selection is:
    – AIT directory
    – Atlas
    -Ultimate directory and
    – Glocal

    Atlas and AIT directory have the most buyers.

    Therefore my question:
    I need make markers by myself, because of the specific category. How can I implement them into a theme? which kind of file should I take (.pgn, .jpg…)
    – For the listing of a company, I need following item:
    company description, product portfolio (with direct link to their webshop), sale offers (with link) and contact formular (short one), which theme provide this (I guess none ;=(
    – payment. I want to offer different premium memberships, which are not free. So when somebody choose his package and filles out his profile, how does it work, that he has to pay upfront, before all details go online?
    – payment: I need paypal and bank transfer, do all selected offer this?

    Waiting on your answer, thanks in advance, best regards from Austria, suher

  12. 1. Markers depending on theme are created either using fonts (Font Awesome or other vector based font icons) or as images (doesn’t matter what image format do you use).
    2. From your description I think that you are after directory theme instead of classified theme. Here you can find other directory themes. I think theme like Listify would get the job done for you.
    3. Payments are available for most themes listed above and you can choose different listing types and set different pricing. No problems with that.
    4. For payments all themes accepts PayPal which means that you can pay either using PayPal itself or any credit card accepted by PayPal (signup is not necessary unless you want to). Wire transfer is not possible at all because you need a manual clarification when you receive funds. For international payments it can take 3-5 working days before wire transfer is cleared and that’s why this payment options is rarely used. If you are looking to create some local directory with local payment then you will have to work together with your bank to create automated payments but this is something no theme or WordPress in general is capable of.

    Let me know if you have any other questions.

  13. This is a great list and I found some templates that may work for me. But just in case you can suggest anything specific, or have others in mind, here’s what i’m looking for… I’m planning to rebuild an existing classifieds website that sells watercraft. It will be very similar to an automotive classifieds site (e.g. cars.com), so it will need to support a lot of searchable/filterable custom attributes. Also, I’m going to want different sub-templates (and ad pricing packages) for private sellers vs. dealers vs. manufacturers. One feature I’m really having a hard time finding is one that will allow me to bulk enter/edit records from a database rather than only being able to enter ads via the UI. Thanks for your help.

    1. I think Listify theme has everything you are looking for. Of course some tweaking will be required but theme is flexible enough to get the job done for you.
      Since themes are built based on WordPress it has its own import tool but of course you need to have specific format for your content in order to be able to import it. The most flexible theme when it comes to content import is Directory theme by Templatic it has a dedicated section of their website that deals specially with data import. Also they have CSV import option available inside Theme Options which is something not many themes can be proud of.

      Let me know if this helps.

  14. Hi Aigars,
    I can’t make up my mind regarding the theme to use for my website. Maybe you could help?
    It will be free for users to post ads (second hand baby clothes, toys etc.), needs a very simple search – What are you looking for? (No location needed) and categories underneath. Also opportunity to place banners (to monetise) in the future.
    No big slider on the home page as some
    of the themes have got (not sure if it can be disabled?)
    I’ve been looking to all of them and they are quite the same.
    Would I also need a developer pack if I’d like to change fonts and colours?
    Thank you!!

  15. Tatyana,

    I think that you should check ClassifiedEngine, Classiads and FlatAds themes. All these themes are very flexible and offers plenty of functionality to create completely unique classified website with ease. Things such as map, image sliders and other fancy things can be left out (they are disable by default once you install any of these themes and you can enable them any time you want). Theme demos are created to showcase everything these themes are capable of and if you use them for plain listings with no fancy effects and functions that’s fine too.

    It is possible to change color scheme and fonts for all of my above mentioned themes and you won’t need to hire a developer to do this job. All these changes can be done via Theme Options by just clicking buttons.

    Let me know if you have any other questions.

    1. Aigars,
      thanks a lot for your suggestion, now my search has been narrowed just by two: Classiads and Classifiedengine. I am more interested in ClassifiedEngine however I do like more how categories are presented in Classiads.
      Do you know if it’s possible to add a little thumbnail next to a category name as classiads does?
      But thanks a lot for the recommendation

  16. Tatyana,

    Unfortunately, there is no option for that via Theme Options but for a developer it wouldn’t be too difficult to add those thumbnails. Since you already mentioned that you are not familiar with coding then this option is not going to be the best fit for you unless you are willing to hire someone to do it for you. You can always find freelance developers on oDesk or Freelancer.com and that’s not going to cost you a fortune if you hire somone from Asia or Eastern Europe.

  17. Hi Aigars

    I have red most of comments regarding the classified themes. From my opinion i agree with Jesper and Gragos. Still looking for a classified theme that does what it should or the “perfect” one. Some themes have some features, some don’t, some bad coding, some look bad, some lack functionality, some don’t offer good support, some want you to spend more and the list goes on.

    I keep an eye on the latest classified themes but still haven’t found a decent one, or at least till now as one has caught my eye http://themeforest.net/item/directory-multipurpose-wordpress-theme/10480929?ref=cirvitis. It seems to have what is needed, looks good, but functionality wise seems “limping”. From what i have red on the comment section it has lots of issues and looks like the theme was released premature, but then again i would like to know your opinion on that.

    Btw i will favorite/bookmark your site as it offers lots of info which i like to read here and there.


    1. Eddie,

      Yor mentioned theme looks nice and very flexible and can be used for many niche classifieds and directory style websites. The thing that I absolutely hate about this theme is that it is dead slow. It packs way too much features under one roof to make it work as job board, directory, real estate listing, classifieds, car sales that it is now bloated and takes way too long to load. To make things even worse developers behind this theme doesn’t care about performance either and uses crappy server and haven’t done any optimization from their side such as caching, implemented CDN, improved DNS lookup time and done some other basic things. Layout breaks on iPad and probably on most other tablets as well. From that I can see that they don’t care about quality and I am afraid to look what is going behind the scenes for this theme.

      I can recommend this theme if you are looking for a well designed theme but if you know how to optimize WordPress performance and if you don’t mind paying for some decent hostings such as WPEngine, Kinsta or Pagely. Otherwise your website will look nice but no one will use it because it will be painfully slow. For more information about WordPress hosting and which one you should choose for your website you might want to read this guide.

  18. I am looking for developing a business directory listing factories – suppliers – manufactories listed by product categories. The platform should be build with bloc browsing product categories in order to find suppliers. Each supplier will have one page disptaching company profile and more information
    The layout should be one page friendly used like airbnb or all those new community platforms

    Thank you for your good suggestions

    1. Carine,

      Most modern directory theme is DirectoryEngine but it is still not close to Airbnb and some other major directory style sites. There is a reason why themes cost around $50-$100 but Airbnb is multi-billion company with hundreds of developers and designers working on this website. if you are looking to create the next big thing you might want to hire some web design studio because themes and not a way to go if you are looking to build something unique.

  19. Thanks for all your comments. I notice various people asking you questions and I thought I’d jump in and ask you one too as I feel like i’m going mad trying to choose the right directory. I hope you don’t mind me asking. I’m in the process of setting up a hyper local directory site for businesses. They will pay to advertise on the site but they will only be allowed to advertise if they have been approved by us (it’s to ensure we only have recommended businesses on the site not just anyone). I want the site to allow users to rate/comment. I’m grateful for your clearing up the issue of the big maps as we won’t need location as they will all be hyper local but the key is easy search, and also allowing customer feedback as well as star rating. Also to ensure as the admin I get the final approval before their advert goes live. Does this exist – what do you think I should look at? I keep looking at one then getting in a muddle! I so appreciate any time you have thank you so much

    1. Belinda,

      Sorry for late response.

      I think that the right theme for you is Listify. You can find out more about this theme here. It has all necessary functionality and features a nice design that your visitors will love.

  20. I should have said I’ve been looking at premium themes business directory which seems to tick the boxes but before I spend on it I’d love your opinion!

  21. Hello, Thanks for this article, it takes 3 days to check all the themes that you are mentioned above. But I’m still confused.! what I need is that business directory which allow the subscriber to add event or offer in through his profile and that offer linked to the homepage or appear with search function. it’s kind of like directory with classified which is related to the same categories.
    I hope that you can help me to find theme that meet my need ..
    Thanks again

  22. Hi Aigars, Thanks for the reviews. Very interesting reading them as well as the comments. I own a couple, one from App Themes and the other from Premium Press. I am wanting to use a classified theme for a Lost & Found Dog website. One of the issues is I have worked with both of the above and they do a decent job, but they want to charge for a listing and I would like to make it a totally free website for users. With that being said, do you have a favorite you would want to tell me about?



    1. Bill,

      Payment options for all above listed themes are optional and you can make all listings completely free if that’s what you are after. Theme demos usually showcase all theme functionality, so users can understand what these themes are capable of but you can always decided what functionality you want to use.

      Let me know if you need any further assistance.

  23. Aigars
    I have browsed through the ad sites you have listed above. Some seem to meet the criteria I’m looking for like Classipress and Classicraft. But I also see benefits in using platforms like Directory. Maybe you can provide some of your expert knowledge. I’m looking to design an ad website that will allow users to browse not only by category but also by city, state, zipcode, and event date. I am looking to have subscription packages for advertisers that range from free to fee based on Ad preferences. Ease of use like Craigslist but more robust and stylish. Any help would be appreciated.

    1. Classipress, Classicraft and Directory themes are very similar and you can’t go wrong by choosing any of them. The only reason why I like Directory theme better is because it is built as framework which offers more flexibility via add-ons. There are several add-ons for Directory theme available and more are added regularly that allows to implement additional functionality that you probably don’t need now but might be required down the road.

      Otherwise all your 3 themes will get the job done for you and it comes down to your personal preference.

  24. Hi

    I would like to ask your opinion on deciding what classifieds theme or maybe just plugin to use(as i can do styling myself).
    The idea is a motorcycle magazine type of site with posts, videos etc..many different pages like forum,DIY page + a page for adds , but exclusively motorcycle related adds,no other categories just motorcycles and parts.

    I don’t know which way to go, WP with classifieds plugin (like AWCP), and my own styling, or to buy a classifieds theme?

    Thank for your time, Levi

    1. Levi,

      In your case I would definitely go with some plugin based solution because classifieds are going to be a tiny part of your website other other things are going to be more important. Unfortunately, I can’t recommend any good classifieds plugins as I have never used one. You will have to do your own research.
      Sorry for inconvenience.

    1. Boki,

      Thank you for your feedback! This list is regularly updated to include the latest Classifies theme, so you can be sure that you will always find the best themes here.

  25. None of those Classifieds is not good. If you dont know what are you doing is better to do something else.

    1. Ioana,

      It all comes down to your personal preference. So far we have helped thousands of people to select the right theme for their classifieds website. Of course there aren’t themes for everyone because this niche is very specific and selection is very limited but themes are much cheaper than coding your own custom website from scratch.

  26. Hello Aigars

    I am wanting to build a site that allows manufacturers in a specific market to post ads on products relevant to that market, with their contact info, any product certifications/brochure downloads and a list of their authorised distributors (which needs to be searchable).

    The site needs to be:

    * Scaleable to cater for 1000+ manufacturers initially with the capacity to upscale to 10,000+ manufacturers if necessary.
    * Responsive to cater for mobile devices
    * Fast (I have heard that some faceted filters code types respond more quickly than others)
    * Fully searchable
    * Allow set up of custom filters to help users drill down to product options containing specific attributes

    I appreciate the advice you have already given in this post and hope you don’t mind me asking for your suggestions in regard to the particular project I have in mind.

    1. Dan,

      Thank you for your question!

      It doesn’t sound that a standard WordPress theme is going to be a right for for you. Listing manufacturers wouldn’t be a big deal and you can add millions of theme. The question here is how you plan to list products and make them searchable? You can create more custom fields and one product by another but if you will have 10,000 manufactures with 100 products each it makes 1,000,000 products. It is not like WordPress can handle it but how you plan to managed it. Will you use XML, CSV or some other file import? Will you have a team that follows all products changes. Will manufactures have to do this on their own.

      It sounds more like you are trying to build a platform and in that case you need to have some automation. It can be some feed pulling from manufacturers or anything of that sort but none of the themes are capable of handling these task for you. Any of themes listed above can be used as base but you will have to invest much more in platform development.

      Let me know if I am missing something or this is exactly what you are looking for.

  27. HI!
    Very helpful info.
    I need to build a professional directory for attorneys and am leaning towards Listify.

    I like the look and reputation but want to make sure I can set it up to show provider photo address phone and stars etc.

    Like a provider directory different from a restaurant directory.

    Do you think Listify?

  28. Hi Aigars,

    Thank you for all this amazing info.

    Which one do you think would be the best for our company? We would like to provide to our customers around North America, a trading place for them to exchange info and sell/trade items in their specialized field of work.

    But we do want:

    – To have our own business website where we can still sell our services and merchandise.

    – That the classified ads engine would be accessible trough the top tabs on our home page for example.

    – And a classified ads template that allow space to sell publicity.

    Is there one service out there that combine those two types of website?

    Thank you in advance Aigars,


  29. how long does it take to a download a theme once u’ve purchased it? anyone who has bought a theme from this site???

    1. John,

      You can download it right after you make a purchase. There is no manual verification process and you get an instant access to themes. Download speed depends on your network connection but usually themes aren’t large in size therefore download won’t take long.

  30. Hi Aigars,

    I am looking for a classified/directory/listings WordPress theme which has particular functions which I haven’t found in any of the themes I have looked at so far. I will describe the type of theme/website I am looking for and hopefully you could let me know if you know of such a theme or how I could get/make such a theme.

    People advertising on this website will own a shop at a physical location (e.g. a clothes shop). They should be able create an account and write a description about their shop and add contact details and a map reference. They should be able to pay per amount of time for a particular amount of ads (e.g. $5 to advertise 20 products over a 3 month period or $10 to advertise 50 products over a 3 month period etc.). They should be able to login to easily view and modify ads/products. When adding new ads/products they shouldn’t have to add their address or contact information, as this was already added when they created their account.

    People who view the site should be able to search by location, keyword and/or category (e.g. within 50km of Melbourne, T-shirts). When they click on an ad which interests them they should get taken to a page with details about that product and should also be able to see the description and contact details of the shop which is advertising that product.

    This is what I haven’t been able to find or work out how to achieve:

    Underneath what I have just described (the product which has been clicked on and the shop information) there is a variety of other products/ads from the same shop. There is also an option to search through these results (just results from this shop) by category and keywords. In effect, each shop has their own website where their products can be searched (by category and keyword) which is within this website for many shops.

    If you know of a theme which will achieve this goal, or know of how I could achieve this, could you please let me know?

    Many thanks in advance.


    1. Jeremy,

      Unfortunately, there are no WordPress themes ever released to match your criteria. I would recommend to use some of above listed themes as framework and then build additional functionality of top of it. The best places where you can find freelance WordPress developers are Upwork.com, Freelancer.com and Jobs.WordPress.net.

  31. Hi Aigars,

    I am looking for a classified WordPress theme which will suitable to build farmer’s products ad website (ads like fruits, vegitables, meat, eggs, sheeps, cows and so on….), with responsive to look awesome on desktop computer, mobiles or tablets and, plain and anderstandible in use for all category people (also for plain village people, especially from mobile phone).
    Wich will open and work in slow internet speed conditions.

    If you know of a theme which will achieve this goal, could you please let me know?

  32. What do you think about SiteMile’s WordPress Classified Ads Theme? İs it normal from general programing quality and functionality? Is it suitible for my purposes? I don’t want to have any surprises.

    1. Alisher,

      SiteMile’s theme is a great theme for functionality perspective but for me it feels outdated when it comes to design. This is just my personal opinions as others will highly appreciate its classic timeless design.

  33. Hi Aigars,
    Thanks for all the information.
    I was wondering if you could point me in the right direction.
    What I need for my website is for people to be able to sign up and post what they want to sell (pictures etc.),
    and I would also like it to have a filter for the posts based on parameters that are user dependent (both dependent on the buyer and the seller). In particular the appropriate filter should be applied automatically based on the logged in user’s information. I don’t mind if I have to manually tweak or code some things to make it this way but I just want to make sure that the theme I choose can support what I eventually want to do!
    Do you have any suggestion as to which theme to use? Thank you! And I appreciate the help.

  34. Hello Aigars,

    Appreciate your time& knowledge, looking for right theme for a listing / classified wordpress website. My requirements are simple but little unique, Let me know that will be close to my requirements.
    I need category , location & open search filter, products/ shops listed along with photos brief description about their services & special schemes they must have introduced to be highlighted in search results, i also need User Ratings based on pre-set parameters.I need to put a call button without displaying vendor numbers that will dial all numbers of the vendors so they dont miss the lead.Let me know if any theme is close by , also let me know if there arr addon plugins that will solve my problems,Theme need to be SEO/SMO friendly.Many Thanks in advance,

  35. Hi Aigars

    Again a utility listing you have presented for us . Thanks for sharing .

    “Classiads” is the best if the functionality is concerned .


  36. I would like a site where people can post things they want to trade. I would like them to be able to post their items in categories and look for items by location, value, expiration, and categories (gift certificates,bikes), etc. I would like something that has them do a simple math problem or copy the word they see to make sure they are human. Me being able to remove postings is something I would like as well. Being able to customize the filters would be nice. Users would need login info too. I would also want them to pay for their membership access on the website. At first it will be free and then after it builds, I would charge an annual fee. I don’t want a slow website, I want it to look professional but interesting, and I want it to be through WordPress. I want something that can handle traffic as it grows. I would want a logo displayed and a form to ask questions that will send to my e-mail. I would also like a FAQ page. And when they create a login, I want to be able to choose what info I need for their account such as their name, phone number, etc. What would be my best option?

    1. Unfortunately, there is no exact match for theme that you just described. The easies solution here would be to choose the theme you like from design perspective and then hire some freelance WordPress developer from oDesk or Freelancer.com to add this extra functionality for you.

  37. Hello,
    I am looking to create a niche real estate listing portal as well as a niche automotive listing portal in my area as a business… looking for feedback on the best theme that would be suitable for both of these portals. looking for nice clean design, easy to use, easily monetized and good selection of payment gateways. Pretty overwhelmed with all the themes out there.

    Any info or feedback would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you.

  38. Hi Aigers,

    I’m curious what theme you would recommend for a private classified site? I’m looking to create a no-frills classified site where only registered users can view listings or upload their own listings. Any opinions or suggestions would be great.


    1. Lisa,

      You can use any of above listed themes but you can combine it with some free plugin for membership management. Themes doesn’t have this kind of functionality by default but plugins are compatible with any theme and it is going to be an easy task to build private classifieds site.

  39. Hi…I am looking for a directory them for a small town or small city…to list all the retailers etc….would like to charge people when they list there ad…what do you recommend…i heard Vantage is a great directory theme….i need your input…Mike

    1. Mike,

      It really depends on what features you are after. My personal favorite is Classiads but it really depends on your personal preference and features that you need.

  40. Hello Aigars,

    I need a theme that allows sub-location filters like Country=> City=> Suburb, also i need form filling by visitors before they can get complete information they were looking for on the website, Customized rating, A small micro page for each paid businesses, SEO & Blog link friendly. looking forward to your genuine advice.

    Many Thanks.

  41. ı am looking for a wp ads theme. ı just curious which one is simple and easy use? what is your advice?
    thanks a lot

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