I came across a number of developers lately who were interested in finding a reliable directory plugin for WordPress, so, here are a few of the best ones for you along with a few of the best directory themes too.
You can find more themes listed in our Best Directory Themes for WordPress compilation.
Bear in mind that a directory can be resource intensive. Before adding any significant new functionality to your WordPress site, you need to consider whether your current hosting is capable of handling that strain.
Once you actually have traffic, you don’t want visitors to your site to be confronted with unexplained delays, they are not going to stick around if a page takes minutes to load, no matter how much they want to see your list of the best piano teachers in their town. More importantly, you definitely don’t want the piano teachers contacting you to ask why your site isn’t working!
The advice we always give is to make sure you get properly resourced hosting in place before you launch. We recommend two hosts that we have seen work out well for our readers, the choice between them comes down to money:
If you are on a tight budget, SiteGround has a good reputation for well-managed and well-supported shared hosting at a good price. They are by far the best at that price level, consider in particular their GoGeek level.
If, on the other hand, absolute reliability and performance are more important to you than price, WP Engine provides the best possible managed WordPress hosting, I use them for all of my most important sites, the ones that generate money. They even work out significantly cheaper than other managed WordPress hosts if you take advantage of the exclusive discount we have arranged for the readers of WP Mayor which, surprisingly, you can use in addition to their usual annual discount:
Business Directory Plugin for WordPress allows you the flexibility to create
- A Yelp clone * A Yellow Pages directory
- Small town business guide * Professional directory
- Local provider listings * Staff listings
Business Directory Plugin is the only plugin listed that will not take over the entire look of your site, adding the directory as a feature where you want. In addition, they offer a number of unique features:
– The ability to claim listings (and charge users to take them over)
– Charge fees for features (like maps, contact forms, attachments, ratings, even specific fields) attached to fee plans, allowing you to make money through listing upgrades
– Mobile friendly output
– Supports WPML and is translation ready with a number of included language files (Russian, German, Spanish, French)
– Add attachments to listings
Business Directory Plugin is also releasing directory skins (“themes”) in March of 2016 to easily change the look of the entire directory quickly and easily. With over 20,000 active sites and a great rating on WordPress.org on their free core plugin, Business Directory Plugin looks like a solid choice for many people.
GeoDirectory is the new location-based WordPress business directory plugin from the creator of the GeoTheme. This is the only plugin that will work virtually with any theme, allowing you to choose your preferred style. The GDF theme framework was built especially for the plugin in case you want the perfect theme solution for this plugin. GeoDirectory is a free plugin completed by a set of premium add-ons.
GeoDirectory allows anyone to create from a single city directory up to a global directory covering every location worldwide. It allows webmasters to monetize their directory by selling premium listings. Thanks to the Custom Post Types addon you can categorize your listings like never before. The Event addon creates fully featured events directories with calendar and recurring events. GeoDirectory can host millions of listings and can be used for any location, any niche and it promises to grow even more.
Posts Table Pro lets you dynamically create sortable, filterable, and searchable tables. This makes it a great fit for creating complex directories: you only need to add your directory contents once through a post (including custom fields), or custom post type, and you can then have the plugin dynamically pull in the contents to your directory table.
The great advantage of Posts Table Pro is that displaying the directory in a sortable table makes it very fast and convenient for visitors to find what they are looking for. In a couple of clicks, visitors can filter results, or sort according to their criteria. You can add whatever directory content you like, and Posts Table Pro will integrate with your site’s existing design.
Build a local directory of business listings on your WordPress site with the CM Business Directory plugin.
This directory plugin supports payment (with an add-on), Google Maps, and advanced search options, letting you easily monetize and customize your web directory.
SabaiDirectory is a premium business directory plugin for WordPress. The plugin features the ability to build community-driven local business directories like Yelp.com, Google+ Places, or Yahoo! Local.
This plugin provides the ability to build any kind of directory site: classifieds, events directory, cars, bikes, boats and other vehicles dealers site, pets, real estate portal. In other words – whatever you want.
An Easy to use, fully featured, Google map and location listing WordPress Plugin, Map List Pro for WordPress lets you quickly display your locations in a paged, sortable, searchable, and filterable list. It comes ready to go with more than 35 styles and is fully customizable. Map List Pro is perfect for creating store locators, office address, and contact lists.
Toolset Directory allows you to create the most important features for a directory website without needing to waste time with complex PHP coding. Some of the features you can build with Toolset include:
- Custom post types, fields and taxonomies
- Featured and related listings
- A powerful search with multiple filters
- Maps with results filtered by distance
- Front-end forms using a drag and drop editor
- A membership dashboard to manage listings and info
- Expirations for posts
- Display listings in any way you like – tables, grids, sliders
Directory Builder is a complex and advanced listings responsive WordPress theme dedicated to classified ads, events and any listings which can go in a directory. There are so many features which make it probably the most universal listings directory theme on the market.
Just a few of the many features on offer include front-end registration and login forms, PayPal & Stripe integration, advertising spaces, custom page templates, unlimited color schemes, and a lot more.
Created using input from real directory owners and years of experience, directory theme is the perfect platform for those who want to not only create but also run successful, money making an online business out of a directory site. Trusted by thousands, this is the best directory solution available today.
This directory script comes in the form of a premium WordPress theme that transforms WordPress into a powerful online directory platform suitable for all types of business and affiliate directories.
Vantage is the most popular business directory theme for WordPress. It’s powerful, robust, and easy to use. That’s not all — Vantage is fully responsive which means it scales perfectly on mobile devices.
Quit messing around with other directory themes that only cause headaches and hours of troubleshooting and maintenance. Vantage is simple and pain-free. Within minutes of downloading Vantage, you can create the killer directory site you’ve always dreamed of.
Business Finder theme is an absolutely unique theme. It is fully compatible with Directory Portal 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. The theme includes Easy Admin that simplifies item administration.
You will be able to easily set up an online directory portal listing categorized items of any type – companies, shops, websites and so on. The theme has built in spaces for advertising, you can easily include your Google Adsense or any other ads, and it also includes custom built search and filter of all items you add into the online directory.
Directory theme is an absolutely unique theme concept, first time ever on Themeforest. You’re able to easily set up an online directory portal listing categorized items of any type – companies, shops, websites and so on. We’ve spent quite a long time developing the theme as many things were changed several times to make it right. The theme also includes Easy Admin that simplify item administration. Users won’t get lost in WordPress backend anymore.
The theme has built in spaces for advertising, you can easily include your Google Adsense or any other ads. It also includes custom built search and filter of all items you add in into online directory.
Have you used any other WordPress directory plugins or themes? Let us know in the comments area below.
UPDATE: This post was updated in June 2018, with some old plugins and themes removed, and new ones added. It was later updated in October 2018.