Internet has changed the way businesses are done, particularly for those that are based locally and target a local-niche. A study by BIA/Kelsey and ConStat concludes that nearly all consumers (97%) use internet to shop ‘locally’. Another research shows that 74% of internet users perform local searches (Source: Kelsey Group).
If these statistics has awed you, then hold your breath for another three very inspiring facts:
- 82% of local searches follow up offline with an in-store visit, phone call or purchase.
- 63% of Americans have substituted the internet and local search for phone books.
- 61% of local searches result in a purchase.
– Source: comScore.
Going by these facts, if you are running a business that caters to your local customers, it is imperative that you must have a website. Otherwise you will be forced out of the business by your own neighborhood competitors who could be using the power of internet. The best part of having a website for your local business is that your shop will be open 24/7 on the internet, even while you take a restful sleep.
Having a website for local business is easy, specially when powered by WordPress – the most popular content management system. After registering your domain name, setting up hosting space and installing WordPress you would need a good theme that brings your site live in the most efficient manner. A good theme is one that takes care of your local business needs, should be search engine optimized, provide useful options, be responsive to all devices and above all should rapidly bring your local business site live – much like plug-n-play.
In this post, we have reviewed some of the premium, feature-rich WordPress themes for local business that every local business would love to have for their website. Have a look at them:
1. eList Directory WordPress Theme
eList is a premium WordPress theme that allows you to maintain a local business directory. The listings can be added to by your visitors from the front-end. You may as well make it a paid service as it comes with an integration with e-commerce. The theme comes with unlimited color schemes, variety of page templates, easy to use shortcodes and good support and documentation.
An ideal theme to make your site a hub of all business activities in your local area.
More Details | Price: $39 for this theme and download over 80 other themes as bonus
2. Decor Theme
As the name signifies, Decor theme is all about decoration business. The theme supports 4 color styles, 6 layout options, custom background, custom header, featured images, footer widgets, mobile responsive, threaded comments and many more. This theme is shipped with genesis framework.
Ideal for interior decoration business catering to a local area.
More Details | Price: $79.95 for this theme plus Genesis Framework.
3. Locality – Real Estate WordPress Theme
Locality is a real estate theme. Most small businesses have real estate outlets located in the same premises. Some have it separately. This theme makes it easy to host a real estate site by the small business owners. The theme has real-estate specific features such as special property search, featured property listing slider, property listing and many more.
A well designed theme for business owners and agents to operate a real estate website.
More Details | Price: $45
4. AgentPress Real Estate Theme
AgentPress is another premium theme for real estate business that has almost all features of any top real estate site. The theme comes with 5 color styles, 6 layout options, custom background, custom header, custom menus, featured images, fixed width, theme options, threaded comments.
Create an attractive and fully functional real estate site with this AgentPress theme.
More Details | Price: $99.95 for this theme plus Genesis Framework.
5. Openhouse Real Estate & Automotiv car dealership
There are two themes bundled into this single package – one for real estate and the other for car dealership. Both of them are fully functional with well-coded theme files. The theme comes with property search and local businesses.
Two themes for the price of one is a bonus. More than that, the two themes caters to two different businesses.
More Details | Price: $50 (two themes included).
6. Directory Portal WordPress Theme
Online directories are increasingly becoming popular and are replacing the old-fashioned yellow pages. The Directory Portal WordPress theme is a premium WordPress theme that turns your site into an online yellow pages. The theme comes with a easy to use admin panel to manage a wide variety of features. Some of the prominent features include: Google Map integration right in the header of the pages, paypal integration if you want to monetize the listings, interactive ajax search – all of these make this theme a very popular theme.
Features that you will not find in any other theme for managing an online directory.
More Details | Price: $55
There are very few themes exclusively designed for Local Business. The themes we have presented to you are the best of the lot. Hope you would use one of these themes. Let us know what you think about these themes.
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