The 3 Best WordPress Directory Themes & Why You Should Make One – Niche Yelp & Travelocity Clone

In this video me to take a look at some of the popular directory WordPress themes for WordPress hi my name is Adam from WPCraftercom where I make WordPress videos for non-techies if you enjoy the content in this video I like to ask you maybe click on that subscribe button if you like notifications of new video uploads there's a little bell off to the side of it click on that and you too will notify you what I upload new videos so, talk about directory themes and if you're not sure what a directory theme is just think of maybe yelp or think of Travelocity these are websites that list things like businesses but they can list other things it gives people an opportunity to write reviews and there's a bunch of other different features in these types of websites and you can actually build these with the WordPress and there are specific beings made of for WordPress that are going to make it super easy to pull these off now these three main themes that I'm gonna look at in this video they're all available on a theme of force and for some to take a look at Listify oops let me scroll to the top Listify right here then a minute take a look at Listable and then a minute take a look at listings of pro and I want to talk about the history of a talk about some of the considerations with them and some of the differences between these two help you make a decision now obviously I know there are a lot more than these three that are available there's plenty that are not even sold on the enforcer sold and third-party theme shops the reason I'm taking a look at these three is because these are the three most popular these are the three most widely used these are the three with the largest user bases and all the other ones there just kind of little fringe side projects I've experienced that theme shops have not their main core expertise or business that's why I would stick to these three now a lot of the functionality and the complexity that goes into having one of these directory sites you can maybe do custom but you know I do like to do things custom but this things a little more complex than that there's a lot of consideration so even though you could probably figure it out and build something that's custom I don't recommend it when it comes to a directory site deserves a lot of different components to it and there's a lot of different considerations so first let's take a look at Listify and what would you actually at the end of this video is pick the one that I think is the best and then when I'm in a do is I'm gonna make a video of me setting that up that will probably go out maybe next week so let's get started so the first one is Listify now I will say the first terminal look at they require several third-party plug-ins in order to get the full functionality out of it so this is the Listify theme right now it's normally not $39 I think it's normally $59 a just on cell probably for a couple days because I just had version 2 of this release it's made by a sound if I and they make great stuff they know what they're doing with these types of themes they have another one called Java phi which is probably the number one theme if you want a job website and I've gone through and set that up before very clean code I really like right here that it's 100% GPL licensed so anyways they just released the version 2 of this their rocksolid company and just because you know if you order any theme on theme Forest you're technically only supposed to install it on one website although with this when you can install on more than one but they only come with six months of support and then you can continue paying if you want support I think it's only maybe $20 or so every six months and these are kind of themes that you might want to have that extra bit of support so anyways this one comes with a few design packs there's two different design options and the right here in they said they got some more coming out they got some style kits drag-and-drop about what is pretty interesting here is and I think it's the main difference between this theme in the last one that I'm in to be talking about in this video is that this one depends on third-party plug-ins that are available and these do committed an additional cost so even though you pay say $60 for the theme there's more that it's going to need in order to have it work the way that the demo works but what's really powerful and all three of these are to do it they have a a listing claimant system so if you put a business in there the business owner can go in there and claim that listening they can also submit their own listing they can get to subscribe look the subscriptions okay for subscriptions that's if you want to sell the ability to list your business and management page you can sell that as a subscription this is one of the things that are going to require a an additional plug-in and what's nice about this is it has advertising system built into it there's also a way to have it so can take reservations a can facilitate booking appointments and of course you can sell these listings is important is a distinction though when it comes to the appointment booking or paying for reservations and things like that I'll talk about than the moment what's really nice is it supports all of these different plug-ins but that's a pro and that could also be a con the pro is you're using the best of the best that's available the con is it comes at an additional expense that usually an annual expense as you need to renew for updates and you need to get these things working together sometimes they might not always work well together if one pushes out an update it might break something over here so these are things that think about so you can get this to work with faucet WP I know that's like 80 bucks a crap and he forms that's probably like 40 bucks and up contact form sevens free ninja forms but here's what some of the things that really make this expensive you have the WooCommerce bookings that I think like 300 bucks product vendors WooCommerce subscriptions I know that's like 200 bucks and they have various payment gateways but what's really nice about that is will if you're using WooCommerce there's so many things you can get to extend WooCommerce at a cost of course but it supports so many different payment processors so anyways here's what the theme actually looks like in your written notice they all kind of look the same so right here it just got this video playing and we can scroll down this is just one of the demos but in the mirror and noticed they all look the same they all have this big call to action research area right here right when you go to the website and it's going to have these businesses here let's go ahead and look at one and even the listing pages all look very similar so here is a listing on this site right here in this one actually has the booking integrated in it I think I don't want I really personally don't like about the booking solution that you find in this number one the cost of WooCommerce but if you're actually going to charge it collect the money and charge for say a hotel reservation maybe it's a site about hotel reservations you is the site owner need to collect the money and then whatever deal you have with the hotel or the bed-and-breakfast then you give them their portion I would think that some of these businesses would be a little reluctant to let you collect the money and then you would obviously keep a cut and then there's also tax implications and things like that having all this money flow through you I personally wouldn't want that but it's an option here and so these are what reviews people can come here and write reviews and that is what that looks like right there but check this out I'm in a just give you a brief snapshot of what all of them look like so this one's Listify this is the next one that I'm to talk about Listable see how it just kind of all looks the same and then right here is ListingPro let me click on it and they all just have a very similar look and feel to it so this is a Listify it's a real solid option they really know what they're doing right now it's on sale but by the time you're watching this video this sale is probably over some of the pros are number one it's GPL number two it has all of these things that you can easily integrate into it but some of the negatives arts can accommodate an additional annual cost and they might not always plug-ins always work well together as sometimes one puts out an update and break something in another Nellis take a look at Listable now Listable's going to be the more expensive of the bunch this one is $85 and I actually am not opposed to them charging more than all the other ones because they're probably not selling a vault that the big massive volume design themes that are going to sell hundreds of thousands of copies these will sell tens of thousands of copies so I do like it sometimes when a theme is coming in at a higher cost to me it means that they have more money coming in and they're going to be able to provide updates and support in constant improvement so this one's been out eight while as well it's super popular and injury to see a lot of these things look the same now this one's gonna work a lot of the same ways as Listify works where you need these third-party plug-ins to get its full functionality that it talks about so this is another one where you know you can list your secured the listings in charge monthly fees for that subscriptions and all that but you can see right here in there and do better job being more transparent about Agassi right here it says WooCommerce subscriptions then you need to get this premium plug-in paid listings you need to get this premium plug-in and these all add to the cost so they are a rocksolid team 85 bucks let's see I think there's a spot down here it's gonna list everything that you need in order to make it work the way that the demo works okay we got our filtering system is one thing I personally actually haven't tested this theme outside of its demo the other two I have use this when I haven't used outside of its them up but this is actually very interesting right here and you know I like Beaver Builder units saying that it works fine with Beaver Builder but I question the how well it works with Beaver Builder in the building out the home pages and some of that those modules I really want to test that out myself and I probably will do that but I'll add that content to my blog post on this particular theme which will be linked in the video description box down below so okay here go premium plug-ins illustrated in the demo so each of these lines you got a thing teaching teaching judging it's going to add to the annual cost of running this thing which isn't necessarily so bad WooCommerce bookings were WooCommerce subscriptions and then you need this WP job manager and the different packages that come with that I added this all up it's your probably admitted maybe about a $600 per year directory site with all these different plug-ins that you need to get the full functionality to sell the listings to sell subscriptions to the listings and on and on and also this claim listing functionality now let's take a look at its home page right here you can see they all kind of look at the same and you can obviously have a directory site for number of five types of businesses you can see right here there's for restaurants for city centers for shopping all of that it's a city directory the way that it set up in the demo and I don't believe this one has multiple kind of demos so you can have a demo for this nature of this nature that niche so here's what the listings look like him to go ahead and click on a listing you're right here and Isabel Kendall at the same or you've got that Mary at the top with the images and then you have the information on the business right there and then their review system so this is a Listable it's a rocksolid developer they have a lot of themes and you can see this is already being used on the 6000 over 6000 websites it's going to be a very reliable solution and I trusted and recommended but it comes at that additional cost so now is take a look at the listings Pro now this is one of the new work themes that are providing this directory service and this one really caught my eye when it first launched because what they did is they looked at the best of both of those themes in all of the themes and then they they thought how can we do this difference and then they came up with a whole different solution so this right now it's actually normally $69 it's on sale right now for 59 they have sales every now and then so by the time you're looking at this it might be $59 which it are $69 which is a very good price for it now this is a newer it's only about a month and 1/2 old and they've already sold 1100 copies of this this I think in six months is going to overshadow the other two and him and explain why right here in a moment so let's scroll down and take a look at this and I'm in a comment as I scroll down of this is a complete solution and what they're doing differently is you're not going to need to purchase and make all these plug-ins work together in order to get the full functionality out of this that they built it themselves now be pro and that is your only having to deal with one company first supports there is also the benefit of not having to spend $600 per year and up before reoccurring subscriptions to plug-ins and then you're dealing with seven or eight different developers of these different plug-ins to get them all working together with their solution you're just dealing with them and it's good because they have more control now one of the negatives are is you have to wait for them to add certain things to extend it so where you can run into a problem with that is with payment processors perfect example is you can use PayPal you can use striped but that is that's fine and all but there's certain countries that don't take stripe and there certain countries that don't take PayPal I know here in the US those are the best two solutions and a lot of countries those are the best two solutions out there but they are adding more to it and in this is developed at such a rapid pace so one of the things that I think really stands out as well about this is this a beautiful dashboard for businesses that add their listing or claim their listing so they can manage their listing they can put their own booking solution in it and they can also manage the different reviews that people leave for the business so this is the most complete solution that I have come across so let me scroll down to this is the page where someone would actually submit their listings so they could submit it you can choose to let people submit a listing for free or charge them to do that here is their own advertising platform that's built into it were people where you can actually sell advertising space on the website which is amazing look at this this is just a glimpse of the customer dashboard right there and you can see right there someone's paying with stripe and you get that beautiful pop up there and you don't have to leave the site so here is the dashboard and this is beautiful this is the dashboard if you're selling the listings this is going to be the dashboard that those businesses are going at sea now obviously it's not just businesses that would have listing you can have a listing site about anything really and this is the beautiful professional dashboard that people can experience and I'm really impressed by that and I know if you were to use the solution the people that are using it and paying you money for listings or if you're building this for a client or it just you as a project it's going to look very very professional the other two don't have this back and professional dashboard for the people that are leaving these are creating these business listings and managing these business listings so okay so here's the view of the of the listing right there that they all at the same there now this is what's really neat as well and allows the business owner to add hours if it's a business that has hours they can go ahead and leave those right there and you can see he does it in a smart way were if it's outside of hours it will say close it'll collapse them and people can expand them to see the hours on different days now this is one of the things that I like the most about it is their booking integration it's not a plug-in that you add to the website is not something that you now have to have anyone that wants a booking to use your system in conjunction with their system know it is built to work with third-party systems so the two biggest ones are I think it's got time kid and a red deserve his reserve box that's probably right reserve up and so what happens is the business owner so say hypothetically it's a salon in the salon you want to have people book appointments on line and so the salon owner or the hairdresser can go and set up their own account with time kit or reserve and then there's a little embed code and they can just drop it right into their listing and now they have a solution to accept to book appointments through this directory site I think it's awesome because I rather leave all of that with the business owner not have to be the one that is managing it for them or if they want to have booking they have to learn a whole new system and managed to systems at the same time so this is I think the smarter way to go to offer booking or scheduling your appointments on a directory website where the business owner has full control okay and here are just some comparisons of what this has that some of the other ones do not now let's take a look at it over here so here is the site and you've got right here where you can you know search for whatever and it will need popular city in and you can have these different categories much like a Listable looked like where it let me go back to Listable right here it had the categories you can see took some inspiration guaranteed from some of these anyways and this actually reminds me of how Listify works so here's like Listify but has it in a more stylish grid like that I like this it has this section here for getting started so if the business owner he comes here they can see how they can go ahead and add their own listing and here are some listings right here let's just go ahead and click in one of them so you can see what the listing actually looks like so right here organist see our images like this and it can be in a carousel so the business owner can put up a variety of images and they can scroll across and right here is that really that intelligent hours things so right here and saying it's close because it's actually after this time but you can click on that and it will expanded the hours and the week one of things I really like as well is this kind of a attention-getting area where a business owner can go ahead and drop in a video when you click on this is gonna pull up a light box with that video here some tags here is the address and let's see I don't think this one has the reservation system built into it but I already visually like the way this one looks a better mean a lot of them look similar but I think this one takes the best of all of them and puts it together and I like the review system better right here where people can leave their images and their review and you also have this voting system that is built into it so other people can vote on people's reviews okay so here's some additional details some see I think I want to find one where I can actually test the booking so me go back to the homepage on here and I think it may be there is a hair salon or something like that let's see beauty and spa so when I click on this it should show me a map on the right and on the left show me the businesses so here are our businesses right here and let me go ahead and just go with the first one and out cross my fingers that this is going to allow me to see what the book in there it is there is this huge book now button right here which I like a lot so see what happens when I click on it the light box pops up and right here I can choose a service I want to beard trim I don't have a beard and it this is using that third party booking solution that the customer or the business owner can manage themselves outside of this solution I really like that a lot so this is an adventure Yorty got the idea this when this is going to be the one that I think is the best of the bunch and it just keeps getting better and better I've been keeping an eye on it the last two months that it's been out and I keep seeing all the new features that they are adding I am going to be buying this myself at 60 bucks I think that's a good time to go ahead and buy it and I want to set up a directory site of my own I was thinking maybe having a directory side of website developers and allow people to create a listing and maybe use the booking feature to book initial consultations and these images here could be different screenshots of the websites that they're building that's one thought I had but was would be also interesting is people can then leave reviews for these web developers but they're selling different applications for niche directory sites I wouldn't recommend you saying I'm in a go and compete with yelp because that's can it be a tough nut to crack to to compete with yelp or some of these broader directory sites but there's so much opportunity and more niche directory sites I thought of may be a local Chamber of Commerce setting this up for a local Chamber of Commerce where the business owners can go ahead and put their business in there how about larger churches and they and others churches that have 10,000 people in it so they can list the business owners within the church so people can have their own micro economy there or how about for specific hairdressers boom and you're only targeting them and you're giving them an opportunity to not have to go and make this jump to have a website they can have this and put their booking into it there's all sorts of little niche ideas that you can use foreign directory site for that would get traction you could have maybe Natchez city directory where you can have everything in your city just kind of put in there if your web developer maybe you'll have a directory website and this is how you get leads you encourage businesses in your local area to put their information or better yet you put their information in and then send them a cold email saying hey your listing is here if you wanted to claim it and that's how you can start a relationship with the business owners there's a lot of interesting ways and reasons to have a directory site but you deftly want to have some creativity to figure out how you're gonna differentiate this from what is already out there and I think the solution is the make it more niche so what I'm going to do is I'm goodbye this I'm going to set it up it might take mean one or two weeks to put together a video on exactly how to set it up and I will go through that myself and I'll document the whole process in a video and share it with you now I have more information on all three of these themes over on my website I'll put a link in the video description box and I'll also put links to purchase any of these themes if you wanted to do that so anyways if you have used a set up a directory site and maybe use a different solution what is you go ahead and add that information down below in the comment section or maybe if you're using and have some experience with any of these three themes that I've talked about go ahead and add that information down below is well hey thank you for watching I can't wait to make that set up video for you when I do I'll put a link to that down below as well thank you for watching

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