Top 5 ways to create a Directory site in WordPress

Building a directory website is an easy way to earn extra income. One of my clients earns more than $3000 monthly just giving 3-4 Hours weekly.

Often i get this query from my Youtube channel and Emails, people ask me how to can create a Directory Listing site in WordPress? and they ask me what is my recommended way for creating a directory site in WordPress.
I am almost tired to explain each one personally. so I am writing this post for all those that have this question in mind. they can take advantage from this post. I will explain here what are the Top 5 ways that are my favourite for creating a listing site.

Following are the lists of plugins/themes that are my favorite one for building a directory site in WordPress.

1. Geodirectory

The Geodirectory plugin is at the top of my List. I recommend it because of many reasons.

  1. Free to use
  2. Excellent Ratings on the WordPress Plugin Directory
  3. Super Fast and helpful customer Support
  4. Covers all aspects of a Directory site
  5. Multiple Addons support to extend the Directory site functionality

Free to use

The Geodirectory is a freemium plugin that has a Free version on the WordPress plugin directory. Mostly It covers all the common features required for a Directory site.

  • Add/edit/delete listings option
  • Bulk Import Listings with CSV import
  • Multiple City Location support ( so you can create a listing for one or multiple cities )
  • Rate and Review a Listing option

Rate and Review

The Geodirectory plugin is on top of my list because of 10000+ active installations and a 4.7 rating with 562 reviews.

Addons

The Geodirectory also has a variety of add-ons to extend the functionality of your Directory site. You can see lists of all addons here

Membership

Geodirectory membership plans can be seen in the below images.

Page Builder support

Geodirectory supports all major page builders like Elementor, Divi, Beaver, Oxygen, SiteOrigin, and Gutenberg editor.

You can check all the beautiful Geodirectory Demos for different builders here.

Theme support

The Geodirectory plugin is developed as per the WordPress coding standards. so I will say, that you will not face any major issues with any of the themes unless that theme is developed as per the same coding standards.

Geodirectory mostly supports all major themes, like Divi, Genensis, Kadencewp, Listimia, and Kleo.

You can let us know in the comment, which theme are you trying for your Directory site.

Geodirectory also has inbuild themes, you can check them here.

Customer support

In the above image, you can see how much people appreciate the Geodirectory customer support. I will rate it as Helpful, Super fast, Relevant, and to the point.

2. Business Directory Plugin

Business Directory plugin is a simple and easy-to-use plugin for creating a directory site.

Free to use

Business Directory Plugin is a freemium plugin, it has a Free version on the WordPress plugin directory. It covers all the common features required for a Directory site and has plenty of add-ons to extend the functionality.

Rate and Review

The Business Directory plugin has around 407 reviews and a 4.6 rating with 10000+ active installation

Addons

This plugin provides you modules or you can call them addon but you will be able to use them only if you have a paid version of the plugin.

Below you can see the lists of all available modules.

Membership

The membership of the business directory plugin starts from $99.00/Year for a single site. You can check all available plans below.

Page Builder support

This plugin has support for Elementor but no compatibility noted for other page builders although the plugin team mentioned they are working on it.

The plugin has written an article about Elementor support and How to Create a Business Directory with Elementor.

Theme support

The Business Directory plugin has a few beautiful, mobile-compatible, in-house themes all of which are premium.

You can check those themes here Business Directory themes

The Business Directory plugin is made to work theme independently so it also supports normal WordPress themes, but there could be compatibility issues with a few.

Customer support

I haven’t used this plugin support yet but it seems in the Plugin review it used to be very good but it is disappointing now.

but I can say a few bad reviews do not define the entire plugin. You can check the plugin demos here.

3. Directorist

The Directorist is also one of my favorite plugins.

Free to use

it is a freemium plugin that has a Free version in the WordPress plugin directory.

It covers all the common features required for a Directory site.

Rate and Review

The Directorist plugin has around 322 reviews and a 4.7 rating with 10000+ active installation

Addons

The plugin also provides different addons to extend the Directory functionality. you can check the addons here.

Membership

Business plans start from $51/3 months to $99/yearly and lifetime plan starts at $549/one-time payment.

Page Builder support

It supports Elementor page builder but there is no official integration between Directorist and Divi Builder at the moment.

Theme support

The Directorist plugin supports all popular themes it also has many options for paid plans. it can be seen here.

Customer support

The plugin has a dedicated team of customer support but I noticed response time is slow for a few tickets.

4. HivePress

HivePress is also a freemium plugin that has a Free version in the WordPress plugin directory.
It covers all the common features required for a Directory site.

5. ListingPro

ListingPro is also a Premium plugin that can be downloaded from the theme forest. It covers all the common features required for a Directory site.