Looking to create a top class listing website – maybe a WordPress business directory or a classifieds site? WordPress has the perfect solution for you. Why spend umpteen hours tweaking codes when you can easily set up a directory site using one of many top wordpres free directory plugins? The only issue is there are so many of them out there that you can be left spoilt for choice. We have done the dirty work and compared the top wordpress directory plugins to help you make an informed choice:
Ratings: 5 out of 5 stars
If you are looking to create a business directory or staff directory with features such as Google Maps, media support and Ajax search etc. you wouldn’t be disappointed with the BePro Listings Business Directory addon. To top it all it also integrates Paypal and notifications emails to match up with the paid directory plugins. This addon works with the free BePro Listings plugin and gives you more options (both paid and free) if you are looking to create a staff or business directory. Unlike many free plugins this one is updated pretty frequently and in the latest version results search pages based on post date over an alphabetical order. This one is pretty much complete and is suitable for just about any kind of wordpress directory website.
Ratings: 4.8 out of 5 stars
It pretty much does the same thing as other business directory plugins with the only difference being its highly customizable and that’s what makes it stand out from the crowd. Connections Business Directory offers retina display support for your logos and images, reminds you of upcoming birthdays and anniversaries, lets you categorize entries as family, organization or individual, lets you set admin user roles, lets you add virtually innumerable fields…the list goes on and on! If you are still not satisfied you can plug in some superb free extensions to enhance its horizons. Let’s take a look at some extensions:
· Face Detect: This is the first edition of this Connections extension, but it works just fine. It detects faces when you are cropping an image.
· Login Extension: If the user is not logged in when visiting your directory, this extension tells them so and presents them with a login form to log in. It works using a shortcode and widget that work on multiple settings.
· Education Level Extension: This Connections Business Directory extension lets you add an education level to your directory entries. You also have the option of showing it as a content block and can place it as a widget on your sidebar. It’s compatible with all wordpress templates.
· Income Level Extension: This Connections extension pretty much works like the Education Level Extension, the only difference being it adds an income level to your entries. You can display this as a content block or on the side bar too.
· Toolbar Extension: How about having useful Connections Admin links and resources embedded in the wordpress Admin bar? That’s exactly what the Connections Business Directory Toolbar does. You would no longer have to have to sift through all Connections admin pages to go to specific links or tabs – the toolbar extension will give you quick click access to everything.
· Languages Extension: This allows you to add the “languages” spoken field to your entries. The filter pretty much covers all global languages and you can add this as a content block or on your sidebar too.
Ratings: 4.5 out of 5 stars
This one is touted to be the most popular WP directory plugin available and there’s good reason behind it. This one allows you to create directories similar to Yellow Pages and Yelp (complete with review sections), church directories and address books etc. The focus is on customer retention, friendly user interface and better interaction. Using this plugin you can create pretty much any type of wordpress directory site you want.
Ratings: 5 out of 5 stars
Looking for a mobile ready, responsive directory plugin that works right out of the box and integrates super easily with your wordpress site? The Directory Wizard or Directory is your candidate. Be it a local business or a huge organization, the Directory works with all kinds of sites and it takes just a few minutes to set up. Bootsrap makes it responsive and mobile ready and you can start accepting submissions right away. It works with all themes too.
Ratings: 4.2 out of 5 stars
Looking for a highly customizable, light, rock solid and easy to use directory plugin? The Geo Directory fits the bill perfectly. No wonder they call it the Ultimate Business Diectory. Coming from the makers of GeoTheme – one of the best WP directory themes, this plugin reflects all the qualities and standards that the GeoTheme stands for. It is super flexible, lightweight and high on performance. The user interface is intuitive and thanks to the hooks and filters developers can extend the horizons of this plugin indefinitely. You can also build custom themes around GeoDirectory.