Are you starting a directory?
Directory sites are an excellent way to help visitors find resources and make money while you do it. Niches can range from bars and restaurants to hotels or just general business.
The themes below are beautiful and mobile-friendly, plus, they have all the features you need to build a business with a directory site.
Ready to gets started? Scroll down to check out my 13 recommendations for the best directory WordPress themes.
WordPress directory themes
Each theme below is up-to-date with WordPress and responsive. There’s a huge variety of functionality available and styles that will fit any niche.
1. Listings by Templatic
Listings is a multipurpose directory theme. It can be used as a directory portal for any niche from cars to real estate.
Listings has numerous beautiful templates for displaying businesses, users, and locations. With careful attention to detail, Templatic has made this theme just as friendly and fun to use on mobile devices as laptops.
- Header image for any listing
- Homepage banner with map, listings, or slider
- Advanced searchable map
- Optional user registration and management
- “Claim listing” button
2. Eventum by Templatic
While some themes on this list handle events well, Eventum is designed for the sole purpose of listing events.
The Eventum WordPress directory theme is ideal for a site promoting events like conferences, festivals, and sporting events. Visitors can confirm attendance, see who else is going, and get event reminders.
- Management events and their attendees
- Event calendars
- Event newsletters
- Reservation and booking system
- Link events to location listings
3. Directory by Templatic
The appropriately named Directory theme is designed to fit any niche. Use it to list cars, houses, restaurants, hotels, and anything else you can think of.
This mobile-friendly WordPress theme has templates for listings, search results, advertisements, and more. With a variety of payment options, monetizing the site is easy regardless of your business model.
- Recurring payments and membership packages
- Advanced search form
- Email notifications
- Full-screen maps
- Custom colors
4. Locales by Tesla Themes
Locales is a fresh directory theme made to list businesses such as restaurants, bars, and cafes.
Showcase the best spots around your city and share them with your visitors through a Yelp-like interface. The drag-and-drop builder makes page creation straightforward and flexible. This theme would make for an excellent travel directory.
Locales allows user submission but doesn’t have payment levels and similar features you’ll find in some other themes. For that reason, it’s best used for curation.
5. Directory Theme by PremiumPress
Directory Theme can easily handle large volumes of listings and is easy to customize with the use of child themes. Activate one of the dozens of available child themes to change the style and layout of your site instantly.
This WordPress theme has free and paid listings and also allows you to charge a monthly fee for membership. The flexibility of this theme makes it easy to create a directory for any niche.
- Free & paid listings
- Members area
- Integration with 20+ payment gateways
- Completely responsive (mobile-friendly)
- Google maps integration
6. Vantage by AppThemes
The screenshot above is from the version 4.0 demo which isn’t featured on their site at the time of writing.
Vantage has been getting better for years as the team at AppThemes continues to invest in it.
Vantage makes great use of custom fields that let you supply a listing with any data you want. Users get their own dashboard where they can review their listings and update their profile.
This premium directory theme also has a neat “claim listing” feature. This lets you add a business to the site yourself and charge said company to take over their listing.
- Customizable pricing plans
- Flexible custom field use
- “Claim listings”
- User dashboard
- Child themes
7. DirectoryEngine by EngineThemes
DirectoryEngine is a robust and modern business directory theme. It’s highly customizable and search engine optimized to increase traffic.
Perhaps most importantly, DirectoryEngine assists your profitability. Offer multiple pricing plans and sell featured listings for submissions. DirectoryEngine works with major payment processors like PayPal, Stripe, SagePay, and more.
- Charge members to add listings
- List businesses or events
- Modular content blocks for layout design
- Nearby places suggestions
- “Like” and rating system
8. YellowPages by Templatic
YellowPages doesn’t share the same flashy, sexy aesthetic of other themes here. It has a classic and straightforward design that many will find refreshing.
Conventional and easy to use, YellowPages makes finding one business amongst thousands quite easy. In fact, much easier than in the actual Yellow Pages.
This WordPress directory theme has customizable colors, Google Maps embeds, and advanced search. Use it as a web directory or local business directory.
- Prominent sidebar with category icons
- Numerous monetization tools
- SEO friendly
- Additional custom fields for any listing (or category)
- Rating and reviews system
9. Classifieds by Templatic
Classifieds is a no frills directory and classified ads theme. Forget about the huge image sliders. Classifieds gets visitors straight into the products and categories, so they can find what they’re looking for.
With filtering options in the sidebar, Classifieds makes it easy to find relevant ads amidst thousands of listings. Like other themes by Templatic, members can sign up and add listings, and you can charge them for it.
- Ratings and reviews
- Bundled with Visual Composer
- Reservation and booking system for events
- SEO friendly
- Compatible with 35 Templatic add-ons
10. DiningEngine by EngineThemes
DiningEngine is the perfect theme for listing restaurants in a directory. With an emphasis on location, this WP theme makes finding nearby eateries simple.
Perhaps the best part of this theme is how polished adding a listing is. Members are guided through four quick steps that get them to purchase a listing on the site. You’ll have no problem attracting visitors and business alike with DiningEngine’s detailed rating system and mobile-friendly layout.
- Restaurant management
- Ad space and payment plans
- Drag-and-drop page builder
- Frontend editor (instead of from admin menu)
- Complex rating system
11. HotelEngine by EngineThemes
The first thing you’ll notice in HotelEngine is the huge fullscreen image slider and reservation search bar. This unique approach lets visitors set their check-in and check-out dates, the guest count, and the number of rooms to begin their search.
Unlike other themes listed here, HotelEngine is best used for only a handful listings. They can be your own properties or 3rd party properties you promote, but visitors cannot register and list their own.
- Fullscreen responsive image slider
- Unique search system
- Conversion-oriented design
- Built-in booking system
12. eList by Elegant Themes
eList is a simple directory theme with a classic design.
eList packs fewer features than some other themes on this list, but it’s easy to get started with. Add listings yourself or charge members to add them. This theme can be customized to fit many different niches.
- Classic directory structure
- Custom form builder
- Unlimited color schemes
- Advanced theme options panel
- Shortcodes for complex layouts
13. ClassifiedEngine by EngineThemes
Classifieds is a simple classified listings site where visitors can find goods and pay to list their own (similar to Craigslist). You can allow free ads, charge based on the length of time the ad is listed, and even charge for packages of multiple ads.
This theme comes with the standard customization controls and frontend editor from EngineThemes.
- Easily monetized
- Seller dashboards
- 10+ widget areas
- Fully responsive
- Numerous color schemes
Which directory theme is right for you?
No matter what you need from a directory, one of the WP themes above has it. Some are new contenders while others are reliable staples of the market.
Remember to pick a theme based on a balance of aesthetics and good design from a business perspective. You want your site to make money too, not just look great.
Have any questions about these top WordPress directory themes or setting up a site? Leave a comment below.