A Round Up Of The Top Five WordPress Directory Themes
WordPress is a fantastic choice for freelance web designers to deliver high quality directory style functionality for clients or projects, there is a huge benefit to choosing off the shelf templates.
1) They are usually customisable by a quality web designer/developer or theme owner so they do not look to similar to others in the market.
2) They are supported full time so your web designer can update areas when needed at a fraction of the cost of bug fixes on bespoke themes (this is often in my experience) these updates may include security, functionality updates, bug fixes and additional features.
3) They save you loads of time and money in developing and thinking of look and feel and then testing to see if you missed anything out.
All in all a high quality WordPress based directory theme will make you look cool, work well for you and may even earn you some decent cash if you put the effort in and find a good niche.
So here we go in no particular order as each has its merits explained and I have not used all.
Here is one from AIT Themes called DirectoryS.
This directory theme is an excellent choice for building anything from a local directory up to a specialist niche style.
The theme is responsive and has good search functionality in general and a nice menu that follows users down the screen for usability.
Here is one from AIT Themes called City Guide.
A good looking theme with similar functionality to all of the directory themes here. I am less keen n the search feature here, and I do not like the fact that the menu does not drop down, but other than that a credible option.
The geo-loaction feature may work well but annoys me every page load. Sure settings can sort this out though.
Here is one from UOUAPPS called Glocal.
Very much focused on a business services where you can search number of employees at firms in an area, not sure how much leverage you can get out of this theme without customisation which would be worth looking into, but a very nice theme with powerful search features and a nice system that is unique from others.
Here is one from ThemesDepot called Atlas Listings.
This directory is not the top of my list but has some large merits, I am never keen on innovative ways to do things (such as search features) as people get list and leave your site, while this directory is fairly simple to use, its uniqueness puts me off for that reason even if it is a basic issue most will work out. As a demo I would have had the default menu option being the search facility as (I hope you can choose that) if not see above!
That said the profile page for each listing is pretty good and the directions options works really well.
Here is another one from AIT Themes called Business Finder.
Nice layout, simple to use and useful functionality make this theme a decent choice for any directory.
As with many things in life all my opinions are subjective and you will likely need to work out and test what you need by playing with each theme, and seeing if you can work with what is on offer, I often buy a theme and pay a developer or the theme owner a little more to do bespoke functionality that I require, this still means the template is cheaper than a bespoke design and development and will mean that your site is still affordable and high quality.