Web Directories have been around since the very start of the internet, Yahoo started life as a directory of links to other interesting websites, DMOZ is similar – we love bringing structure and categorization to the the otherwise chaotic nature of the internet. These days there are many different types of online directory, with sites breaking down niches and creating their own list of websites within that niche. We have online shopping directories, directories for different types of hobbies, restaurant directories, directories for towns and cities – you name it, if groups of websites can be put together there is probably a directory for it somewhere.

Of course a directory is a great way for website owners to make money, by creating one you are able to charge people for listings and advertising within it as traffic from them will be very targeted. There is a huge demand for software that can create directories which is demonstrated by the amount of WordPress Directory Themes available.

If you have an idea for a directory website and would like to get started, first off you should choose a good web hosting company who caters to WordPress. Most hosts these days will offer one-click installations, if not check out this guide on how to install WordPress. Once you have your WordPress install up and running its a case of picking which plugins you need and choosing a good theme. Before you choose plugins though, take a look below as a lot of these themes have functionality built into them so you might not need anything apart from a good social media plugin and contact form plugin.

We have hand-picked over 60 such examples and could have listed even more. In this list you will find the best designed, modern, responsive and attractive examples of themes.

DiningEngine

The super modern design of the DiningEngine theme is in keeping with the latest web design trends. Seamless page transitions are just one of the great features on offer from this quality WordPress theme which is designed primarily though not exclusively as a restaurant directory template.

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Directory

Coming complete with a built in ‘Easy Install’ button as standard this theme effectively does much of the work for you in creating your new directory site. Just tweak some of the high quality customizable features to suit your taste and your new site is ready to go.

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YellowPages

YellowPages is a premium theme by WordPress suitable for the creation of most listing and directory sites. Ensure your content is ordered and easily searchable with the help of this simply designed and high quality theme.

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Business Directory

This theme is especially suited for local or global business directories but its many fully flexible features make it ideal for use with various different listings sites. Fully responsive, it will display brilliantly across all devices.

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Listings

This premium quality theme is your perfect partner in creating a great new business directory portal. Minimal in design, your content will take center stage when you choose this great theme by WordPress.

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City Guide

Create a stunning city directory website with the assistance of City Guide, a superior quality theme by WordPress. A highly interactive map allows you to highlight multiple destinations and a super contemporary and colorful design layout will really entice your visitors.

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Superlist

This theme has a strong focus on code quality and is incredibly easy to modify. A highly interactive built in map and fully adaptable color palette are just two of the many features on offer by this brilliant WordPress theme.

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Javo

Javo is a super responsive theme which comes complete with custom pages to enable you enhance your site by building listing, blog and even magazine pages. This theme’s minimal style has a definite modern edge which will ensure its wide appeal for many different directory sites.

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QuickFinder

QuickFinder is a directory and listing WordPress theme which is ideal for running any kind of yellow pages type site. Multiple flexible design features including a fully interactive map and sleek, understated design elements combine to give you all you need to build a great website quickly and easily.

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Listable

Listable is a quality WordPress theme that will help you to design, manage and monetize a local or global directory site with ease. Utilize the many quality features on offer against its seamless backdrop and create your very own fully searchable listings site more quickly and simply than ever.

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Eve

Eve is a premium WordPress theme for listing events. Completely integrated with WooCommerce, this theme will work for your benefit on many levels. Advanced and modern interactive design elements as standard are just a part of the package with Eve.

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Point Finder

Understated in design, Point Finder is a premium quality theme by WordPress for use with any listing or directory website. Your searchable content will really take center stage with the help of this great fully featured theme.

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Louisiana

Louisiana is perfectly positioned to help you create, manage and monetize a local or global directory site with greater ease than ever before. This fully responsive theme by WordPress will look stunning on every device from iPhone to PC.

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PlacesDojo

It’s a fully functional WordPress theme is focused on categorizing places (bars, restaurants etc.) and is optimized to enable browsing with and without a map. This great theme also includes a fully integrated blog feature as standard.

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Wedding Vendor

Wedding Vendor is a professional wedding vendor directory theme created by WordPress with wedding suppliers and associated companies in mind. Create a stunningly effective one-stop-shop for the best day of their lives with the help of this high quality template.

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City Guide

City Guide is one of our best selling themes and it’s really not difficult to see why. Superior functionality and ultra modern fully interactive design combine to give you all the ingredients you need to create and manage a stunningly simple and effective listings site with ease.

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Javo Spot

This multi-purpose theme features a fully integrated drag and drop feature for the ultimate in ease of use. Create a really compelling and fully searchable listings site with the assistance of this fantastic theme by WordPress.

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SpotGuide

SpotGuide is high performance directory WordPress theme focusing on listing functionality. New metaboxes and fields can be simply added to your site when you choose this great minimally styled theme.

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JobInn

Crafted with jobseekers in mind, JobInn provides advanced search options and front-end forms for job and resume submission. Fully integrated with WordPress Job Manager Technology,  this theme also has many impressively sleek and understated design features.

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ProList

ProList is a high quality directory WordPress Theme to help you create an online listing site of any type. Fully eCommerce integrated, this theme comes fully equipped with a fantastic range of fully flexible options to ensure your new site is fully bespoke.

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ClassyAds

ClassyAds is a premium fully responsive directory theme from WordPress with many super flexible options as standard.  Built with HTML5 and CSS3, this theme is also fully responsive so your ne listings site will look equally impressive regardless of the deice on which it is viewed.

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DocDirect

DocDirect is a purpose built directory WordPress theme for health care professionals. Super streamlined in design, its minimal style will appeal equally to creators of listings sites specifically for the health industry and any where clarity and simplicity are key.

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Glocal

Glocal is a multi-use listing site theme by WordPress. Offering an advanced fully integrated map and a host of other features as standard, this theme also boasts an appealingly easy to use design which is sure to have mass appeal.

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Globo

Featuring  numerous super-fast data filtering options within a top notch design, Globo could help you create your perfect online listings portal simply and easily. Fully responsive, it will look fantastic on each and every device.

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Metrodir

Ideal for listing any kind of entity or activity on a global or local basis, this attractively designed theme from WordPress is suitable creating many different online directories. Boasting various easy to use features as standard, this is a theme which will have widespread appeal.

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Business Finder

The newly updated Business Finder theme by WordPress now comes with many new features as standard. Completely rewritten with an updated new design layout, you and your online listing site will benefit from years of customer feedback when you choose this superior theme.

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Pro Direct

Pro Direct is suitable for use with many different online listing portals including travel sites and real estate listings sites.  Contemporary in design with a boldly appealing color scheme, this theme has all the tools you need to create a really compelling online directory.

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Food Guide

Food Guide is the ultimate theme from WordPress crafted specifically for creating restaurant, food and drinks oriented directory portals. Create your very own fully bespoke directory of deliciousness with the assistance of this great template.

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Listify

Matching stunning image support with fantastic functionality, this amazing theme has the added benefit of supporting Open Table, Resurva and WooCommerce Bookings while its fully responsive nature means that it will display brilliantly on each and every device.

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EventBuilder

EventBuilder is an advanced WordPress theme ideally suited to creating online events directories. You can now build your very own tailor made events portal which will also enable users to simply and easily add events in categories predefined by you.

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Pet World

A lovely WordPress theme crafted with all things four legged in mind, Pet World is another high quality and fully flexible theme by WordPress.  Let all aspects of pet care take prominence with the assistance of this great template.

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FlatAds

FlatAds is a premium online directory/listing WordPress theme built with HTML5 and CSS3 . Fully compatible with WooCommerce, this theme will also allow for the maximum monetization of your new site.

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Homesite

Homesite is real estate WordPress theme with unique design, features and functionality. The result of years of development in conjunction with real estate industry professionals, it offers many great features for the creation of real estate agencies, directory portals and single property sites.

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REHub

REHub is a modern multipurpose hybrid directory theme with blog, review, directory, user generated, shop and affiliate options. Streamlined and understated in style, it is particularly well suited to coupon and review websites, comparison websites and e-shops.

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Agrodir

Agrodir Directory is a fully WooCommerce integrated producer and retailer directory theme by WordPress. Boasting many fully flexible features, it is also fully responsive in nature.

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ListingBuilder

ListingBuilder is a quality and advanced theme by WordPress for creating directory/ listings sites of all descriptions. A high tech fully integrated map is just one of the fantastic features on offer from this ultra clean and streamlined theme.

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Motors

Designed to meet the specific needs of automotive industry professionals s needs, this great theme boasts a long list of fully customizable features and many appealingly clear and simple to use design elements.

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Villareal

Villareal is advanced real estate directory WordPress theme. Offering complex features for the straightforward creation of real estate agency or directory sites, this template will appeal in any instance where property is key .

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Classifieds

The most complete WordPress theme available for classified ads, Classifieds is built to be beautiful, fast and powerful. Impressively designed and boasting many superior features, its is also fully responsive in nature.

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Sky

Sky is the ultimate directory and listings solution for WordPress. Super flexible design options and a classic feel make Sky perfect for listing Bed & Breakfast bookings, Vacation Packages, Estates, General Directories, and more.

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Auto Stars

AutoStars is a fully functional and super powerful WordPress theme designed & developed for car dealership business and auto listing websites but ideally suited to any listings website where usability and clarity of content are key.

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Search & Go

 

A powerful admin panel and fully integrated listing functionality enhance the appeal of this sleek and streamlined theme by WordPress. Helpful in the creation of various online directory portals, this could be your perfect new online partner.

 

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MyCity

Stunningly designed, this theme features a large full-width image, as well as a photo gallery, listing information, and user reviews. A responsive theme, it will look great on all devices.

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Ultimate Directory

This content focused directory portal can be used to list any type of business entity or activity. Its many features include local directories, business provider listings, Yellow-Pages style business directories, Yelp-like review sections, and much more.

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About The Author

Oliver Dale is the founder of Kooc Media, an online company which has been working with WordPress since 2009. He has written hundreds of posts about WordPress in that time and founded two theme companies which provide free and paid themes to millions of users.

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