The internet is full of directory websites. Some directories include listings for local businesses, while others contain listings for businesses worldwide. Other directory sites aren’t business-related. For example, some people use directory websites as text-searchable information repositories for niche content.
While some of the larger websites are made using custom applications, most are made with free or inexpensive software. For instance, many people use the GeoDirectory plugin for WordPress.
Are you thinking about starting some kind of directory website? Maybe you want to publish local business listings for a fee as part of a marketing package, or perhaps you just want to create a small directory for a specific niche. Either way, GeoDirectory will help you achieve your goal.
What is GeoDirectory?
GeoDirectory is a full-suite directory plugin and theme combo made for WordPress. It works just like Yelp and TripAdvisor, but it’s a blank slate for you to create your own directory site.
This plugin turns any WordPress theme into a full-scale directory. You can use it to create a directory in any niche, including job listings, real estate listings, or a directory for local businesses like yoga studios or restaurants.
Check out these demo websites published by the developers to see what’s possible with GeoDirectory.
Why build a directory website?
Ultimately, directory sites generate passive revenue. While it’s not advised to create business listings without a business owner’s permission, the best approach is to market your directory as a way for business owners to generate customers.
You might have to wait until your directory gains some traction before charging for listings, but the passive revenue potential makes it worth the wait. You’ll be providing a service that helps both customers and businesses.
GeoDirectory offers the following features:
- Compatible with any WordPress theme and every Page Builder
Whether you’re using the Genesis Framework or a simple theme you found online, GeoDirectory will work with your theme. It’s also compatible with popular page builders like Elementor, Divi, Site Origin, and more.
- Widgets and blocks
With widgets and blocks, you can choose where to display location maps, listings, categories, search forms, and other business-related information.
- No-code customizations
GeoDirectory makes it easy to customize the way your listings look without touching any code.
- User-submitted listings
One of the best reasons to have a directory website is the ability to accept user-submitted content. GeoDirectory offers a form for people to fill out to submit a listing, and existing listings can be edited right on the front end by the owner of that listing.
- Drag-and-drop tabs
Your listing page tabs can be quickly and easily reordered by dragging and dropping them into place.
- Add important information to listings
No matter what kind of directory website you build, you can add important details to each listing like the owner’s name, the business’ phone number and address, business hours, and more.
Custom fields allow listings to include any additional information that might help users.
- Advanced searches
Users can search your GeoDirectory website by business name, location, and zip code. Once a user finds the listing they’re looking for, they can get directions and see how far they’ll need to travel.
There’s even a custom sorting option that allows you to sort search results based on custom fields. Searches can also be sorted by ratings.
- Ratings and reviews
Ratings and reviews are an integral part of every directory website. With GeoDirectory, you can let users rate and review listings.
- Premium add-ons
The standard directory is great, but you might want some additional features. For an additional fee, you can get the following features:
- Users can claim an existing listing
- BuddyPress integration
- Import listings from other sites like Facebook Places or Yelp
- Custom Google Maps
- The ability to charge for listings
- Multi-location listings
- Highly detailed search options
- Cool features
Your listings will have badges that show users what’s going on. For example, new listings will have a “new” badge, as well featured and recently updated listings.
Videos included in listings will display videos in lightboxes that open in the middle of the page, making it easier for users to view content without navigating away from the page.
GeoDirectory offers the following benefits to businesses:
1. Multiple pricing tiers
A lifetime license for the GeoDirectory plugin can be purchased outright for $995, or you can pay between $25 and $16 per month, paid every 4, 6, or 12 months (depending on the plan).
If you plan on running your site for more than five years, it’s better to buy a lifetime license. Once you reach the 5-year mark on the cheapest plan, you’ll end up paying more than the lifetime license.
2. Unlimited domains
With all recurring payment plans, you can use GeoDirectory on an unlimited number of domains. With the lifetime license, you’re limited to 100 domains, but that’s still a great deal.
3. Automatic updates
GeoDirectory offers automatic updates on all plans. However, if you stop paying, your plugin will still work, but you’ll lose access to updates. Updates are critical for maintaining cybersecurity, so this is another reason to go with the lifetime plan.
4. Easy contact forms
GeoDirectory integrates with Ninja Forms, which makes your forms look amazing and gives you plenty of options and control on the back-end. For example, you can integrate certain form actions into your Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software.
5. Great SEO options
Your site can be integrated with Yoast or RankMath, whichever you prefer. Directory permalink options are flexible, and best of all, GeoDirectory will create automatic redirects whenever you change a URL. Redirects are critical for maintaining your rank in the search engines.
6. Compatible with WPML
Your GeoDirectory site can be translated by the WPML multi-language WordPress plugin, allowing you to reach more customers.
Need a directory website? We’ll build it for you!
At Warren Research, we are a team of full-stack WordPress developers who specialize in GeoDirectory site development and management. We can build and customize any directory website you can dream up.
Whether you need a new website built from scratch, or you’re already using GeoDirectory, we can build and manage your project. Are you ready to build a site that will generate some passive revenue? Contact us today for more information.