Local Business Directory Themes for WordPress

WordPress Business Directory Themes

Geo Places vs GeoTheme vs Vantage vs… you get the idea

There are a handful of location based city guide themes available for WordPress these days. Here they are with brief descriptions. Having actually purchased all of these themes, I can honestly say there are only three options that I can recommend to you. So with that, here is the most comprehensive comparison of the top wordpress business directory themes to showcase local businesses.

This is a Theme For…

Geo location themes are great for so many reasons! There is a near-endless amount of local niches just waiting for someone like you to create a local directory for it. Three of these themes have both payment options and the ability for users to contribute by creating their own listings. The possibilities are nearly endless here… really.

Geo Places by Templatic

$Too Much to Spend – Top Features

  • I’m not going to bother going through the features of this one because I don’t want you to experience the same terrible experience I had with Templatic. Trust me on this one…
  • Feature 1: It’s probably broken anyway
  • Feature 2: Just don’t bother with this one
  • Feature 3: This used to be the only option, but it’s not anymore. Read on!

Don’t buy this theme. Well, you can if you want to, but I wouldn’t. Actually, I DID buy it, and it was… let’s just say it wasn’t a pleasant experience. It was full of bugs, the support took a pretty long time to respond to the bugs (they responded fairly quickly but not on topic), and overall the experience has led me to never want to purchase or encourage anyone to EVER purchase anything from Templatic EVER. I’m not even going to bother doing a full Geo Places review or going through the features of this terrible theme because I’d rather you didn’t use it, for your own sake, which is also why there’s no link to it. Moving on…

Geo Theme by Theme Tailors

$85/yr. – Top Features

  • Based off Templatic’s Geo Places… only without bugs and with customer support that actually fixes bugs in a timely manner!
  • Several Payment Gateways Built In
  • Child Theme Ready
  • Multi-City Capabilities w/ Neighborhoods
  • Custom Post Types for both Business Listings and Events
  • Ajax Ratings / Review System
  • Widget Ready Including In-content Ads
  • API With Phone Apps on the Way (apps not included with theme!)
  • Allows Filtering of Businesses after Search
  • And many more features you can see here

Fortunately for the world, there was life after Templatic. One of the guys in the forum said he’d fix the bugs and add some new features, and thus GeoTheme was born. Overall, I have been very pleased with this theme. The up and coming version, v3, which is set to launch this week or next, has several new features that significantly increase the value and usability of this theme. The inclusion of geolocation auto-detection, the ability to break down cities into neighborhoods (somewhat similar to Yelp), built-in social connectivity, category specific sorting options (hugely important in my opinion!), and a payment/transaction dashboard put this theme at the top of this list of local directory themes for WordPress. The greatest annoyance with this theme is that some of their features are not directly added to the theme itself but are instead sold as add-ons for the theme through the parent company ThemeTailors.com. Outside of that, there are several settings that are not intuitively placed though there is a tutorial video and forthcoming documentation. It’s just a bit complicated, but once you figure it out, it works like a champ. In a forthcoming Geotheme review that I have planned, I’ll explain some of the features more in depth.

City Guide by WooThemes

$70 – Top Features

  • Beautiful Design
  • Google Map
  • Ad ready
  • Widgetized
  • Traditional WooThemes support and updates

This theme is just what it says, a wordpress city guide theme. Overall, City Guide is a beautifully designed theme, as are many other themes by WooThemes. If you are looking to put together your own personal guide to your city or talk about and display your favorite spots in town, this theme should do the job. It’d also be good for a company that already does a lot of local advertising and wants to add a light-weight Local-based website to their arsenal. That being said, City Guide is the “lite” version when compared to GeoTheme or Vantage. It lacks any type of built in payment gateways, the ability for users to create listings, and a rating system for listings. This is the perfect theme for anyone wanting a simple, clean, easy to use solution without payments or user input (other than reviews).

Vantage by AppThemes

$99 – Top Features

  • Superior Design
  • Rating Review System
  • Featured Listings on Home Page and in Categories
  • Users can Add Listings
  • User Managed Listings and Review Display
  • Traditional Excellence of AppThemes Support
  • Build Your Own Custom Forms for Business Listings
  • Ad Ready
  • Allows Filtering of Businesses after Search

Vantage is the newest addition to the Geo-location wordpress themes. And it comes out firing! It has a most stellar out-of-the-box design, the ability for users to create and easily manage their listings, and AppThemes support and documentation. While it lacks many of the features of GeoTheme, it has more than City Guide. It comes with a built-in PayPal payment gateway which makes it easier to sell listings for your site. It, like GeoTheme, also has a rating system built into the commenting system, the ability to feature listings, and widget areas for ads.

While not as comprehensive as GeoTheme, Vantage is the perfect theme for focusing on one single niche within a city such as hotels, or restaurants, or automotive repair places. Alternatively, it would also work great with a narrower niche on a country-wide or regional scale such as Italian restaurants in the US or paintball fields in the Midwest. In my opinion, this single niche approach is where Vantage has the potential to be particularly effective.

Conclusion – Which one is the Best?!?

The new version of GeoTheme with its superior features is definitely the most robust theme with the most options and functionality built in out of the box. If you are looking to be the next Yelp, there is no other choice! Vantage finishes as a very strong second, mostly because it isn’t really trying to be a full-blown city guide theme. Again, it is a more focused theme suited for single niche directory of local businesses. Use it if you are focusing on just one niche of local businesses rather than all of them.

So there you have it! A comparison of these wordpress business directory themes available for WP. Good luck with your project!

Here are the three themes if you want to check ’em out yourself. I’d love to get your feedback on this post. Was it helpful? Are there things in the comparison I missed that you’d like to see?

UPDATES:

When I first started researching geothemes, the duel was Geo Theme vs Geo Places since CityGuide didn’t have nearly the functionality (and still doesn’t). By the time I had finished my research, Vantage has popped up on the market as the only serious contender to GeoTheme. (I don’t really include DirectoryPress here because it isn’t strictly a business directory theme.) However, since that time a few other companies have released this type of theme and enough people have asked about DirectoryPress to make it worth including in this review. Below are my thoughts and comments on the rest of these themes. (Updated July 5, 2013)

I have had several people ask me what I thought of DirectoryPress by PremiumPress. Well I finally purchased a copy of it to try out. You can read the full review here. But to sum it up in relation to this post in particular: DirectoryPress is a VERY powerful theme with lots of amazing features that were well ahead of its time. It is one of the top web directory themes available for WP still. However, it’s not specifically geared for local business directories the way that the themes mentioned in this post are. It has many uses, but a local business directory isn’t really one of the better ones.

A few people have also asked about the local directory theme available on the Warrior Forum. It’s claim to fame is that it has microdata that will help with getting specialized listings in Google. While I haven’t actually looked at the theme, by initial concern is that the image I saw looked like the designer literally took the top half of Vantage and the bottom half of GeoTheme and just stuck them together. As good as the microdata / schema.org stuff might be, seeing that image really turned me off. If someone would like to donate a copy for review, I’ll think about including it, but I have no intentions to buy it, and at this point I’d say “stay away.”

Also, as expected, AppThemes has pushed Vantage ahead at an incredibly rapid pace that has been amplified all the more by their own marketplace that rivals Theme Tailors Marketplace. Here are a few things that are new since this post:

  • AppThemes has released a marketplace that now holds several child themes for Vantage as well as some nice new features
  • The ability to claim a listing has been added
  • Theme listings can now include driving directions
  • The ability to have various pricing plans was also added

GeoTheme, while not moving as fast as Vantage has officially released their iPhone App AND made their theme responsive so that the theme itself will scale to fit any size screen on any device.

ElegantThemes has also released a business directory theme for wordpress called Explorable. You can read our review of Explorable here. I should also mention that InkThemes and SiteMile have also released Local Directory Themes since this post was originally written that you may want to check out as well. Reviews of these themes are planned as is a complete re-writing of this post in light of all of the new themes.

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68 comments on “Local Business Directory Themes for WordPress”

  1. Archie Biggs says:

    Wow, Your review could not have come at a better time, we are test driving the Geo Places theme right now and we were planning on purchasing it this week when we saw so many bad reviews about tech support that we thought we would do a search for alternatives. That’s how we found your very comprehensive and much needed overview. It’s not the cost of the template, it’s the cost of the time involved to finally find out that all your work is wasted. Thanks a million!

  2. Matt says:

    Thanks Archie. Glad you found it helpful! I’m glad I could spare you the headaches of Templatic : )

  3. Sara says:

    Just wanted to say I total agree with your Templatic review – I also brought it, spent ages trying to get it work – and never got a refund, despite asking many times for it. Don’t buy it.

    I now use GeoThemes – and have had a live directory site since Aug 2011.

  4. Sue says:

    Geotheme wins every time! I also had a bad experience with templatic. Geotheme guys are amazing! Strongly recommended.

  5. max says:

    You forgot the ability to create custom fields. I can’t see this option in geotheme. I think this is essential for a directory that you can define custom fields. All they provide is location fields and a description. I think $85 (!!!) for a theme that was developed by somebody else and that was just pimped up a bit steep. I have used geo places by templatic and didn’t find it THAT bad. I don’t like the business model of themetailors.com.

  6. Matt says:

    Max,

    GeoTheme does have the ability to create custom fields. And it wasn’t “just pimped” – it was fixed of security holes, it had tons of new, great features added, and is the by far the best on the market.

    I will agree that it’s not ideal, from a customer’s perspective, to have to pay for some of the add-ons through Theme Tailors, but they just ran a coupon for something like 60% off all of the add-ons which made them pretty affordable. I can see the business providing more of those in the future as well.

    You are, of course, entitled to your opinion, but if you ask anyone who made the switch, I think they would affirm GeoPlaces over Templatic all day every day.

    1. David says:

      Great article. Thank you Matt.
      Anybody have any experience with DirectPress?

      1. Matt says:

        Hey David, thanks for the encouragement. I haven’t used DirectoryPress yet, but I am considering reviewing it soon. It looked more like a normal link directory theme rather than a specifically local one.

  7. Cruth says:

    Glad to see your WordPress themes / plugins review site. I have used wordpress for many years, and find development of these more practical themes to be great. I am trying to choose among vendors, and so far have found few good review sites. could you also review or comment on the themes created by premiumPress.com (a Mark Fail). I have no connection with them or any other vendor, other than as a customer of DIY Themes and Genesis. (I am intentionally not providing any rating). Thanks!

    Also, would be good to be notified when someone responds to my comment.automatically

    1. Matt says:

      Cruth, I’m happy to take suggestions for themes to review. Did you have a particular premiumPress theme in mind?

      And thanks for the suggestion on subscribing to comments. It should be added this week.

      1. Cruth says:

        How about PreiumPress Directory Theme , to start with? Thanks

  8. egghead says:

    thanks so much i was just going to buy geotheme from templatic but now will go with vantage, it looks sweet. You saved me $100 and a ton of headaches, i tried geotheme and it was miserable but thought it was my only option.

    [later that day…]

    on second look.. forget it! You are right geotheme is better

  9. Pablo says:

    the only problem with GT is the people working behind the scene. people with big egos and poor people skills usually crash and wither down. They have zero marketing and people skills.

    1. Mark says:

      I have been dealing with the developers of Geotheme for almost a year now and their support has been professional and timely. They are adding support people as they grow which will make things even better. No complaints here.

  10. Matt says:

    Your welcome egghead 🙂 Glad you found it helpful

    @Pablo… You are entitled to your opinion, but please give details of your criticisms and your experiences, because I haven’t found that to be the case at all.

  11. Phil says:

    Will the Vantage theme allow a nationwide directory for many different service businesses?

  12. Matt says:

    Hey Phil, the answer to your question is, “yes and no.” Vantage isn’t really geo-specific. It’s much more of a directory site for a particular industry rather than a city guide or a Yelp clone type of directory.

    I’ll be doing a full review of Vantage within a week so stay tuned for more details!

  13. Tyson says:

    Great review Matt as i have been personally debating which theme to purchase for over a month now…but your review has helped me make my decision on GeoTheme. I just have one question. I have a 14 day trial with GeoTheme…am i able to build my directory using the trial and then easily convert the data when the 14 day trial is up to a live directory when i purchase the membership?

    1. Matt says:

      Thanks Tyson, glad I could help. I didn’t realize GeoThemes had a free trial though. If you are referring to the playground – that information will not be saved and you’ll have to start over when you actually purchase the theme and install it on your own server.

      1. Tyson says:

        Ok…great thanks Matt…I will just go ahead and purchase and save myself the grief of having to start over.

        Also, one more thing, seeing that this is a yearly membership. Do the “Theme Tailors’ Mods” have to be renewed each year as well or just the $85?

  14. Jacob says:

    Matt,
    Thanks for your great reviews man. It’s refreshing to find a review site where I can tell the reviewer honestly spent a good deal of time finding the best products/themes and isn’t just ranking them based on how much their affiliate commission is going to be. Good stuff, thanks for your help and I look forward to clicking on your GeoTheme link to get you some referral cash for your help!

    1. Matt says:

      Thanks for the feedback Jacob and thanks for the click! If you want to see any other themes reviewed in the future let me know : )

  15. ariel says:

    Hi, does your theme come with a bulk uploader to add multiple listings of a single user.
    Also, Can I add links or banners of the featured users that have listings?

    1. Matt says:

      Hey Ariel, GeoTheme comes with a bulk uploader. I don’t think any of the others do. Vantage and GeoTheme both have featured listing banners. Let me know if that answers your question…

    1. Matt says:

      Not sure… this is the first I’ve heard of it.

  16. MarkB says:

    It’s too bad that the design and layout of the GeoTheme is so amatuerish looking – crowded, lack of spacing, poor fonts and colors, etc..

    It takes away from the great functionality of the theme. It’s too bad the developers don’t provide a more elegant and clean design layout for the theme. I would think they would sell a lot more copies if they offered more professional looking skins or alternate layouts for the theme.

    Some of the optional add-on features are a little too pricey for me. It reminds me of the Drupal and Joomla markets where the developers are charging you for every option. I was going to buy Geotheme, but felt like I would have to spend a lot of time customizing the layout to make it look the way I wanted.

    1. Matt says:

      Yeah Mark, I agree on the design, it needs to be a lot better, especially if they want to stay ahead of Vantage with their new updates! Their default theme is identical to GeoPlaces, which is slightly better than the child theme just because it’s more blank. Which theme did you decide to go with?

  17. anna says:

    thanks for the review, it is really helpful, i have a question: we are looking to build an extensive business listing site for the town we live and i like the geotheme, especially after reading this post.
    but is there an option for changing the main menu bar and an extensive categories like in the elist for example?

    http://www.elegantthemes.com/demo/?theme=eList

    thanks

    1. Matt says:

      Hey Anna, glad you liked the review! What are you looking for in particular. I believe GeoTheme just added a fly-out menu which is pretty nice, but I’m not sure what feature of elist you are referring to. If you could clarify, I’d be more than happy to help!

  18. Kali54 says:

    Been using geotheme for a few weeks now and they have given incredible tech support. It actually blows my mind that they are able to get to my issues within the hour of post. I have migrated a big database of listings with ease and able to customize the look quite easily. A+ for those guys.

    1. Matt says:

      Yeah, they stay on top of their support pretty darn well. They even did a pretty good job back when they only had 2 guys too. Glad it’s working out for you.

  19. Tony says:

    Great article. I’ve been building a travel website based on GeoPlaces V3 for over a year now and have found the Templatic support very patchy at best. Now that V4 is out, they almost point blank refuse to support V3 even though I’ve paid my annual support fee. Upgrading to V4 is an absolute nightmare, although it may have some nice new features.

    I am thinking seriously of migrating the site to GeoTheme, even though it’s design is very amateurish compared to GeoPlaces. Is there a migration path between the two?

    1. Matt says:

      Hey Tony, sorry to hear of your misfortune with Templatic. As far as I know, there isn’t a migration tool per se, but GeoTheme allows you to import listings from a CSV so if you can export them from GeoPlaces you can import them fairly easily. You should be able to do the same with your pages and posts. Does that help?

  20. This was a very helpful post! I am rarely impressed by posts. I was about to pay $2,100 bucks on Elance for a script that can do essentially what Geo Theme can. Thanks so much for the helpful recommendation.

  21. Hi Matt,

    Thanks for the fantastic review of these 4 different directory themes. I’m tossing up between Vantage and GeoTheme as I need the payment gateways and the ability for users to create their own listings, however I seem to be taking a different approach to my business than most people.

    Rather than targeting a niche market across the entire country I want to target just 1 city – http://www.guidetobrisbane.com and feature permanent local business listings – restaurants, museums, parks, attractions etc as well as what’s happening around the city in the current week/month. Which theme would you recommend to do all this?

    It’d be a great help if you could give me any input.

    Thanks
    Jared

  22. hairdressers says:

    Hi I would vote for vantage all the way. If you find better theme let me know

  23. GingerBeer says:

    Geotheme 4 is due for release – sometime. I would definitely wait for that, it will be plugin based, rather than a theme, and so should be much easier to style, and have less overhead than using a child theme for styling?

    Geotheme is a 6 monthly subscription so it is better to wait for the new version before subscribing in case the release date stretches beyond 6 months.

  24. lonesomezorro says:

    This review is the most interesting i found. Thanks for that.
    I hesitate between geothemes and vantage.
    The purpose is a niche directory but has to be worldwide or by country’s and not by cities. (In fact I hesitate between different counrty’s website or one worldwide)
    Could give me some advice to choose between both?

    Thanks

  25. Hi,

    I am running a GLOBAL travel site for seven years now and had THOUSANDS of listings. It was based on a paid CMS system for the listings and backend and I used Dreamweaver for the design plus the regular pages. I know that WordPress is the future so I switch to WordPress and…

    I bought GeoPlaces, changed to a Real Estate theme (also from Templatic) and then switch to Vantage from AppThemes. I was not 100% happy with any, but now I am trying to decide between Vantage and GeoTheme. I love Vantage, especially the design, however… With Vantage, you need to create a custom form for each category to be able to use custom fields. Also, with Vantage, you can’t do a custom search based on custom fields. I believe that the developers plan it on future updates, but as of now, it still does not work.

    The following is what I really must have:
    – Responsive Design
    – Ability to add custom fields
    – Ability to sear by these fields

    For example, the ability to search for category “Hotels” in “New York State”. The search url in my old system looked similar to this:
    http://www.koshertravelinfo.com/?search=search&catergory=hotels&state=NY

    Your comparison review is very well written and I value your opinion. Please let me know which of the two will work best for me. Remember, it is a GLOBAL directory, but most of the listings are in the USA.

    1. I have tried both, GeoTheome and Vantage from AppThemes. In fact, I installed first Vantage and invested lots of energy in time in the theme. I then went to GeoTheme and spend even more time and energy on it. But… I came back to Vantage. Much easier to set up, use and maintain. Also… there are some things I could not do with GeoTheme. Just one example, in GeoTheme when you click on a sub category that also has child categories, it does not show all listings. Only if they are assigned to this father category. You can buy a plugin that list all child categories, but it because to difficult to maintain.

      By the way, my site is a GLOBAL niche travel guide and travel directory. You can see it here to understand what I mean:
      http://koshertravelinfo.com/

  26. Ashu Pal says:

    There is also now available city directory theme “Directory Portal” available on Themeforest. Not much that functional,but have a very clean UI design.

  27. Walter says:

    Hi Matt,

    There is a theme in themeforest called open Directory. I think it’s a good one and It’s worth to take a look a it.

    I found this site extremely useful and your review was amazing!

    1. Matt says:

      Thanks Walter I appreciate the feedback.

  28. I have tried both, GeoTheome and Vantage from AppThemes. In fact, I installed first Vantage and invested lots of energy in time in the theme. I then went to GeoTheme and spend even more time and energy on it. But… I came back to Vantage. Much easier to set up, use and maintain. Also… there are some things I could not do with GeoTheme. Just one example, in GeoTheme when you click on a sub category that also has child categories, it does not show all listings. Only if they are assigned to this father category. You can buy a plugin that list all child categories, but it because to difficult to maintain.

    By the way, my site is a GLOBAL niche travel guide and travel directory. You can see it here to understand what I mean:
    http://koshertravelinfo.com/

    1. Walter says:

      Hi Kosher Travel Info, yuo have a nice site!
      One question. Using Vantage, can users add its own listings?
      I have tried to do it on your site, but I saw that I can’t create a user…
      Do you only add listings?

  29. The site is pretty new so not all features work. However, everyone should be able to add a listing. You just have to login. If you are not a user, you first need to register.

    1. Walter says:

      Register is not working. Check the site my friend

      Take a look

      http://koshertravelinfo.com/register/

      Regards,

      1. Hi,

        The register does work. We do get new people registering every day. Just make sure to enter the question under register (Captcha). It is easy to miss it since it is under the register button not on top. This is a very good theme and I want to thank Matt for writing this article. I have tried 3 different wordpress themes but they did not work as advertised. This is working out and it has few or no bugs.

  30. ipaged says:

    Just saying, great article…

    looking forward to updates. 😉

  31. Ted says:

    This theme from BTOA has a ton of potential and already has Recurring Payments and will soon have Claim Listings for Business Directories. Would like to get your opinion on it and maybe a review when you have a chance.

    http://themeforest.net/item/spotfinder-versatile-directory-listings-theme/full_screen_preview/5415589

  32. Sid says:

    Excellent review, Matt. Especially your thoughts and honest opinions in reply to the queries. I need a suggestion – similar to what Strategic Net Business wanted to know. I am building a local site for a small suburb within a city – would have local business listings, user-submitted listing after review, ratings, etc and maybe in future, even classifieds and job listings. What template wud you suggest?

    1. Matt says:

      Hi Sid,

      Thanks for the feedback. Glad you like the reviews. If you’re looking a city-based directory GeoTheme is still the best I’ve seen so far. While it has it’s quirks, I think they are still pretty far ahead of most of the other geothemes out there. You’d have to find some plugins to do the job listings and classified listings unless you wanted to run dual installations of WP on one domain (ex. mycityguide.com and mycityguide.com/classifieds) which is possible, but you’d likely want to do some significant styling of at least one of the themes so your site would look congruent.

      If you have any other questions, let me know!

  33. Faith Coates says:

    Just started researching these types of themes and I have a question. I think I am looking for something like Geotheme (and please excuse my computer ignorance) but if I want to start with a neighbourhood directory what would be the best theme to buy? We are a small neighbourhood in a larger City and we want to build our directory to all things art and culture but include biz like restaurants & shopping. We do need to monetize the site so paypal would be great, it would also be good to have submissions and a way for the potential listees to update and submit their own information. We will have separate categories for events, venues, artists both exhibits and teachers of, the same for musicians, we want to include listings for neighbourhood projects like community gardens, community art, and so on. In all it really is a neighbourhood cultural district that we are promoting with the site (hopefully).

    Any recommendations would be really appreciated.

  34. Html Id says:

    I found this article extremely useful and your post is amazing! I have already tried both, GeoTheome and Vantage and they are all good for me. Cheers !!!

  35. Steve says:

    Do any of these have language support? I would like to do a city guide in both English and Spanish

  36. Kelvin says:

    Templatic released a new one called Directory.
    hope to hear reviews and comparison on it.

    I had doubts on how smooth the theme will be.

  37. Matt,

    Thank you again for your review. I have used your site to get informed on other themes as well.

    I just want to say that I have tried all 3 directory themes. I had gone away from Vantage because I tough that the others will be better and in the end I came back to Vantage.

    What must be emphasized is that people without any skills are on the impression that they can open a directory site and make money right away. They are not willing to invest the time AND DETEMINATION to stay on course and work up a successful directory site. It takes months!

    Also, no site is perfect out of the box. You need to invest a bit of time in adding the right widgets to right places on the pages.

    Having said that, I don’t want to scare away people with great ideas. You don’t need to know any programming or have more than basic computer skills to create a beautiful directory theme. Especially with Vantage, where it is very easy to create a nice theme. Just be committed and remember that “Content is King”. I try to add a “Blog” post or page at least twice a week with good quality travel content. This is very good for SEO and to create a niche site.

    Good luck to all of you trying to set up a directory theme and thanks again to you Matt.

  38. Hey great reviews and feedback here. I’m in the process of revamping and Dallas yellow pages directory site that has been around since 2000. I started out initially with a cgi based product that generated the HTML – I switched to WP because they would not keep their software current.

    I’ve experimented with many mentioned here…I have not liked Templatic support and have found nearly all of their themes I’ve tested to randomly crash at times with forms disappearing and so on.

    The issue I’ve got right now is I’ve updated to latest version of Vantage and have some decent organic rankings. Because of GeoTheme structure I would loose all of my current pages that are ranking right now.

    For example:

    http://www.metroplexdirectory.com/category/blog/ – Blog is a category with Vantage

    GeoTheme would look like this:

    http://www.metroplexdirectory.com/blog/ – I believe it works as a custom post type

    Therefore I would need to do a redirect from all or most of my Vantage articles / listings to make the switch over to GeoTheme

    I can’t say that I’ve had any issues with AppThemes support over the years. They did take some heat as it took them awhile to ramp up development when they first launched the Vantage theme.

    One of the things I like and was considering the switch to GeoTheme was their mobile app development…I like the idea of being able to brand and promote an iPhone app…and soon to be released Android version.

  39. I will be setting up several other directory sites this year and will post them here along with the specific theme that I use for each. Definitely will be installing GeoTheme on one or more of them.

    http://fort-worth.net
    http://virginia-beach.net
    http://portsmouth-nh.com

    Also, would be interested in talking with anyone looking to develop out or partner up on some real estate sites. I have a large portfolio of real estate domains that I want to develop.

  40. Danny Cutts says:

    I am using Geo Theme but not before I bought all of the others… they were terrible!!

    Vantage is a crock of crap and full of features that don’t work… Listings that can only go in one category was the main problem to vantage… they fixed it but then came along another problem…

    Geotheme is quite complex but once you get your head around it it works wonders and I am seeing some great results with 2 sites I am using it on 😀

    1. I am not affiliated with Vantage in any way. I just use their theme also after buying and trying a few other directory themes. And it is not a crock of crap (whatever that means). And… You can display your listing in as many categories you want. The same listing can be in more than one category.

      Geotheme is quite complex, and has its own share of issues. My style is not to point out what does not work but rather what works. I had tried Vantage, moved to Geotheme being sure it is better and went back to Vantage.

      I run two sites on it and I am very happy. I will stick with Vantage.

      Here is one of my Vantage sites, a global kosher travel directory that has multiple categories and sub categories some 4 levels deep:
      http://www.koshertravelinfo.com

      1. Danny Cutts says:

        It took vantage nearly 12 months to add the feature of displaying in multiple categories…. Thene were other issues that they did not seem to fussed about fixing…

        There were more bugs in vantage than the insect section of a zoo…

        If you are happy with vantage then fair enough but I would never recommend it to anybody…

        Geocraft was a lot better than vantage… but I have settled with Geocraft and the site is almost ready to launch….

        1. I am only stating my experience and not trying to attack your opinion. But… You started out with Geotheme and now you post about Geocraft winch is made by Ink Themes.

          I will be very honest that I don’t have experience with Geocraft so I can’t compare. But… to have an honest discussion, we should stick to facts. Just saying more bugs than in a zoo is just a nice slogan.

          Geocraft does look good. I have used already one other them from Ink Themes and it is ok.

          1. Danny Cutts says:

            🙂 haha No offence taken 🙂

            I started off with Vantage and then moved to geocraft which did everything i need except I was not happy with the city sorting….

            I then moved to geotheme which is where I am at now and it is doing everything i need and a bit more 🙂

            My site will quickly populate with listings because I already own the industry with another site so I have to be very picky about what I use and will be quite literally load testing the site 🙂

            😀

  41. AB says:

    Hey there – I am really struggling to make a decision on a directory theme. GeoTheme seems to be robust but the demo site is lacking in aesthetics. There are two themes I discovered which looks great but I am not sure. Can anyone give me an opinion on

    Premuim Press’ Directory theme
    http://www.premiumpress.com/demowebsite/?t=Directory%20Theme

    Ait Themes’ Business Finder
    http://preview.ait-themes.com/index.php?bartype=desktop&theme=businessfinder

    Thanks – I look forward to hearing from you.

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