WordPress Business Directory Theme Review of Vantage from AppThemes a Professional WordPress Business Directory Theme that will allow you to easily launch a fantastic business directory site for any niche.
Directory sites are well known in the online marketing community as a stable and reliable source of income. With Vantage, you can charge for single listings and charge premium for featured listings. You can also generate traffic with free listings and take advantage of one of the many advertising widgets.
Vantage comes with many features including, free & paid listings, featured listings, reviews, local search, events management and more.
Vantage Professional WordPress Business Directory Theme
There have been WordPress business directory themes released in the past so Vantage is by no means a first, it is however probably one of the best WordPress business directory themes I have seen to date. It’s also one of the easiest themes to setup considering it’s capabilities that I have come across in a while, after a painless install I had Vantage up and running within minutes. Below are some screenshots of Vantages options pages just after install.
Vantage General Settings
Vantage Payment Settings
Vantage Paypal Settings
As you can see for such a feature packed theme the options pages are actually really simple which for end users is great news, no hours wasted trying to understand 100’s of theme options like other business directory themes.
Create A Listing In Vantage Video
Watch the video below where the AppThemes guys take you through the listing submission process.
Vantage Custom Form Field Settings
Vantage allows you to add various custom input fields to listing submission forms including, radio buttons, check boxes, paragraphs, text fields & select lists. A nice feature of the custom input fields is that you can add different fields only to display on specific categories, this means your software category submission input details can be different from you construction category submission input fields.
Vantage Feature highlights include:
- Monetizing your site by selling business listings
- Build and foster your own user community
- Business reviews and rating system
- Allow your members to create event listings
- Home page & category featured listing system
- Custom post types & taxonomies for business listings
- Custom post types & taxonomies for events
- Save this and favorites bookmarking
- Twitter & Facebook integration
- Customer account area to manage business listing
- Separate blog to promote your directory
- Create your own custom fields and business listing forms
- Search by keyword and/or location
- Interactive Google maps for business listings & events
- Multiple advertising spaces
- Fully widgetized sidebar & footer
Vantage WordPress Business Directory Theme Conclusion
Vantage is one of the most advanced and robust WordPress business directory themes I have seen to date, having played around with it for a while it really does impress over other offerings available to purchase for WordPress users.
If I was going to launch a web directory that I wanted to monetize Vantage would be my personal choice of theme. There is a Standard version $99 and a Developer version $159 of Vantage available with the developer version including an unlimited domain usage license and the original PSD design files.
Developers can easily customize Vantage’s design by creating a WordPress child theme which leaves the main Vantage theme untouched for future core theme updates.