While paying for a plug-in sometimes offers more options, here are some free directory plug-ins that provide plenty of options at no cost.
Display form entries to create a directory. Start with Gravity Forms, and use shortcodes to design your own directory site. The plug-in includes built-in searching and allows users to log in to edit their listings. Display listings as a definition list or as a table, paginate, define custom styles inside the shortcode, sort by column, and reorganize columns inside Gravity Forms. The plug-in includes lightbox support for images you upload with the option to view single entries in a page or lightbox. Show only approved listings by using an easy-to-use approval process.
Build local directories that allow businesses to provide listings and users to post reviews. The Business Directory Plugin makes it fast and easy at no cost to get started and use. Design a church directory, address book, or any kind of listings site you need. Search by zip code radius, addresses, or any location-based filtering. This plug-in provides fully customizable form fields, with full support for payments through PayPal, PayFast, Authorize.net, or Stripe. Offer claimable listings for a fee and discount codes based on a percent. Feature listings, or charge a fee to upgrade with multiple fee plans with reCAPTCHA support. Users post and edit listings without having to go through the WordPress dashboard. The plug-in offers fully responsive support and integrates with SEO plug-ins, like Yoast.
Easily design an address book, staff, business, or church directory with this free extensible and developer friendly plug-in that offers a wide variety of unique and versatile features. The plug-in was built from the bottom up so that it is able to configure to your needs. Choose from individual, family, or organization entry types. The plug-in integrates well with WordPress and offers fantastic support while being constantly updated with new features. Use the Template Customizer for seemingly limitless options. It was developed with SEO needs in mind, and uses CSV import of nested categories. The images are fully responsive with Retina display support. View anniversaries and birthdays at a glance on the dashboard admin page. You have full control over the entries, and there are repeatable fields with the scalable directories.
Go global and create your own Trip Advisor or Yelp-like massive location-based business directories. Use CSV import, expor, re-import and update along with a large list of shortcodes to easily design your listings. It doesn’t matter how large the site grows, the plug-in uses scaling and a highly-optimized database structure and queries. The plug-in is designed to be lightweight, fast, efficient, universal, developer-friendly, and versatile with a team focus.
The name of this plug-in describes it best, because it is designed to be simple to use from both the admin and user’s perspective. Though, don’t let the simplistic idea fool you, because it is a very powerful directory plug-in that builds local directories, Yellow Pages style listings, address books, and basically any listing site you need. Create custom posts with address, phone numbers, website URL, fax number, email address, and social media link fields. It comes with two templates that display name, address, contact information, social profiles, directions, and an embedded Google Map through a single-listing.php and an archive-listing.php. It is translation ready and built to grow. Newly added features offer the option of also showing payment method, business hours, and a link to add to your contacts.
Out of the box, this plug-in allows you to get started setting up your directory listings user friendly site within minutes. The plug-in is lightweight but packed with power and focused on internationalization, so it will work for everyone no matter where you are. It integrates with almost any theme and has used Bootstrap power to make it mobile ready and fully responsive. It is easy to install with ready-to-use shortcodes already loaded. Sort by categories, listings, feature a listing, add new fields, enable or disable features, and customize the look all from the dashboard. Users easy access and maintain their listings from a front-end control panel.
Creating a listing directory site doesn’t need to be expensive or complicated. Free directory plug-ins are a great way to get started with a listings site that is appealing to users with nothing to lose.