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How To: Create a Business Directory like Yelp with WordPress

Last Updated on June 14th, 2019

Published on July 12th, 2013


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Vantage is the latest theme from AppThemes which allows you to turn WordPress into a full featured business listings directory such as Yelp.com which allows businesses to add themselves and let customers rate them and leave comments. The theme has built-in monetization options so you can charge for listings, featured listings or place advertisements.

I’m a big fan of AppThemes and reviewed all their themes so far: Coupon Code Theme, Classified Ads Theme, Job Board Theme and Issue Tracking Theme so check those out for their other work. In this review I will be taking a look at installing & configuring Vantage.

Installing The Theme

Upload the theme you receive after purchase and then visit “Appearance” > “Themes” to activate it :

Once the theme is activated, you will see two new menu items – Vantage and Listings so lets take a look at those.


The Vantage tab has 3 options – Dashboard, Importer and Settings. Dashboard is just the latest news and updates from AppThemes, Importer is used if you want to import a .CSV file into the site. Lets take a look at settings, the first tab is general.


The General tab has your basic options for picking the color of your site ( 8 options ), Google Maps options, Menu Options and Page options :


The Payments tab is where you configure which currency to use and how much to charge for listings or featured listings. To maximise your content and potential traffic I would make the normal listings free and just charge people to be featured on either the homepage or category page.

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The final tab is for Paypal and here is where you can enter your Paypal account details and test your site using the Sandbox :


The Listings in this theme use custom post types and the “Listings” menu item is where you can control these. You can create categories or tags like for normal posts and you can manually add listings or manage existing listings here. You can also create custom forms and view your orders :

Here is what a listing looks like on the front end :

And the form that businesses can use to submit their info :


This is another solid theme from AppThemes – the front end is functional and has all the features you’d expect from a business directory. The back end seems a lot simpler than themes Ive reviewed before from them – its uses the native WordPress styling for the options panel and the use of custom post types for the listings is easy to use for someone familiar with a normal WordPress install.

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Oliver Dale is the founder of Kooc Media, An Internet Company based in Manchester, UK. I founded WPLift in 2010.