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A web directory usually lists websites, businesses, products, and other forms of information by categories and subcategories. Most web directories are meant to be searched by humans, not web crawlers. A good example of a useful directory is Cars.com. The site is extremely useful for finding used and new cars. It’s straight forward and pretty simple to use.

Another great example is Craigslist. I know many people might think it’s “ugly,” but it gets the job done. Even thou the design is stuck back in 90s, the classified advertisements website is constantly used by millions of people from around the globe.

If you’re planning to launch your own directory, don’t ever start with a broad niche. If you think you’re going to create the next Craigslist, please take a seat and reconsider. Prior to launching your directory you should niche down, and then niche down again before settling on a desired category. That small category is still bound to have quite a few sub-categories which you can build upon.

Whether you’re planning on creating a coupon, car dealership, job board, question & answer, or any other type of directory based website, we’ve got you covered. Below you’ll find twenty unique WordPress themes that might be the perfect fit for you. Please note that every image and the “Demo & Download” links will lead you to the source. Enjoy!

Directory Portal WordPress Theme $55

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Directory theme is an absolutely unique theme concept, first time ever on Themeforest. You’re able to easily set up an online directory portal listing categorized items of any type – companies, shops, websites and so on. We’ve spent quite a long time developing the theme as many things were changed several times to make it right.

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Nine to Five – Premium WordPress Jobs Theme $40

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Nine to Five offers over 50 powerful features to allow you to setup the perfect jobs board with WordPress 3+, whatever your needs.

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Vantage $99

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Vantage is the most popular business directory theme for WordPress. It’s powerful, robust, and easy to use. That’s not all — Vantage is fully responsive which means it scales perfectly on mobile devices. Within minutes of downloading Vantage, you can create the killer directory site you’ve always dreamed of.

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GLOCAL – Responsive WordPress Directory $45

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Glocal is a responsive Directory Template that offers a wide range of features that enables to create a listing of companies and illustrate them per category on a map.

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Clipper $99

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Setup your own mega-savings coupon site and start monetizing your traffic! Our feature-rich theme was designed for ease-of-use and tight integration with WordPress so you’ll be online and providing coupons within minutes.

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SpotFinder – Versatile Directory & Listings Theme $45

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Spotfinder is the ultimate choice when it comes to listings. Featuring customizable search fields you are able to create custom forms and fields and use SpotFinder to list virtually anything. Packed with a custom built front-end submission system, featuring a custom cart and paypal integration, you are able to allow your users to submit their own listings and charge them to do so or to add extras such as more images, more tags, custom fields and a lot more, all with no WordPress backend at all.

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Business Finder: Directory Listing WordPress Theme $45

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With Business Finder you’re able to easily set up an online directory portal listing categorized items of any type – companies, shops, websites and so on. Theme has built in spaces for advertising, you can easily include your Google Adsense or any other ads. Theme also includes custom built search and filter of all items you add in into online directory.

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Quality Control $99

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Instantly turn WordPress into a simple and straight-forward ticketing system. Quality Control will help you keep track of your project development with ease. Our feature-rich theme was built for ease-of-use and tight integration with WordPress so you’ll be online and logging tickets within minutes.

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Atlas Directory & Listings $50

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Atlas Directory & Listings theme is an absolutely unique premium WordPress theme, it is the result of more than 3 months of development. Your users will never have access to the WordPress dashboard, everything is done on the front-end. You can, register, login, edit your profile, submit listings, change your membership and so much more from the front-end without having to visit the WordPress dashboard. And if this isn’t enough, your users will also be able to manage their existing listings from the frontend, they can decide to delete their listings or to update them.

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Tour Operator $50

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Tour Operator theme is an absolutely unique theme concept. First theme ever on Themeforest that includes simple and easy to use reservation system. You can use the theme to set up powerful website for tour operator agency, hotel resorts, guesthouses, B&Bs, campsites or any other businesses that require reservations.

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The Navigator $50

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The Navigator is ideal for travel blogs and/or location guides. This directory-based theme utilizes Google maps to display exact locations and provide users the ability to interact with the location. This theme could also function as a real estate listings directory or store locator.

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Jobify – Job Board WordPress Theme $55

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Creating a job listing website has never been easier with Jobify — the easiest to use job board theme available. Create a community of employers and prospective employees.

  • Simple live searching and filtering makes finding relevant jobs easier than ever.
  • A fully customizable homepage means you control the layout of your website.
  • Charge a fee for job listings, and easily monitor and approve submissions.

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ClassiPress $99

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ClassiPress is the original & most popular classified ads theme for WordPress. Our feature-rich theme was built for ease-of-use and tight integration with WordPress so you’ll be online and selling classified ads within minutes.

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Realia – Responsive Real Estate WordPress Theme $45

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Realia is Real Estate and Rental Portal template for WordPress. Create your own property portal in easy way. Realia supports dsIDXpress WordPress plugin and new WP Theme customization API, which allows you to make design changes in real time! Also you can choose from 20 colors variations, 10 background patterns, 3 header setups and boxed or full width version. It’s more than 500+ combinations!

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deTube- $45

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deTube is a Professional Responsive Video WordPress Theme designed for video site, video blog video Portal. This theme will help you get a professional video site up and running quickly, it is inspired by the popular websites: YouTube, Vimeo and Dribbble. No modest to say that it is the most powerful video WordPress theme so far.

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AutoTrader $17

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A stunning, responsive auto WordPress theme excellent for an online vehicle marketplace or an auto motor magazine or blog.

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JobRoller $99

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JobRoller is the most popular job board theme for WordPress. Our feature-rich application theme was built for ease-of-use and tight integration with WordPress so you’ll be online, selling job listing space, and accepting new resumes within minutes.

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Couponize – Responsive Coupons and Promo Theme $40

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Couponize is a responsive WordPress template which allows you to store coupons, promo codes and discounts from different brands and companies. Couponize is what you are looking for if you’re looking to release a coupons and discounts website and want to be unique among the competition.

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Ideas – $99

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Ideas is a productivity theme which allows you to listen and engage your customers. Whether it’s a Web site suggestion or a new feature request for your product — the Ideas theme will help bridge the communication gap. With the Ideas theme powering your customer feedback engine, it’s easy to setup categories, capture ideas, prioritize by votes, and choose the best ones to implement.

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Publisher $65

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Publisher is one of the most complete WordPress app themes on the market today. With it you can not only showcase your eBooks and other digital products, but also sell them.

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