If you want to make it possible for your readers to start listing items for sale on your WordPress site, then there are a handful of great free and premium plugins available to help you get the job done. Due to the way they work, most of them can be adapted to list many types of items and opportunities, such as products for sale, event information, website directories and even jobs.
By installing one of these plugins, you can give your readers an easy way to list their goods and services, or browse the offerings of others, with all the simplicity and ease of use that comes as standard when using WordPress. Despite the long lists of features found in these plugins, they are very simple to setup and start using.
Another WordPress Classifieds Plugin
This is a free option and is advertised as being the number one WordPress classified ads plugin. It’s a great choice for anyone who wants a no-cost way to begin showing classified adverts on their site. Another WordPress Classifieds Plugin has been downloaded over 200,000 times and has a positive user rating of 4.2 out of 5 making it a safe bet.
The plugin is packed with features which can be divided into four main areas:
- Ad features and settings
- Notification features and settings
- Payment features and settings
- Ad posting controls
- Image features
- More features via premium modules
Thanks to the many settings and options for the types of adverts that can be displayed and the information they can contain, this free plugin could be used for practically any type of listing, whether that be local items for sale, online products, services or jobs.
Users can search by city, state, country or by keyword, making it very easy for your readers to find what they are looking for. Ads can also be easily shared socially, on networks like Facebook and Twitter, thanks to the built-in buttons.
As the Another WordPress Classifieds Plugin supports free or paid listings, the plugin includes support for accepting payments via PayPal and 2Checkout in the free version, with premium modules available for taking payments via Google Checkout and Authorize.net and PayPal Pro.
Ad submissions can be set to be auto-approved or to be held until an admin has moderated them. Users can be given the ability to edit or delete their own ads if you want, and questionable ads can be flagged by visitors to the site for your attention.
Support for the plugin is offered via the developing company’s dedicated forum, which is updated and accessed frequently.
Overall this popular free listings plugin has everything you need and more, to get started and add this functionality to your site.
Gravity Forms Directory
This is a free addon for the excellent Gravity Forms form builder plugin. It allows you to expand the functionality of this already large in scope plugin to be able to manage a classifieds directory on your WordPress site.
By default the plugin only allows users to submit a website and its URL to the directory. However the plugin can be configured to display more information such as a description, making it ideal for handling classified adverts.
The features of the plugin are deployed using shortcodes, so your directory entries can be added to any post or page on your WordPress site with ease. There is also lightbox support for uploaded images that are included in the listings. This video should give you a good idea of whether this free plugin can help you achieve what you want:
If you are already a Gravity Forms user, then this free addon may well be the right option for you.
Available from Code Canyon, this low cost premium classifieds ad board plugin for WordPress is little used, but comes with some great features.
Admin users can create adverts via the admin dashboard, or you can opt to also allow readers and visitors to submit their own classified adverts. If enabled, visitors can submit their ads using a form, which can then be approved before being published, or you can allow automatic publication of adverts and listings.
The plugin supports multiple advert types and categories, so it’s easy to keep your listings organised and make it straightforward for users to browse them. Roo Classifieds uses shortcodes for displaying the ad boards. The shortcode parameters allow you to easily display all ads or just those from particular categories.
Overall this is an easy to setup WordPress plugin that will enable you to start displaying classifieds adverts on your site in no time at all. It might lack the features of some of the free options, but this means it’s able to provide a distraction free setup that can be completed very quickly.
Web 2.0 Directory
The Directory & Classifieds WordPress plugin is another free option. It’s not as popular as the Another WordPress Classifieds Plugin option, but it’s got some nice features that make it a viable alternative.
Google Maps is integrated with this plugin, allowing your listings to make use of a map marker. For a site listing items for sale, events, services, or pretty much anything offline, being able to make use of the most popular online mapping and location finding service will be of great help to your readers.
Ads that are submitted can be made featured or sticky, to ensure they have prominence over the other submitted adverts. This is great if you are selling ad spots and want to offer a premium service. The forms for accepting adverts can be totally customised, allowing you to set this plugin up to exactly match the type of classifieds or directory service you are offering your readers.
Users can search for listings by category or location, using the free version, or make use of the powerful content search if you decide to upgrade to the corresponding premium module. Speaking of premium modules, there are a number to choose from which can help you expand the functionality of this plugin. These include:
- Powerful content search
- Location radius search with results displayed on the map
- Multiple locations for a single listing
- Custom map markers
Out of the box though, this plugin still has lots of great futures, which include:
- User submissions via the front end forms
- YouTube video attachments for listings
- Image galleries for listings
- Renew expired ads manually
- Restrict ads by listing levels
Overall, this is another easy to use option. The integration with Google Maps could make this a popular competitor with the other options listed here today.
With two very powerful free options there seems little need to turn to a premium solution for adding a classified ads directory to your WordPress site. Even if you don’t have a site setup yet, but have been tasked with listing items for sale online, installing WordPress and one of these plugins is a great way to get the job done.