How to create a Directory WordPress website?


If you really want to learn “How to create a directory website with WordPress” then have a look at this article. I have prepared step by step guide for creating a directory WordPress website.

Creating a business directory website might not look like a big thing. Because of WordPress and so many resources, the process of creating any kind of website has been very easy. There are a lot of free/premium WordPress themes and plugins available with much more functionalities allowing you to build a strong website embarking a great online presence. Here, the major task isn’t getting the site ready, but getting it done properly. By properly, I mean the right way and there are different ways to do it. And few of them are mentioned in this article, not to worry I have considered the steps/ methods very carefully so that anyone will be able to do it in an effective way. Let’s take a look at them

Things to do to create a Directory WordPress website using Robolist theme

Choose a Domain name and Hosting service

Selecting a proper and niche-focused domain name is really exhausting, similarly web hosting too because there are so many options. Well if you ask me the kind of products that you really want to showcase helps in finding a domain name. You always need to make sure that your domain name and the things that you are showing in your website matches with each other. The final choice is yours, but do make sure to make your domain name easy to spell and remember. You also can look for names that are also available on social media platforms.

On the other hand, the functional requirements of the website help you select the appropriate web hosting service.  Different hosting services provide varieties of hosting plans which normally range from $5 per month. You also can take a look at these: BluehostSitegroundWPEngineDigital OceanKinsta, etc. These are some of the very popular hosting service providers. If you find them fulfilling your website requirements then you can choose any of those, if not then you have to do more research for finding one.

Select a Directory WordPress Theme and install required plugins

While selecting a WordPress theme you always need to think about the type of website you are going to build and choose the one accordingly. There are plenty of sources for choosing either a premium or free themes. For example, ThemeForestCodeThemesYudlee Themes, etc. Also WordPress, org is another best source to get advanced free themes

Some of the features to consider while selecting a directory website:

Structured data:- No compromise when it comes to SEO. A website with well-structured data will make sure that your listing website is indexed well by Google and other search engines.

Instant Search Option:- Listing and Directory website is all about searching. More the search options more the searching phenomenon, hence increment in the user. You just need to type relevant keywords, and within a second, you will get the result of your queries from your directory website.

Advance Filter Options:- The usability and user experience of your website will boost if your visitors are able to find relevant content instantly. It works to provide your site visitors a simpler and easier way to locate what they’re looking for(and thereby increase the number of your happy visitors).

Elementor Page Builder Plugin:- With this front end page builder plugin, you can easily drag and drop the elements to create the post, page, and even the site.

WP Job Manager Paid Listing:- The  WP Job Manager add-on WC Paid Listing is available usually with the premium version of the themes. Through it, you can charge your users to post their job listings on your website and hence generate some revenue.

WooCommerce:- For a secure and safe transaction, you can use any payments gateways that WooCommerce supports.

Here the selection of the theme is done i.e Robolist theme. It is one of the best WordPress theme and by looking at it’s awesome features I can sure you that you can use the theme to create any kind of directory WordPress website. So, are you ready to look into the further processes that need to be done for creating a directory site.

Introduction to Robolist Lite – Directory WordPress theme for listing


Robolist is one of the best WordPress directory theme for listing business. Suitable for every listing stuff, food, restaurants, bars, shopping malls, clubs, jobs, home services, the theme covers all. Robolist seamlessly incorporates  Elementor page builder plugin, which means you can create website content with its drag and drop front-end builder. One of the best parts of this free directory WordPress theme, you can use it as an income-generating commercial website. Thanks to the completely out of the box premium WP Job Manager add-on WC Paid Listing. You can charge users to post their listings on your website.

Some of the features of Robolist directory theme are as follows:

  • Responsive Design
  • Logo Customization
  • Multiple Level Menu
  • Custom CSS
  • Footer Customization
  • Cross-Browser Compatible
  • WP Job Manager plugin Support
  • Elementor Page Builder Plugin
  • Single Page Contact Form

Theme Details/Demo     Get Awesome support      Theme Documentation of Robojob Lite

Robolist Pro Theme


Powered by WP Job Manager, Robolist Pro comes with robust functionalities. It has Elementor page builder and some native elements that give you creative freedom while creating your website. Whether you want to list eateries in your city or want to make money out of your website, selling listings. Robolist is the way forward. Also, since it is responsive and based on the BootStrap framework, your site loads nicely on all devices. It is very easy to use on mobile devices, irrespective of which device you are using.

Some of the features of Robolist directory theme are as follows:

  • Custom Post Types
  • Several Page Templates
  • Ad-ons of WP Job Manager Plugin
  • WP Job Manager Simple Paid Listing
  • Elementor Custom Add-ons
  • Multiple Homepage
  • Multiple Widgets

Theme Details/Demo    Buy Now     Theme Documentation of Robolist Pro

Downloading Theme

After purchasing the theme you will get an email. There you will find a “Package” and “Theme only” file and you have to download both of it. The package file consists of the theme, the plugins, and documentation inside it.

On the other hand, the theme only file need to be uploaded to your “themes” section.

Installing  Themes

To install this theme you must have a working version of WordPress already installed. For information in regard to installing the WordPress platform, please see the WordPress Codex article on installation.

The theme files can be uploaded in two ways:

  • FTP Upload:
    Using your FTP program, upload the unzipped theme folder into the /wp-content/themes*/ folder on your server.
  • WordPress Upload:
    Navigate to Appearance > Add New Themes > Upload. Go to browse, and select the zipped theme folder. Hit “Install Now” and the theme will be uploaded and installed.

Once the theme is uploaded, you need to activate it. Go to Appearance> Themes and activate your chosen theme.

* It is very important you upload only the theme files, not the entire package.

Installing plugins for Robolist Lite

After installing and activating the theme you will see the following message at the top of the admin dashboard page. This theme recommends a few following plugins. Click the begin installing plugins link which will redirect to Install Required Plugins page. To install them just check all of them and from the drop-down select install once.

Even so, it’s not mandatory to install these plugins as they won’t be affecting the overall functionality of the site.

  • WP Job Manager
  • Contact Form 7
  • User Role Editor

Installing Plugins For Robolist Pro

Required Plugin

  • Code Themes Elementor Add-ons: Robolist requires “Code Themes Essentials” plugin to function properly. Post types like Slider, Testimonial, Teams, Portfolios, Media, Services, and Pricings comes into action only after the activation of this plugin. In order to use our custom elements, you need to activate this plugin.
  • One-Click Demo Importer: Robolist offers One Click Demo Importer plugin so that you can easily import pre-designed demo with just a click, and craft a website in a matter of minutes.
  • Elementor and Elementor Pro: You need to activate both lite and Premium version of Elementor to use drag and drop feature to build a page. Also, you will get dozens of templates, widgets, and elements.
  • WP Job Manager: You need to install this plugin, to add Job-Board Functionality.
  • WP Job Manager Paid Listings
  • Comments Rating

Recommended plugin

  • Contact Form 7: The theme requires contact form 7 plugin for contact form on your site.
  • Jetpack: Install this Plugin to make a customizing task easier. Likewise, you can use its features to make your site more compelling.


Now that we have installed and activated all the plugins. We now move into importing demo. For that, you can go to the themes landing page from “Appearance” or you could simply click on “One Click Demo Import”.

You will find the demos available for the theme. Let’s click on one of the demos and start the import process.

This could take up to 5 minutes.

Alright, Now that we have the confirmation, that the import was done. We can now go and check our homepage.

The site should now look like the demo. In case it doesn’t and the homepage looks a little different. We will need to assign the homepage. To do that, go to “Appearance > Customize > Static Front Page” and then choose “Homepage” as your static front page.

Your site is now set up and ready. Now you can explore and also change content to make it unique and worthy.

You can also take help from here to set up the website just like the demo:

Setting up Robolist Premium Directory theme to look like demo

Wrapping Up!

In this way, you can build/create a niche-focused directory WordPress website. And in case of any queries don’t forget to connect with us.

Also if you want to know more about the theme then here is the link:

Review of Robolist- One of the best premium directory WordPress themes

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