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ListingHive is a free WordPress directory theme. By default, it’s just a minimalist blog theme, but if you pair it with HivePress, a free WordPress directory plugin, you can easily build any type of directory and listing website.
There are no niche-specific attributes or features in ListingHive, so you can use it to build a listing website for any niche. Whether it’s a business directory, job board, real estate, classifieds, or basically any listing website – ListingHive is a great choice for it!
You can make any attributes searchable, filterable, or sortable and group them by listing categories. By adding category-specific attributes, you can manage a directory with different listing types within the same site.
Easy to Use
ListingHive settings and options seamlessly blend into the WordPress dashboard, so if you have basic experience with WordPress, you will set ListingHive up and running in minutes. All settings and options are very intuitive, for example, if you want to change the number of listings displayed per page, you simply navigate to Settings > Listings > Display section to change this. Each non-trivial option has a tooltip, to help you understand what it does without having to read the documentation.
Extensible by Design
ListingHive comes with a bunch of free extensions that allow you to easily extend the core functionality with 1 click, directly from your WordPress dashboard. In this way, you can avoid bloating your site with unnecessary settings and features, and install only what you need. There are 7 free extensions at the moment, and more are in development:
- Authentication – Allow users to sign in via third-party services, such as Facebook or Google.
- Favorites – Allow users to keep a list of favorite listings.
- Messages – Allow users to reply to listings or send direct messages.
- Geolocation – Allow users to search listings by location and display them on a map with Google Maps integration.
- Reviews – Allow users to rate and review listings, sort listings by rating, and display the average rating for each listing.
- Claim Listings – Charge users for claiming their listings.
- Paid Listings – Charge users for adding, featuring, and renewing listings.
ListingHive is integrated with WordPress Customizer, which means that you can easily change the site logo and icon, primary and secondary colors, heading and body fonts. You can also set the custom header image for the whole site, and for each page separately.
With the free HivePress plugin, that implements directory and listing features for ListingHive, you can create a unique listing website by using different settings and combinations of extensions.
ListingHive is compatible with the WooCommerce plugin, the most popular e-commerce plugin for WordPress, and WooCommerce is integrated with dozens of payment gateways available for any country, so you will be able to monetize your site in no time.
The first option is using HivePress extensions integrated with WooCommerce, such as Claim Listings or Paid Listings. Paid listings extension allows you to charge users for adding, featuring, and renewing listings, while Claim Listings extension allows you to charge users for claiming their listings.
Another option is using WooCommerce to run a store along with the listing directory, so you can use HivePress listings for upselling your WooCommerce products.
If you’re familiar with CSS, then customizing ListingHive layouts and styles will be a breeze for you. Since we followed the BEM methodology for structuring HTML and naming CSS classes, the overall structure is highly semantic and CSS classes are human-readable.
There’s a powerful hooks API (WordPress actions and filters), that lets you customize basically any aspect of your site. It’s possible to customize any template, form, or menu by using filters or hook custom actions to any events, like creating, updating, or deleting listings.
In addition, there’s a built-in REST API, so if you’re not happy with ListingHive front-end, you can develop your own front-end, or even a mobile app, and use the HivePress plugin as a back-end for your listing website.
Secure by Default
We followed the best security practices while developing ListingHive. Every user input is sanitized, and any output is escaped properly. Any action, like adding or deleting listings, checks user authorization, and so on.
Users can manage their accounts and listings solely via the front-end forms, so they will not even know you’re using WordPress. There’re also moderation and reporting options, so you can manually approve the submitted listings, and let any user report inappropriate listings.
In addition, there’s a built-in reCaptcha integration, so you can protect any of the available forms from spam bots, without making any code changes or installing third-party extensions.
We are constantly working on improving ListingHive, the HivePress plugin, and its extensions, and there’s an update released at least once a month. Since it’s in the active development stage, we listen to any feedback or suggestions, and your suggestions may actually be implemented.
You can forget about manual updates via uploading ZIP packages, both ListingHive and HivePress are listed on the official WordPress repository, so you’ll receive automatic updates right in your WordPress dashboard.
Supported by Developers
We provide free support that includes fixing bugs and answering questions about ListingHive, and we always aim to reply within 24 hours or less. Support is provided by developers of ListingHive, so issues are resolved in the best way possible, and you get suggestions that are the most suitable for ListingHive since developers know their products best.
Backed by the Community
Unlike some proprietary WordPress themes, ListingHive is completely free to use and licensed under GPL. It means that it doesn’t depend on a single developer, and anyone can contribute to ListingHive development to keep it up-to-date and supported. As a result, it will never get abandoned if there’s an active community.
At the moment ListingHive is trusted by 4,000+ websites, so there’s a community of at least 4,000+ website owners, ready to share suggestions or help other website owners find solutions or resolve issues regarding ListingHive. Join the ListingHive community forum to share your suggestions and help us keep ListingHive awesome!
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