Online Directory WordPress Theme
Elegant Themes, the premium WordPress theme designer, had launched its new online directory theme on 8th November 2011. This new theme, eList, carries a basic directory theme. Nick, resident designer for Elegant Themes, had described the eList theme as “… it can be used to store a database of user-generated listings“.
eList actually functions much more beyond Nick’s simple description. In general, eList is a versatile Directory Theme. It is built for WordPress users who intend to create an online directory of any type. One of the special elements of the eList theme is its feature which enables site visitors to submit new listings from the front end. The theme can be customized from within the Admin Dashboard to include whatever additional fields that you need. If you want to charge a fee for a new or premium listing for example, you can easily enable this option too!
Check out how this premium WordPress theme looks like. Preview eList Directory Theme
If you are looking for a way to build a directory site, read on to see why eList could be the perfect theme for you:
Summary of eList Directory WordPress Theme full features
eList features unlimited color schemes as well as being Gravatar- and advertisement-ready. Threaded comments, optional blog-style structure and widget ready sidebars are also available. Other features include theme options page, custom thumbnail images, valid XHTML+CSS and smooth tabless designs. Its compatibility with Internet browsers is not an issue as eList works fine with Opera, Netscape, Safari, Firefox and even IE of versions 6, 7 and 8. Oh, by the way, PSD files are included just in case you wish to further customize the logo and the design yourself.
Unlimited Color Schemes
The ePanel control panel incorporated in eList allows you to have full control over the theme’s colors and background textures. No, you do not need to change any coding in the CSS, everything can be done from within the control panel.
Classic Directory Structure
Directory listings are displayed in “categories”, instead of “recent listings”. Each category is furnished with description, post count and thumbnail image.
Custom Form Builder
This WordPress theme includes a custom form builder so that you can easily customize and modify the submission forms according to the requirements and purpose of their website.
Automated Thumbnail Images Resizing
You do not need to resize and upload thumbnail images manually using Photoshop. This theme can automatically resize relevant thumbnail images that are needed in the theme. This will save a lot of your time and effort.
Optional Blog-Style Structure
eList provides an option for you if you prefer to run the theme like a typical blog-style structure, or to run the theme like a conventional directory site.
You have the option to charge visitors for submitting new listings and even charge additional fees if the visitors want their listings to be ‘featured’ through eCommerce integration. Payment is done through PayPal and PayPal’s IPN system will automatically verify listings once the payment is made.
ePanel Theme Options
Through the theme options under the ePanel, you have complete control over the theme and its settings. Various features and look and feel can be easily customized.
Page templates give you access to pre-made layouts and utilities. It projects new and unique forms of content and a cool new look as each template can be applied to any of your pages or posts.
Support and Update
As a member of Elegant Themes, you have the privilege to have your theme updated to the latest version whenever they are updated. All members are generously rewarded with full-free updates for one year and also receive assistance from the technical support staff should you encounter any difficulties or need help in managing the eList theme.
If you use Elegant Themes, it will be very easy to design beautiful and complex layouts in your posts or pages because you can make use of the full collection of shortcodes the theme offers! You can display a variety of beautiful buttons, elegant content boxes, toggled content, slideshow, password protected content, column layouts and more just by using the shortcodes.
If you need to use the theme in another language other than English, you can easily translate it into another language by using the theme’s .mo and .po files!
After going through the list of basic and advanced features above, it is pretty clear why eList should be your preferred directory listing theme. It is a multi-purpose theme that offers you unlimited possibilities to build a directory site. The theme is great if you want to create an online directory website for any niche, however at the same time, it is also suitable as the theme for a personal blog and e-business site. The eList homepage is designed to deliver a different look, yet minimal and clean. As usual, Elegant Themes never leaves behind its distinguished well-known concept – stylish and elegance.