10 Best Classified Software – WordPress.org, Joomla and OSclass

Updated: October 10, 2016 / Home » Web Hosting and Wordpress » Wordpress Themes and Plugin

Are you interested in starting an Ad classified site such as Craigslist or KSL Classified? We have been doing research on which is the best framework for setting up a classified site. If you are like the many thousands looking for an answer, you will be disappointed to learn that the best system for a directory listing or classified site does not use any type of CMS.

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CMS stands for Content Management System, this includes OSclass, WordPress Org, Joomla, Drupal, ExpressionEngine and many more. The correct way to set up a classified site is Ruby on Rails, having said that, you will need a lot of coding knowledge to build it from ground up, this is not something anyone can perform. Therefore we have shortlisted a few CMS based classified for the average joe, they must meet the following criteria.

  • Good security
  • Easy to post ads listing
  • Good coding
  • Easy to use and navigate
  • Simple and loads quickly

Pro and Con Using Joomla, OSclass and WordPress as Classified

Based on our many years toying with different CMS, we concluded that our number 1 preference is OSclass, followed by Joomla and the last but not least is WordPress.

  • OSclass is designed from ground up to be a classified platform, however, the lack of advance search and filter makes it not an ideal platform for complicated car classified sites. The other drawback is the search, it uses MySQL index to perform search, therefore any word with 2 letters or less will not appear in the search results. For instant, if you search for ‘Audi TT’, the ‘TT’ will not be included in the search, thus making the search less accurate. The lack of cache feature is another concern.
  • Joomla on the other hand comes with advanced search capabilities, it is a CMS that can handle listing pretty well. The only drawback is it relies on plugin and themes, especially DJ-Classified plugin. The user interface for DJ-Classified is pretty much standard, therefore if you are looking for something unique, Joomla might not be the answer.
  • WordPress is perhaps the worst platform to be used as a classified site. WordPress is designed to be a blog, therefore the way it handles registered user is not as advance as Joomla or OSclass. The other problem with using WordPress is the theme doubles up as the classified extension, making changing design almost impossible in the near future. The good thing about WordPress is the huge number of plugins available.

↓ 01 – Real Estate Agency Portal [ PHP Script ]

Modern real estate portal application build with multilingual support in mind, robust, user-friendly and easy-customizations. has a purpose to showcase property listings, custom fiels for properties amenities and easy template-ing. Backend is fully responsive so no matter what device you use, it always looks nice! Elegant content management system with logical page structure is also embedded.

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↓ 02 – Infinity Premium OSclass Theme [ OSclass ]

This is the first OSclass that comes with clean, responsive design and most important of all, beautiful design. For USD10, this is the best looking theme by ibtheme.com


↓ 03 – Bootsnap Classic [ OSclass | Discontinued ]

Bootsnap is a simple, clean, and responsive template for OSclass. What we like about this OSclass design is the simplicity. It is snappy and has the correct user interface.

bootsnap osclass design theme

↓ 04 – Jom Classifieds [ Joomla ]

Jom Classifieds is a powerful classifieds extension for Joomla! 2.5 & 3.X websites. “Jom Classifieds” is a Joomla! based extension which helps to build your own classifieds website in minutes. The extension is completely designed in the inspiration of top level classifieds sites like “olx”, “locanto”, “quickr”, etc. So, we do challenge, none other than this extension can complete your expectation.

joomla classified

↓ 05 – JM Joomads [ Joomla ]

Simply the best classifieds Joomla portal! We love this template and its light design though some of our staff members would still stay with the previous classifieds release – JM-Joomclassifieds, it’s your difficult choice :)

Look at each template part, all modules details are perfectly worked out! Template buttons, hover effects, modules placed in modern separate white boxes, top menu behavior on scrolling, well thought-out typoghraphy to lay emphasis on the most important information that should hit your site visitor and many more!

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↓ 06 – JM-JoomClassifieds [ Joomla ]

If you ever wondered what is the best solution to build classifieds portal, we found the answer for your business. JM-Joomclassifieds template supports professional DJ-Classifieds component for Joomla, which allows you to easily and professionally build classifieds section on your website.

Whether you need to create real estate, cars, hotel apartments or any other site with advertisements or you just want to include classifieds section on your site – this template will meet your requirements.

dj classified download free

With DJ-Classifieds extension you will be able to create custom fields suitable for each category, custom search options, custom locations, paid ads. And those are only few setting available in this great extension.

↓ 07 – Real Property [ WordPress ]

Real Property is a Responsive WordPress Theme for full-feature real estate website and Portal. It has nice & clean design and it adds special integration features like property info, photos, Advanced Search, Google Map with property location markers, simple grid listing, agent login & register, front end property submit & edit, dsIDXpress IDX Plugin support, WPML plugin support, custom widgets, Widgetized Sidebars, numerous templates, visual short-code builder, easy theme options,multiple gallery and blog page designs, easy to use meta-boxes and much more…

real property wordpress

↓ 08 – Real Estate Responsive Theme [ WordPress ]

Real Estate is a Responsive WordPress Theme for full-feature real estate website and Portal. It has nice & clean design, choose from 20 Flat colors variations, 15 background patterns, 5 header set-ups and boxed or full width version. It’s gives unlimited color, font and layout combinations to build an ultimate portal!

real estate responsive wordpress

↓ 09 – SpotFinder Versatile Directory & Listings [ WordPress ]

Spotfinder is the ultimate choice when it comes to listings. Featuring customisable 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.

spot finder real estate wordpress

↓ 10 – Realia Responsive Theme [ WordPress ]

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!

realia real estate rental wordpress

20 comments on “10 Best Classified Software – WordPress.org, Joomla and OSclass

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    Great collection of free classifieds themes we like Bootsnap Classic theme

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      Yeah, for OSClass, Bootsnap appears to be the best among all.

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    AIOSCLass [ Reply ]


    The bootsnape theme is not available now. You can find the same design with more admin functionality on our site.


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    How about OpenClassifieds? http://open-classifieds.com/

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      Open Classified is kind of bad, i mean, their codes are kind of messy and not user friendly.

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        Thanks for nice comment, where do you see that? we open source the code and we use MVC pattern + a well stablished framework.

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    I think we should give Osclass a chance among all it’s the software that gets very close to a classified site

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    BC-Products [ Reply ]

    OSC Bootsnap Classic theme will be available again within just few days!

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    nice template, but i wondering it free

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    Michael [ Reply ]

    I found this for osclass https://osclassthemes.com/index.php/downloads/listify/
    It looks nice :)

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    Anika William [ Reply ]

    I’m using Jom Classifieds for my client’s website.,.. Its paid extension… It is very cheap and it worth for its money..Functionalities and support they provide are awesome. Check it http://jomclassifieds.com/ You can feel the difference :) I love it.

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      Lucas Matteo [ Reply ]

      Yes i agree Anika :) Best Classifieds extensions ever with enormous features and it works of the world. Really its worth for the money and the support is extra ordinary. All my queries were solved rapidly. Am very very satisfied with Jom Classifieds. :-) :-) You can try it and Feel the difference :-)

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    I think Open Classifieds is worth taking a look at…. http://open-classifieds.com/

    Hope you like it we work really hard to have the most advanced features and release as much as possible.

    also we provide first hand support and we’ve been developing the solution since 2009, ;)

    If you have any question contact us! thanks.

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      Osclass is much better, I used to use open classifieds but it gets too slow when you have a large numbers of ads.
      In my opinion open classifieds might have extra options that osclass lacks, but at the end of the day if these extra options I get are gonna make my site too slow to the point that its barely unusable then I prefer to stick with osclass.
      The creators of osclass chose to make it lightweight and didn’t include all the options by default, that’s why they created the plugins compatibility, that way user are able to extend there classifieds site using plugins.

      I recommend you use osclass to start your classifieds site, and get a premium theme for it, the BEST I found so far is Neutron theme by http://osclassapps.com check it out. and good luck with your site.


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    kajene [ Reply ]

    i just search my theme for my blog, osclass.

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    My choice – Osclass. But free themes – not very good.
    I found a good themes with low price and good functions – https://osclass-pro.com

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    ساندویچ پانل [ Reply ]

    very nice theme. tanks

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    Richard [ Reply ]

    Jom Classifields is the best in my point of view so far i have seen…it functions very well with its great and unique features. I recommend everyone to get Jom Classifields. https://jomclassifieds.com/

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