6 Best Classified Scripts For Posting Auto, Real Estate And Jobs Ads

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Are you interested in starting an Ad classified site such as Craigslist or KSL Classified? They 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 the ground up, this is not something anyone can perform. Therefore they have shortlisted a few CMS based classifieds 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 their many years toying with different CMS, they concluded that their 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 advanced 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 instance, 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 plugins 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 users is not as advanced 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.

1. Osclass Classifieds

PHP Script | Free

Osclass Classifieds

Osclass is for classifieds what WordPress is for publishing. It’s a free and open script to create your advertisement or listings site. Best features: Plugins, themes, multi-language, CAPTCHA, dashboard, SEO friendly. It is an open source project that allows you to easily create a classifieds website without any technical knowledge.

Osclass is your one-stop shop to build your own classifieds website. Create a site with car classifieds, rentals, real estate ads, job listings or just create general classifieds for free with their open-source CMS. With many themes and plugins, Osclass is easy to customize. Start your business now with Osclass, it’s so simple!

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All gateways are bundled in one plugin and helps to monetize classifieds or marketplace. Plugin includes online payments for products, banner payments, pay per publish, premium flag, highlight, images on listing, user wallets, referrals, credit packs, membership groups, eCommerce.

2. Premium Subrion Scripts

PHP Script | Paid Version

Premium Subrion Scripts

Subrion is an open source content management system that allows you to build websites for any purpose. They create their software solutions on top of Subrion, so you get its full power, including the access to the tons of free plugins & templates.

And what’s much more important – you become a part of an active geeks community passionate about great ideas and open source software development. The software is free, however, the extensions are not, thus making it compulsory to purchase the extension.

3. Real Estate Agency Portal

PHP Script | Paid Version

estate listing classified php script

Modern real estate portal application built with multilingual support in mind, robust, user-friendly and easy-customizations. has a purpose to showcase property listings, custom fields 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.

4. JM Joomads

Joomla Platform | Paid Version

Joomla Monster Joomla Templates

Simply the best classified Joomla portal! They love this template and its light design though some of their 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 typography to lay emphasis on the most important information that should hit your site visitor and many more!

5. JM-JoomClassifieds

Joomla Platform | Paid Version

dj classified download free

If you ever wondered what is the best solution to build classifieds portal, they 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 sections 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 a classifieds section on your site – this template will meet your requirements. 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 a few settings available in this great extension.

6. Real Property

WordPress Platform | Paid Version

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…

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7. Bootsnap Classic

OSClass Platform | Paid Version

bootsnap osclass design theme

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

8. Jom Classifieds

OSClass Platform | Paid Version

joomla classified

[ Discontinued ] 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, they do challenge, none other than this extension can complete your expectation.

9. Real Estate Responsive Theme

WordPress Platform | Paid Version

real estate responsive wordpress

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

10. Realia Responsive Theme

WordPress Platform | Paid Version

realia real estate rental wordpress

[ Discontinued ] Realia is the Real Estate and Rental Portal template for WordPress. Create your own property portal in an 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 versions. It’s more than 500+ combinations!

11. SpotFinder Directory & Listings

WordPress Platform | Paid Version

spot finder real estate wordpress

[ Discontinued ] 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.

12. Infinity Premium OSclass Theme

OSClass Platform | Paid Version


[ Discontinued ] 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.


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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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        The best Osclass Premium Theme that I found so far is Neutron. The mobile version is just amazing.

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    AIOSCLass [ Reply ]

    Hi, 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? https://yclas.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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    Hi Ngan! Thanks for your feedback! Let me just remark that Osclass cache was released on version 3.4 and has been successfully running for some months now. We invite you to try it yourself and experience high speed results! For more Osclass themes and plugins, we recommend visiting the official Osclass Market. Full of customising tools for Osclass!

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    Michael [ Reply ]

    I found this for osclass
    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.

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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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        How long have you been using it? Since there’s no date on these comments, and your comments do kind of sound like advertising. I looked at it myself a while ago, and am considering it again now, but there doesn’t seem to be any real feedback on longevity.

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    I think Open Classifieds is worth taking a look at…. https://yclas.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.

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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/en/

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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.

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    Very nice choice of themes, personally i have few from this list and i am very satisfide.

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    Good collections…!
    Personally i have prefer for jomclassifieds.com is the one of the most popular site in my city…

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    Emma Laurencez [ Reply ]

    is there anyway to get this template ? i think it’s osclass based theme

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    OsclassPoint [ Reply ]

    Take a look on Stela Osclass Theme, not a free one, but for sure worth of money.

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    Most Osclass plugins are not free. Also worth mentioning WordPress sites always getting brute force attacks.

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    Martin [ Reply ]

    Take a look at PHP-Classifieds.com is not free but it has the simplest admin and nicer designs I’ve seen.

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    Php classifieds is good too. but not freeware like osclass

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    All the free ones are bad and you will waste a large piece of your life testing them.

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    Abhinav Mishra [ Reply ]

    Never ever Buy OsClass Paid products as they cheat their customers. First they sold to you then after sometime they remove your purchased products from your OsClass account and again ask for the money. If you Raise your voice, they Block your account without any clarification. That’s how they dominate the customers. I also suffered from this. Always go for the free stuff or search for free plugins. They have so many bugs in their scripts and no one to resolve the issues.

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    I bought the Jomclassifieds Ultimate package from Jomclassifieds. There was no mention that I need to buy Google API key separately to run the website. After sometime My google maps stopped working so the whole website is of no use as people cannot locate the ads without the location. When i raised this matter they added this sentence in their home page “””Thanks to Google for sharing their Geolocation and Places API so with the use of Google Map API key these feature can be unlocked.””” And because of my raising this matter with them they blocked me from further support. They are doing international business and they don’t have a running phone number. Please dont buy from them if you dont want to suffer in future.

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    Permata Mutiara [ Reply ]

    I’ve seen this Stela Osclass theme, I think it looks nice enough but a pity it doest support Bahasa Indonesia

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    Alexandrr [ Reply ]

    Osclass is best one.
    And only one still being developed (all other scripts are sunset, discontinued or in steady phase).

    …forget about Flynax, Open Classifieds, Yclas etc, you will still end up with Osclass.

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    Php Classfied Ads Script is a fully automated tool for those who willing to get started online classified business. Its an online platform that lets people search and post ads effortlessly. Categories range from sale items, jobs, pets, real estate, personals, services, vehicles and even for rent and communities.

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