Guide: How to create Classified ads website using WordPress

Classified ads website is one kind of website that can make the owner become wealthy within a short period of time if it is well managed.

This kind of website can generate millions of monthly traffic in as much as the owner knows the tactics of driving traffic to them. And you already know, an increase in traffic brings about an increase in revenue.

Today, we are going to find out how to create a classified ads website using WordPress.

First of all, what do you understand with classified ads?

A classified ad is a kind of website where people advertise themselves, products, services or even business as the case may be.

When people list an ad on a classified website, people view them and contact them if they have an interest in their ads. Meanwhile, you as the site owner will not have a cut from that transaction… don’t mind me, I was only joking! I am going to show you how you can make some cool cash from a classified ads website. But then, let’s see how you can create one, using WordPress.

How to create a classified ads website using WordPress

If you are new here, you may already be asking “isn’t WordPress for blogging?” the truth is: WordPress is capable of powering any kind of website. You only need to be creative.

Previously, I shared a tip on how to create an eCommerce website using WordPress, where I gave you step-by-step instructions on how to archive that. Do not be surprised, you can also create an LMS (learning management system) website, Job portals, and webinar pages, etc. using WordPress.

So let’s get started with classified ads…

#1. Start by Installing WordPress

The first thing you will need to do is to install and get WordPress running smoothly on your server. If you are unsure how to do this, please contact your hosting provider or hire us to help you out.

If you are using WordPress for the first time, you may need to start by installing it locally on your computer so as to master the platform.

After the installation, proceed to #2 below

#2. Allow people to Register

Because people will be posting from the front-end, you should allow them to register on your WordPress website. – don’t worry, it is risk-free!

To accept registration, navigate to settings > Basics and then click “allow registration”. See the image below…

How to create Classified ads website using WordPress

#3. Install Classified ads WordPress theme.

Now is the time to change the boring look of WordPress default twenty-twenty theme to something more classified.

Oh, trust me, you won’t get anything better from the WordPress free theme gallery. So you must get a theme elsewhere…

Themeforest hosts different kinds of WordPress themes and plugins, and it is a good place to start your theme hunt. Luckily there are about 29 classified ads WordPress themes.

While choosing a theme, feel free to explore the demos to find out the one that best suits your needs.

For several reasons, I prefer Classiera – Classified Ads WordPress Theme and Knowhere Pro – Multipurpose Classified Directory WordPress Theme. but leave my choice for me, find yours!

When you get a theme of your choice, don’t forget to read the documentation, it will help you set it us perfectly.

#4. Install the required plugins

Plugins add more flexibility to WordPress. It is with the help of plugins that WordPress can be used to create all kinds of websites, including classified ads.

There are plugins required to transform your WordPress website into a fully classified ads site. And these plugins can also be found on the Envato market.

For instruction on how to install a WordPress theme and plugin, please visit this link

That’s all for now. Your classified ads website is up and running. Now it is time to monetize it.

How to monetize a classified ads website

#1. Selling membership

As long as your site is getting enough traffic, people (both individuals and businesses) will start listing their ads. As a website owner, you can restrict the number of ads a regular person can post and request them to upgrade their membership if they want to post more ads.

You can get that done using membership plugins such as;

  1. Paid Membership Pro
  2. S2members
  3. Memberpress

Set the cost of a membership to anything of your choice, but don’t be too greedy… about $80 to $250 is okay.

#2. Boasted ads

In as much as new ads keep coming in, old ads will be pushed downwards and lose attention. Boasted ads can help bring them back to the front page, but they have to pay you for that.

You can charge the owners of the ads “X” amount of money for the”X” period of time to bring their ads up to the front page. Price totally depends on what you want.

#3. Google AdSense

AdSense is the most popular way of monetization. Luckily enough, it works with this kind of website. Get registered with AdSense and place their code on your website and start getting paid monthly.


Classified ads are getting really very popular because people are looking for ways to save their money. If you are looking for what kind of website to create, put classified ads websites into consideration.

Thanks for coming here! Please do not forget to share with your friends and family…

  1. This is really great. I had no idea you could make wordpress into a classified like this. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Great tips. I don’t know what I would do without plugins. LOL. They do a little of everything on a site.

  3. it is interesting how time and technology changes things. you used to get the classifieds in your newspaper. but so few people get a physical paper anymore. do they? i wonder if classified ads websites are popular.

  4. Reply
    Ntensibe Edgar Michael
    March 13, 2020 at 10:36 am

    Aaaahhhhh…this sounds really easy, actually. I am yet to earn from my Google Ads, though. A few more processes to work out.

  5. Cool idea for a website! Thanks for sharing the steps on how to make it happen.

  6. Reply
    khoingn | The Broad Life
    March 13, 2020 at 5:44 pm

    This is nice to know. But I currently get problem with Google Adsense. They don’t allow me to register, do you know how to fix the problem?
    Please contact me if you do, I will appreciate so much!

  7. These are some great tips for a classified ads website. Thank you for laying out the foundation for my next project!

  8. Wow! This is really helpful! It will definitely give more traffic to my website.

Leave a reply

Register New Account
Reset Password