Introduction to Creating a Classified Ads Site like Kijiji


Creating a Classified Ads site like Kijiji is a great way to make money online.  There are many ways to make money from a Classified Ads website.  These include incorporating a fee structure into posting ads, charging for extra features to allow ads to be considered a "featured ad", putting advertising banners on your page and much more to be discussed later.    The content is generated by your users and people visit your site to see the ads listed on your site.   This  brings us to the most important part of your site that it's self-sustaining.  People can create and manage their own posts.   You can also choose to have an approval process for ads.  Creating a Classified ads website with all these key points in mind does not require any programming knowledge.   I recommend using Wordpress which is a free open source platform.  

WordPress for Classified Ads


You are thinking, WordPress?? Why WordPress?  Isn't WordPress just a blogging platform?  Yes, It's Great and No.  According to Wikipedia, WordPress is a free content management platform and used by more than 10 million websites as of January 2015.    This is one of the most powerful content management systems available.   There are themes that you can install on top of the WordPress platform that can change the look and functionality of your site in 5 minutes.  This is the power of WordPress.    WordPress is not just a blogging platform, it can do whatever you want it to do, as long as you get the right theme for your project.  

WordPress Theme for Classified Ads


Picking the right theme for creating a Classified Ads website is important.  You want to pick one that is stable, providing important features essential to your classified ads site and has functionality that is in line with your business model.    There are many different companies that offer a Classified Ads theme to make a site like Kijiji or Craigslist, the top companies are AppThemes, InkThemes, Engine Themes, and PremiumPress.   There are many others in the market that provide a classified ads theme but the above mentioned are the top players in the market.  Pick one of these and you won't go wrong.

Free vs Paid Classified Ads WordPress Theme

Yes.  There are many free WordPress themes to convert your site into anything you want.  Even free classified ads themes, but do you really want a free one when you never know if there is support or if the features will actually work or even work in the next version of WordPress?  If you want to invest time and money into a theme you might as well pick one that you know has a history of success, provides a list of core features and has 100% support and documentation.  Also preferably a company that won't go out of business half way through your customization of your site so you can still go to them for help or questions.    The above mentioned classified ads themes that make you site look like Kijiji are all paid themes.  Just a little about each company and their classified ads theme below:

1.  AppThemes

Site like Kijiji Craigslist AppThemes

AppThemes classified ads theme is ClassiPress.  You can check out the site here.  AppThemes has a core 8 themes available.  They work on building up their themes and maximum support.  On their site they say to have "40,000 happy customers around the world".   ClassiPress is probably the theme that offers the most features out of all the options.  I personally think this is the best classified ads theme available.  The current price of the ClassiPress is at $99 for a standard, $159 for a developer version and $249 for a club version.   Click here to see more details about AppThemes.  You can click here view all features of ClassiPress.


2.  InkThemes

InkThemes

InkThemes classified ads theme is ClassiCraft.  You can check out the site here.  InkThemes has many different themes to create sites for multimedia, news, magazine, blogs, business, wedding and more.  ClassiCraft is a flexible, powerful and responsive theme to create your own classified ads website like Kijiji.  The current price of ClassiCraft starts at $97.  Click here to see more details about InkThemes.  You can click here to view all features of ClassiCraft.