A few quick updates for those of you interested in building a profitable web directory in a niche, market or industry you love.
First, after a LONG delay…..Vantage 4.0 from Appthemes is finally available! Yaaay for patience! 🙂 If you are someone who would love to build a directory or business portal, or niche community, but find the tech considerations daunting, Vantage is probably the easiest and most expeditious path to progress….and profit.
Here is why:
The Listify and Listables of the world LOOK great, and have a more modern aesthetic in my view…..but, there are so many external dependencies, and so many moving parts and pieces and PLUGINS that all have to play together in a cooperative way, that there always seems to be some sneaky shoe drop disapointment every time someone updates something…..and you have to wait for all the pieces to play nicely together, yet again.
(this has been most recently notable with some of my readers who are using LISTABLE on some pretty popular projects, where one of the WPmanager add on premium plugins “broke” a number of Listable sites, and caused a whole bunch of headache, heartburn and anxiety for the folks running the sites.
As of a few days ago, this plugin issue was still an ongoing problem for these folks – and all sorts of roll back gymnastics were required to keep clients, customers and subscribers not bailing on the project)
So while I do really like Listify – and do use the framework on a current project – and while I DO actually recommend checking out their new “done for you” hosting package too (which I checked out on a free trial a few weeks ago, and think it looks like a really good option for folks who want a turn key hosted/managed directory solution), I’d still hesitate to really recommend these style solutions (WPmanager + Woocommerce + premium plugins + booking plugins + claim plugins + review plugins/bookmark plugins + bridge plugins, etc) for folks who are as tech challenged as I am – and simply want to BUILD a business – and market/promote and LOVE it in a niche you love.
For these people, I really do think VANTAGE is a killer option.
It looks great – I use the OLD version of VAntage on my own most active directory community, and I’m looking forward to upgrading it to this version, maybe as soon as this weekend. (Simply because I spend most of my weekends drinking cheap wine, wondering what happened to my life, and binge watching Netflix – I like to flex my multi-tasking muscles while doing both)
Here in the invitation: If you want to learn how to build a LIVE directory businesss, and earn EASY money using the directory/portal + online agency style model (e.g. – you would be building your OWN online agency, with a suite of high end services that you can immediately offer, in YOUR community, to people who need your experience and expertise – if you would love to be a marketing consultant, and want to incorporate directories/authority sites/niche communities into your offer arsenal)….
I want to offer a 12 month course LIVE experiential workshop where we will detail, document and deep dive into this process with you – in a step by step way, helping you launch your OWW business, while giving you inside access to what we are building at the same time.
(a project i’m developing now with partners, that is live, with outsourced help, content, courses, community, products and partners…… growing a little bit everyday, in March of 2017. (in the self publishing and “enlightened entrepreneurial” niche)
I’m only going to do this if there is enough real interest (the course + private consulting that goes with it), so if you are interested in this, send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or say hi/leave me a message in the chat box below.
And for those of you just looking for the right WordPress directory framework in 2017?
It’s too early to say Vantage 4.0 is the best.
But it’s not too early to say it’s the easiest way to get up and running with NO outside dependencies – or with the fewest moving parts and pieces (and plugins) – so I’d certainly recommend if you’ve waited this long to launch your directory, you start there. (or here)