Before beginning with our detailed discussion on city directory WordPress themes Geoplaces vs Geotheme; let me brief you about a small history of the duo. Geoplaces by Templatic was the first kind of city based directory WordPress theme which came to the market. Being the only runner in the race, it was surely purchased by many people across the globe. Unfortunately, one of the Geoplaces’ customer experienced many issues and didn’t like some of the features of the Geoplaces. He fixed all the issues, added some more features and thus the new city based directory WordPress theme Geotheme was born.
I did a complete review of these best WP themes by implementing them on my other websites and find both these premium themes really interesting in different aspects.
Geoplaces vs Geotheme : Step by Step Diagnosis
Before talking about the difference in both the WordPress themes, let me tell you about some features which both the themes have in common. Both of them offer places, events, blog posts, location maps, different color schemes to choose, manage category icons, listing pages, custom fields, price management, review management, manage cities, manage coupons, 6 different payment options already integrated, advertisement options and much more.
Splash Screen / Home Page
The best thing many users like about Geoplaces is the optional splash screen where the visitor is presented with the drop down menu offering him to select any city first and then display the places and events related to his/her selection. Now to this option, Geotheme offers a unique feature (my favorite too) where the visitor will be automatically redirected to the nearest city. Suppose one visitor accesses the site from New York while other from Beijing. The New York visitor will be redirected to the places and events related to the New York while the Beijing visitor will be redirected to the places and events in Beijing. In short – Geoplaces offers Splash screen while Geotheme offers auto redirections to the nearest city.
Mobile Ready / Responsive
The use of mobile devices had increased exceptionally from the last decade and users are continuously switching towards mobile devices for the use of the internet. Considering a theme that is mobile ready or offering responsiveness with any screen resolution is becoming important for any web developer. While Geoplaces is a mobile ready WordPress theme, Geotheme is certainly not. But here is a small catch that Geotheme offers to its customers by providing them the paid iPhone and Android Apps.
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User Interface / Navigations
If I had to make a choice between the two considering the user interface design, I will prefer Geoplaces as it looks pretty decent design and color combinations are good. But this thing should not be considered if you are good in theme editing as designs and colors can be easily changed after. Talking about navigation, both the themes offer three different menus – Top menu, main menu and footer menu. In addition to this, Geoplaces also offer a mega-menu option for your main menu which I clearly missed in Geotheme. One more thing which I really missed again with Geotheme is the contact form. There is no option of contact form in Geotheme and you need to use an external plugin to offer a contact form to your users.
Geoplaces offer two site search options, basic and advanced. While basic search does all the basic operations, advanced search can be used to search by category, tags, author, date or more.
Geotheme offers only one site search but does a pretty great job. The cool thing about its search function is that even if no results are found as per query, it will still generate the results page displaying the nearest places from your current location. Not only this, it will display that how far are these places from your current location. I queried to search for hotels in Toronto and below is what I got. Pretty cool! Right?
While Geoplaces only allows you to manage cities, Geotheme also allows you to manage countries and regions as well.
Social Media Options
Social Media options are not a big concern as this can be achieved by third party plugins. Both the themes offer social media options with place posts, events and blog posts. Fortunately Geotheme also offer social media connect where new users can register themselves to the site directly with their social media accounts. This social connect feature is not available in Geoplaces.
Bugs / Support / Updates
I used both the themes for continuously more than three months before writing this review post and believe me that I didn’t find any kind of bugs in any of them. Both the themes are bug free / error free, well written and coded properly. Although sometimes I have found editing the code files of Geotheme difficult but may be its because I am not a great PHP programmer. If you are good in development, surely it will be a lot easier for you. Both the themes are regularly updated from time to time and updates are available in the members area. Geoplaces is currently running with version4 while Geotheme is currently running with version3. Both the companies offer great customer support in a timely manner when you need any solutions or there is any problem.
License Cost / Price
While Geoplaces is available with standard license for $99.00 and developer license for $189.00 offering one year support and updates; Geotheme is available with developer license for $85.00 offering six months support and updates. Although cost is not a major issue while making a purchase if you know which product is best and which is not but still a fact to consider if both the flavors are same in taste.
All the options discussed above are relatively my personal opinion on both the themes; now it’s clearly up to you which feature you like the most and which feature you want to see in your site before making the purchase. If you have any further queries, feel free to ask me.