MyListing Club

Unleash the Full Power of MyListing

Take your MyListing website to new heights!

Guide Contents

Don't Go At It Alone

Over the years, we have seen so many MyListing projects that have stalled or completely shut down, for a myriad of reasons, most of which could have been avoided.

We have also rescued a bunch of MyListing websites that were on the brink of being shut down because the website owner had grown frustrated and did not know where else to turn for help.

It is very tempting to just sign up for cheap website hosting, install MyListing, drop in one of the Demos, install random plugins, and push forward.

We get that. It rarely ever works out if you go that route. Please do not do that.

One of the most amazing things about using the MyListing theme is the fact that you will automatically become part of a thriving global community, where you will find more than just people making websites with MyListing.

You will find other online directory owners that are currently walking in your shoes, as well as professionals that can help you build, support, and care for your MyListing website.

In the end, the MyListing theme is just software, and it takes people to turn a MyListing website into something special.

MyListing Club Facebook Group

Our Facebook group focuses on building businesses with MyListing, from concept to launch, and we provide a space where website owners can feel comfortable asking support-related questions as well.

MyListing Club Website

As customers of the MyListing theme ourselves, it has been important for us to know as much about the theme as possible while giving back to the community.

Since the early days of the MyListing theme, we have been producing and sharing resources (guides, code snippets, tips, etc.) for no cost.

We continue producing the quality of content the community has come to expect from us, with some content being premium, paid content.

In addition to all of the resources provided on this website, we provide a number of services to help you on your MyListing journey.

MyListing Club YouTube Channel

To go along with our written content, we produce video content that is available at no cost.

We recommend subscribing to our channel to see what we come up with next.

If there is a video you would like us to produce, feel free to let us know by jumping on a chat here on our website or by visiting our Facebook group.

Define Your MyListing Model

The process of defining your MyListing model is one of the most challenging aspects when it comes to building a MyListing website.

It is not just about the overall difficulty, but also the time commitment.

There will be a temptation to jump in headfirst and start building out your website, without giving it a ton of thought.

We highly encourage you to take the time to map things out first, as best you can, before you start to build your website.

One of the benefits of mapping things out, is you then have that reference ready to go, should you look to seek advice and/or hire someone to help you build out your MyListing website.

You do not need to map things out 100%, but the more you do map out, the better off you will be.

  • Listing Types: What Listing Types will you have? What fields will you use within each Listing Type?
  • Taxonomies: What categories will you have? What Regions will you use? Will you have Custom Taxonomies?
  • Packages: What types of packages (Listing Package, Subscription Package, etc.) will you have? What’s included in each? How will you present them?
  • User Support: How will you provide support for your users? Contact form? FAQ page?
  • Marketing: Will you provide an email onboarding sequence? Are you going to provide upsells at checkout?

Modeling Toolset

We recommend bootstrapping your toolset (i.e. spending money only when it is absolutely necessary) and investing where it really counts, like premium website hosting.

Project and Task Management

Our preferred tools for project and task management are Asana and Nifty.

For those with a qualifying MyListing Club membership, you’ll get access to our MyListing Project Template, which can be easily imported into any other project management software that allows .CSV or .JSON  file importing.

We continuously update our project template, ensuring that it continues to pack a ton of value with its time-saving, easy-to-follow steps.

Asana

We have yet to need more than the Basic (Free) plan, which allows you to collaborate with up to 15 teammates.

Mylisting Club Start Here Asana
Nifty

The screenshot below, shows our template in action, within the Nifty dashboard, and MyListing Club members get 20% OFF any Nifty plan.

Sitemap and User Flow

Our preferred tool for mapping out a MyListing website’s page structure (i.e. sitemap) and the user/customer journey throughout the website (i.e. user flow) is FlowMapp.

  • Sitemap: You have the ability to not only create the structure of your entire website, but you can also design the layout of your post and pages.
  • User Flow: Imagine being able to map out the journey your users, customers, and vendors will take, from the moment they hit your MyListing website for the first time.
Mylisting Club Start Here Flowmapp

Implement a Solid Foundation

Having a solid foundation is critical in order to avoid derailing your project before it even gets off the ground.

We often see MyListing website owners sinking too much time, energy, and resources into fixing/tweaking their foundation, rather than building their business

Start off your business the right way and save your sanity.

Website Hosting

Websites need a space to exist. This ‘space’ or ‘hosting’ is done on a server, and that server space should be purchased through a reputable hosting company.

If you have not already purchased hosting or are looking to change vendors, we recommend checking out our Kinsta WordPress Hosting offer.

Kinsta is fast, secure, and easy to manage right from the start.

This is extremely beneficial for MyListing website owners, as there are so many other moving parts to focus on when building an online business.

All of our MyListing websites and all of our MyListing client websites are hosted at Kinsta.

We know this hosting inside and out, so we can confidently recommend it, as well as assist you with carving out your own space.

Please see our Kinsta Hosting for MyListing Websites guide, to learn how to set up an account, perform the initial setup, and see why we prefer them.

Mylisting Club Start Here Kinsta

Perform the MyListing Theme Install

Next up is loading the MyListing theme into your WordPress website.

Log into your WordPress dashboard, navigate to Appearance > Themes, and click the Add New button at the top.

Install the MyListing theme .zip file you downloaded from the Themeforest website, activate it, and, voilà, your WordPress website is officially running MyListing!

We highly recommend using the child theme for every MyListing website, regardless of whether you’re planning to apply custom development right away.

Install and activate the MyListing Child theme, just as you did for the parent them.

For your convenience, you can download the MyListing Child Theme from our website.

Create Your Staging Environment

With your website’s production environment in place, you want to set up a staging environment.

Staging is extremely important, as it will be the space where you test new plugins, work with external users (e.g. vendors) to troubleshoot issues, and more.

In short, nothing should touch your production website, until it has been thoroughly vetted on your staging website.

If you happen to use Kinsta, please refer to our Kinsta Hosting for MyListing Websites guide, which covers how to create your staging website. They make it super easy!

Regardless of your website hosting vendor, creating a staging website should be very easy.

If your hosting company doesn’t offer staging websites, we recommend you make a switch as soon as possible, as that’s a big red flag.

Inspiration

While some may want to come up with a design that’s completely their own, sometimes we all need a little inspiration here and there.

There are a number of places you can find or ask for examples to see what’s possible with the MyListing theme.

Save Money

One of our primary focuses is to help MyListing website owners save money, and here are some of the ways we help.

Deals

We are partnering with some of the more well-named vendors in the industry, bringing you deals for their solutions.

Affliate Program

Those that believe in what the Club is doing, are encouraged to sign up for our Affiliate Program.

Help other MyListing website owners take their directory to new heights by introducing them to MyListing Club.

For each new subscription-based referral, you earn 20% recurring lifetime commissions for as long as they renew their subscription.