As the internet is becoming more accessible all over the world, people are becoming more used to searching for available hotels before they travel. This has created an enormous demand for hotel directory, online hotel booking or other relevant sites.
You can easily fulfill that demand by creating a hotel directory website. And Splendor from Templatic is the perfect WordPress theme for this purpose. This powerful theme will allow you to create a fully featured hotel directory site quickly.
So, if you are interested in developing a hotel directory site shortly, join me. Let’s see what Splendor has to offer.
Splendor WordPress Theme Review
Unlike most other premium themes, it is very easy to replicate the Splendor theme demo in your website. The ‘Easy Install’ feature of the theme will automatically make your website look like the theme demo with some demo content. If you don’t have the time to create some initial content, this could be an incredibly useful feature for you.
You can display a map on the home page. The map will allow the users to search for nearby hotels. You can add a custom marker for each location in the map. Along with the five custom map widgets, it is also possible to display maps by using dedicated shortcodes. The fully responsive maps support the street view feature too.
The home page could also be enhanced by using the attractively designed slider. The slider images could be easily added from the back-end.
Splendor WordPress Theme comes preloaded with 242 countries and 3898 states. Therefore, it is highly unlikely that you will have to add any new country and city. And if you want to personalize each city, that is possible too. You can quickly add separate banner for each city. Doing this enables you to create distinct identities for the cities.
The category pages are also provided with several customization features. You can choose from any of the three available styles– grid, list, and map view. The view could be changed from the theme options.
You can add hotels from both the back-end and the front-end. The hotel details page comes with all the necessary options for providing relevant information about the hotel.
Besides the regular options like address, contact details, image gallery and description, you will also find Google Maps direction for the hotel, author information, nearby listings, related listings, reviews, etc.
And if you are not satisfied with the available options, you can easily add new custom fields. The custom fields could be made exclusive for specific categories only.
The author/user pages are rich with various features too. You will find regular options like the contact details along with links to social media profiles. There will also be a list of all the hotels that are added by that user.
All this information could be edited and updated from the user dashboard. There will also be a dedicated page for displaying all the authors.
There is an intuitive search feature too. Besides the traditional search, it is possible to add the tags, categories, reviews, etc. in the search. And if you want even more options, the advanced search feature lets you specify the search in a precise way.
Dedicated Mobile App
The dedicated app view is another unique feature of the Splendor theme. While most other premium themes just scale down the design for mobile and tablet devices, Splendor WordPress Theme has created a dedicated app layout that is perfect for these devices. All the essential theme features are present in the app.
SEO Friendly Coding
Splendor theme is built to be SEO-friendly. Along with the SEO-optimized coding, the theme works perfectly with popular WordPress SEO plugins including All in One SEO, WordPress SEO, All In One Schema.org Rich Snippets and Google XML Sitemaps.
And if you want to translate the theme into other languages, that is possible too. Along with full support for the WPML plugin, the theme package comes with the .po and .mo files.
Splendor template comes with lots of powerful customization options to change the site’s appearance according to your requirements.
First of all, the theme package comes with ready-made sample data. You can easily add them to your site by importing the CSV file.
You can change the theme layout with a single click. Available options include one column, two columns with the sidebar located on the left or right side. While the theme supports two navigation menus, you can choose to make the header sticky. The theme comes with full support for mega menu too.
You will also find lots of email customization options in the theme options section. For all the notification emails, you can change the email subject, content, etc.
Splendor comes with all the relevant options for simple user management. The custom register form could be enhanced by adding custom fields. Available field types include text, upload, date picker, checkbox, radio, select, etc. The listing submission form is also fully customizable.
If you are concerned about spamming and don’t have the time to manage the form submissions, you will find the built-in CAPTCHA very useful. Available in all forms, you can easily enable or disable the CAPTCHA. The theme also comes with a free IP blocker add-on. This allows you to block specific IP addresses from submitting new listings.
In regards to color options, Splendor lets you choose any color you desire from the color picker.
And the simple currency options will enable you to set the currency, currency position, separator position and other necessary options.
As the theme supports Google Fonts too, you can easily choose any of these fonts to bring variety to your hotel directory site.
This hotel listing theme is also provided with lots of shortcodes. By using these shortcodes, you can easily create custom elements like alerts, buttons, progress bar, tooltip, modal, tabs, accordion, icon list, author box, drop cap, multi-column layout, etc.
Splendor is specially designed to help you to make money from your hotel directory site. Among the different ways to make money with your site, here are some of the popular ones –
- Create separate pricing package for the users
- Create and sell membership packages
- Offer recurring payment option
- Display ad and text banners
- Charge for making hotels featured
- Charge for claiming any listing
- Charge for special categories
- Charge for adding extra fields
Splendor is provided with different payment options for accepting the payment for any of these methods. Other than the built-in PreBank and PayPal options, you can also use the premium payment gateway plugins offered by Templatic. You will find all the popular options including PayPal Pro, Stripe, Google Wallet, 2Checkout, eWay, WorldPay, Authorize.net, PayFast, and PSiGate.
Premium Add-on Plugins
Besides the existing features of the Splendor theme, it is also possible to add additional features. You can do that by purchasing the premium Directory add-ons.
Among the available add-ons, Listing Badges allows you to display custom badges or labels to the listings. Listing Statistics will provide detailed statistics about the individual listings.
WYSIWYG submission will make the listing submission process very easy. And the Category Icons enables you to add dedicated icons for different categories. Map Customizer allows you to personalize the Google map according to your existing site design.
Other popular add-ons include Events, Multi Rating, Duplicate Post Alert, Ad Manager, etc.
As we discussed in the theme features section, the front page of the theme is provided with a gorgeous full-screen slide show. Then, there is the top cities section. Each city features an attractive image and the city name. Hovering over the image displays a short description of the city.
The hotel search and featured hotels sections are located in the middle of the page. Below, you will find a list of the popular hotels, complemented by a sidebar. By default, the sidebar includes the categories and popular posts.
You can add and remove widgets from the Appearance -> Widgets page of your website dashboard.
Splendor will provide your website with 20+ widgetized areas. You will also find lots of custom widgets. Some notable ones include city selection, advanced search, testimonials, Twitter feed, newsletter, authors list, etc.
At the bottom of the page, you will find the pricing plans, testimonials, and the footer elements.
License Cost / Price
Splendor child theme comes with various price options:
- At a standard price of $49 for existing Directory theme owners.
- Or a price of $149 including the directory theme.
The price seems to be reasonably fair enough as it covers heavily coded Directory themes which are among the best in their niche.
As more and more people are now looking for hotel information online, this is your chance to create a business without a lot of investment. Splendor allows you to create fully functional hotel directory sites within a short period.
So, are you planning to create a hotel directory site anytime soon? If yes, you should give the Splendor theme a try. And as always, don’t forget to share the things you liked about Splendor. And if you want us to review any other template, feel free to use the comment form below. We will be glad to that.