Kijiji Clone – How to Create A Site Like Craigslist or Kijiji

by Elaine on November 1, 2009

ClassiPress Theme by AppThemes

Classipress has all the features you need to create a fully functional website with tons of features and flexibility – basically everything you need in a classified site.  Here are the top 10 reasons why Classipress Wordpress theme is one of the top templates used to build a Classified Ads website just like Craigslist or a site like Kijiji.

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1. Classipress is SEO friendly. Add classified ads to your site and the content will be indexed quickly by google. You can concentrate on building up your site instead of trying to win traffic.

2. Classipress has Customer Ad Management. People who add postings to your classified website can manage their own postings.

3. Classipress has Free or Paid Ads. Featured ads are shown on the frontpage and on the rotating carousel. You can charge extra money (like Kijiji) to display classified ads in this section/category and request payment via Paypal.

4. Classipress has auto-complete & Suggest search. If someone mistypes a search keyword and returns classified ads, Classipress recognizes misspelled words and suggests a keyword with a similar spelling.

5. Classipress has a Coupon Module. Create time sensitive coupons. You can specify coupon code, coupon discount, # of coupon max usage, coupon start and end date, and the coupon status.

6. Classipress “No Plugins Required”. Other classified templates you need to add different types of plugins to get your site fully functional, but with the Classipress you get everything when you purchase the theme.

7. Classipress is Twitter & Facebook friendly. There is a facebook “like” button and you can also add on a twitter AJAX real-time sidebar to your classified ads site.

8. Classipress is Monetized. Classipress includes many advertising hotspots on your classified website.

9. Classipress Ad Performance Reports. Track and display the most popular ad on the Frontpage to generate more visibility to the ad based on ad performance reports.

10. Classipress has Customized Emails & Alerts. You can now customize messages that get sent to new users when they register on your site.

Classipress template is practically plug and play, you can create your own Craigslist or Kijiji like site in just minutes. I only listed a couple features in the Classipress template available from You should check out the Classipress demo here or download Classipress classified ads wordpress template here.

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Elaine is the founder of CmsMind, an online blog providing Joomla and WordPress tutorials. Elaine lives in Toronto and when she is not online, she is either Marathon and Triathlon training or travelling and racing somewhere in the world. Find her also at: Save Money, Premium Themes and Templates, and at Webhosting Tips.

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Kayla September 3, 2010 at 12:59 am

i want to create a website that has the same style almost as kijiji or craigslist. How do I go about doing this for free?


Enzolina September 15, 2010 at 3:13 pm

You can use Joomla and install their ads manager component. Joomla is a little more difficult to use and great content management system. The classipress wordpress template is probably the easier way to manage or create a site with the same style as kijiji or craigslist. I would spend the extra money on the Classipress, it’s definitely worth the money. When you install it you’ll see the ease and simplicity of their design.


Titus November 11, 2010 at 6:07 am

Enzolina, are you for hire? I have a real estate website (mainly informational) but I need your feedback please.


james January 7, 2011 at 6:44 am

I am interested in create a web site like gamefly and netflix for game and DVD, on demand download. How can I go about it?

Very interesting site by the way. thanks


elaine January 8, 2011 at 3:44 am

Hi James,

I created a post for you How to build a site like netflix.

Hope that helps,


Zach January 11, 2011 at 9:24 am

What do you think the best way is, with a craiglist-type site, to charge customers to place an ad. Is this functionality built into the Joomla modules?


Enzolina January 11, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Hi Zach,
If you are creating classified ads with Joomla, I would recommend to use Almond Ads or the DJ Classified Ads component. Almond ads has the functionality of a fee based system for certain categories you will need to jump to the Pro edition which cost $195. You can also look into DJ-Classifieds Ads component to have free and paid classifieds (paypal). DJ Classifieds is also free to download.
Let me know how it works out for you.
Hope that helps,


Mursallo May 13, 2011 at 1:58 am

Hello Enzolina I have a qestion for you for Standard option one which is $99 is it montly or one time paid life license. Also I found that the 99 dollar package is the same feature as $159 dollar one….my third qestion for you is do you have to be complete web developer to run Classipress like kijiji or craiglist.. i do have a knowladge of XHTML,HMTL,PHOTOSHOP and CSS. can you please let me know thanks.



Elaine May 14, 2011 at 12:16 pm

H Mursallo,
Really? Let me see. Yeah there is a slight difference between the $99 and $159. The Photoshop (.psd) design files are included in the Developer edition while it is not included in the Standard edition. There is no need for any development knowledge to use ClassiPress. After you install the template, it is ready to use – meaning you can start adding your classified ads. If you wanted to, you could do some development work on it. Although support will only cover the original layout and configuration.
Hope that helps,


Victor July 3, 2014 at 6:18 pm

Hi Elaine,
Hey i would like to know the following;
I wanna know what requirements are needed to install it on my laptop to do my designs before hosting it?

I wanna know how much will this website cost me if i host on Godaddy?

How many mode of payments are here in this template once i buy it and i wanna it run as kijiji and for some adds to appear on front page have to be paid by user. How should i customize this mode of payments to my email so the payments are made to the email i want and are done automatic


michaela mokrosova October 25, 2011 at 12:49 am

Hi, I would like to add the classifield site to my page, but I dont know how, please help…


Tawni January 16, 2012 at 4:50 am

Hi Elaine,
I am interested in making a Craigslist type website. What is “web hosting” and how is it used in conjunction with Classipress? (I think it has to do with the internet traffic but I’m not sure.) Also, is there a way to test how the set up works before you buy it? I just need to be sure it does what I need it to but I can’t tell from the above information. Thanks!


Elaine January 16, 2012 at 10:50 pm

Hi Tawni,

What is “web hosting” and how is it used in conjunction with Classipress?
>Basically web hosting will store all your website files needed to create a website so people online can view it.

Also, is there a way to test how the set up works before you buy it?
>If you go to the AppThemes, there is an admin demo where you can see how the Administrator section looks like. The Live demo you can view how a visitor will see your site.
>If you go to Appthemes again, and under ‘SUpport’,’documentation’, you will see a ClassiPress heading, click on the ‘Getting Started’. There are instructions on how to install Wordpress and ClassiPress.

Hope that helps you.
Thanks for your visit and let me know if you have any other questions.


Scott February 12, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Hi Elaine,

This will most likely be a very easy and green question for you. I’m looking to create a site like craigslist. Will Classipress provide me with a website and domain or will I need to purchase from a web developer etc? If I do need to find a website provider do you have any suggestions?



Elaine February 13, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Hi Scott,
I’ve created a post on the cost to create a classified ads website like Craigslist or Kijiji. I hope you found it already, if not, you can click here to see my post and recommended web hosting providers.
Thanks for your visit,


Darrell Nash March 29, 2012 at 2:59 pm

I am looking at changing my platform to a kijiji model….all properties are free to list and there are add ons like kijiji. Can you guide me and tell me if there is a specific site you have for sale that you recommend? Darrell


Darrell Nash March 29, 2012 at 3:00 pm

There would also need to be space for paid advertising.


Darrell Nash March 29, 2012 at 3:03 pm

I am looking at turning this site into a Groupon type site. Do you have a model that would work for this? It would again be free to post coupons but we would take zero commissions. It would be based on ad revenue. My concern would be filtering out spam coupons with profanity….any suggestions?


Darrell Nash March 29, 2012 at 3:07 pm

I am also looking for help to turn this site into a strictly ecommerce site. Any advice? I am not a web guy only an idea guy. How would you recommend I do this to generate the most revenue and make it the easiest to operate on the back end? I have access to the best product deals out there.


Ben June 18, 2012 at 12:23 am


I’m looking at creating a joomla classified ad site like kijiji or craigslist. Would be grateful if you can guide me through this process by recommending a template and components to use.

Many thanks


Woodrow August 15, 2012 at 1:51 am

I’m curious to find out what blog system you’re using?
I’m experiencing some small security problems with my latest website and I would like to find something more safeguarded. Do you have any suggestions?


Elaine August 15, 2012 at 2:13 am

I’m using Wordpress.
THanks for your visit,


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