Creating rental directory sites is a really hot topic now and Airbnb is probably the most successful example out there of such a site. Seeing the success that was achieved by Airbnb has got many online entrepreneurs chomping at the bit to have similar success. Today we’ll show you the best way to create an Airbnb-like booking site
Creating an Airbnb Clone with WordPress
Airbnb is a billion-dollar company that has a highly customized website developed and maintained by thousands of developers. The Airbnb website is loaded with features. It is impossible to exactly replicate the entire Airbnb website.
But you don’t need all of its features if you just want to create a rental home listing website. We can create a website with the important features of Airbnb which could be called an Airbnb Clone.
There are 2 ways in which we can create an Airbnb-like website on WordPress. Both have different priorities. We will see both of them.
Creating a WordPress Website
Before moving on to WordPress themes and plugins, you need to get a domain and hosting for the home rental listing site. See this tutorial to get the domain, hosting, and to install WordPress on your domain. Then you can install the WordPress theme and plugins mentioned below.
Listify Theme + FacetWP plugin for an Airbnb Clone
One of the important features of Airbnb and why many people find it useful than other similar websites is that it gives you amazing Sorting and Filtering options.
It gives you so many options to filter, and still the site is very fast. If you to give your customers the same kind of ability to add filter and sort through all the home listings, then creating an Airbnb clone with Listify theme and FacetWP plugin is the best way to do it.
Listify is a Directory WordPress theme with which you can create any type of listing website. It has a modern design and more importantly many features necessary to build an Airbnb clone site.
For additional features, it can be integrated with other WordPress plugins such as FacetWP plugin, WooCommerce Bookings plugin, etc.,
It is a premium WordPress theme which means you have to buy it here. There are no free options for an Airbnb like the site.
Installing Listify Theme
After purchasing the theme, you have to upload, install, and activate the theme on your WordPress website. Do not upload the whole Zip file from Them forest but upload only the Theme files.
Navigate to Appearance > Add New Themes > Upload.
Go to browse, and select the zipped theme folder. Hit “Install Now” and the theme will be uploaded and installed.
Once the theme is uploaded, you need to activate it. Go to Appearance > Themes and activate the Listify theme.
Importing the Demo Site
Listify theme gives you 1-click importable ready-made demo sites that you can install on your site so that you don’t have to build your site from scratch.
Reviews and Rating System like Airbnb
The review system of Airbnb is another reason for Airbnb’s success. Your home rental site needs to have an excellent review system to succeed in this business. Listify theme comes with a basic review and rating system. But it is a long way from the review and rating system of the Airbnb website.
FacetWP Plugin for Advanced Sorting and Filtering
After installing Listify Theme, we need to install the FacetWP plugin, which gives us advanced filtering and features just like we see on the Airbnb website. Listify themes comes with some limited but good filtering options, but with FacetWP you can create Ajax based fast filtering with any existing post types, custom fields and taxonomies with many facet types including Checkboxes, Dropdowns, Date ranges, Sliders, and even Proximity (Geo-location).
Amelia Plugin for Bookings and Appointments
Amelia is an Enterprise-level WordPress booking and appointment plugin that you can use to replicate the booking system of Airbnb. The Listify theme by default suggests WooCommerce Bookings plugin but this requires WooCommerce and so your site could become bulky. If you want high performing and standalone WordPress booking plugin you can go with Amelia. It also works well with other decently coded themes.
2nd Method: Homey Theme for Airbnb Clone
The 2nd method doesn’t have the advanced sorting and filtering options the previous method had. But the filtering options are not necessary if you want to create a simple home listing and renting website.
Homey is a WordPress booking theme for a residential or commercial rental business platform. It is an all-in-one solution, so you don’t have to buy any other WordPress plugins; hence, it cost-effective.
Homey Rental theme can be integrated with iCal to sync with Airbnb and other booking websites. It is necessary if you want to sync your booking calendar so that the same room/home is not booked on multiple websites simultaneously.