Choosing Theme for Business Directory - Niche Portal

Hello, New to Envato Forum

I am thinking to building business / classifieds directory for my local city.

There are so many options to choose from when it comes to this. Wordpress (themes) or go with stand-alone software package.

On the WP side… I see a lot of discussion with regards to Templatic and AITthemes.

Can anyone guide me in this? Anyone use either of the two companies above?

Are there better stand-alone software packages that beat out WP themes?

I am looking to host myself vs something like what Brilliant Directories offers

Thank you!

I’m curious, which direction did you decide to go? I cannot decide between the Templatic versus AITthemes directory “framework”. They seem to both be going with a parent _ child + plugin/addons model and they are very similar. Did you pick one, if so why and is it working for you?

Thanks for any help you can provide!