Web Directory – Best tools to build a web directory

web directory series

Part 2 – Best tools to build a good web directory

A web directory basically requires a perfect script, some good mods which can be integrated to make the directory function better, a good and unique directory design. These three things are the basic requirements to start off building a well established web directory.
I thought is might be good if i could share my favorite tools to use and make a good directory.
Note: This is my personal opinion post, so not listing all the scripts, templates etc. Just posting the one’s that i like.

The best script for a general web directory –
Phplinkdirectory is one of the best scripts for making a web directory, and is easy to setup. Has URL rewrite option, by which the URL’s of categories become SEO friendly, good admin panel and there are lots of templates available for free, and also unique template designers too.
It comes with 2 versions, and 3 payment options.
2x version and 3x version. 2x version is free to download and use. 3x version costs $25 for the script for a single directory including a linkback to the phpld site. There is a $75 version where you can remove the linkback and make the script completely premium and unique for you.

Other scripts which i tried but didn’t find upto expectations are –
Esyndicat, Phpmydirectory, Site-Sift Script, WSN Links, phpLynx, qlWeb script.

Now coming to the Mods, every script has many mods which makes the usability and user-friendliness of the directory better. Most popular are the deep links mod, news feed mod etc.

Designs for web directory – As i have suggested phplinkdirectory script here are a few good sites where you can get free phpld related themes for download, the free ones which have sponsored links in bottom, and you have to retain those links.

If you are using any other script which i mentioned above, then you can check these –
Phplynx themes – http://www.mihocreations.com/phplynx.html
Site-sift templates – http://www.site-sift-templates.com/

If you need more information or suggestions about the web directory tools, just comment here and i would try to help you out.


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