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richrf




msg:3420819
 2:39 pm on Aug 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

Hi everyone,

I am looking for some recent threads on evaluating directory link software, but can't find any. If there is one, can someone help direct me to it? If not, I would appreciate on some quick comments, on the best of the class right now. I am willing to pay the freight for good software. My primary criteria are:

1) Reliability
2) Support
3) Clean user interface
4) Spam control/security
5) Good link validation, that is open to modification, if necessary. I would like to verify that links do not lead to any nasty sites.
6) Ease of adding new sites.

The directory will be a niche directory, that I hope will be of high quality. I will be putting lots of upfront work into it before I launch, so I want to make sure the platform is good. Right now I am doing due diligence on Gossamer, PhpLynx, IndexU, Focal Media. Should I be looking at any others. Should I be ignoring any of these. Thanks for any leads or recommendations.

Rich

 

Webwork




msg:3420952
 5:21 pm on Aug 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

I guess it's time for our semi-annual directory software review and round up.

Ground rules (to minimize spamming):

1. Don't just "vote" for any version of directory software. Describe in some detail the features that make it work.

2. Naturally - don't list your directory.

3. If you are brand new to WebmasterWorld sit back and relax. I tend to nuke first time posts that come from brand new members who want to spam . . I mean vote . . for BrandX(whatever) that I've never heard of before. Of course, if I scope out BrandX and see that it's actually something with some merit . . I might not launch my MIRVs.

4. All the other usual guidelines and rules (See Charter) apply.

So, in the parlance of poker "If you got 'em, show 'em".

Opinions, that is. :)

Rosalind




msg:3421459
 6:03 am on Aug 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

The most popular is phpld. Pros are good support, lots of mods and templates, and ease of use. The paid version has fairly good spam protection. You can ban by IP, domain, word and email.

Cons of phpld are that everyone uses it, so you have to do some fairly extensive modding to avoid having a duplicate of everyone else's directory. The free version should be avoided because it lacks the spam protection of the 3x version. Also it doesn't support a text captcha, so you have those horrible squiggly lines to contend with, or no captcha at all. Another drawback is the fact that you have to stump up another $10 to access the supporter's forum.

PhpLynx looks very interesting, with a lot of spam protection and a text captcha you can configure yourself. However it is closed source, so you have to rely on the developers to build whatever modifications you need for it.

richrf




msg:3421882
 3:27 pm on Aug 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

Hi Rosalind,

As it so happens, the two products you mentioned, PHPLD, and PHPLynx are the two scripts that I am focusing my attention on right now. I know there are other good ones, but it seemed like focusing on the market leader as well as the "new kid on the block" just happened naturally.

Thanks alot for the information. I had not realized that PHPLynx is closed source. While there are positives to have closed source, it does raise some important issues, so I appreciate the heads-up.

I would appreciate any further comments from anyone who has had experience designing/developing for either or both of these products. They both look good, but if someone has had experience and chose one of the other for a particular reason, I would very much like to understand why.

Thanks again,
Rich

ncw164x




msg:3422489
 6:49 am on Aug 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

directory scripts have been discussed in depth over the last few years and in my opinion Powerseek was and still is the best directory software available

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In answer to your question
1) Reliability
very reliable

2) Support
first class

3) Clean user interface
very clean and easy to use

4) Spam control/security
spam submissions can be blocked via IP, email address or domain URL

5) Good link validation, that is open to modification, if necessary. I would like to verify that links do not lead to any nasty sites.
link validation is built into the site submission if you require this function

6) Ease of adding new sites.
from the login you can either add 1 new site or up to 10 at a time, you can spider sites from a URL, import text files or you can import sites from the ODP.

yeah its true to say there are lots of scripts available now and for a lot less money or even FREE software but through running a directory for 7 years you get to see 10's of 1,000's of site submissions of which many use the same directory script and all the site layouts are exactly the same, with powerseek you do not have that footprint.

I have always found the staff at focalmedia very helpful and the service I have recieved over the years has been first class.

anallawalla




msg:3435143
 5:28 am on Aug 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

I second PowerSeek despite its cost if it is a commercial venture. It worked very well at a previous employer but they used a customised template. Great admin features.

I have also used PHPLD and PHPMyDirectory (PMD). The latter is SEO brain-dead out of the box but can be fixed, except that the developer keeps changing it frequently, so your mods are overwritten. Nonetheless, it has customer-friendly features such as the ability to display files for each entry, e.g. a PDF of a menu, a video clip (with an optional mod) etc.

jmccormac




msg:3448211
 5:25 am on Sep 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

Would Powerseek be capable of handling a directory with between 0.5 million and 3 million entries?

Regards...jmcc

ncw164x




msg:3450419
 7:31 am on Sep 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

I contacted focalmedia and this was the reply

It can handle any amount of links but you will need the hardware to handle it, for 500,000 links you will require a Dual core P4 with a gig or more ram

It will handle many millions of links but the search will slow down after 500,000 links using the above server setup unless more processing power and ram is added. Mysql's fulltext searching should be used above 100,000 links

jmccormac




msg:3453595
 8:35 am on Sep 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

Thanks Ncw164x,
It can handle any amount of links but you will need the hardware to handle it, for 500,000 links you will require a Dual core P4 with a gig or more ram
With the falling Dollar, the cost of technology is lower so this kind of spec for a webserver is not that expensive anymore.

It will handle many millions of links but the search will slow down after 500,000 links using the above server setup unless more processing power and ram is added. Mysql's fulltext searching should be used above 100,000 links
It sounds like a good directory software package. Basically I was going to build a .uk directory and the alternative is to build a directory generator CMS and integrate an Open Source search engine - the big problem is that that kind of solution doesn't scale well over 100K sites.

Regards...jmcc

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