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Long time reader, first time poster. I am thinking/planning a directory, with maybe a few hundred links in it to start maybe going to thousands at a later date.
Do i NEED to use one of these directory scripts and have it in a database system (which is totally foreign to me) or could I get away with just using html and <a href= hyperlinks to different sites.
a total newbie so please be kind and have patience
You could do it in basic html but its going to take you ages once you get some real volume.
You can get a basic directory script and it will let you agree/ delete links via your own admin. i.e mr bloggs submits the link and site details, you read it/ edit if required and agree - its then live with next to no effort on your behalf.
If you dont have a script it means writting the code / building the page every time. As soon as you need to adjust a link again more effort required.
I wouldnt even start on a directory site without it being database driven. You can search on "Directory Script" on google for a wide selection of them and start from there