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A web directory differs from a search engine in that a web directory will list sites by category and subcategory rather than by keyword, and the category choice is generally based on the overall content of the site rather than on an individual page or section of the site. Although web directories are usually indexed by search engines, their content is designed to be accessed by humans.

While older, and some smaller, web directories are hand-coded by individuals assembling collections of links, the vast majority of web directories are operated through any of a large variety of directory scripts or software designed, or adapted, for that purpose. Web directory scripts generally include an administrative area, where directory operators can create categories and subcategories, approve, modify or decline submitted listings, and perform other tasks required in the administration of the directory. Some allow for varying degrees of access and permissions, allowing directory staff to perform various tasks without having full control over administrative functions, and most will allow webmasters or search engine submission companies to submit sites for inclusion in the directory.

Some directory scripts are free for use by anyone, while others require payment for licensure of the software. Most directory scripts include preconfigured themes or templates that directory operators can select from, although these are more limited in some scripts than in others. However, most directory operators will opt to modify the directory in a variety of ways, altering not only its design but sometimes its functions, as well.

Some web designers or individuals have chosen to specialize in the modification or design of specific web directory scripts, offering this as a service to directory operators who may not be as proficient in these tasks.

Additionally, directory operators and others who have become sufficiently familiar with the software will sometimes offer third-party templates or themes for specific directory scripts for free or for sale.

Web sites for various directory scripts are listed in a subcategory of this category, while those who specialize in the modification or redesign of web directory scripts may be listed in another subcategory of this category. Sites offering directory templates or themes may also be listed within the Directory Design subcategory.

  • Bruleo


    mods for phpld

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    Featuring a collection of PHP Link Directory modifications going back to phpLD version 3.2, and up to the most recent version. Mods may be purchased for self-installation or with full installation.
  • DirectoryPress


    Create Directory Websites in Minutes

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    Produced by Premium Press Limited, DirectoryPress uses a WordPress platform to create a directory theme that can be used for a variety of purposes. Those who are familiar with WordPress will have a much easier time with DirectoryPress than will those who have not used the WordPress platform extensively.
  • Easy Directory Script

    Easy Directory Script


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    Established in 2014, the web directory script is available with support for several languages, and is full featured, offering enhanced business detail pages, an integrated banner ads manager and payment system, enhanced form validation, an enhanced search, and a fully responsive design, as well as a feature rich administration panel.
  • eDirectory


    Perpetual and Constant

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    eDirectory is a PHP-based software that permits several licensed directories to be managed through one account, allowing customers to submit to multiple directories on a network in one purchase. Both owned and hosting license packages are available, at varying costs, and an optional eDirectory Mobile app allows the maintenance of a directory made specifically for iPhone or Android mobile users.
  • eSyndiCat


    Create SEO Friendly Directory Website in Minutes

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    Offering hosted and owned options, eSyndiCat is a PHP-based web directory script that operates on Subrion Open Source CMS, with options available for using the software as a web directory or as an article directory, business directory, church directory, or a bidding directory. Its features, optional plugins and add-ons, as well as additional services, are outlined, and a user support forum is also available.
  • Ezydir


    All Online Business Under One Roof

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    Built on PHP, Ezydir is a full-featured online web directory builder that is capable of managing a variety of modules, including standard site listings, classified advertising, business-to-business listings, events, blogs, job listings, and other purposes.
  • Gossamer Links

    Gossamer Links

    manage your link directory

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    Gossamer Links can be powered by most major databases, and is compliant with all major platforms. Gossamer Links sells for $450.00, which includes installation and free upgrades for a year. Hosting options begin at $125.00 per month, with no upfront license fees.
  • Intersoft Scripts

    Intersoft Scripts

    Webmaster Resources

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    Intersoft Scripts offers a full-featured web directory script at a cost of $25.00, which is an unlimited domains license. The directory's features are outlined, and a demo is available, as well as a demonstration look into its administration panel. The company also offers some other scripts, including scripts for a feeds aggregator, games site, members, restaurant menu, and words tags.
  • iScripts EasyIndex

    iScripts EasyIndex

    Business Directory Script

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    The iScripts EasyIndex script is flexible enough to be appropriate for a number of business models, including regional or vertical business directories, or an industry-specific classifieds site. Intended to be a standalone directory site, the script supports all of the common features of a web directory, including listings, reviews, products, services, inquiries, forums, banners, and logos. Other features include Google maps and a sign in with Facebook functionality.
  • Link Up Gold

    Link Up Gold

    quality software for your web

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    Link Up Gold advertises its script as one that will create a Yahoo! style search engine, or your own specific vertical market of information and links. What it creates, if I understand its documentation well enough, is more of a directory than a search engine, although it adds a lot of other features as well.