Directory Scripts

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Although some are custom coded, and a few of the smaller directories are maintained in HTML, like any other website, most directories are powered by a directory script or software, and there several of them available, many based on PHP technologies, while others are run as themes for WordPress or Joomla.

With some exceptions, and to varying degrees, there are usually three access levels to a web directory: the public, staff, and administrative areas.

From the public end, directory users can browse the directory's categories and subcategories, or use an in-site search field to locate listed websites or other resources. Although some web directories require the creation of an account, and a login, in order to submit a site for review, most web directory scripts come with a mechanism for webmasters to submit sites for possible inclusion in the directory.

Although some directory scripts do not include a staff area, there are usually work-arounds that can be used to allow someone other than the directory administrator to assist in the management of the directory, seeding its categories with staff-picked listings, editing site titles and descriptions, creating categories, and moving listings to more appropriate categories, as well as other tasks, without having full access to the administrative area of the directory.

Finally, the administrative area of the directory is a section that is often accessed by only one directory administrator or operator. Persons with access to the admin area of the directory have full control over the directory's operations, to the level permitted by the script, as well as the expertise of the administrator.

This category is the appropriate place to sites where directory scripts may be purchased or downloaded.

  • 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.
  • PHP Link Directory

    PHP Link Directory

    The Wordpress Alternative

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    phpLD is a directory script that comes preloaded with several search engine friendly features, such as page titles, descriptions, navigation, and SEO-friendly URLs, as well as the inclusion of social features like Facebook and Disqus, the incorporation of YouTube videos, and Google Maps. The cost of a license to use phpLD is $30 if the link to the phpLD site is retained in the footer; otherwise, the cost is $80.