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Comprehensive Directories

Often referred to as general web directories, for the purposes of categorization, the WDR Directory of Directories will consider a directory that carries a wide variety of topics, plus a regional tree, to be a comprehensive directory. This is not intended as a slight to those who have chosen a narrower scope, nor should this imply that the directories listed in this subcategory will include more listings or resources than those included in the Regional or Topical subcategories.

Assembling a comprehensive web directory is quite a task, requiring a great deal of manpower and a lot of time before enough listings are in place to be truly useful. Once in place, a lot of manpower will be required in order to maintain a comprehensive directory.

The Open Directory Project is one example of a comprehensive web directory, but it took thousands upon thousands of volunteer editors, as well as several years, to put it together, and today, the ODP is having trouble holding it together.

Best of the Web is another such directory, and one that required a combination of volunteer and paid labor, as well as several years of work. There are other fine examples of comprehensive web directories, but there are even more that have the categories necessary to qualify as a comprehensive web directory but too few listings to be useful as a directory.

For the purposes of categorization here, we will be looking at the types of categories that are available, not the number of listings that are contained within these categories.

  • 1WebsDirectory


    general web directory

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    1WebsDirectory is a general web directory established in 2009, offering a variety of topical categories, a regional tree, and the option to browse by country. There is no charge for general submissions to the directory, and featured submissions are available in one life-time payment of $35 or for $17 a year.
  • 24/7 Web Directory

    24/7 Web Directory

    General Web Directory

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    The general web directory is human edited and maintained, offering a regional tree as well as a full complement of topical categories. The family friendly directory does not list sites with adult, gambling or possibly illegal content, or those that link to such content, with other details available in its published submission guidelines. Site listings may be submitted for free, or an expedited review.
  • A1 Web Directory

    A1 Web Directory

    quality sites under popular categories and relevant subcategories

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    The general web directory lists accepted websites under various categories and subcategories. Its submission guidelines and listing options are put described in detail, and include a standard review at no charge, as well as an express review at a cost of a one-time fee of $39.95, which includes a guaranteed review within two business days. Its top-level categories include are intuitive.
  • AbiLogic


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    AbiLogic is a comprehensive general web directory that utilizes fifteen upper-level categories, which are divided into subcategorized, and subdivided as needed for proper navigation and organization. Submissions are fee-based.
  • Above All Directory

    Above All Directory

    human edited

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    Established in 2013, the Above All Directory is new, but the directory owner has plans to create a comprehensive general web directory, with a full complement of topical categories, as well as Regional and World trees. Regular submissions may be submitted for free or, for better placement, a reciprocal link is requested. Featured submissions are $9.99 per year or $19.99 for a lifetime listing.
  • Ace Web Directory

    Ace Web Directory

    Business Directory

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    The comprehensive general web directory offers a variety of topical categories, as well as a regional tree. Sites may be submitted for free, or a featured listing may be submitted for $17 per year or $35 for one-time payment.
  • AddMe


    A Trellian Company

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    The AddMe Business Directory is a comprehensive web directory. Submissions to the directory are $20 per year for a basic package, or $40 a year for a featured package, the latter of which offers top placement within the category.
  • Ajdee


    Online since January 2004

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    Established in 2004, the general web directory includes a full complement of topical categories and subcategories, as well as a blog tree, forum tree, regional tree and, for some reason, a North American tree apart from the regional categories. The directory is fee-based, requiring payment of a $25 submission fee at the time of submission.
  • Alive Directory

    Alive Directory

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    The Alive Directory has been online since sometime before December 3, 2005, when it first appears in the Internet Archive (WayBack Machine).
  • Alligator Web Directory

    Alligator Web Directory

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    The Alligator Web Directory is a general directory that lists its content within a variety of upper-level categories and subcategories. There are four submission options, ranging in price from free to a one-time payment of £49.95, with various advantages for higher costs.