The Best Directory Script

by Gozang
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I have been looking for a good business directory script which has all the viral features and also include the comments and reviews.

If you have come such across such script, please let me know.

I would really appreciate your suggestions and helps.

Thanks
#directory #script
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    • Profile picture of the author JoshP
      If you are familiar with WordPress, there are lots of good local business directory themes, from GeoPlaces, and Vantage to my own WP Local Places.

      They all have different features, but all of them include what you are looking for.
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      • Profile picture of the author vegasheat
        Originally Posted by JoshP View Post

        If you are familiar with WordPress, there are lots of good local business directory themes, from GeoPlaces
        Looks like hackers got to all the templatic demos "like a G6"
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      • Profile picture of the author itwillbefun
        Originally Posted by JoshP View Post

        If you are familiar with WordPress, there are lots of good local business directory themes, from GeoPlaces, and Vantage to my own WP Local Places.

        They all have different features, but all of them include what you are looking for.
        seconded --> WP local places
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          Originally Posted by itwillbefun View Post

          seconded --> WP local places
          No maps integrated?
          A few formatting issues, but not bad. I like it reasonably well.
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    I am just about to buy vantage tomorrow....

    Danny
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  • Profile picture of the author spujap
    What about PhpLD. Had used it previously for a niche website directory.

    phpLD Demo Products

    Custom mods should be available for Viral features that you are requiring.
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  • Profile picture of the author frankl
    phpLD is a beast to the server. I never liked it.
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    • Profile picture of the author spujap
      Originally Posted by frankl View Post

      phpLD is a beast to the server. I never liked it.
      Not because of that 100,000 websites are using them?

      Some free mods/templates have performance issues but not the main script.
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    • Profile picture of the author dvduval
      Originally Posted by frankl View Post

      phpLD is a beast to the server. I never liked it.
      There were some slowness issues for some servers in the past (though we provided help if you made a support ticket with us even then), but as of 4.2.1 and newer, people can run directories with 1,000,000 links and categories in a shared environment and do just fine. We offer support if you do have any issues with speed.
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    I bought phpLD and hated it......
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    I vote for PHPLD Directory script. It's continually improved script.
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  • Profile picture of the author WeavingThoughts
    A free option is to use the Wordpress business directory plugin. I made a website myself using it. You can check it here:
    nyoptician.com

    Looks fine to me
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  • Profile picture of the author osensnolf
    If this is a site that you anticipate making 1k+/month, I would invest in eDirectory. The next version is coming out in two weeks and will have a lot of SEO re-writes.
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  • Profile picture of the author malta
    Guys, you should check out Arfooo. I'm using it on one of my directories: Anomark Online Marketing and Internet Business Directory
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
    I looked at edirectory but it's had to judge whether a site is going to make that much straight off the bat....

    I am also a bit of a WordPress whizz and this means the learning curve will be a lot less which means I can work on marketing rather than managing the site...

    Danny
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
    If we bought PHPld in the past can you resend the download details... I am willing to give it another shot......
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
      I used phpmydirectory years ago and it was great so probably even better now:

      phpMyDirectory - Web Portal, Business Directory, Classifieds, Link Indexing

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    • Profile picture of the author dvduval
      Originally Posted by Danny Cutts View Post

      If we bought PHPld in the past can you resend the download details... I am willing to give it another shot......
      Yes, you may not realize this but we have an all new version coming out too. It is due to go final any day now after more than a year of continuous development (not counting the 6 years that got us to 4.2.2). The best thing to do is to login to your phpLD account. If you don't know how to do that, send me your paypal transaction ID or other info via PM so I can look it up. As a previous buyer with a license you can download the new versions at no additional cost.
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  • Profile picture of the author JimRiley
    Another great directory theme is GeoCraft by InkThemes, it comes with all the feature which a directory website admin requires and the best thing is its responsive too for mobile and tablets.
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  • Profile picture of the author onegoodman
    I didn't find one yet, but I would avoid GeoPlaces from templatic at all costs, the demo looks perfect and I was dying to use it for one of my website since it is perfect, but I checked it online. It is just has terrible feedback from everyone used it because more of multi plugins from different developers added together without proper modifications.

    You can look its review on google
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    • Profile picture of the author dvduval
      Originally Posted by onegoodman View Post

      I didn't find one yet, but I would avoid GeoPlaces from templatic at all costs, the demo looks perfect and I was dying to use it for one of my website since it is perfect, but I checked it online. It is just has terrible feedback from everyone used it because more of multi plugins from different developers added together without proper modifications.

      You can look its review on google
      If you are looking to show multiple places on a google map, that is one of the available features in the new phpLD 5. You just turn on the proper widget, and you can do separate category pages for each city or all the latest links on a google map right on the homepage.
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    Phpmydirectory is my choice too, many mods and customizable.
    I have 5 licenses with them.
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    I posted these comments about eDirectory on another post today.

    http://www.warriorforum.com/offline-...ml#post7438568

    It highlights some changes, experience, and updates. Also, it provides a link to a free webinar they are doing on the 13th.

    Enjoy
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    • Profile picture of the author dvduval
      Originally Posted by osensnolf View Post

      I posted these comments about eDirectory on another post today.

      http://www.warriorforum.com/offline-...ml#post7438568

      It highlights some changes, experience, and updates. Also, it provides a link to a free webinar they are doing on the 13th.

      Enjoy
      So it sounds like they are planning their next big release in the middle of next year?
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        • Originally Posted by adya View Post

          we are expecting next release of ezydir - the ultimate directory script by next month with responsive design. they are going to add a module for professional network in the directory
          Norton blocked several mass injection intrusion attempts.
          Please check your theme and plugins for malicious code.

          ~Karen
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            Originally Posted by resellrightsandplr View Post

            Norton blocked several mass injection intrusion attempts.
            Please check your theme and plugins for malicious code.

            ~Karen
            Eek! You know the first version of phpLD released in 2005 has thousands of sites online and there has been no significant security breach to date with any version. We need to report the post and have a moderator remove it before someone gets hacked.
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        Originally Posted by dvduval View Post

        So it sounds like they are planning their next big release in the middle of next year?
        I'm hoping it is closer to the beginning of the year as I am waiting on v10 to come out before I spend money on customizations.

        They just launched their new iPhone and Android app and v9.7 just came out as well. v9.7 was more of an SEO upgrade with the 2013 update (9.8 - 10) being a significant change in the basecode.

        All of this is based on emails, newsletter, and conversations.
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    The vantage theme is ok but it's missing huge feature which is disappointing to say the least. You can't list companies in multiple categories which sucks big time.

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    I would recommend checking out eDirectory.com - Online Directory Software Free Trial
    Igor was a contact I dealt with that was very helpful. I wound up bailing on the project, but this seemed like a pretty great solution for me...
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      Originally Posted by yohanaton View Post

      I would recommend checking out eDirectory.com - Online Directory Software Free Trial
      Igor was a contact I dealt with that was very helpful. I wound up bailing on the project, but this seemed like a pretty great solution for me...
      Someone over on Sitepoint forums had said that they had tried them and that there ends up being a huge customization cost, and that their customization is done in the Phillipines, and invited everyone to google edirectory complaints.
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        Originally Posted by dvduval View Post

        Someone over on Sitepoint forums had said that they had tried them and that there ends up being a huge customization cost, and that their customization is done in the Phillipines, and invited everyone to google edirectory complaints.
        Gotcha,
        Thanks for the heads up... I did like a lot of their feature's, but as mentioned, didn't get as far as you mentioned...
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        • Profile picture of the author dvduval
          Originally Posted by yohanaton View Post

          Gotcha,
          Thanks for the heads up... I did like a lot of their feature's, but as mentioned, didn't get as far as you mentioned...
          We've had two customers come to us after they had purchased from Edirectory. I assume they have some happy customers too, but probably they have plenty of money to invest. I don't know.
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
    Just to resurrect an old thread...

    Vantage directory theme is terrible :-(

    So still on the look out for a good solution :-(
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel LaRusso
      Originally Posted by Danny Cutts View Post

      Just to resurrect an old thread...

      Vantage directory theme is terrible :-(

      So still on the look out for a good solution :-(
      Why specifically do you think the Vantage theme is terrible? I like that one so far.

      I also like this theme - GeoTheme - Geo Wordpress Theme

      The only thing is it seems a little more overwhelming as far as the learning curve, and I would rather not have that big map at the top of the site.

      Would love to hear your feedback!
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    No one is using wp local places? I am using it and for a beginner its great. If anyone wants to have one up and running contact me as I can do it at a very reasonable cost.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel LaRusso
    Vantage theme SUCKS. I would avoid that one.
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    I second GeoTheme - Geo Wordpress Theme. Just bought it after reading so many bad reviews about GeoPlaces. Still getting set up, so no demo link from me yet, but it has a ton of features.
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  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    In My opinion the best business directory script is eDirectory.com - Online Directory Software Solution, Custom Development, Business Directory Script, PHP there script is fully loaded with some great features and customer support is excellent.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fat Wolf
    is directory website still making money these days?
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  • Profile picture of the author dmarseller
    Hi Gozang,

    When you talk about directory script...a php script or a based theme it's fine? I know good options.

    WP Bussiness Directory (Not Aff. Link) It's a PHP code for example.
    Directory Theme (Not Aff.Link) It's a based theme.


    Hope it helps. If you have questions...LET ME KNOW


    Take care!
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      PremoPress business directory theme is pretty cool..
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    I always used phpld if I need to build directory site. However, directory site submission is old technique since 2007.
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    Is there a way to have the main categories of the site appear in the URL to have a SILO like structure?
    For example Site.com/NYC/somepage
    for SEO purposes? Does that make sense?

    I found my answer! (It wasn't obvious from the demo site)
    http://www.phplinkdirectory.com/Buil...with_phpLD.php

    Thanks!
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    • Profile picture of the author dvduval
      Originally Posted by Joshster View Post

      @DVDuval
      Is there a way to have the main categories of the site appear in the URL to have a SILO like structure?
      For example Site.com/NYC/somepage
      for SEO purposes? Does that make sense?

      I found my answer! (It wasn't obvious from the demo site)
      Build Traffic and Rankings with phpLD

      Thanks!
      Sorry I missed you. It looks like you got your answer. I spent most of my life in Atlanta up until about 4 years ago. Go Braves!
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  • Profile picture of the author bwh1
    Seams like this one here has a good rep

    Discussion on Directory Portal WordPress Theme | ThemeForest

    I almost got it but had to delay my project.

    G.
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
    looks tidy that... shame I am way way way to far into the wordpress one now :-)
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    • Profile picture of the author dvduval
      Originally Posted by Danny Cutts View Post

      looks tidy that... shame I am way way way to far into the wordpress one now :-)
      No worries. We are often a little behind wordpress in some areas (but not others). We've got a lot more coming, so stay tuned!
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  • Profile picture of the author osensnolf
    Be sure to checkout the latest version of eDirectory (10.3). My site should be upgraded today or tomorrow.

    One of the new features is that you can literally build an iOS and Android app from within the sitemanager. Once you go through the steps, it outputs the file that you can upload to the stores. Pretty sweet.

    I've only tested the demo version on their site but it looks nice.

    Oh, and they have a monthly cloud version of eDirectory available. This is new but I use the hosted version.
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    • Profile picture of the author dvduval
      Originally Posted by osensnolf View Post

      Be sure to checkout the latest version of eDirectory (10.3). My site should be upgraded today or tomorrow.

      One of the new features is that you can literally build an iOS and Android app from within the sitemanager. Once you go through the steps, it outputs the file that you can upload to the stores. Pretty sweet.

      I've only tested the demo version on their site but it looks nice.

      Oh, and they have a monthly cloud version of eDirectory available. This is new but I use the hosted version.
      Wow, so $1800/year with the mobile apps. That's pretty expensive!
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      • Profile picture of the author candoit2
        Originally Posted by dvduval View Post

        Wow, so $1800/year with the mobile apps. That's pretty expensive!
        Might as well go with brilliantdirectories if you pay that much.
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        • Profile picture of the author dvduval
          Originally Posted by AaronJones View Post

          Might as well go with brilliantdirectories if you pay that much.
          I did a check over on majestic SEO of brilliant directories, and there are just 166 domains linking to it. Seems pretty obvious not too many people are using them or talking about them. Edirectory is a little bigger with 847.
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          • Profile picture of the author candoit2
            Originally Posted by dvduval View Post

            I did a check over on majestic SEO of brilliant directories, and there are just 166 domains linking to it. Seems pretty obvious not too many people are using them or talking about them. Edirectory is a little bigger with 847.
            Ok then, whatever makes you decide one is the best over the other. I would look at the features etc to decide myself.

            It hasn`t even been out long, nor has affiliates which can influence how much a script is talked about. Edirectory does.

            I would choose BD every day of the week myself based on the features.

            You do what you want though, I was simply mentioning a script that I find to be very good.

            I just fail to see how number of links to a site make one better or not. Especially when you factor in the influence of affiliates and how new BD is.
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            • Profile picture of the author dvduval
              Originally Posted by AaronJones View Post

              Ok then, whatever makes you decide one is the best over the other. I would look at the features etc to decide myself.

              It hasn`t even been out long, nor has affiliates which can influence how much a script is talked about. Edirectory does.

              I would choose BD every day of the week myself based on the features.

              You do what you want though, I was simply mentioning a script that I find to be very good.

              I just fail to see how number of links to a site make one better or not. Especially when you factor in the influence of affiliates and how new BD is.
              I was more thinking along the lines of whether the script is tried and tested in a large enough sample. Often there are usability issues, and when the script is easy to use, you see it grow. Maybe BD is growing now. One way to check might be how many new links are being added that point to BD from either satisfied customers or actual sites running it.
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    What's the best directory in terms of SEO?
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    • Profile picture of the author dvduval
      Originally Posted by Red Eagle View Post

      PowerSeek.net, the best directory software on the planet (my opinion) is no more. What a shame. Unlimited sites, your own PPC system included, banner ad system included, and a whole lot more, all for less than a measly $400 one time fee. None of that vulnerable PHP script nonsense (no offense intended). FocalMedia.net had the best directory software by far, and they had great support, but they weren't marketers.

      They should have sold their business instead of closing down with no notice. Any marketer worth their salt could have quadrupled the price, doubled their marketing efforts and done very well.

      But, once again, it appears to me at least, journemen marketers with mediocre products make a lot more money than great techs with great products, but poor marketing and/or business skills.

      And another one bites the dust...
      Yep, the directory industry got hit hard this past year. We were the leader (maybe still) for many years, but we've had to get into developing some other software products. It's going great, but it has not been a joy to see some of our customers who had strong directories get hit hard by Google.

      What I'm seeing now is we have probably hit bottom now, and there should be some opportunities for people to create niche directories and succeed. The days of submitting to 1000 directories are probably over for good however, and that is a good thing.
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        Side note: I have some really great .directory domains...Wonder if anyone would be interested in them?
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    There are many good scripts online, I can recommend esyndicat and phpld.
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    • Profile picture of the author dvduval
      Originally Posted by LuckyIMer View Post

      There are many good scripts online, I can recommend esyndicat and phpld.
      Thank you. I agree. I haven't seen a Wordpress instance that really works long term. I've seen some "pretty" designs, but that is all.
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    I've used WP Business Directory in the past and it seems pretty good.
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    I have to agree I have yet to find a decent wordpress directory option... I have been building a site for a while... but not 100% happy with it...
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      • Profile picture of the author BigFrank
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        Originally Posted by BrilliantDirectories View Post

        Brilliant Directories here - we'd like to thank everyone for participating in the discussion here on WarriorForum.

        Because we appreciate everyone here for considering Brilliant Directories, we'd like to make a very very special offer to everyone who has participated in this chat here.

        We'd like to give you a 100% FREE directory on our platform.

        That's right - 100% FREE. One catch...since it's 100% FREE, we can't promise to provide direct support, but you are invited to use our Knowledge Base, Community Forums, and Video Tutorials to help answer any questions if you need assistance.

        If you'd like a free directory setup for you, just email us here:

        sales[at]brilliantdirectories[dot]com

        SUBJECT: Warrior Forum Promotion

        We'll provide you with a 100% free directory to use for as long as you like with all features (minus one on one support).

        Your feedback is awesome and we appreciate it because it helps make the software better for everyone around the world using it. Cheers to your success!
        As a paid subscriber to the Brilliant Directories model, let me reiterate what I have been saying for the past 15 months. If you are serious about running a successful directory site you are never going to do so employing any WordPress theme and plugin combination. Before signing up at BD I had looked at everything available and after months of research, I realized that BD was the industry leader in this particular marketplace with absolutely no real competition.

        Every single feature and capability that you would ever dream of having is already built in. Additionally, they have just upgraded their entire platform and I doubt that based upon their latest efforts they will ever have any serious competition in the directory field.

        Even more important than the product itself is the level of customer service and tech support, which is in a class by itself. I have never received better service and support from a company of this size since I have been making my living on the Internet. Their business ethics and level of personal honesty from everyone that I have come into contact with is absolutely sterling.

        I'm not one for giving any type of recommendation, but as a paying customer currently owning four directories at BD, I am happy to give a 100% ringing endorsement for the product and the folks behind the product.

        Whenever I would recommend BD all I would hear was how everyone was looking for a 'free' solution. I am quite vociferous in my estimation of what you get for free in this world. So now you are being offered the best product out there at the price you all have been clamoring for. Let's see what you can produce with all the barriers to building a world-class directory being stripped away.

        This is as good as it gets and opportunities like this don't come around very often. If you are serious about getting into the directory game, now is your chance. Rest assured that there is still a great deal of hard work on your part that will need to be done. You still need a good business plan, a well thought out method of attack and the commitment to see your project through to fruition.

        FYI - I just sold a niche directory to a client using one of my paid licenses and on this one project I will make around half of what I made all of last year and last year was one of my best years ever. The good folks at BD will tell you what I will freely admit - and that is that I have made every mistake you can possibly make in getting into the directory game. I would have probably been better served just following their lead, but that's just not how I operate. I want to try things the way I envision them first, but I don't believe in beating a dead horse. Eventually I do come around and avail myself of the knowledge and experience of those that have gone before me. These folks have a proven success formula. If you follow their business model and are willing to work hard, you have a good chance of succeeding.

        I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all the good folks at Brilliant Directories for providing me with the platform and resources to be more successful in having the ability to create truly passive income than in any other IM opportunity that I have ever encountered.

        Good luck to you all.

        Cheers. - Big Frank

        P.S. I have spent the past 3 days shopping for the BMW convertible that I have wanted to buy for the past 10 years. Thanks to selling the niche directory, I hope to be bringing one home in the next few days - paid for in cash. :-)
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          • Profile picture of the author BigFrank
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            Originally Posted by BrilliantDirectories View Post

            Thanks for your feedback, Big Frank. And we're gad to here that you were able to sell one of your Brilliant Directories for a profit after just a few months of launching it. Cheers to your success!
            My pleasure. I have a session scheduled with my BD coach for later today. I plan to discuss purchasing some additional lifetime licenses to create more niche directories for resale.

            You folks keep up the good work. It allows me to offer a more robust directory solution to prospective purchasers.

            Cheers. - Frank
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        • Profile picture of the author Juana411
          This is really good info. I've been looking at edirectory and brilliant directories to see which would be the best to go with. Thanks for showing this Big Frank.
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        • Profile picture of the author weezie
          Frank - what a great offer....How can we access our free directory??
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      • Profile picture of the author zimbizee
        Originally Posted by BrilliantDirectories View Post


        We'd like to give you a 100% FREE directory on our platform.
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        Must admit i was drooling as this theme, BUT way too expensive for me and i prefer to not be obligated to host with someone else.
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  • Profile picture of the author helpinghand182
    Does brilliantdirectory have an app solution ?
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Singletary
    There are a couple fairly recent long threads in the Offline subforum that are relevant to this discussion. I am going to take a look at Brilliant Directories.

    Mark
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    Sobi2 is great plugin... On joomla however.. Not hipster
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  • Profile picture of the author 1001
    Ok ... I've spent quite a while checking out the brilliantdirectories website and really like what I've seen so far.

    And thank you for your awesome offer ... I'm definitely going to take you up on it.

    A couple of questions and some observations ...

    There are over 50 themes displayed, each with a "View Demo" button ... from which I was hoping to see a demo of the theme. For some reason they only link to an offer to try it out for free and see what you can build yourself.

    That is going to be handy ... but I want to see some examples of the themes in action ... not try and create one myself ... not quite yet anyway.

    I'm particularly interested in a "Local City Guide" but don't see a theme for that at all.

    I appreciate (and am more than happy) that the offer above is for a DIY deal and have spent a good while in the "Learning Centre" and will now watch more of the videos to keep learning.

    And congratulations Big Frank ... great to hear of your success.
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    • Profile picture of the author BigFrank
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      Originally Posted by 1001 View Post

      There are over 50 themes displayed, each with a "View Demo" button ... from which I was hoping to see a demo of the theme. For some reason they only link to an offer to try it out for free and see what you can build yourself.
      If I may assist - those are more akin to home page headers, not actually variations to how the script runs, which is virtually the same for any type directory you choose to operate. The main difference is the way in which the directory can be searched, via the home page search widgets. You can vary the generic data collected and displayed through the use of custom fields that are simple to add to your database.
      That is going to be handy ... but I want to see some examples of the themes in action ... not try and create one myself ... not quite yet anyway.
      While you are viewing the demo you will begin to shape in your mind how you may wish to add your own functions into the script through modifications that you can either do yourself or by utilizing the services of third-party PHP developers that advertise in their Marketplace.
      I'm particularly interested in a "Local City Guide" but don't see a theme for that at all.
      I'm sure that after you run the demo you will have a better understanding that these are not themes in the traditional sense. Take it for a test drive. :-)
      And congratulations Big Frank ... great to hear of your success.
      Thanks. I didn't do anything that you can't do yourself. :-)

      Cheers. - Frank
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  • GeoCraft is a great one...

    That I like alot, you can check it out..

    Hope this helps
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  • Profile picture of the author 1001
    Thanks Frank,

    Yeah ... I spent several hours today going through the videos, the forum and the learning centre ... and understand it a fair bit better now.

    And someone was kind enough to point me to an actual operating site, which helped as well.

    I can see how I could transfer my directory over to it ... even uploading all the data as csv files in bulk.

    While you are viewing the demo you will begin to shape in your mind how you may wish to add your own functions into the script through modifications that you can either do yourself or by utilizing the services of third-party PHP developers that advertise in their Marketplace.
    You are correct here too ... the more I learn about it, the more I see it can do.

    I hadn't seen that they have a marketplace ... whereabouts is that? Hiring a third party developer who is familiar with the system already, sounds like an excellent idea.

    I'm sure that after you run the demo you will have a better understanding that these are not themes in the traditional sense. Take it for a test drive. :-)
    Yeah ... I see what you mean

    Thanks for the encouragement.
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    • Profile picture of the author BigFrank
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      Originally Posted by 1001 View Post

      Thanks Frank,
      My pleasure. :-)
      I can see how I could transfer my directory over to it ... even uploading all the data as csv files in bulk.
      Right. One of my sites which I'm currently migrating to the updated BD platform has 1.3M listings. All were imported via csv.
      I hadn't seen that they have a marketplace ... whereabouts is that? When you sign-up for the demo you will have access to it. There will be a link in your admin panel.
      Hiring a third party developer who is familiar with the system already, sounds like an excellent idea.
      The best part of that is that whatever you can dream up, you should be able to have it integrated without much of a problem. That way you are not limited. The problem with all of the other themes and plugins that are being mentioned as excellent solutions is that they all fall short long before you have run out of ideas of what you would like your directory to be, unless you are into plain-vanilla. Not my favorite flavor. Using a theme and/or a plugin to create a directory site is wishful thinking. Leave that to those who aren't committed to investing what's necessary to do the job properly. I have studied everything mentioned and many more not mentioned. Some are toys, some are junk and none will satisfy you. You can trust me on this.
      Thanks for the encouragement.
      I hope you find it to your liking and stick with it. The potential is limitless and the more familiar you become with the platform the more ways you will discover to make money by giving 'free' listings. While you certainly can make money charging for premium listings, there is much more money to be made by creating a community with your directory members and selling them everything known to man. lol

      Once I get all of my sites organized and completed, if you're still at it I will show you some incredible ways to cross-promote and how to offer services to your members, while outsourcing everything. My coach at BD wants me to produce an eBook on the subject, but finding the time will be difficult.

      Feel free to ick my brain via PM if you need any assistance.

      Cheers. - Frank
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    • Profile picture of the author BigFrank
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      Originally Posted by scafidi210 View Post

      Big Frank, You mentioned there is more money to be made giving away free listings and monetizing the community... That's a valuable insight. Could you please expand on that concept?
      My directory sites are used as an incentive for businesses to utilize my other services. I give away premium listing as an enticement to sell video services, web sites and specialty printing. My particular business model would probably be not very attractive to most directory owners as my personal feeling is that as long as the directory is paying its own way - and is pushing other business to me, then it's serving its intended purpose. Personally, I'm not interested in selling directory listings all day, every day. My directory sites are side-dishes - not the entrée. I do plan to create some sort of overview of how I utilize the sites, but I don't know when I will be able to get to that. From now to the beginning of summer is my busiest time of the year as I take summers off - as much as possible.

      The important thing to remember is that the more listings you have, the more people believe it is worth being in your directory.
      Also, could we see examples of your BD sites?
      Not presently. My two current sites are being migrated to the new platform and getting a facelift. I was hoping that would be completed my now, but I got a very late start on initiating the process. The local medical and legal specialty sites are both brand new and are currently being compiled as I purchase the lists I'll be working from. Do stay tuned for an update when they launch in the very near future.

      Cheers. - Frank
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  • Frank,

    Any chance on seeing one of your sites now?

    Thanks.
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    • Profile picture of the author weezie
      What a great thread - I've been pulling my hair out with Premium Press Responsive Directory for the last several days - and now thinking the investment to get Brilliant Directories might be well worth it.

      What bothered me the most about the WP theme I'm using - is the amount of people in the forums complaining about bugs.....don't think I need the headache of the site not working - once I've got paid businesses on there.

      Does anyone know does it compare to edirectory ??

      Thanks

      Louise
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      • Profile picture of the author Jeff Gibson
        @ BigFrank,

        Thanks for your informative posts. I've been looking for a directory script and have shied away from Brilliant Directories because of the price but they are having a Christmas 2015 special where you can purchase 1 lifetime license for $750 or 2 licenses for $950 and so I just might take the plunge.

        You are correct in that purchasing cheap scripts is not the way to go. If I add up all the money I have spent on cheap software, Wordpress themes, etc. I could have purchased several Brilliant Directory licenses and had quality.

        I'll be spending the next couple of days doing more research on this particular directory script and try the demo before deciding.
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  • Profile picture of the author georgec77
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    WSN Links is really good, PHP based.
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