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My first thoughts - Color me skeptical about a web host who provides only a vague explanation and then suggests a costly solution. If they would provide real details, you could probably resolve the issues on your own (perhaps with a little help from your friends). May that's just me.
Fingers crossed that WSN Links can be helpful - opening a ticket with them was a good way to go.
The last time my web host advised me of a security issue, they told me what the specific problem was and exactly how to resolve it and no additional cost was involved.
One thing that frustrates me is that so many small local businesses only use a Facebook page instead of having a website. Have you encountered that and if/so are you listing the FB page or just leaving it blank?
I've listed some businesses which have no website and you won't see their social links 'cause to me, I need to see a website so I can find their social links. Those listings get a blank grey square in the summary listings which becomes a simple grey line in their detailed listing ( I have tricks). Linked social icons are in the detailed listings under the business's url.
I'll admit I could find out the social links to businesses without websites and treat them as 'websites' but sir, I have scruples. I'm trying to bring the web to Lake Orion after all - it wouldn't seem right to me - ha!
Any quirks using Directories Pro?It took some wrangling to get the navigation and usability the way I wanted but all in all, not too bad. Their documentation is pretty good and I like the configuration tools. Hating google, I went with the openstreetmaps option - works pretty well though in a few cases I had to get more precise longitude and latitude info to match an address exactly. I think there were 2 cases of that among 100+ listings. (still adding new listings daily).
One quirk worth mentioning is that entry of a business's hours is cumbersome - each day has to be entered separately using a select dropdown list. It probably needs to be like that (without bloating the app) to support the nice display feature that indicates if a business is currently open though I long for a choice in the dropdown that says, for example, 'Monday - Friday' instead of separate days only.
Another thing to be prepared for is a suite of system tools (clear cache, rebuild components, refresh taxonomy, etc.), which need to be run occasionally, especially after adding a batch of new listings.
There's some interactive bells and whistles I don't plan to use immediately so I can't comment on them just yet.
Thanks for the feedback.
Thanks again Ed.
Kicks' idea of Pinboard being a directory is spot on so thanks for the nudge Brad - I also need to get better at tagging my Pinboard links (iwebthings@pinboard). Right now, the majority of my tags are organizational tools I use for tracking sites I link to from the dailywebthing and daily pointers. I definitely need to add additional descriptive tags for my Pinboard <i>directory</i> to be more useful to others. I might want to self-host a ‘main page’ to it once I get my act together on adding those tags.
I know not everyone uses (or likes) Wordpress like I do but I'll mention I recently found a plugin (Pinboard Bookmarks), which allows me to show recent Pinboard links in the sidebar at i.webthings along with a link to my Pinboard page (as a widget).
I agree with Brad about your bullet list Kicks - modern directories are everywhere. Even without categories and tags, every link list is at least a directory to sites and ideas someone likes enough to share. When I encounter a new blog I like and it has a blogroll, I see it as a tiny directory into what makes that blogger tick. Makes me want to explore and in some cases, share what I've discovered in the hopes of helping others discover new things and perhaps, share what they've found with others and so it goes. Discovering a Pinboard user with similar interests motivates me in a similar way and those tags sure come in handy in finding new things. Human curated links are more powerful than a search engine's results. At least to me they are.
So, I'm onboard with encouraging others to hyperlink and discover, or discover and hyperlink, whichever comes first. 😀
My first directory of sorts, coolstop was launched in October, 1997. The archives are still online though I stopped adding new content in August, 2010.
I currently maintain two other directory projects, both of which were originally launched in early 2000 and have been updated daily since then - the dailywebthing linkport has content going back to late 2003 (content prior to that date is no longer online) and dailywebthing daily pointers has content going back to February, 2000. The linkport provides links in a wide array of categories, focusing primarily on resources and tools while the daily pointers focus more on personal sites and blogs. Both projects link primarily to independent, non-commercial sites and, along with 6 other currently active webthings, are syndicated to the i.webthings hub.
Glad to be here!