What the host's scanner was detecting was the anti-virus sub-program built into the directory script. Yes WSN Links has it's own anti-virus program. I guess it's not uncommon for antivirus programs to flag each other as problems.
So all is good and I don't face the decision of having to dump hundreds of dollars into this.
Upon questioning via a support ticket, the hosting company did specify what files they detected as problems. They should have just specified these in the initial warning. I just got the report of another scan by them that shows the site is clear.
I’ve spent the better part of two days setting up a “The Unofficial Micro.blog Webring”, troubleshooting as to why my browsers blocked the ring code on my Hugo blog but let it pass on my WordPress blog, researching and looking for alternatives. All for nothing.
So okay, I'm not going to build a traditional webring for Micro.blog members any time soon. I'm thinking, is there another way around this? I have a directory with categories and directories are a very versatile thing if you think about it.
My Big Plan:
What if I create a linear "ring" (of a sort)?
Most webrings generate an index page of all ring members. So a linear ring would be a sub-category within the directory of just Micro.blog participants. Anybody adding their blog would have the option to link back to that sub-category to share traffic with other Micro.blog members. It would be a sort of "ring" built around that index page I spoke of. It isn't perfect but it might work.
This is from before SEO had a name. I first discovered this site before Google was around. Promoting a website was primarily about getting it listed in as many directories and search engines as you could. This is a later version of the site then when I first found it in the late 1990's but the text is substantially the same. For someone like me, knowing zero about directories and search engines, reading through all that text and guide pages taught me a lot.
A lot depends on how said meta is set up. If you are opening up search results on their own domains (ie. a search of indieseek.xyz would open a tab with results on Indieweb.xyz) 1. it's easier, 2. prior permission is not needed, 3. API not needed. However if one was using a real metasearch script and displaying the results on the meta's site one would have to use the API's or set up a scrape with permission.
Joe, thanks for the detailed rundown. I've been sitting on a domain for years, wanting to do some sort of local directory myself but the timing wasn't right and the tools were not available. But now it looks like the tools are there with Directories Pro so I might give it a shot with the inspiration provided by you and @Ed.
One of those was I didn't want to get locked into Google maps, so the Open Street Map option is a big plus.
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?
My thought was to:
1. advertise other websites on the same domain (ie. advertise these forums.) 2. offer free advertising to certain groups to build goodwill.
All of which is a nice thought but I don't have enough traffic and the limitations of only using HTML5 banners.
Followup: I added both my blog and the directory blog to the RSS directory named above and 12 hrs later they are in the listings. I suggest you add your blogs.
ADDED: I just checked the directory search function. It does indeed spider the contents of your feed. Example: For Indieseek blog the term "technorati" only appears in a post. A search for that term turned up the Indieseek blog. Cool.
On the reader part: 1. you have a timeline of posts from the feeds you have subscribed to. The whole look and feed in more like Twitter or Micro.blog. 2. You can have more than one timeline - so this is a bit like folders. The reader is free at least for now.
Blogging Platform: $5 per month. It does support webmentions. Since I don't want to spend money for a blog, thats all I know.
RSS feed directory: This is the exciting part. You can add your blog's feed even if you have an outside blog. Free, but you need to sign up for a free acct. Adding blog feeds to the directory is not real intuitive but not hard to figure out. Human reviewed. Once your blog feed is in the directory it's very easy for any Pine timeline user to add your feed to their reader. But anyone can use this directory to find feeds.
I agree with many of these, some I don't. But those I agree with I'm taking to heart:
Be more descriptive in my entries. Before I was being dispassionate (neutral) in my descriptions now I'm trying to give a fuller sense of what is available on a site.
Editorialize more: Say why I like the site or why it is useful or why I have reservations. The last happens rarely, because if I have reservations about a site it probably won't make it into the index.
I investigated displaying the URL of the listing, thinking that it would encourage more users to click through. It can be done but the templates for individual listings are very complex and a bit beyond my ability to edit. I'll revisit this in the future.
I'm considering thumbshots again and that these might also encourage click throughs. Gen X and later Gens are very visually oriented. Potential Problems include: 1. I have a lot of obscure sites for which thumbshots may not be available, 2. they add clutter, 3. They slow loading, 4. Thumbshots of slicker looking sites are more likely to get clicked upon while homely sites may get ignored so it becomes a beauty contest. 5. Thumbshot services are a third party silo. 6. Rendering on phone screens might be screwed up.
Still it's really a matter of flicking a switch back in the Admin panel, I can always turn it off again. If I'm going to experiment, it is easier to do now while I only have a modest amount of listings than later when the index is bigger so I might experiment with it for a year.