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Directory and Indieweb Search Discussion / Re: What software are you using
Last post by joe jenett -
It works out of the box. I spent a fair amount of time with the documentation before I went for it - my challenge was to integrate it with the other existing site content. It feels good to get back to the project. I'm hoping the directory will get people off of twitter and to the site. Fun!

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!
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Directory and Indieweb Search Discussion / Re: What software are you using
Last post by Brad -
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?
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Directory and Indieweb Search Discussion / Re: What software are you using
Last post by joe jenett -
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.
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Traffic / Re: How to build traffic and users.
Last post by Brad -
I finally looked at the banner ad rotation feature on my directory script WSNLinks.  It's very basic, intended for placing Adsense Javascript code, maybe Amazon js code or HTML5 banners wherever I want them on the directory theme.   That isn't really what I need.  Also the banners won't appear on the blog.

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.
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Directory and Indieweb Search Discussion / Re: Pine.blog
Last post by Brad -
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.
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Directory and Indieweb Search Discussion / Pine.blog
Last post by Brad -
Pine.blog is a RSS feed reader, a blogging platform and a blog RSS feed directory.

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.

Also for you coders, Pine has an API.

Also, also they have an iOS app.