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Design for a good directory

Discussion in 'Directories' started by cutiepie1, Mar 6, 2012.

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    I am starting a new local business directory. Wondering if you guys have some tips on how to design a flawless directory. Thanks
     
    cutiepie1, Mar 6, 2012 IP
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    formula Well-Known Member

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    there are many business directories out there. Have a look and try to find something that the other wont offer. In other words try to find value for your local customers
     
    formula, Mar 6, 2012 IP
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    what is reciprocal URL.....???? please reply me ,,, please mail me...
     
    vijaysinh1, Mar 6, 2012 IP
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    want something done nicely try business catalyst
     
    alex378, Mar 6, 2012 IP
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    If you can share links to any directories whose design you really like, I would much appreciate that.
     
    cutiepie1, Mar 7, 2012 IP
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    Create an unique category structure is the first step.
     
    WallaceYeung, Mar 7, 2012 IP
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    lalita63 Peon

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    first have the basic structure and make a ground work before you go for final project,never mess up things try to keep each every thing clear,
     
    lalita63, Mar 7, 2012 IP
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    Mia R.I.P. STEVE JOBS

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    Keep It Simple! Your content should be the focus, not flashy graphics, or other distractions.
     
    Mia, Mar 7, 2012 IP
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    Main in the directory where you add your link and what information you list on your website.
    Clear category structure, no duplicate content.
    And good luck.
     
    nonar, Mar 7, 2012 IP
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    LakeCountry Active Member

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    I think OP is looking for actual tips on creating a good design or would like to see some examples of designs we like.
     
    LakeCountry, Mar 7, 2012 IP
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    cutiepie1 Active Member

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    Thank you LakeCountry.
     
    cutiepie1, Mar 8, 2012 IP
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    YMC Well-Known Member

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    If I were to build a local business directory, I would look at the local Chamber of Commerce website first. Evaluate what you think they are doing well and where they are missing opportunities. I would then look at other CoC sites within your region of the country and see how they are doing things.

    I think the suggestion of limited pictures is a bad one. For a local directory, I would make it a cross between a Chamber of Commerce site and a Visitor's Bureau site. I would have informational pages about the community and lots of photos of the town and any local attractions. You could even offer photos as an upgrade for individual listings.

    In other words, I would work on promoting the location as much as I was promoting the site and the businesses listed and build a local portal that was used by locals and anyone coming to visit your town.
     
    YMC, Mar 8, 2012 IP
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    Custom design is the only way to go if you are serious about local directory.Content even more important.
     
    agtile, Mar 19, 2012 IP