The business directory is part of maidenhead.net.
This large community based site, which we designed and maintain,
has a business directory that is powered by a suite of Perl
scripts specially written by us. The scripts allow dynamic
entry and editing of the directory information by authorised
business owners and editing of hidden status fields by the
site administrator. Password protection is used to give security
and allow only authorized people editing access.
pages are instantly updated in HTML for use by the site's
visitors. The fact that the directory pages are generated
in ordinary HTML means that search engines can index the information
easily in their databases, making the information on the pages
available to searchers.
Summary status information, including the number of entries
and number of categories, is shown on the main page of the
Full error checking is included in the scripts as well as
an administrator's area. The system includes an "enhanced
entry" feature which gives businesses the chance to have
an entry with more information, a link to their web site and
email address all in a larger font and coloured background.
The system is popular with local business owners and site