Developed by a New York based Contact USA Inc, qlWebDS not
only looks simple and clean but also contains lot of features not found in
other competing applications. The software package can be downloaded
immediately after the order process is completed in ZIP format. The whole
installation process takes around 10 minutes to finish as you have to upload
the files, set permissions and complete the remaining task using the wizard.
The product works best in Linux based servers, but it can also be installed in
The product enables visitors to submit listings with or
without a website address (URL). I need not find any usefulness in having a
listing without a web address, but it helps in some instances when there is no
URL associated with the listing. Hence, you can also make use of the product to
create an online telephone directory or yellow pages. It also contains optional
directory fields like Name, Company Name, Address, Business Type, Phone Number
and Fax Number and facilitates visitors to submit the listings without
The product automatically displays thumbnails along with the
listings and allows users to upgrade an existing listing to a featured listing.
It also includes a powerful mail engine which delivers emails as and when a
listing is submitted, approved and updated. A key feature of the product is
that it enables you to add logo and up to 12 banners with URL with the ability
to generate deep links. It also ships with 21 professional templates which can
be activated from the administrator control panel. I found that the product is
flexible as administrators can create a new template and integrate into the web
site very easily if you have little knowledge of PHP. The panel also contains a
link to the home page so that you can quickly view the site after changing the
template, as you can see in Figure 1.
Figure 1 - A View of the Control Panel
Figure 2 - Pick a Template
The software includes built-in Captcha support for catching
Spams, Mod Rewrite for Search Engine Friendly URL's and also includes filter
mechanism, which helps to avoid listings with bad words. It also displays a Google
page rank for each listing.
Figure 3 - Manage Settings
Figure 4 - Manage Directory Related Options
Figure 5 - Filter Words
Moreover, you can add the required advertising code, such as
that of Google Adsense, very easily without editing the template file directly
from within the control panel. Even if you change the template after a while,
the ad codes need not be modified and will work as usual.
Figure 6 - Monetize your Website
I prefer to moderate each listing, but as an administrator
you can enable instant approvals so that listings are added to the relevant
category as soon as it is submitted. A core feature of the product is that it
has the ability to automatically fetch meta data, such as title, description
and keywords, from the URL by default. I feel that this is a most wanted
feature as it enables visitors to submit an unlimited number of listings
without spending too much time.
I would suggest the vendor improve the layout of the admin
control panel and also implement AJAX functionality into the product. Moreover,
the documentation should be provided in PDF format along with downloadable
video tutorials so that beginners can quickly learn the usage of one of the
powerful directory application available in the market.