1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

How can i populate a Directory site?

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by boothjul, Apr 26, 2010.

  1. boothjul

    boothjul Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2010
    Messages:
    84
    Likes Received:
    222
    I want to build a local business directory site....let's say for Gardening centres & will be using a WordPress directory script.
    I'm interested to know whether there's any way i can get all the business information to automatically populate the website or whether i have to enter each business details by hand.
    I mean, for a small town where i live it's not an insurmountable problem but surely if dealing with a major metropolis then smoke will start coming off the keyboard.
    Yes, i'm a lazy bugger & i'm just looking for an easy way to get the information automatically listed into a directory website i'm building.
    Thanks in advance for any help.
     
  2. squelsh

    squelsh Regular Member

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2009
    Messages:
    349
    Likes Received:
    170
    I started doing this before but started on another project instead.

    The best way to do it is to find a website that already has the data you need and then make a basic scraper using imacros (you can get it in the downloads section)

    put all the data in an excel spreadsheet and upload using a csv to wordpress
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  3. Grizzy

    Grizzy Senior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2008
    Messages:
    919
    Likes Received:
    999
    Probably more efficient and faster to use php and curl to scrape and then input directly directly to sql db.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  4. casius

    casius Junior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2010
    Messages:
    186
    Likes Received:
    20
    Home Page:
    Hello,

    Making a directory while the business model is totally unusual. It would comprise alot of free-bies, that i would contain myself - with embattled companies that require the demonstration since everyone else has it!
     
  5. adbox

    adbox Power Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2009
    Messages:
    658
    Likes Received:
    107
    Home Page:
    You could organize the data and then hire an outsourcer at Rent a Coder to input it for you.