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Submission Guidelines - The Open Directory Project editors are committed to building the most useful Directory on the Internet. We want to help your promotion efforts by listing your site in a timely manner. We want your website to be found easily. By choosing the most appropriate category, you assist us in both these efforts.

Sites which are incomplete, which have Under Construction notices, or which contain broken graphics or links have a poor chance of being listed. Please wait to submit your web site until it is complete. Please double-check the URL, and, if possible, include an e-mail address so we may contact you if we have questions. Duplicate submission (i.e. same site submitted repeatedly to single or multiple Web Design and Development categories) is not considered to be an acceptable practice by the Open Directory Project. If your site is submitted repeatedly, it may be removed from the Directory, altogether.

All sites within Commercial Services are listed with the company name as the Title. Submissions to a Regional Web Design and Development category should include the business location in the description.

Designers and Developers:

We invite you to submit to the correct letter beneath the Designers subcategory beneath the Web Design and Development area alphabetically. Please submit to the appropriate subcategory, rather than to the main Web Design and Development category.

You may also submit the site to the appropriate category in the Regional tree.

If you provide more than one service (i.e. Hosting, Promotion, Marketing), be sure to mention each of the services in your description so that searchers will be able to find you.

Web Design and Development guides users to subcategories which contain all resources and services having to do with designing, developing, maintaining, and promoting web sites.

Accessibility

Submission Notice: Please review the sites already listed in this category before making your submission. This may help you to create a more acceptable description and site title for the editor to review.

If your site is related to business activities (eg. Consultancy services), please submit your site to: Computers/Internet/Web_Design_and_Development/Accessibility/Companies_and_Consultants

more information (editors only)

This category is for sites related to Web Accessibility only.

Business related services can be found here: Computers/Internet/Web_Design_and_Development/Accessibility/Companies_and_Consultants

Sites for web usability can be found here: Computers/Internet/Web_Design_and_Development/Web_Usability

Sites for assistive technology (non-web related) can be found here: Society/Disabled/Assistive_Technology

Other related categories are listed below.

Associations

Professional, business, academic, and non-profit associations orientated towards web design and development are encouraged to submit here.

Companies offering commerical services such as site creation, graphic design, or website promotion should search for the proper sub-category from the Web Design and Development tree. Foreign-origin sites written in languages other than English should search for the proper sub-category from the World tree.

An association is defined as an organized body of individuals or groups who share a common interest or cause; usually identified by the presence of "association" in the title. Most often requires membership for access to benefits and resources.

Authoring

STOP!!

If you offer a full range of bundled services for Web Presence: Website Design, Hosting, Marketing and Promotion, and/or Website Maintenance - you should submit your site to:

Computers/Internet/Web_Design_and_Development/Designers

he Open Directory Project editors are committed to building the most useful Directory on the Internet. We want to help your promotion efforts by listing your site in a timely manner. We want your website to be found easily. By choosing the most appropriate category, you assist us in both these efforts.

Sites which are incomplete, having Under Construction notices, or which contain broken graphics or links have a poor chance of being listed. Please wait to submit your web site until it is complete. Please double-check the URL, and, if possible, include an e-mail address so we may contact you if we have questions.

If you provide an Authoring resource (non-commercial guide, web site development resource, a directory to resources), please submit to the most appropriate Authoring category or subcategory.

If you are a web site developer or designer wishing to list a site offering professional services, please submit your URL to the category of Computers: Internet: Web Design and Development, into the most appropriate sub-category which describes the services offered.

The Authoring category guides users to Non-Commercial resources for website design and development: Authoring Guides and Tutorials, Authoring Software, and Webmaster Resources.

Designers

Please submit general web design companies to the proper sub category, based on services offered, and the appropriate letter under that category.

more information (editors only)

This category is separated into 4 major sub categories:

  • Basic Service,
  • Full Service,
  • Dyanamic and Multimedia,
  • Freelance

    as well as several areas of specialty design.

    If you are indeed a web designer or developer who does work in the global market, do not submit to this broad category, but to the appropriate sub category beneath it. Use your company name -- which in this category will determine your site title.

    Guidelines for submitting sites:

    bulletOnly submit sites that are in English. Non-English sites should be submitted to the appropriate country under World.
    bulletDo not type in capitals, nor capitalize all nouns.
    bulletDo not include a list of keywords.
    bulletDo not include your products.
    bulletDo not write a sales pitch.
    bulletThe description should be a brief summary of the services your company offers:
    bulletDo NOT include superlatives ("We're the best, "The greatest website...", "We're #1..., etc.).
    bulletThe description should be in English, in coherent sentence form, and free from mistakes.
    bulletDo not submit a list of keywords.
    bulletDo not use unnecessary capitalization, or include HTML tags.
    bulletSubmit to only ONE category.
    bulletSubmit to the one best category possible.
  • Hosting

    These are sites and companies that primarily offer web site hosting services.

    Companies that primarily offer web design and development services are listed under Designers under the appropriate letter.

    Message Boards

    Message board software should be submitted at Computers/Bulletin_Board_Systems/Software.

    Message boards about specific topics should be submitted to Computers/Internet/On_the_Web/Message_Boards/

    Providers of remotely-hosted message boards and forums. This includes services that are free or that require a fee or subscription for use. These message boards do not require server-side installation of software. They are popular for use on free web hosts, web sites without enough space or bandwidth to host a message board, and for webmasters who are uncomfortable with locally hosted message board installation and maintenance.

    Message boards about web design are located in Computers/Internet/Web_Design_and_Development/Authoring/Chats_and_Forums.

    Promotion

    Web site Design firms DO NOT belong in this category. If your site offers Design, Hosting and Promotion, please submit to the appropriate letter in the Designers section.

    Search engine optimization and submission firms should be submitted to the appropriate letter in the Search Engine Optimization Firms section.

    If you have a general marketing agency that goes beyond the scope of Internet marketing, please look for the appropriate subcategory in the Business: Marketing section.

    All other firms specifically related to website promotion, please look for the subcategory that best fits your site services.

    Failing to submit to the proper subcategory may cause delays in your site being listed.

    This category is for sites providing information or services relating to website promotion. This includes search engine placement, advertising, link exchanges and traffic marketing.

    PLEASE NOTE, most firms will fit into a subcategory of Promotion and WILL NOT be listed at this level.

    Web Ring Systems

    A webring "system" is either the software to run webrings or a hosting service for webrings. An individual ring is not a "webring system".

    more information (editors only)

    Webring hosting systems and webring system operating software. Also Ringmaster forums discussing the operation and maintainence of webring systems.

    Web Usability

    Resources for web-page authors who want to make their sites easier for visitors to use.

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