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Most hosts available from hostindex.com will also meet the hosting requirements for PowerSeek.
Note that for Perl or PHP scripts we normally strongly recommend a Linux based hosting account.
Before choosing a host make sure that the hosting plan you choose meets the requirements to run PowerSeek. If the host is Linux/Unix based then it will normally automatically meet all the hosting requirements for PowerSeek.
If you are not sure if the host meets the requirements, then mail or contact the particular host of your choice and ask them if they meet the requirements. If the hosting account supports a MySQL database then it will very likely have all the requirements to run PowerSeek.
You need to pay only once. In the future we may have major upgrades with many extras and new features. This will normally happen once in two years. In this event there might be a nominal upgrade fee. You are still welcome to use the old version for as long as you want.
It all depends on the amount of traffic you have to your web site. It would be impossible to tell you how much bandwidth PowerSeek would use because bandwidth is measured by the amount of visitors you receive and it does normally not matter what software you use on your web site.
On avarage 1000 (ball park figure) unique visitors (per day) usually require about 3Gig per month. This figure may vary depending on the size of your web pages and the number of images on your web pages.
PowerSeek has a crawler that fetches page titles, meta descriptions and meta keywords. It does not Index entire sites. PowerSeek is category based. (Not like google.com) In other words, you can build a category based search engine like dmoz.org or Yahoo's directory (http://dir.yahoo.com/) or Google's directory (http://dir.google.com)
All HTML or text displayed to your visitors are customizable via HTML templates or skins. If you can edit web pages you can edit the templates as they are ordinary HTML files. Every aspect of what your visitors see when they browse your Search Engine & Directory is fully customizable. This means that all link displays, all layouts and all text used are 100% customizable. You can practically implement any kind of design. You can also translate everything to be in a different language.
If you installed any kind of Web Scripts before then it should not be difficult at all. We have gone to every measure to make it as easy as possible, even for beginners. You don't have to edit any files by hand. PowerSeek comes with a web based configuration interface. Note that it is important that your host meets the requirements to run PowerSeek. If you are not sure if your host meets the requirements of PowerSeek then contact them and ask them. We normally recommend a Unix/Linux based hosting for ease of installation.
There are no yearly renewal fees. Once you purchase PowerSeek you can use it for as long as you want. Major upgrades or 'version jumps' (for example from ver 3 to ver 4) will require a nominal fee.
If you own more than one license then you can just pay for one upgrade. You can then upgrade the rest of the licenses you own for free. (The upgrade fee will include free upgrades for the rest of the licenses you own if you own more than one PowerSeek license.)
Major upgrades (or version jumps) will contain many new extras and will be a large upgrade. Note that the existing upgrades within versions (for example from ver 3.1 to ver 3.2 ) will always be free. Major upgrades (or version jumps) will be released once every two years.
If PowerSeek Ver 4 for example has been released then you can still keep on using ver 3 - you don't have to upgrade if you don't want to.
You are welcome to install it yourself. It has been created to be very easy to install. You don't have to edit any configuration files yourself. It comes with a web based setup interface. If you encounter any difficulties then we will be more than happy to help you.
Yes. You can upload one image per link (by default) or have submitters upload an image with their submissions. You can also add additional images, videos, files, etc. to link listings by creating extra 'Upload Fields'. You can also set it up so that end users can submit videos, files, images, etc. with their new submissions.
If you do it yourself then you can have it up and running in about 15 minutes. When we receive your order we respond by asking you the necessary server/host details in order to do the installation. When we receive these details from you, we will usually do the installation within 24 hours on business days and within 48 hours on weekends.
A way of doing it would be to install 3 instances of PowerSeek. One installation would be for the English links, one for the Spanish links and one for the German links. You may install as many copies of PowerSeek on the same domain as you require. For more on our licensing policy see the links below.
Another way of doing it would be to add extra fields so that you can add additional descriptions and titles in different languages for each link. Each link would then have 3 titles and 3 descriptions for example. Each title and description would be in a different language. (English, Spanish & German) For more on extra fields see links below.
You can control the positions of 'Premium' links inside categories. You can also sell premium links and give them an original look and feel so that they don't look like standard links. You can additionally also sell standard links. (Optional)
Yes. PowerSeek has functionality where listings don't have to have URLs. This is specifically there so that you can use PowerSeek to build 'Yellow Pages' types of Directories or other Directories where listings doesn't have URLs.
Yes, you can use PowerSeek. You don't need to know any progamming language. You will however need to know how to work with web pages so that you can customize the look & feel of your Search Engine & Directory. In other words, if you have created or built a web site then this knowledge should be more than enough.