The UK Motoring Directory is a managed directory of motoring industry links and automotive content.
Launched in 2000, we were the UK’s first directory dedicated to the automotive industry, now been visited by over 30 million visitors.
The UK Motoring Directory platform is globally recognised for its innovative concepts, categorization, software development and optimisation.
We have thoroughly enjoyed the ride.
The Motoring Directory group is managed by Ripefruit Media.
What’s Been Happening!
- July 2018 | new WordPress theme
- January 2018 | New VPS Hosting
- June 2015 | Merged into WordPress – Mobile, Tablet and PC responsive
- April 2014 | New layout
- August 2013 | Hosting moved to Sydney Australia
- January 2008 | Australian Launch : www.motoringdirectory.com.au
- March 2008 | USA Launch : www.theautomotivedirectory.com
- 2000 – 2008 | See below
The first version [ www.ukmd.co.uk ] was a mock-presentation [html] with half a dozen listings in a few categories that did not meet the judges approval.
Not long after, emails started arriving from companies wanting to be listed in the directory. Twelve months later, www.ukmotoringdirectory.co.uk had 500+ listings in HTML format with a high rank in Yahoo and a steady stream of visitors.
November 2001 introduced a new look directory [ukmd00.01] and dynamically driven by ASP [active server pages], the UK’s first. The technology inspired a new classification system designed specifically for the motoring industry.
The new classification comprised a tree structure of 18 main motoring topics combined with multiple sub-categories based on type, location and make.
The next platform [ukmd00.02 : 08/03] was launched in August 2003 dynamically driven by PHP connected to a MySQL database.
Directory [ukmd01.03] was rolled out over the following 6 months sporting a new look, faster loading pages, improved search facility and improved marketing opportunities.
Directory hosting [ukmd01.04] was moved to Sheffield in October 2006.
Directory hosting [ukmd01.05] was moved to Canberra Australia in August 2013.
Directory [ukmd01.06] was redesigned and incorporated into WordPress. (see Big Shiek Up below)
For a fabulous insight into the past through to the present, visit WayBackMachine to see how we looked then compared with how we look today.
Car Hire & Rental
There has been a noticeable increase in the number of internet-based ‘car hire’ web sites. This is largely attributed to a proliferation of free affiliation based software packages (automatically generating car hire search forms).
To offer better listings, Rental Categories now display by COUNTY and include National and International carriers for ‘internet based’ car hire outlets.
Policy change requires listings within a county to be location-based ‘small business’ operators offering car hire to a local area. Multi area, everywhere type operators will appear in National and International topics.
The change is effective September 1st 2006. Car hire companies listed in the following topics are advised to update their listing to include a COUNTY. Blank or non-updated listings will be automatically appear in either a National or International location.
The new layout: http://www.ukmotoringdirectory.co.uk/sitemap.php
Add 3 tier system:
- Link Partner
- Gold Partner
- Premium Partner
- Totally automated system for complimentary listings.
- Bold appearance for Premium and Gold partner listings.
- Improve search functionality.
- Add A – Z company listing.
- Promote Stolen Register.
- Add misc functionality and new appearance.
The Big Sheik Up
In 2014, the web site was hacked a number of times. Various types of hacks largely defacing pages and swearing allegiances to Allah. In March 2015, the attacks became more regular and damaging. Not that we have anything against Allah but we fail to see why we should continually be the target of extremists and neckbeards without life.
March 2015 | Enter UK Motoring Directory [ukmd01.06]. The biggest change to the web site since it was converted from ASP to PHP, the new site features a new backend (wordpress), appearance, layout, security and a number of other features taking it into the new millennium.
We’ve packed in more security, better forms, mobile phone responsive, new profile layout and a whole lot more! Given the size of the development, we expect changes to be ongoing for some time.
Feel free to tell us what you think, and if any, provide feedback how we can improve.