The newest available stable version of the free edition is eSyndiCat 1.8 Cushy. It's free and always will be.
cush·y /ˈko͝oSHē/ adjective (of a job, task, or situation) Undemanding, easy, or secure - cushy software that does the tasks easily synonyms adjective: easy, comfortable, facile, soft, snug, light
Directory Front End
Admin Panel Screenshots
Pro features missing in the free edition
No Plugins Functionality Support
eSyndiCat paid version functionality can be easily extended using tons of free plugins (along with many paid ones) that come with the version purchase. There is no way to use our extensive plugin system in free version.
Now the eSyndiCat Team provides 50+ plugins that can be added easily to your website.
"Powered-by" Branding Mandatory
We have been working on the eSyndiCat product since 2005 and we have put a lot of efforts, money, and nerves to make it powerful, stable, reliable, and easy to use. We only require free version users to keep the "Powered-by" link on pages.
We ask you to help us spread the software and keep the link intact. You are allowed to change the default logo and templates if you wish.
No Sponsored Listings
Sponsored Listings is one of the ways to monetize your web directory. You don't have any way to create sponsored plans to accept payments for the listing submissions.
Anyhow, if you are planning to organize a free directory website you can still monetize using the Google Adsense program. The free version provides a functionality that places Adsense ads easily.
No Advanced Fields Editor
eSyndiCat free version is only limited to several hardcoded listing fields. Your submitters can input listing title, description, URL, and reciprocal URL. These fields are enough to build a basic directory.
Paid version has a built-in fields manager and you can modify your listings field set through an admin panel. If you plan to get the max of your directory website we highly recommend to upgrade.
No Custom Pages & Menus Manager
Need more pages for your web directory? eSyndiCat paid version has a way to create custom pages and display them in your menus. You can edit your pages content trough a poweful WYSIWYG editor directly in your Admin Panel. Interested? Def you are!
This feature is missing in eSyndiCat free edition. You only need to spend $97 to get all these features in eSyndiCat paid version.