Our team is mainly focused on the paid version and therefore we do pay the greatest attention to the paid version development & support. Paid version customers have the higher priority and as a result they get a faster help if needed. Anyway, we will keep our free version stable and up-to-date.
The newest available stable version of the premium edition is eSyndiCat 3.3
Admin Panel Screenshots
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.
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.
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.