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Displaying a filterable/sortable information database

Discussion in 'Troubleshooting & How-To's' started by socialtechintl, Jan 5, 2017.

  1. socialtechintl

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    Hello!

    I’m a bit new to WordPress so I would greatly appreciate everyone’s help on solving a very important problem to me.

    So, using a form I’ve collected more than 500 entries that contain some basic information about organizations relevant to my users. The idea is to help users get in touch with volunteer organizations that suit their interests. So each of my entries contains the name of the organization, location, contact information, website, short description, and purpose/tag (predefined) ie women, children, disability, etc.

    I collected the information with “Gravity forms” and stored them also in “Contact Form DB.” Both have worked very well and I am able to display different information on a page using the shortcode.

    The problem is right now I only know how to create a page that displays information matching certain predefined criteria (using the shortcodes). Such as a page on all volunteer organizations in the Philippines that help children.

    What I would like to do is create something much more useful and dynamic. Like many other websites I would like to have a page where users are given several drop-down menus and then based on what the user selects the appropriate entries from my database will be displayed. These drop-down menus would be something like country and purpose, also since many organizations have more than one purpose it would be useful if users could select more than one purpose (many with check boxes).

    So when users first come to this page (Organization database) it would initially display all 500+ entries. Then a user could select Philippines, women, and refugees, which would then substantially narrow down which organizations are displayed.

    What would be the best way to accomplish this? Using a table? I’ve tried but with no success? Or perhaps I need a certain plug in?

    Any and all help is super helpful!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thank you!
     
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    Also, in case people aren't sure what I mean, here are some screenshots of what I'd like to do :)
    Example 1.png Example 2.png Example 3.png

    So something like example 1 and 2 but for the "purpose" category in my case I'd prefer it to be a checkbox dropdown menu like in example 3 so that people can select multiple fields. :)

    Thanks!
     
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