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So I need to create a searchable directory of schools within a Buddypress site. I've searched around and read a bunch of posts on the forums that kind of talk about parts of what I want to do, but not all of it, so I thought I might try just explaining exactly what I want to do, and hopefully someone here can suggest the best way to execute it with plugins that would require minimal custom coding. Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
So here goes:
-Import: I have a big csv file with a lot of data for 1000+ schools. I want to import all of them into custom posts on my site.
-Display/search: I'd like to display some kind of navigation for them on a directory listings page on the site (not the home page), that also has a multisearch at the top which would allow readers to search for schools based on multiple criteria (state + tuition, or just state, or just the name, etc.)
-Member access: Buddypress members can rate or comment on listings, but that's it (there's no plan to charge for listings or to enable members to create listings)
Which plugins should I use to accomplish this? I'm guessing Directory, CustomPress, maybe TurboCSV for CSV Importer for importing, and maybe this plugin for search: http://www.squidoo.com/taxonomy-picker-wordpress-plugin. Any other suggestions? Someone also suggested to me Types and Views: http://wp-types.com.
Also, I'm not sure what order in which to execute everything. Do I create custom post types first? Do I just import everything first?
Anyway, that's it, any help would be greatly, greatly appreciated! I could really use some guidance!
Thanks so much!