Search capabilities with CustomPress taxonomies

Hi,
I'm working on a site and would like to use this plugin for an arts festival.
I have two taxonomies, festival year and art genre, and I will need to query results based on these two taxonomies. For example, 2010 and glass, 2011 and jewelry, etc. Down the line I would even like to add in more complex searches.
Would this plugin allow me to do this? Or do you know of a plugin or developer that can assist?
Here's the link: http://www.beta.cornhillartsfestival.com/artists/
Thank you!

  • DavidM
    • DEV MAN’s Mascot

    Hi ellaj,

    CustomPress doesn't provide search or query facilities itself and I'm not aware of a plugin that does customized searches/queries as such.

    The Search Everything plugin lets you search custom taxonomies, though it simply integrates with your standard WordPress search.
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/search-everything/

    Also, I've listed out a few plugins for use with custom post types. Perhaps they might help with your query?
    https://premium.wpmudev.org/forums/topic/custom-post-type-plugins

    Lastly, to find a developer for custom work on that, you could take a look at the job board.

    Cheers,
    David

  • DavidM
    • DEV MAN’s Mascot

    Hi ellaj,

    The only way I know of doing custom queries like that at this point would be to custom code them, which WordPress actually makes rather simple I think. Is that maybe what you were looking for though, a custom query for that? If so, if you could provide a bit more specifics on what you'd like the query to encompass I'll see how I can assist there.

    We'll be happy to take a look at your request in the Feature Suggestion forum too, if you'd like to go ahead and post a request there.
    https://premium.wpmudev.org/forums/forum/feature-suggestions

    My personal thought on this is that WordPress itself could really use something like Drupal's Views module, which lets you customize queries from the back-end and easily display the results on the front-end.

    I haven't seen anything like that with WordPress as yet (with the exception of maybe Headway's Excerpts+ Leaf).

    Cheers,
    David

  • ellaj
    • Design Lord, Child of Thor

    Hi David,
    Yes! I'm looking for a way to do custom queries based on either custom fields or custom taxonomies...whatever will be scalable in the future. I want to learn how to do this and I am willing to pay!!!

    One project is for an arts festival: http://www.beta.cornhillartsfestival.com/artists/. I would love to have this sort of functionality with the dropdowns: http://www.summerfeet.net/explore-trips/browse-all/ so users can search for the year and art genre. Since there are over 400 artists, I would also like a pagination feature like WP-Snap which I tried and did not work at all.

    The second project is for bicycle tourism. This would need a faceted search to drill down into the taxonomies. e.g. Search for Self-Guided Bicycle Tours in Thailand during June - each item in bold being a variable in the search, meaning - the search could easily look like Wine Tasting Tours in California during June. I am guessing that involves AJAX, with drop down menus etc.? The sidebar of this website is awesome: http://vitalventure.gmri.org/activities/.

    Any help you can offer will be much appreciated. I've contacted developers that have not responded and the clock is ticking. :slight_smile: At this point, for the arts festival project, I'm not even sure if I should be using custom taxonomies or custom fields. I've been staring at it for too long!

    Thank you!

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