self hosted video site design - standard or custom posts?

We need to build a WP site for users to upload videos that we will self host.

We are considering Divi and Upfront. We are planning to use the Gravity Forms Advanced File Uploader for users to upload their videos.

We need the videos to be searchable by state and city fields. Can this be done with standard posts or would we need to use custom posts? If we have to use custom posts how can we easily display them and implement search by custom post fields such as state and city?

If we have to use custom posts how would you recommend integrating custom post fields into Gravity Forms?

thx

  • Ash
    • WordPress Hacker

    Hello @cd

    Welcome to WPMU community!

    I hope you are well today and thanks for asking the question.

    Well, you can go with both - post or CPT (custom post type). But I would prefer custom post type, as the video contents will be separate and you will have full control over it.

    To integrate gravity form, it seems there is a nice add on, you may take a look: https://wordpress.org/plugins/gravity-forms-custom-post-types/

    For searching, there are two awesome plugins you can use:
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/relevanssi/ (I like it)
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/search-everything/

    Hope it helps :slight_smile: Please feel free to ask more question if you have any.

    Cheers
    Ash

  • cd
    • WPMU DEV Initiate

    We created the custom posts and use Gravity Forms to upload the data. We installed SearchWP to search state and city but we are not coders so displaying the data is very difficult. We need to have a specific page that searches specific custom fields, state and city, and displays them in a nice looking page that use the theme's format. Can you tell us how to do this without being coders?

    thx

  • Ash
    • WordPress Hacker

    Hello @cd

    I hope you are well today.

    I never used SearchWP plugin. I just visited his their site and it seems a pretty good one. But I didn't find enough information in their doc.

    Did you get any manual? There should be a shortcode or template tag to show the search form in a page via editor or template file. If they suggest that the only way is to use code, then I am afraid there is no other way. I think if you please ask in their support forum, you will get more accurate answer :slight_smile:

    If you need to customize by code, I would recommend to post a job in our job board where you can hire a developer to assist further: https://premium.wpmudev.org/wpmu-jobs/ Please note that, no WPMU official staffs are allowed to work in the job board.

    Cheers
    Ash

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