I would like to use WPMU themes and plug-ins exclusively to create a directory Web site and was hoping to get your advice on the latest tools available to do this. Previously I had discussions; however, it has been several months so I thought I would start afresh as things have likely evolved.
It is crucial that I achieve the following goals with this site:
1. Be able to import a .csv file of listings to the directory, including all the standard info: Business Name, Address, Summary Info, Detailed Info, a "More Info" URL etc.
2. For each listing above, with regards to the "More Info" URL, I would like to be able to upload a URL that the user can click for more info and be able to to create a call to action from it for example "Contact ABC Business", so basically this is the concatenation of (a) text (b) Business Name. In other words, I don't want the actual URL to show, but a nicer option to click.
3. I do not want any users to be able to log in and add listings ... the site is intended to be created by a feed only, which will be refreshed via research.
4. Writers are able to submit articles for posting on the site, which can also allow them to place a link to their site.
5. I can create a "featured" section, which may show a calendar of upcoming events.
6. People who run events are to be able to submit those events to the site so they can independently sell tickets to them. Ideally a percentage of ticket sales would go to the site owner, the percentage of which can be easily changed whether 0 or x%.
7. Be able to include an image which scales nicely to the screen for all devices, which is stored in the WordPress Media Library. Having a slider would also be nice.
8. Be able to install a code snippet immediately following the opening <body> tag for Google Tag Manager.
9. Be able to capture e-mail addresses through a slide-in widget (which presumably links to MailChimp or some other e-mail management program).
10. Be able to generate /sitemap.xml files which list all URLs on the site.
Thank you very much for your advice, it is greatly appreciated.