I am building a site that will have a directory as one of the main features. I would like to use the WordPress directory plugin. There is a free basic listing, and a paid premium listing. There is also an option to add additional features to the listings.
The directory plugin looks good for this, but the directory theme is not very flexible for a site that is not only a directory, and integrating the directory templates and functions intto another theme seems like more of a job than it should be.
A few questions:
What is the best way to integrate the directory plugin and the membership plugin? The membership levels are the same as the levels for the listings, so only one of them is necessary. Is there a way to use the membership registration instead of the directory registration and still have the users get access to what they need? I will also be using the Gravity Forms membership plugin and possible a couple of other membership plugins.
If I do end up customizing the directory theme, what is the best way to get the home page to display something other than the directory, and to get the directory to display on a different page. I attempted to do this in a way that would work with any other theme, but it took away some of the functionality of the directory when it was on a different page.
Also wondering the best way to do directory search across multisites – first choose the site, then the category, then search and find related entries.
Thanks very much.