Hello, I’m Zach, I work for a non-profit called AANE. We are using going to be buisness directory for resources instead of buisneses.
I want to know how to make a custom search filter for the directory. We are going to use this directory to help our site users find professionals that do diagnosis for autism (we get dozens of phone calls and emails asking for refferals everyday). Later we may expand the use of our directory for support groups and other services.
I want to create a filter for age. Some professionals specialize in serving children, some in adults, some adolecents. I know I can set up include that information in the long or short business (or as I have renamed it, service provider) description, and let people find it by searching the keywords, but I think it would be far more user friendly to have check off a box for adult, teen, or child, and then see only the professionals that specialize for those age groups.
Is it possible to create custom search filters? If so, could someone provide some instruction on how to do it? If not is this something that could be a future upgrade?
Thanks to the BD team for making something flexible enough to suit the needs of our non-profit.
Thank you for using BD plugin.
Yes, you may easily create those search filters but first, you would need to define these as custom form fields for the directory. For example, you can add custom form field “Age group”. “services offered” etc. You may define these under BD Admin -> Manage Form Fields section and can also choose the type for your form fields. We have details provided in the documentation here:
Once that is done, you may use the BD Quick search or the Advance Search or the BD search widget (found under WP Appearance -> Widgets) to setup search filters on your directory page. BD Search Widget can be deployed in basic or advanced mode, where you can define which form fields you wish to use for the search filters. Let me know if you have any further questions.
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