How can I use Wordpress to setup a local business directory?
March 24, 2008 7:32 AM   Subscribe

I'm trying to provide a low-cost directory solution for my uncle that produces local informercials in his shore community. Most businesses that he features don't have websites, so this directory would serve as a community "Yellow Pages." How can I make it happen?

The site is currently setup on a Wordpress platform (since it's easy for my uncle to update), but the directory currently consists of a long list of links that lead to individual webpages setup for the businesses. I have a pretty solid understanding of how HTML, CSS, and PHP scripting works, but I'm not sure that I'd be able to write a new PHP script on my own - however, I'd be able to modify an existing script.

I figured with all of the plugins for Wordpress there has to be some solution for a person trying to setup a business directory. Alas, I've found nothing.

I'd like to have the directory setup like this: Link to Directory> Main Categories (Accommodations, Activities, Restaurants, etc)> Business information (Possibly broken down either alphabetically, by cuisine, or even the use of tags).

If anyone has any insight on how to set something like this up, it'd be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
posted by drkrdglo to Computers & Internet (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Tags, tags, tags.
posted by unixrat at 7:37 AM on March 24, 2008

I think WP is a poor fit for what you want to do. I'd check out a more robust CMS, like Drupal or Joomla, either of which can probably handle all your needs out of the box.
posted by mkultra at 7:40 AM on March 24, 2008

Best answer: Heh, I'm always saying "Drupal" to every CMS question that comes along.

Okay, so here's what I'd recommend.

Install Drupal 6.
Enable free tagging.
Create 'Business Listing' node type.
Create BL Categories (Accomodations, Activity, Restaurant, etc).
Enable multiple selections for each BL node.
For each business listing, tag with appropriate word: (Restaurant example: french, fusion, "Reservations Required", "Three Star", etc)
...and so on and so forth.
posted by unixrat at 7:50 AM on March 24, 2008

Response by poster: That sounds like exactly what I'm looking for! I'll give it a try and report back. Thanks again!
posted by drkrdglo at 9:54 AM on March 24, 2008

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