• Status: Solved
  • Priority: Medium
  • Security: Public
  • Views: 398
  • Last Modified:

Search form/filter for a database

Hello, I know this is quite a generic question but I need advice on the best way to undertake a task.

I have a big Excel file with a list of known exposition and fairs all around the world. Each column contains data concerning the expo, like country, product category and so on.

I need to "transform" this into an archive for a wordpress website I'm developing and create a search form which allows you to choose zone, country, start date, end date, categories with subcategories and so on.
Then the results are listed in an order you can also choose, and if you click on an expo you get full details.

So I was wondering, which would be the best way to do this?

For instance, I can convert the Excel file into a Mysql table, then I can add the table to the wordpress database OR I can create a new database altogether. Which would be best?

Or is there a way which avoids Mysql and php?

Don't worry about my knowledge in your suggestions because what I don't know I'll try to learn (or get help about :)), but I'd like to know the fastest way to accomplish this.

Also, if you know of any software/plugin/whatever which can help me in the task, feel free to suggest it.

Thanks in advance.
0
Daniele Brunengo
Asked:
Daniele Brunengo
  • 3
  • 3
1 Solution
 
Big MontySenior Web Developer / CEO of ExchangeTree.org Commented:
You're def on the right track. One thing to ask yourself is will this application grow? If you envision that it will, then I would suggest building your own DB to keep things organized. But if you think it will only be 1-2 tables, then I don't see any reason not to keep it directly in the WP database.

From there, it's as simple as looking for some online examples on "how to build a form in php" (say, that looks like a good google search to start with!) and coming here to ask specific questions on issues you're stuck on.
0
 
Daniele BrunengoIT Consultant, Web DesignerAuthor Commented:
Ok, thanks. I was actually watching some videos on those topics.

I am positive there won't be more than 1 table, it may become 2 but that's it.

So I guess I'm gonna keep it inside the WP database.

I think this would make things easier, in that I wouldn't have to access a different database while connected to the WP one.

The search form itself will probably be a little complex though, so I guess I will open a new topic about that if I encounter any problems (which I will).
0
 
Big MontySenior Web Developer / CEO of ExchangeTree.org Commented:
great, good luck!
0
Improve Your Query Performance Tuning

In this FREE six-day email course, you'll learn from Janis Griffin, Database Performance Evangelist. She'll teach 12 steps that you can use to optimize your queries as much as possible and see measurable results in your work. Get started today!

 
Daniele BrunengoIT Consultant, Web DesignerAuthor Commented:
One doubt, though. Can't it be "dangerous" to add a table to the WP database? I mean, for instance when upgrading to a new WP version, isn't there a risk of some damaged data?
0
 
Big MontySenior Web Developer / CEO of ExchangeTree.org Commented:
no. when upgrading wordpress, it only looks at its own tables, it will not touch any user created tables

http://wordpress.org/support/topic/add-tables-to-wp-database
0
 
Daniele BrunengoIT Consultant, Web DesignerAuthor Commented:
Great, thanks.
0
Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.

Join & Write a Comment

Featured Post

Improve Your Query Performance Tuning

In this FREE six-day email course, you'll learn from Janis Griffin, Database Performance Evangelist. She'll teach 12 steps that you can use to optimize your queries as much as possible and see measurable results in your work. Get started today!

  • 3
  • 3
Tackle projects and never again get stuck behind a technical roadblock.
Join Now