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What is the best way to create a searchable list/catalog in Wordpress

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We are putting up a wordpress site as a front end business presence, and using a Learning Management to manage our course catalog, commerce, and academic course management. at some point the LMS will be providing us with an API. We don't currently know what features that API will support so we will needa cheap and easy to create a course catalog on our wordpress site that  can link to the back end Learning management System manually via hyperlinks. What is the best way to embed a searchable/filterable course database/spreadsheet into our wordpress site.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

attached is a sample course catalog
Sample-Course-Catalog.xlsx
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by:ITTallahassee
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Just to throw out ideas:

1. You can embed it through Google Apps into Wordpress:
https://support.google.com/drive/answer/55244?hl=en

2. You could import the csv into mysql and display the information in a custom wordpress page.  (this requires MySQL and PHP knowledge)
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by:Jason C. Levine
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What is the best way to embed a searchable/filterable course database/spreadsheet into our wordpress site.

To add to the suggestions above:

1) Purchase Formidable Pro (form generator) and use it to create a full CRUD system for the LMS items.  Formidable is affordable and contains a built-in search function or you can roll your own search

2) Explore FacetWP: https://facetwp.com/ in conjunction with a custom post type to extend WordPress's internal search

3) Enqueue/Embed TableTools into your site. http://datatables.net/extras/tabletools/
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David Brugge earned 500 total points
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If your needs are simple, I have had good success with the TablePress plugin. It has a series of add-on plugins that extend its functionality.

I use it on two of my websites to allow visitors to search a table for keywords and display the results.
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by:Jason C. Levine
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I haven't looked seriously at TablePress in years.  He's really updated it nicely.
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