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Zip code or address radius search for member directory

I am currently evaluating Wild Apricot for use with a specific database and I would like to be able for public visitors to use the Advanced search to look for:

Members "within" "x" miles of "zip code" or "address"

This feature would allow visitors to find people near their location and not just in a specific zip code. It's better to put in the address and find closest locations because it's more specific than the zip code. I think this feature would greatly enhance the ability for people to use this software for other databases. Like for me, I do recurring subscriptions for clients that I supply web services to and also provide access to blogs, forums, free ebooks, etc. They are daycare providers using the service for advertisement. The public visitors are looking for available providers in their area. Something like a "store locator" feature would really enhance the searching process.

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      • Debborah KerrDebborah Kerr commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I currently use Batch Geo to plot members on google maps. I export my members into a spreadsheet, then upload the spreadsheet into Batch Geo. It would be great to incorporate this type of feature in Wild Apricot.

      • devrapdevrap commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        My client is also requesting zip code proximity as part of the public member search as an integrated feature in future versions of WA.

        We had some of their members evaluate WA and also polled their membership--whose dues pay for the organization's infrastructure--on the most important features of their membership-based website.

        Order of importance of these features in their compiled ranking:

        1) easy member URL (as several of them use this as their practices' web page)
        2) SEO indexed member pages and directory
        3) Zip code proximity search (and map) integrated into public member search
        4) Public member search gadget on homepage

        Member fees are what keeps this organization going, so being able to provide these features are pretty important to drive membership.

        Many thanks, sorry for the deluge in tying these issues together on the various feature request pages.

      • Randy ScottRandy Scott commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        If you take a look at my solution it went from being quoted $700.00 to in just few hours and zero costs up and running. I even like the design better than what the other ones for 700.00 offered. It does have a banner and it only shows last name it does have a couple field I could add and probable add the first name too. But again free is good! There is some changing of the exported data fields and it is limited but free is good and I think it does its purposes. Take a look at it here http://www.ippsoa.com

      • DotCreativityDotCreativity commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hello Everyone.

        If you are interested in either Google Maps integration or Proximity Searches, please get in contact with me to discuss your needs.

        The team at dotCreativity Design & Development Services http://dotcreativity.com can get all your members to load quickly up on an interactive Google Map, as well as provide proximity searches using a zip code or address.

        We have set up a demo for you to try here:
        * Google Maps: http://demosite.camp8.org/map
        * Proximity Search: http://demosite.camp8.org/proximity
        You can contact us here: http://dotcreativity.com/contact-us

      • Emily FreerEmily Freer commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hello,

        In reply to "Zip Code or Address Radius Search", I am getting regular requests from members as well as people from the general public, to have this as an option in our Find a Practitioner and Find an Instructor. To be able to enter a post code and have the option to search within 5, 10 or 25 kim radius of this postcode.

      • kchaykakchayka commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        [quote user="Chief_Apricot"]Check out http://forums.wildapricot.com/forums/308926-for-designers-and-developers/suggestions/8821357-plot-your-members-on-a-map-experimental-not-off [/quote]

        I have checked it out, tried it, but it is not working correctly - some members are plotted and others are not. Can someone please take a look and see where it is going wrong? I've made 3 or 4 pleas for help on both that forum post and via email to support. No one is responding. :-(

      • kchaykakchayka commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        [quote user="Tim"]

        Rather than achieve this through the database, you could achieve the same result using the Google maps implementation described earlier - just centre the map on the user's location and scale it cover the required radius.

        Other users data would be on the map but off the scale.

        Something like http://www.ev-network.org.uk/Default.aspx?pageId=524100&mdd=40302

        [/quote]

        This is exactly what I'd like. May we use your code?

      • kchaykakchayka commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        [quote user="Chief_Apricot"]

        About member map - this is already possible. See

        https://help.wildapricot.com/display/DOC/Google+map+gadget

        [/quote]

        The above page is 404 Not Found. My client would like something like this as a replacement for the default Browse. I know a google map can be embedded via an iframe, but can member locations be automatically plotted? If so, how?

      • Dmitry ButerinDmitry Buterin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi Robert, can you elaborate how you envision this? I am not clear how this applies to zip/address radius search.

      • rintveldrintveld commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree, the general public does not like this search set up. I get people contacting me how to do it and the simple search is too wide open. Can we get a search that just ask to input from a choice of 2-3 drop down list?

        Robert I

        http://www.cismspecialist.com

      • dlsmith2dlsmith2 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        HI, Tim.

        Your searchable map is amazing. Would you be willing to share how you created it?

        Debi

      • joannajoanna commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Our Association is of Healthcare Advocates, and we have members of the public who search our web site for an advocate in their area. Becaucse these people are very stressed when they are searching (after all, they have major health problems and need someone to help them navigate through), they need a very simple search system; one where you put in your zip code and it kicks up people within a 5, 10 or 25 miles radius. We keep hearing from our members that the search system is too hard for the general public, and the advocates can't be easily found.

        So I agree, it needs to have this ability.

      • Dmitry ButerinDmitry Buterin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Good point Tim and good job on the map. I understand it dynamically links to the member directory, right?

      • Roger PryorRoger Pryor commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        You can create a proximity search by using a "Begins With" in the Advanced search and entering just the first few numbers of a zip code. The search circle can be enlarged by using fewer numbers.

      • SWEAtlantaSWEAtlanta commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Not necessarily what the OP is asking for, but it would be cool to have a "member map" on the site. However! Each member should have the ability to just show location, location and information (such as name w/ link to profile), or nothing at all. In fact, I'm creating something like this right now!

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