Implementing an event directory
What I'm looking for is the ability to
1) Have the public able to search the events by tags and/or date range
2) Add a field to the Event page to link the event to a certain member and have that show on the Member's page.
I am creating a database of all events in a certain metro area. My members will be associations, museums, historic sites, etc. Each member will submit events for posting on our site and we need to allow the public to access this information in a number of ways:
By Date or Date Range
By Venue (which they can possibly do now as I have added venue to the Members page but still need to sort out how they can get to the events
By Tags - which currently the only way I can see how to do this is to create a new page of events for each type tag or tags that I want to group together (i.e. - prices would be an event page that used a search "Free, $, $$, $$$" tags.
Finally, I want to be able to link from the "Directory" to a Member's profile page which will list all events (current) on that page.
I'm very new to this and have little experience in website design but have done a lot of event website management and data entry. There are a lot of companies out there that do this sort of Event Management in the metro areas and it could be a huge source of new income for Apricot as not only will the original site have possibly thousands of members, but those members will potentially be looking for membership management sites themselves, i.e. I will have associations that will be posting their events through us that in turn have their own members and need a way to manage them.
I add my vote for these options requested by Margie. An example of such a website:
It relies on information entered into various fields during event creation. These fields (i.e., categories) offer the ability to filter and also link to a company's section.
A lot of the features listed here are overkill for my personal/group needs, but there are some great ideas.
One thing that would definitely be great is improved event search as Margie has mentioned. I go to all the effort to tag my events, but unless I'm plastering the event widgets everywhere to display tagged events, it serves as no real value. I have 3-4 events per week listed on average and will have up to 40 events listed at any one time depending on whats coming up - would be great for people to be able to search these rather than just depend on the calendar and/or list views.
Dmitry Buterin commented
Margie, thanks for posting.
At this stage I would like to get comments and feedback from other users to evaluate the complexity and commonality of this - looking forward to thread replies.