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[Resolved] How to search a specific population

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Last updated by johnG-13 6 years, 3 months ago.

Assigned support staff: Shane.

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#452665

Nothing's wrong yet, but I'm stumped as to how to set up my database.

I have created a single post type for this database.

I will have two populations using this post type:
1- users of a service
2- providers of the service.

I want users to be able to search providers and providers to be able to search users. But I'm not sure how to accomplish that. Separate categories in this post type? Two post fields (users & providers).

Thanks for any suggestions!

#452801

Shane
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Languages: English (English )

Timezone: America/Jamaica (GMT-05:00)

Hi John,

Thank you for contacting our support forum.

When you say two populations, you are referring to the personnels who will be doing the search correct?

Meaning one set is are regular users and the other is the service provider who can search for users ?

Please let me know as i'm a bit confused about the use case.

Thanks,
Shane

#452802

Hi Shane:

Yes, there is a population of users who are looking for providers with certain qualifications.

And at the same time, the providers will want to search for users who are seeking those qualifications.

So a user might want a provider who has:
Color: Red
Car: SUV
Transmission: Standard

And the provider is looking for users seeking those qualifications.

I think I may have resolved it (although I'm open to other/better ideas): I created a radio set for user/provider. In the submission form, they must select one or the other.

On the search side, I used the same field, but I gave it a different title, asking the searcher to select what they were looking for (user or provider).

It seems to work OK, but if there's a more elegant way to accomplish this, I'm all ears.

#452829

Shane
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Languages: English (English )

Timezone: America/Jamaica (GMT-05:00)

Hi John,

I was about to suggest using the custom fields to setup the data but it seems that you have already done this.

I'm not able to think of a more suitable way to do this with just toolset.

Thanks,
Shane

#452833

Great -- that solution seems to work fine for me. Thanks!