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Need to make huge directory site


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23 January 2009 at 7:50am Community Member, 3 Posts

Originally, we started building a massive directory site using eDirectory, but the framework is extremely difficult for web developers to work with. My question is this.... would Silverstripe be a good solution for building out a site that allow the user to search and view about 1000 business listings in a variety of categories? Then we would need the ability for businesses to "claim" the listing and and pay for upgraded features. Then there would be a separate admin interface for businesses to log into.

Any info would be greatly appreciated.


23 January 2009 at 10:23am Community Member, 712 Posts

Yes, SilverStripe would be well suited to this. Have a look at the wiki pages about the SilverStripe datamodel.

Also, the new ModelAdmin features of 2.3 would be very useful for administration of the listings.


23 January 2009 at 11:28am Community Member, 3 Posts

Thanks for the response! By the ModelAdmin, what are you referring to? I'm very new to all of this... do you mean that I can use the CMS view as a way for my 1000 business owners to edit their listing and upgrade features, etc?


23 January 2009 at 12:37pm Community Member, 712 Posts

Not quite.

ModelAdmin is a tool for site administrators to easily view, modify and add records (ie, through forms or by importing CSV files).

For your users you would need to create the appropriate views and actions, but this is straight forward with the sapphire engine.

Some resources:

Creating your model: [url][/url]

Creating forms: [url][/url]

Are you a web developer yourself?


23 January 2009 at 1:07pm Community Member, 3 Posts

Thanks for the info. Yeah, I'm a web developer, but I'm pretty new to Silverstripe and things like it.