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    Creating a large website on WordPress

    I'm creating a website on WordPress that will have 1000s of pages. The website is essentially a catalogue. Can anyone tell me:

    1.The best catalogue plugins that do not have to use prices. And can add multiple filters like a shop to select 'colour' or 'size' or 'range' in a search menu.

    2. I want to upload all of my catalogue information via Csv so that it automatically populates 3 different Web pages or more. Is this possible?

    3. Advise which theme is better Avada or Genesis? As I've heard conflicting information about which one is more secure.

    4. Advise on areas I need to take into consideration when building a site with many pages.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loucat View Post
    I'm creating a website on WordPress that will have 1000s of pages. The website is essentially a catalogue. Can anyone tell me:

    1.The best catalogue plugins that do not have to use prices. And can add multiple filters like a shop to select 'colour' or 'size' or 'range' in a search menu.

    2. I want to upload all of my catalogue information via Csv so that it automatically populates 3 different Web pages or more. Is this possible?

    3. Advise which theme is better Avada or Genesis? As I've heard conflicting information about which one is more secure.

    4. Advise on areas I need to take into consideration when building a site with many pages.
    WooCommerce can be added on to WordPress to create an E-Commerce platform then you can use a plugin from the likes of YITH who are very reputable (https://wordpress.org/plugins/yith-w...-catalog-mode/) which will turn the E-Commerce into a Catalog.

    From what I remember, filters are attributes within the WooCommerce product and can be used to filter via the shop pages. These come as widgets which you can assign to the WP Widget areas.

    The newest version of WooCommerce provides import / export functionality via CSV, you'll have to research their specification for this though.

    With regards to the themes, I'm not sure. I'd recommend going to Themeforest and sorting by Popularity / Author Rating etc.

    Remember the customer experience is paramount. Make sure you perform A/B testing and see the website from the viewers perspective to get maximum results.

    Good luck!

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    Thank you this is great advice to get me started. I have been looking at the yith plug in so it's good to have your positive feedback on this too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loucat View Post
    Thank you this is great advice to get me started. I have been looking at the yith plug in so it's good to have your positive feedback on this too.
    Not a problem, if you need any hosting help let me know.

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    You won't have 1000's of pages. That's not the way it works.

    You will have a MySQL database that contains all of the items, prices, descriptions, photos, etc.

    The PHP wordpress scripting will dynamically create each page that the viewer sees. Just like this website you're viewing now (webdesignforums). This page is not an HTML static page. It's created dynamically using PHP.

    To upload your existing catalogue using csv (.csv excel files?), you will need a PHP script to convert the csv to the necessary columns in the database. This won't be easy to do, but it can be done. Otherwise, you'll be entering each catalogue item into your wordpress/woocommerce site by hand.
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    This isn't something that's likely to be a drop-in solution. You might be able to cobble together a handful of plugins to get yourself close to what you want, but without some custom functions, you probably won't be able to just download a bunch of plugins and go.

    If you have a budget, you could hire a developer to do this for you. I can't vouch for others, but provided you have the site already set up, and you are the one adding the content, I'd do something like this for about $1200 USD. I tend to be a little expensive for custom work, though.

    I'm not open for work at the moment, but maybe shop it around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mlseim View Post
    You won't have 1000's of pages. That's not the way it works.

    You will have a MySQL database that contains all of the items, prices, descriptions, photos, etc.

    The PHP wordpress scripting will dynamically create each page that the viewer sees. Just like this website you're viewing now (webdesignforums). This page is not an HTML static page. It's created dynamically using PHP.

    To upload your existing catalogue using csv (.csv excel files?), you will need a PHP script to convert the csv to the necessary columns in the database. This won't be easy to do, but it can be done. Otherwise, you'll be entering each catalogue item into your wordpress/woocommerce site by hand.
    I agree with that. Not to mention 1000 pages is a huge problem. HOw can you manage them all. I saw that you want to build 100 pages for E-commerce purpose. So why don't use theme which made for E-commerce purpose. WooCommerce is a good one.

    And I usually use Genesis: easy to customize.


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