How To Create a Searchable Database in WordPress

Recently while doing SEO for Epoxy floor business we come across the query of “how to create a searchable database in WordPress.” Well, you may know that WordPress itself doesn’t have built-in functionality to create searchable databases. But based on our experience, you can achieve this using two main methods:

1. Using a Form-Building Plugin:

This is a beginner-friendly approach that leverages form builders like “Formidable Forms” or “WPForms” to collect data and automatically create a searchable database behind the scenes.

Here’s a general walkthrough:

  • Install and Activate the Plugin: Choose a form builder plugin from the WordPress plugin directory and follow the installation and activation instructions.
  • Create a Form: Design a form using the plugin’s interface to capture the data you want to include in your searchable database. Each field in the form represents a specific data point (e.g., name, email, location).
  • Configure the Database: Most form builder plugins allow you to manage the collected data and set search criteria. This might involve defining which fields are searchable and how the search results are displayed.
  • Embed the Form on a Page: Once the form and database are set up, generate an embed code and paste it onto a new WordPress page where you want the form to appear. Visitors can then submit their entries, populating your searchable database.
  • Search Functionality: The plugin typically handles the search functionality. Users can enter keywords in a designated search bar on your page, and the plugin will filter the database based on those keywords.

2. Using a Database Plugin:

For more advanced database functionalities, you can install a dedicated database plugin like “WP Data Tables” or “Tablesome.” These plugins provide more control over data structure, search options, and presentation.

Here’s a simplified breakdown of the steps:

  • Install and Activate the Plugin: Find a database plugin that suits your needs and follow the installation/activation process.
  • Create a Database Table: Use the plugin’s interface to define the structure of your database table. This involves specifying data types (text, number, etc.) for each column (field).
  • Populate the Database (Optional): Some plugins allow you to manually add data entries to the database, while others might integrate with form builders for automatic population.
  • Displaying and Searching the Database: The plugin will typically provide options to embed the database table or search functionality onto your WordPress pages. Users can then interact with the data and filter it based on their search criteria.

Additional Considerations:

  • Choose the Right Plugin: Consider the complexity of your database needs and your comfort level with form builders or database structures when selecting a plugin.
  • Data Security: If you’re collecting sensitive user information, ensure the plugin has proper security measures in place.
  • Customization: Depending on the plugin, you might have some control over the visual appearance of the search results and database tables.


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