SOD Solution WordPress Plugin

Sod Solutions is dedicated to meeting the needs of warm and cool season turfgrass producers, nurserymen, landscape professionals and their customers by developing, licensing and marketing improved turf-grass varieties

The Brief:

The task was to modify and build upon a plugin which was created initially for the retailers search functionality. This plugin will enable the admin to search/add/edit/delete installers from the back-end. On the front-end, the users can search installers via city or county, and then contact the installers by clicking the ‘contact’ button right next to the search result. The search results will be displayed using the Google’s geo code API, so that the best possible matches based on a certain radius are displayed.

We had to add the following functionalities

  • A new custom post type for installers that would allow the admin to enter the installers’ information and assign them to cities.
  • Back end coding to display the installers based on the search criteria or user input. Also, adding the contact button to each of the current search results would require coding the light box and allowing the user to send an email to the address associated with each installer in an area.
  • On the back end, client would want a way to track the number of requests made and see the cities where the requests are being made.

Major Achievements

– We have also made the system intelligent enough that the admin can see the ‘most searched areas’ in the back-end. This way, the admin will know which areas have more demand.

– The plugin was created in a way that it can be used by any WordPress website with any kind of theme. The styling will be adopted automatically and will not conflict with the theme’s style-sheet.

– The search bar provides search suggestions and has an auto-complete functionality.