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  • Hi. I have a website [redundant link removed]. It is hosted with Wix, but they are too expensive to continue hosting with them.
    I want setup the same site elsewhere but I am struggling with the tech. I need a website where drivers can enter their contact details into the front end, these details are then saved in a back end database. Employers can then login and view (and query) this back end database. So, ideally, a theme that would allow me set the DB fields for drivers to fill out, and also then specify the database fields to output to employers. Thanks for your help. Jon

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  • In WordPress, the theme is the look of the site. Plugins supply functionality.
    You can get a plugin for forms, which would handle the input and retrieval of data.
    You might need another for a custom post type.
    And maybe User Role Editor or similar to distinguish the Employers from the drivers.

    Thread Starter akajonnygee

    (@akajonnygee)

    Hi Joy, Thanks for your answer. OK, I think I understand. I had thought forms were only for data input, although it makes sense that the input can be stored then retrieved. So I am fine with concept of a form and a user inputting data into a form and the data then being stored (presumably in a database)….but what I am struggling with (mainly) is retrieving that same data and displaying it in a page to another user. Can you give me a little more guidance? Thanks again

    Depending on the plugin, the form data input is stored and retrieved by the same plugin. It could be stored in the post meta table, where all plugins can use WP functions to retrieve it in a standard way, or it could be in its own table in which case only the plugin that stored it knows the layout to work with it.
    Read the descriptions of the plugins to know what they are doing, but you will likely have to try them out to see if they would work for your situation.
    Plugins often provide shortcodes that you put into a page to get the data displayed. Or new plugins might provide a block for that. Or you could create a custom post type to store the data and then the plugin would provide a template to output that custom post type.

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