How to Display Essential Grid Boxes into an A-Z Index With a Search Form

If you're interested in adding a faculty directory to your FLEX theme, the Essential Grid plugin can create one for you. This is one we currently have on the News Site. You can create one that looks likes a traditional A-Z index or one that filter's by other fields.

To begin creating your Essential Grid, you'll need to create the and fill out the faculty and directory profiles of the people you'd like to feature on the page. Please remember, you must place featured images on each of the profiles or otherwise, the grid will show a blank square.

After you've created your profiles, now its time to create an Essential Grid that pulls in all the information unto your site.

First, go to your dashboard and on the left hand side of the screen, click the word Essential Grid. Next on the bottom left hand side of the screen, you will see a button that says "New Essential Grid" - click that button to create a new screen.

Second, select the tab that says "source" then select the post type that says faculty and staff. Afterwards if you scroll down below, you'll see the preview of some of the staff members you created on the faculty and staff profile.

Third, we're going to add the filter and sort selection and the search bar. To do this, go to the section called "nav/filter/sort" and then drag the A-Z sorter and the search bar to the top of the grid. Finally, scroll down a little bit to select your sorting properties

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