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My client is looking to re-launch and re-brand a concept she started years ago that never took off.  It's a website where you can search and locate a beauty professional near you.  Rather than looking at Google or doing research on a million sites, this website would populate everyone in their area that has signed up to use her website.  So I would think I could use the member areas for the beauty service providers to sign up and pay to have a "profile" on the site.  But this is where I get stuck...can I have some sort of form capture in the member area that would collect all the info from the service provider, and then have that summary appear on the public area of the website?  For example: if XYZ Barber paid the monthly $15 to have his shop featured on her website, could I collect his website, hours, reviews, examples of his work, etc, and then send that as a summary to another area of the website?  Think of it like a Thumbtack for the beauty industry. 

Her current site was built and never operationalized on Wordpress and I'm not familiar with that platform or all the hard coding that went into it.  Here's the homepage of the old site for a visual reference.

Any thoughts or help would be appreciated!

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44 minutes ago, emilyessentially said:

if XYZ Barber paid the monthly $15 to have his shop featured on her website, could I collect his website, hours, reviews, examples of his work, etc, and then send that as a summary to another area of the website?

This isn't something that I would recommend building on Squarespace.

You could do what you said, but it would be an entirely manual process that would need to be administered by the site owner. As you suggested, the professional could pay their member fee and then submit their data through a separate form after signup. However, this would require a lot of manual administration effort by your client because this data would not be submitted directly to the website page content. Each profile would need to be added/updated and, if they leave, deleted manually by your client because professionals would not have the ability to edit their own. 

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