The Directory enables you to search for and find other users. It's similar to your site search, but instead of searching for content you're searching for people. This is accomplished via simple criteria like first name, last name, and email address or more advanced criteria like location, community, and Demographics. The ultimate goal of using the Directory is accessing user profiles, and it can most simply be explained as the interface through which users' profiles are searched for and displayed.
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A user's profile pages include general information about them, like their name, bio, contact details, education, and potentially other custom Demographics unique to your site, and this is the content queried when searching via the Directory.
By default, you can access the Directory from your site's main Navigation Bar. Depending on your Higher Logic configuration, up to four Directories are available, and while the Member Directory is the primary default Directory you'll use to search for someone, the other three allow you to search for specific types of users. For example, the Expert Directory searches across all user Expert profiles, the Mentoring Directories searches across all user Mentor/Mentee profiles, etc.
NOTE: The Expert and Mentoring Directories are only available if your organization licenses the Expert Directory and Mentor Match modules (these are optional modules that must be purchased).
See Experts Directory to learn more about the Experts Directory.
See Mentor Match to learn more about the Mentoring Directories.