sorry in advance for the more than likely simple/beginner/waste of time question(s). Anyway, I'm working on building a business ratings site of sorts (Yes, I know, way overdone. Don't worry about it! :D). However, since I know very little programming and am completely new to Drupal (7), I don't quite know the best way to go about building the basic nodes, how to add an itemized search function to the site, or how to get the listings to show up in said search. I've done as many searches as I can think of, but I think the problem is that I don't know what I don't know, and therefore am searching the wrong things.
I guess for me those are all different ways of asking a similar question. How do I build the template node for the business page so that it can be searched for and sorted based on its characteristics. For instance, when creating the basic content type template, how would I build it so that the listing can be searched, for instance, by state?
I need to display the address of the business on its page simply because of the nature of the site. So, is there a way for a search to pick up on that, and display it in a search sorted by the state that it's in? Do I need to somehow link that field to a taxonomy term of some sort? Also, what module would be the best to use for adding that type of search to the site?
I'm not sure whether this is helpful, but the modules that I have installed so far in my journey toward building this site/solving this problem are: Views, CTools, Display Suite, and Custom Search. I'm guessing that I will be able to use custom search for the actual search function, but I haven't delved into using it yet since I haven't figured out how to build what it searches.
Sorry for what I'm sure is a silly post, and thank you in advance for any help anybody may have to offer.