I’ve read thru this a few times and I have to admit I’m not certain I follow completely but I think the method of using categories with child categories is the way to go. So, any of the templates that have a category drop down should do the trick. cMap tends to be the most popular because it also include a map.
Of note, there is a beta feature built-in to all the template with a category dropdown;
enable_category_multi_select=TRUE. This option turns the category selection in to a multiselect. What this means is you users could select any arbitrary number of categories and the result would be the entries would have to be in all of the selected categories. I mention it because this options seems like it would be a good fit for what you want to accomplish.
Could you explain more about output being output via SiteShot? That extension only create a thumbnail of a website and show it instead of the photo/logo. It doesn’t do any redirecting or anything.
Yep, a shortcode generator is on the to do list with literally a couple 100 other improvements. I’ve been working on Connections for over 6 years now and my plans are to definitely to keep on going and improving into the foreseeable future.
Here’s the doc page for core shortcode options that’ll work with any template.
Here’s the doc page for the cMap shortcode options. A large majority of the options work with all the premium templates. You can see which one precisely by referring to each templates “Customization Options” page.
Hope that helps!