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CiviCRM PROFILES allow you to combine groups of fields as input forms, contact display pages, and search/listings pages. These functions can then be included in your website.
What Profiles are used for and how they work
Illustrations of data entry, searching and viewing Profiles
Profiles often use Custom Data Fields & Groups
How to create Custom Data Fields & Groups
Creating a Profile
Linking Profiles to websites
Actual Profile examples
How to use the Batch Update via Profile functionality
Modify layout and styling, add content and client-side scripting...
Use profiles to control search results columns ...