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Creating a community website - what software to use?

 7:49 pm on Mar 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hi, I'm creating a community website, and I want the following features:
- members are able to write reviews
- members are able to post classified ads (I'd like to be able to charge money for this)
- ability in the future to create groups within the community.

Can anyone suggest a content management system (CMS) or other off-the-shelf solution? Drupal springs to mind, but then I don't have a lot of experience with these kinds of builds.




 9:49 am on Mar 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

I would say try Joomla, don't have much experience with it myself but it looks like an awesome CMS.


 8:58 pm on Mar 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

Joomla 1.0.8
JoomlaBoard 1.1.2
Joomlapolis Community Builder

JoomlaSpan Google Adsense Module
MOS Link Exchange

The top three is all you need
The bottom two are great additions


 9:56 pm on Mar 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

I don't really recommend Joomlaboard as it leaves a lot to be desired - they're not even using it on the official site...


 10:29 am on Apr 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

Community Server
Dot Net Nuke...

both asp.net offerings.


 10:22 am on Apr 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

Drupal would fit the bill, as you suggest; a little time spent with the handbooks would get you past most of the hiccups, and in most cases installing modules is a cinch.

Drupal, or CivicSpace (a Drupal release for grassroots organising) as the base CMS

Useful modules:

- Organic Groups (a terrific module)
- Review
- Expanded Profiles

That should achieve your aim.


 11:37 am on Apr 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

If you don't mind paying you could have a look at photopost as they also have a review and classified ads script. They intergrate with all the main forums, so you could you the forums groups system.


 9:48 pm on Apr 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

Okay, thank you for the suggestions. I think I'm gonna go with drupal - just need to get a classifieds plugin/module built...


 9:23 am on Apr 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

Might be worth putting out a bounty on it - a classified module seems to be a popular request.


 3:50 pm on Apr 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

Yeah, I intend on it. Seems like other people are interested as well. I'm willing to put up $150. We'll see.

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