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How much, roughly, would a good job cost?
any tips? there are so many out there.
Surely, such a community site can be built using a CMS/portal/framework at a much lower cost. But maybe your definition of "from scratch" is different from mine.
It's impossible to say, in any case, how much a "good job would cost". That's nonsensical, without the details, which, of course, we can't discuss here on WebmasterWorld.
Guy Kawazaki is spreading around that he's built his social network for news - truemors for 12 thousand or something
From a May 16, 2007 Wall Street Journal article:
Because it uses free software, with programming done by a for-hire outfit in called Electric Pulp located in the high tech mecca of South Dakota, the costs are minimal. Mr. Kawasaki says to date, he has spent $12,000 on Truemors.
This was not done "from scratch", though. The article doesn't state exactly what "free software" was used, but it looks like a CMS, smells like a CMS, and a quick "view source" in Firefox reveals references to "plugins", which are a common term used for CMS components.
So, it sounds like they wrote some CMS templates and perhaps a plugin or two.
I can see making a money-losing $12,000 bid on this if you are in South Dakata with low costs and know you will get mega publicity on a the back of controversial venture capitalist with a yen for making bombastic statements to the press...
According to the blog of the S. Dakata firm, as of July the truemors site has been "redesigned". Betcha they charged more than $12,000. ;)
A bit more from an earilier post in that blog:
If you look closely, you’ll notice we hacked up a wordpress install to allow community posts via web, sms, email or phone. Then we added a voting system, layered in some hacker stops, took it to the roof, and shot it full of lightning.
OK, no CMS. Wordpress. Not "from scratch", and then redesigned 2 months later.
I may have misunderstood what you mean by "from scratch". Re-reading the original post, I think you simply mean you are building "a new site", rather than necessarily building the software "from scratch" (i.e. not using a CMS, blog, etc.)