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Planet13

5:11 pm on Jan 28, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Hi there, Everyone:

Looking for an inexpensive (although free is better) CMS for a dating site.

Ideally, it can provide a FREE membership for most people and allow more options for paid members (like, I don't know, "featured" members, ability to add photos / videos, or other extras, or access to more profiles).

Also would be great if it could handle different categories of members easily, like "just platonic" or some other categories.

Thanks in advance.

Planet13

4:12 pm on Jan 29, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Would something like Dolphin be good for this?

ergophobe

3:04 am on Jan 31, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Sorry, I don't know Dolphin.

I think most mature CMS out there can handle that. Markus from Plenty of Fish always says, however, that it isn't about the features, it's about the efficiency. Dating sites have a lot of complex queries and huge overhead on each request. By their very nature, caching is hard.

So you can build a system that does everything you want, but getting it scale to the point that it makes money without all that money going to pay for servers is apparently the challenge.

So as I understand it, Plenty of Fish runs mostly on custom code in fairly low-level languages (C++).

So just as an example, your feature requirements would be easy to meet in Drupal, but if your community got big, you'd need some solid server power to keep it running I think.

ergophobe

3:10 am on Jan 31, 2012 (gmt 0)

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PS - if you're going down the dating site route and you have any hopes of making money, you absolutely must find the stuff Markus has written and really dive into it.

These are great reading for anyone thinking about something like this:

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thirteen

5:04 am on Jan 31, 2012 (gmt 0)



Drupal can handle creating dating sites. <snip> However it is not going to be easy.

It is not out of the box ready for creating dating site. You need to hunt and add modules and themes. Trying to figure out what modules to install and configuring the modules will take a lot of trial and error.

The good news is Drupal have a huge user base so you can find Drupal developers for hire.

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Planet13

7:02 pm on Jan 31, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Thank you, ergophobe and thirteen for your input.

Yes, i hope to make money, so I will check out the links you referenced.

More importantly, I hope to get inbound links and would like to use it to build up our brand identity. I plan on appealing to a narrow niche.

So to me, just getting mentioned around the web is pretty important.

thanks again.
 

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