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7:49 pm on Mar 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

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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.

Thanks!

9:49 am on Mar 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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Community Server
Dot Net Nuke...

both asp.net offerings.

10:22 am on Apr 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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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