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What sort of script do I need for this project?

Need a script to list businesses by area...



1:45 pm on Jul 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I was hoping some of you out there could help me out. I'm hoping to build a site around a particular niche, and I have a pretty good vision of what I want out of it. The problem is, I don't know what sort of script(?) I should be looking for to achieve it. Keep in mind that I really don't have the ability to code this myself, but I would hopefully be able to custom edit something else to reach what I want.

Here's what I'm looking for:

*I want to be able to organize all the businesses offering widget services, by state-->city.

*I want to list some basic information, such as the name of the business, their address, phone #, and web address (if applicable).

*Preferrably, I would like to also have a small snapshot of their location via a yahoo/google map embedded on the page.

*I would like it to be database driven, that way I can add new listings easily in the backend, as opposed to creating each page by hand with a template...

*The ability to place ad copy on various parts of each page.

Would this be considered a portal? If so, could anyone give me a bit of advice as to what I'd need to use/do to get the end result I'm looking for?

Thank you very much in advance for any insight that may be provided.



2:22 pm on Jul 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I'm thinking Mambo or Joomla.


3:03 pm on Jul 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the quick reply.

I plan to look further into both of these CMS shortly.

Do you think either option be capable of what I'm looking for?

That is, without me needing extensive programming knowledge to pull it off?


3:17 pm on Jul 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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It looks like this may be the sort of thing I had in mind:


With some editing, perhaps that'll do it. If anyone else has further suggestions, don't hesitate to speak up. Thanks :)

[edited by: engine at 4:34 pm (utc) on July 3, 2006]
[edit reason] de-linked [/edit]


4:09 pm on Jul 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Postnuke with the pagesetter module will allow you to do this. Pagesetter basically lets you define what info you want to store in the database and you create a template to display and filter the results how you would like. The templates use html and some smarty tags to control the display. It takes a little practice to get the hang of it but once you do its a breeze.
I have heard Drupal has a similar addon as well but don't know for sure or could give you a name.


11:56 pm on Jul 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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You could hack phpmydirectory or use Joomla

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