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12:31 pm on May 4, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I am a new member to these boards so hope that I've posted on the right one. Please move should I not have!

I have recently secured a suitable doamin name for a social networking site I have been considering for some time. My problem is that I am a novice with regards to setting up websites and in my research, have found that there are several commercial and free offerings which I can use for the basis of the site.

In terms of what I'd like to include on the site, I would say the following as a minimum;

Personal profiles, photos and video albums (a 'la facebook)
Ability to listen to whole or samples of music ( a 'la myspace)
Ability to purchase tracks/albums
Ability to purchase tickets for events
Visual map of events, personal (if wanted) locations.
Stream radio.
Be included on a directory of services/service providers with 'paid for' enhaced listings.
Sell banner or other advertisement space.

Problem is, which is the best one!? I'm confused. There are also loads of plugins and applications avilable for these sites but how reliable are they and how do I sort out a problem if one arises? I'd be happy to pay for professional assistance in the future as I would hope that the site would be self financing by then with any luck. In the interim, I need to be able to either put my ideas and site up myself, or, talk a friend into helping me out with a possible future equity share.

So, a rather long post but hope that I will be in receipt of some pointers which will give me some assistance/ideas as to which way I should go.

Thanks to all.


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5:44 pm on May 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hi paul, first of all welcome to WebmasterWorld. :)

As you mentioned there are a lot of potential software solutions out there. The best advice I can offer is try as many as possible. BY trying, I mean installing their either on your website or better still on your computer, and experimenting with them to see what application suite your needs.

The problem with most of the solutions that are already available is they try and be everything, and by doing this they tent to contain lots of bloat that you may not want or need. Its a case of finding a solution that best matches your needs, then trying to make it match your needs as closely as possible.

Hope this helps.

9:17 pm on June 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I'll put a plug in for Drupal. It's a little tough at first, but it is a great tool for building websites!
5:43 am on June 15, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Problem is, which is the best one!? I'm confused.

All have its own merits, Just take a list of all the PHP application. Get the features of each of them, and compare with a big table. Then decide to choose among them which suits close to your need.