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.
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.
[edited by: mack at 5:41 pm (utc) on May 5, 2010]
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