Who can recommend a good platform and host (pref. local)?
I researched what is out there, but I am still undecided.
I want something simple and intuitive that is Facebook / Youtube / Picasa / Map friendly that ‘just works’ and interactive.
I first considered piggying back on to Geekzone with my own domain - but it was not a good fit given the site will need to have multiple contributors / bloggers and its own forum etc.
I was tempted with a Google's Blogsport / Blogger option as it is practically free – but my previous experience with them has not been that nice given its restrictions.
I am warming more and more towards Wordpress. I've never heard of it till this morning, and I dont know PHP - but willing to learn if Wprdpress is the best fit. Has anyone got much experience with it?
I am also looking for a good hosting company? If I chose Blogger, I would have used the free Google hosting.
With Wordpress anyone got good experience with any local hosts? Or am I better off with the one of the big ones that Wordpress recommends with oneclick install (e.g. Hostgator /DreamHost / Bluehost) - they charge about $5US/month including domain hosting on a shared hosting environment.
(3) Getting the traffic:
I am just planning the launch and trying to figure out how to get traffic to the site (which will hopefully be non-profit making and ad free). Every community site starts with no members / contributors - and I am guessing that will be the hardest struggle.
Any advice / suggestions will be gratefully appreciated on the above three.