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# 16279 2-Oct-2007 15:42
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I want to build a membership website including...
Profiles
Login/passwords
Profile searches

Is there a WYSIWYG program I can use that will do all this....what is the best/most ideal?

Freitasm, maybe you can best answer this one for me?




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# 89105 2-Oct-2007 16:44
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It's a big thing and depends on how much you want to spend... There are free software, open source, closed source, free DB, Linux or Windows Servers, etc.

Check Joomla, PhpBB, DotNetNuke, CommunityServer, etc, etc...





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  # 89106 2-Oct-2007 16:47
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It also depends how much you want to spend.  Its the hosting whether you have a static html pages or a SQL database etc.  US sites doing hosting cheap or look around for hosting sites in NZ.

Lots of free CMS like Joomla etc and you can knock up free html pages in free html editors in under 5 minutes for something basic.




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# 89109 2-Oct-2007 16:58
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If you are looking for hosting, go for something that has CPANEL which is on most linux based hosting servers.  This control panel allows for easy installation.  I beleive Kiwihost have hosting from $4 per week or something rediculous which uses cpanel.


I resell cpanel accounts also, here is a list of programs they offer: (would link them to their sites but that would take too much time)


Blogs
     b2evolution 
     Nucleus 
     pMachine Free 
     WordPress 
     
Content Management
     Drupal 
     Geeklog 
     Joomla 
     Mambo Open Source 
     PHP-Nuke 
     phpWCMS 
     phpWebSite 
     Post-Nuke 
     Siteframe 
     TYPO3 
     Xoops 
     
Customer Relationship
     Crafty Syntax Live Help 
     Help Center Live 
     osTicket 
     PerlDesk 
     PHP Support Tickets 
     Support Logic Helpdesk 
     Support Services Manager 
     
Discussion Boards
     phpBB2 
     SMF 
     
E-Commerce
     CubeCart 
     OS Commerce 
     Zen Cart 
     
F.A.Q.
     FAQMasterFlex 
     
Guestbooks
     ViPER Guestbook 
     
Hosting Billing
     AccountLab Plus 
     phpCOIN 
     
Image Galleries
     4Images Gallery 
     Coppermine Photo Gallery 
     Gallery 
     
Mailing Lists
     PHPlist 
     
Polls and Surveys
     Advanced Poll 
     phpESP 
     PHPSurveyor 
     
Project Management
     dotProject 
     PHProjekt 
     
Site Builders
     Soholaunch Pro Edition 
     Templates Express 
     
Wiki
     TikiWiki 
     PhpWiki 
     
Other Scripts
     Dew-NewPHPLinks 
     Moodle 
     Noahs Classifieds 
     Open-Realty 
     phpAdsNew 
     PHPauction 
     phpFormGenerator 
     WebCalendar 
     
Extras
   Language
   Side menu appearance
   Email notifications
   Installations overview





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  # 89119 2-Oct-2007 17:57
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I'm not interested in the hosting scenarios just yet...thats stage 2

For now I'm just interested in building the site, getting the coding right, finding out what I need to know to  build a membership site
A site where people sign up, get a login/password to their profile, their profiles can be personalized to a certain degree, and they can search for other people and others can search for them according to various user inputted specifics...

Similar to a dating site, but not quite.




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  # 89121 2-Oct-2007 18:11
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Similar to a dating site, but not quite.


Ooo, I woulda said more like MySpace or Bebo.  Yea I too wanted to create a website similar in relation music, where bands and artists could present their theme and music.  But MySpace created this option, and then anyone could link to each other using the Friends network.  Very tight.

Check out some of the content management things from Cpanel list of installable applications to get source code.  Most are open source.  They also have plenty of premade themes you can work from Cool





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  # 91232 16-Oct-2007 13:58
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Hi Everyone,

About building a membership site,you need to concern about 3 things:

1-Content management:i.e. managing the content inside your site private area,and this shall be handled great using Wordpress free platform.

2-management of the site: and this shall be done using a specific software,many software programs are available out there,some are high priced solutions (up to $3000 )some are  moderate in cost.
The best software  available according to the experts recommendations  is  amemeber,you can  find  it at amember.com,it's the most commonly used membership sites software,and handle all the aspects you're asking about(password management,member's management..etc)
It's for $140/license, which is reasonable in comparison t other solutions,
Just pay attention that a single license  is used with a single domain and website,which means every time you need to build a website you need to purchase a new license,unfortunately there's nothing available  to turn this around,but in general it's ahighly recommended software.

3-Payment processing:if you are going to charge your member's you need  a proccessor for collecting the payment,this will be done fine using PayPal,doesn't require upfront fees and a reasonable percentage is deducted from the processed money.


To my knowledge,these are the most important aspects regarding a membership site.
But I think you have to worry about doamin and hosting as well,this is not a later factor,you can't do anything without a hosting account where you'll install the required software and scripts.

I wish this helps out.
Ahmed



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  # 91274 16-Oct-2007 18:35
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I can't comment on what's available for Linux etc., but if you're working on a Windows platform (or quite possibly Mono under Linux) there's built-in support in ASP.NET 2.0 for everything you want to do except the searching.

With the various membership and login-related controls and their associated bits and pieces you can actually do a surprising amount without writing any code (I found that out the first time I used these controls: I was actually quite taken aback at how much just worked without additional coding) - I'd suggest having a read here to get an idea of what I mean.

Depending on what data you collect and what you want to be searchable, writing some basic search functionality shouldn't be too hard if you have some familiarity with SQL.

If you need something completely out-of-the-box you're better off of course going with one of the CMS solutions. You'll undoubtedly get more than you need to start with, but that won't necessarily be a bad thing in the long run.

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