I need some advice on member site platform b/c its starting to get ridiculous!

by Peter Helps 5 replies
Hey guys,

I have been trying to work this out for the past several weeks and its starting to get ridiculous. So I asked myself a question: Where can I get some help?

Well, what better place that the warrior forum, right?

Anyways, here's my problem. I am working on setting up my own membership site and I've been trying to get the right platform. It's been frustrating to say the least. I am leaning towards using a forum based platform.

(Sidenote: I really like how stompernet has their membership site set up and want to do something similar to that.)

I need to be able to:

** have different levels of memberships
** needs to be secure - login and logout with passwords
** have the ability to block certain portions of the membership site to different user levels
** have the ability to post and attach video, audio, pdf and other mutlimedia formats within the site (give people the ability to download the stuff as well)
** ability for people to post threads/questions for each topic. This function is one of the most important function for me and should be within the topic/module. (sort of like a forum)
** the platform needs to be user friendly when it comes to modifications/theme changes/ etc. (sort of like wordpress where I can change a theme with a mouse click)

I have tried to use simple machines forum platform. They have tons of mods and themes but more I look at it, it's more frustrating than anything.

Thank you so much in advance for all your help. I really appreciate all your help.

Peter
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  • Profile picture of the author David-JP
    I think amember for the membership/payment management combo'd with wordpress (cms) and phpbb3/vbulletin (forum) or joomla (cms) with fireboard(forum plugin) should work for you.

    There's a few pluses and minuses to each CMS and forum software. But either of those combos will give you a CMS to manage the content, provide videos etc.. and give you a forum. You can do multiple levels of membership with both as well.

    If a forum is key to the site- then I think phpbb3 or vbulletin would be best for you since these forums allow better flexibility than the fireboard forum for joomla.

    David
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  • Profile picture of the author Janet Sawyer
    Peter,

    What kind of budget do you have to work with?

    Are you looking for free options? or paid for scripts?

    This will make a difference to what you can use to achieve what you want to do.

    Janet
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    • Profile picture of the author Peter Helps
      I'm willing to pay for it but I don't want to spend a fortune on it. I just came across a joomla site and a guy who can install for me and pretty much make it work for me.

      It seems like it will work.

      Thanks for your answers.

      Peter
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      • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
        Originally Posted by David-JP View Post

        I think amember for the membership/payment management combo'd with wordpress (cms) and phpbb3/vbulletin (forum) or joomla (cms) with fireboard(forum plugin) should work for you.

        There's a few pluses and minuses to each CMS and forum software. But either of those combos will give you a CMS to manage the content, provide videos etc.. and give you a forum. You can do multiple levels of membership with both as well.

        If a forum is key to the site- then I think phpbb3 or vbulletin would be best for you since these forums allow better flexibility than the fireboard forum for joomla.

        David
        I've been using WP for a while now and it is great. I just installed joomla today and WoW. I am in play mode - but if you can navigate WP you will have an edge when jumping on joomla.

        Anyway, you can install both yourself with almost 1 click. If your host is hostmonster or bluehost, you go into simplescripts and you can choose it and install instantly.

        It looks like a new version of Joomla just came out as well.

        I agree, this looks like a great combo.
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