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Hi all

Im about to start a new project and I need some advice regarding the tools I should use when putting my site together.

What I want to do is: build a fairly simple classifieds website for the people in my local area using WP. After the site begins to make me some money via paid listings I want to expand on the classifieds site and turn it into a news site which then uses the classifieds as one segments that makes up the whole.

I want to build and design it all from scratch potentially using templates because I want to learn the inner workings of my own project so that if later down the track I have problems I know what im doing at least.

Ive been told and ive read that DIY Thesis might be the way to go.

Firstly Im not experienced in web design although I can string together HTML when using good guides and I have put together blogs using the blogger platform.

Any advice?

Thanks guys.

-Andrei
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  • Profile picture of the author Kingfish85
    Directory Script - Create Directory Websites in Minutes! is your best out of the box solution.


    This isn't something you can "string together using html" unfortunately. There's an extensive back end required, hence the price. There's other free options out there, but you'd have to spend time hacking your way through it to get it to work.
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    • Profile picture of the author goindeep
      Yeah I actually found those when searching, my concern is that when I build an audience and customer base that I wont be able to build on top of those and switch the site into a news site with classifieds.

      ??
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      • Profile picture of the author Bill Farnham
        Andrei, if you really want advice, here it is..

        Get out now before you learn the same lessons others before you have found out. Sites like that are a huge resource drain with almost no upside potential.

        I know you don't want to be told that, and I know your vision is different from the legions that tried this and failed, and I know I'm probably sounding like a jerk for even posting this.

        But here's the deal...

        It has nothing to do with you, your talents, or your drive.

        It has to do with two things you can't control and those are human nature and the aligator those site are by nature.

        Human nature causes your prospective customers to spend their energies and/or money on sites with proven track records and avoid sites nobody knows about. And for good reason.

        Sites like those are aligators that will eat every resource you have such as your time, your money, and your energy.

        Now, if you are currently the type of person who pays to put ads on sites with no traffic and very few other ads just ignore everything I just said.

        But if you're like everyone else who wants an ROI for their money, and wants massive eyeballs on their ads consider what I just told you very carefully.

        You can't get back the time you waste.

        ~Bill
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        • Profile picture of the author TopKat22
          Originally Posted by Bill Farnham View Post

          Andrei, if you really want advice, here it is..

          Get out now before you learn the same lessons others before you have found out. Sites like that are a huge resource drain with almost no upside potential.

          I know you don't want to be told that, and I know your vision is different from the legions that tried this and failed, and I know I'm probably sounding like a jerk for even posting this.

          But here's the deal...

          It has nothing to do with you, your talents, or your drive.

          It has to do with two things you can't control and those are human nature and the aligator those site are by nature.

          Human nature causes your prospective customers to spend their energies and/or money on sites with proven track records and avoid sites nobody knows about. And for good reason.

          Sites like those are aligators that will eat every resource you have such as your time, your money, and your energy.

          Now, if you are currently the type of person who pays to put ads on sites with no traffic and very few other ads just ignore everything I just said.

          But if you're like everyone else who wants an ROI for their money, and wants massive eyeballs on their ads consider what I just told you very carefully.

          You can't get back the time you waste.

          ~Bill
          I agree with Bill.

          If the bottom line of all your effort is to make money online then before you jump into something, you should do some market and niche research, look at your competition and what will be required.

          There are simpler, faster and easier ways to make money online.
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          • Profile picture of the author goindeep
            I understand what Bill is saying totally. Ive done this before with a video site (youtube anyone?).

            But the area or locale Im thinking of is my own town. My own suburb. There are no direct classifieds, business directories or news sites which are purely for my town and are purely online.

            Essentially there are no "direct" competitors. The competitors that are there are based in different towns, they dont have many online users and they dont focus on purely just my town.

            My idea would be to go free classifieds first, then add free business directory, then begin offering premium classifieds and premium business directory (monetize) and then scale up into local news.
            Would that change anything?
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  • Profile picture of the author Usmile
    If you are not in a hurry to monetize your website then you can do it step by step using your own knowledge and understanding. However, I should say it you will surely need time for this since as you've said you don't have an experienced in building site. If you have someone in your circle whom can help you with it or find someone here in the room to help you then I suggest you to grab that opportunity.
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    • Profile picture of the author goindeep
      Yeah, thanks.

      Im stuck between going with a classifieds template straight out of the box as the dudes above suggested and then while that site is running and monetizing I can use my spare time to build the rest of the site using thesis and then add the classifieds to another directory like www.mysite.com/classifieds

      Or to go straight from scratch with thesis. As those straight out of the box templates usually dont offer a premium support service.

      What do others think?
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  • Profile picture of the author seotechnician
    Hi, I taught myself all the skills I needed for internet marketing. I learned web design (and other skills) instead of outsourcing it. Now, I realize I would have been better off hiring the work and making more money in the process. You can either spend your time learning or you can spend your time building your business. If you learn now, it will postpone building your business. This is a mistake I learned and the lesson I learned from it. If you choose to learn web design, realize it will postpone your internet business success. Best of Luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    Originally Posted by Andrei Rotariu View Post

    Im about to start a new project and I need some advice regarding the tools I should use when putting my site together.
    If you put it together with nails, use a hammer.

    If you put it together with screws, use a screwdriver.

    If you put it together with bolts, use a wrench.

    The tools are dictated by the details of the project.

    Use the ones that get the job done.
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