Confused about content management

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OK,
I seem to have gotten things a little confused --- I am wanting to start a website that allows members to post articles, reviews, book etc. along the lines of hubpages, infobarrel etc., and thought that I could use a content management site (Wordpress, Joomla, or Drupal) along with a membership plugin to set something up.

I know my way around the basics of Wordpress, and have tried one membership plugin so far there, and I am starting to bang my head against Joomla, but the deeper I get in both these, (I know not very deep yet, but my brain is getting full!) the more I get a sneaking suspicion that I am barking up the wrong platforms.

Can anyone tell me what steps I would go through to do something like that? I plan for it to be a niche area but one where people can have thier own place to post, once they meet certain criteria (membership priviledges contingent upon being a good writer).
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  • Profile picture of the author A1pha
    If you don't have much experience in web development it would probably be best to hire someone to build a custom site for you. I'm not a expert, but I don't think they would use wordpress or joomla to build a site like this. Anyways, hope it works out for you. Sounds like it could be a pretty neat site.
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    • Profile picture of the author Takk
      Originally Posted by A1pha View Post

      If you don't have much experience in web development it would probably be best to hire someone to build a custom site for you. I'm not a expert, but I don't think they would use wordpress or joomla to build a site like this. Anyways, hope it works out for you. Sounds like it could be a pretty neat site.
      Hi,

      I generally agree with the above. While I actually do think this is possible with the general CMS, if you truly want to make this a solid, expandable membership site that many people will use, you will find most of the standard stuff lacking.

      You can certainly allow different logins to Wordpress and guest author or something without any issue, but it sounds like you want much more than that.
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    • Profile picture of the author HorseStall
      Ning may be better suited to what you are trying to accomplish.
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  • Profile picture of the author JeromyS
    have you looked at OptimizePress? It is a premium theme package that has loads of membership options that can be customize. Likely do what you are describing. I would agree with the above post as well, it is very much worth looking at outsourcing it. Many of my more complex projects I outsource, could get er done for a couple hundred I would think.
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    • Profile picture of the author authorfriendly
      Originally Posted by JeromyS View Post

      I would agree with the above post as well, it is very much worth looking at outsourcing it. Many of my more complex projects I outsource, could get er done for a couple hundred I would think.
      If I were to outsource however, I still need to know what kind of platform to hire from. So you are still saying a membership type site is the way to go? I dont have a clue what to call what I am asking for, is it membership, content management, or some hybrid, or something else entirely?
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  • Profile picture of the author alamest
    You can easily do it with wordpress, but go for paid membership because they will give you better support than free plugins, go for a plugin in wordpress who does updates continues basis so that means they will give you good support in future as well because your whole website is depends on members who write posts, if your members are not happy and not happy their writing articles than the whole website will go down.. I hope this heps..
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