Ways to build a service marketplace website

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I have an idea to create a marketplace website similar to thumbtack for a specific niche.
I know there are themes tailored to this idea as well as clone script.

I don't want to be limited to a theme I may not like.
curious on plugins needed to put together a website like this.
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  • Profile picture of the author NetMan
    Originally Posted by Djs1723 View Post

    I have an idea to create a marketplace website similar to thumbtack for a specific niche.
    I know there are themes tailored to this idea as well as clone script.

    I don't want to be limited to a theme I may not like.
    curious on plugins needed to put together a website like this.
    That is a very complex process that requires a fairly well amount of programming with a mix of different trending technologies to make it very efficient thinking of the usage that it is meant for.

    This kind of service, in my humble opinion, to make it a success goes way beyond the matter of "being limited by a theme" you may not like. I mean, is the service for you or for a specific target market in a "specific niche"? Right?

    There's no such thing as "plugins" available to put such website together (at least not yet) that would be on WordPress I presume you assume while mentioning "plugins". I'd recommend you use a script, indeed. A well written well recommended one. Most of the time this will come with a fair amount of customization possibilities which shouldn't leave you with something you may not like.

    Do not hesitate to ask if you have any more questions.

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    Andy
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    • Profile picture of the author Rollmodl
      Originally Posted by NetMan View Post


      There's no such thing as "plugins" available to put such website together (at least not yet) that would be on WordPress I presume you assume while mentioning "plugins". I'd recommend you use a script, indeed. A well written well recommended one. Most of the time this will come with a fair amount of customization possibilities which shouldn't leave you with something you may not like.

      Regards,
      Andy
      Yes, there is. Wordpress is limited so try Joomla. It's how I created my online marketplace for local services.
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      • Profile picture of the author Djs1723
        I will take a look at Joomla, I have not used it before is it easy to learn or most ideal for experienced coders?
        What can Joomla do Wordpress can not?
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        • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
          Originally Posted by Djs1723 View Post

          I will take a look at Joomla, I have not used it before is it easy to learn or most ideal for experienced coders?
          Joomla is tougher to put together than a Wordpress site. Not sure you would need to be an experienced coder, but you have to know how to build web sites to begin with. Plus the learning curve will take longer, that goes for Drupal sites also.

          Their are a lot less plugins. With that said some of the Joomla sites are fantastic. Look at the Joomla sites some of the bigger business have created. One was a McDonald's site that was very sharp looking.
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      • Profile picture of the author NetMan
        Originally Posted by Rollmodl View Post

        Yes, there is. Wordpress is limited so try Joomla. It's how I created my online marketplace for local services.
        LOL Joomla (I played with that way before wordpress) is certainly very powerful and that doesn't make WordPress limited at all loll... it's all the contrary and who would dare to compare...

        That said, I can certainly and EASILY craft "a marketplace" with WordPress, but that is not the kind that I felt the OP was looking at and moreover the topic here is NOT a DEBATE about which is best between Joomla and WordPress, which we all know would have no end. So thanks to engage in debates where appropriate thank you.

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  • Profile picture of the author ncodetech
    You need to make market place of your website and than you can promote it on for digital marketing. It is always make good branding campaign for your market place website.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rollmodl
    Originally Posted by DWolfe View Post

    Joomla is tougher to put together than a Wordpress site. Not sure you would need to be an experienced coder, but you have to know how to build web sites to begin with. Plus the learning curve will take longer, that goes for Drupal sites also.

    Their are a lot less plugins. With that said some of the Joomla sites are fantastic. Look at the Joomla sites some of the bigger business have created. One was a McDonald's site that was very sharp looking.
    No coding needed. Install and configure.

    Originally Posted by Djs1723 View Post

    I will take a look at Joomla, I have not used it before is it easy to learn or most ideal for experienced coders?
    What can Joomla do Wordpress can not?
    What do you want it to do? Whatever you need there is a component, plugin, or module for it.
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    • Profile picture of the author NetMan
      Originally Posted by Rollmodl View Post

      No coding needed. Install and configure.

      What do you want it to do? Whatever you need there is a component, plugin, or module for it.
      We can say the same for Wordpress as well...

      Great, now we're out of a debate so let us know what is that Joomla Plugin that will create a marketplace as Thumbtack which you "just install and configure" I'M very interested to learn about it. Thanks.

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      Andy
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  • Profile picture of the author Rollmodl
    For example here are some the functions in my admin panel.

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    • Profile picture of the author Djs1723
      Thank you for sharing the screen shot, that doesn't look too complicated. I know how to build websites just not great at coding but I am happy to learn what I need to when it comes up.

      I would really like to see your website that is a directory.
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    • Profile picture of the author NetMan
      Originally Posted by Rollmodl View Post

      For example here are some the functions in my admin panel.

      NOTHING there that does not exist on WordPress, moreover all very common plugins. There's no exploit here imho...

      The other reason I did not recommend WordPress (and would not Joomla either) but preferred a script is simply because the OP wants to run a very specific service and there absolutely NO USE to use (which means it's useless, and can even be worse in some cases) a pre-made CMS platform such as WordPress or Joomla. It's using resources which you pay for, for nothing useful at all.

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  • You can try RentALL script (Airbnb clone ), but able to customizable. It is compacted with Reactjs framework and the script is helpful for you to develop any form of rental marketplace.
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  • Profile picture of the author benita terah
    You can easily build your service marketplace website through the good readymade solutions like by using the clone scripts from the best software providers. But the niche is to focus and determine the best among the best software cases. According to my research, I found that the Appkodes Joysale is one of the best marketplace scripts which is a white-labeled software with the high flexible customization option.
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  • Profile picture of the author austinflowers
    There are tons of commercial solutions available for you to build what you want with Wordpress. Thumbtack has millions of dollars of development invested in it, so obviously spending $2k on a Wordpress Service Marketplace Multivendor solution isn't going to be exactly the same as something that was built by a team of MIT grads with unlimited funding. But it will get the job done and will allow you to solve the problem you're trying to solve, create value for your users, etc.

    If I were you, I would analyze the successful sites you're talking about and write down the key features that you think are the most important. I'm talking about the super useful features that probably made the site successful to begin with. I would recommend doing this before you start going through the various software options, that way you know exactly what you're looking for so you can select the right system and provide your users with the convenience you originally intended to provide for them. And you don't want to have to pay a developer to code the features in, that would be a costly headache.

    If you don't have a lot of experience with wordpress, you want to make sure whatever product you're considering has the best support you've ever seen in your life. And if the software you like doesn't have that great of support, make sure you contract a company or a person that will help you with website problems anytime you need it...with Wordpress, I think you'll need support eventually.

    Here are a few Wordpress solutions that might work for your requirements:

    https://wpjobster.com/
    https://www.enginethemes.com/themes/microjobengine/
    https://www.enginethemes.com/themes/freelanceengine/
    https://www.wcvendors.com/product/wc-vendors/
    -maybe with WooCommerce bookings integration, depending on what features you want
    https://wc-marketplace.com/
    https://www.buddyboss.com/product/social-marketplace/
    https://wclovers.com/ - they have various flavors to provide vendor matching
    https://sitemile.com/products/wordpress-pricerr-theme/

    Let us know how it goes!

    Jeff
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