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What's the best way to build this website for little to no money and with limited programing skills?

Asked by fireside (12359points) March 14th, 2009

I’m trying to put together a small community site with the features listed below:

-Secure Login / Private site
-Member Profiles with user ability to modify and attach image
-Small Craig’s list type of job postings section using multiple categories with user ability to create new posts and attach images
-Tagging capability that will allow people to sort all profiles or postings by keyword
-Some way for members to contact each other about postings or projects, but without leaving them exposed to external spam
-Possibly a community events calendar
-Possibly a photo gallery to go along with past community events

Is there a good open source system out there that has most of these features? What would you recommend?

If you think I would be better to go with a system that costs money, which ones and why?

I’ve got a Linux server space to work with, so I’d rather it not be a .net solution. But if there is a good Windows option, let me know and I can consider the hosting element.

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DeanV's avatar

Maybe a Ning network?

fireside's avatar

I’ve just set up a sample one on Ning, it’s not bad but I don’t like the fact that they run ads on there. I’d prefer something that i can set up on my server. If it is easy enough to manage.

But I’m going to keep playing with this one for a little while. The user interface is great! Thanks

bluedoggiant's avatar

@dverhey Thats a good site. has always offered many great services. I strongly suggest trying them out. They free services have ads, for little money, there are no ads, though you must host on their server.

Also try a CMS. There are a few that you can download and manage on your own server like or or or or

fireside's avatar

@bluedoggiant – thanks for the list. I actually have joomla and drupal on the server now and am trying to figure out the right modules and configurations to get what i want. I’ll have to check out your other options and see how those look.

bluedoggiant's avatar


Rightyo tell me what you come up with. I am currently setting up on my server…urgg

StellarAirman's avatar

ExpressionEngine could be modified to do almost all of that. It’s a commercial product but has a free version. You could either do it with an open blog system where everyone is a blog author, or buy the forum module for like $50 and install that. You could then modify the member pages to allow people to contact each other, etc. It’s a very powerful script and very easy to modify input fields and stuff to do what you need to do.

theladebug's avatar

You might be able to do this with elgg.

freerangemonkey's avatar

wordpress should be dead simple to setup, and with the right plugins it should do everything you’re looking for.

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