I am a grey-haired professional programmer, quiet conversant in PHP, MySql, HTL, CSS which means I can tweak things or code plugins if need be, but I’d like something off the shelf as far as possible.
I would prefer something free but can pay if it is not hideously expensive (actually, I started out thinking free only, until I found http://pligg.com/ which is dedicated to communities, but has plugins which cost about $10, and I might be willing to pay for convenience).
Before I found that, I was heavily in favour of Drupal, but might be swayed by something dedicated to my needs or with many, many users or great support or a great deal of plug-ins.
Anyhoo, what am I trying to do?
A social site for ex-pats to help them adjust to their new country. Preparing to get there, legal/visa issues, employment opportunities, accommodation, shopping, plus social stuff.
The demographic is mainly girls in their 20s, so a social angle is important. Integration of FaceBook, Flikr & the like might be nice. What I am thinking of is - main content provided by me and a few moderators - a Wiki to which everyone can contribute - forums for discussions - small ads/freebie - user registration (which may limit access to certain parts of the site) - groups of friends, with shared .. stuff (photos, discussion rooms, etc) - per user blog - per user photo album - mailing lists - I think you get the picture …. 9and can you suggest moe?)
As I said, I was originally set on Drupal, which also has some pre-configured distros, but I didn’t find one yet that really matches my needs. Then I saw Pligg, which looks good, but I might have to shell out $100 or $200 to get it the way I want it. And I still continue to search.
Any suggestions? Thanks