I am interested in developing a website that is similar to 'elance' but for a particular vertical.
Is there an 'off the shelf' platform you can recommend for getting started with this, or would I need to develop this web service from scratch?
When I write 'platform' I am referring to things such as 'shopify' for e-commerce sites, or 'ning' for social websites. I want to create a multi-merchant professional services site.
The site would need to support functionality such as:
- allowing merchants to open and manage their own profile.
- merchants would accept payments from customers through the site.
- file transfers between merchants and customers.
- merchant ratings by customers.