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The fact that you have to ask wether to use a CMS or build a custom one makes me lean towards to 'just get one that suits you'. I can not give you any advise one that, you will need to do some reasearch for that. Find similar sites and see how they work, what they use. You start from scratch, try to make it the best start ;) About the dedicated server: I ...
This looks like something you will have to create yourself. Most CMS will not fit your needs. As for many databases, you should be ok with just one although you will need many tables within the database.
Drupal can help you achieve exactly this, with its inbuilt user types, permissions, content creation kit and rules module or workflow.
No, it can only be done by someone with root as you already understand. But if it were me, I would check with them. They may be able to give you a custom my.cnf file.
Short answer. Simple answer. Most websites primarily buy lists from phone companies and scrape the web. Sometimes they get lists from Chambers of Commerce registries, license registries, Post Office, and so forth. As well, they can buy lists from rating companies like Dunn and Bradstreet and various lower level marketing companies which often just sell data ...
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