I really don't know the programming that would be needed. And when I ask about this being possible to make.. I am also curious if something like this can actually be used on a forum like yahoogroups (can you inset any level of programming into the groups?) or how about nay of the free web hosts out there. are there any simpler levels of programming that some of these may support?... I am looking at doing a charity type business, so am looking to keep costs low.
Ok... I am looking to have a cross between a yahoo groups (where it posts messages, and in chronological order...).. and a classified ad or auction (only the portion where you have a simple side category bar.. not really anything else, but just that concept).
So that users could post as they would, in a yahoogroups, but users can search as they might, in a category listing, on a classified website.
More details: These users would be posting items (not for sale)... such as kitchen or toys, or household or yard., etc. So, where in a yahoo group you post, and the message is in the center.. we want that.. but, we want for a reader to be able to view the side category bar... and view listings/links: kitchen, toys, miscellaneous, etc.
The middle portion will have the mos recently posted links no matter the order. The side categories will have these topics a user can search by.
Yahoo has a simple search.. we may have a bit more in depth.. so a search term can item subject, poster, but also location, etc...
The one unique thing I would like.. and this is where it will be a step above simple web programming (design/layout/thml) is: I would like a form for users to have to complete.
For example, rather than just "subject and body" spaces like yahoo groups, I would like a few fields:
subject, location, general area (location number 2), description. Pick up requirements. Extra info.
And I would like for the users to be able to have a signature or something, where the info they put in all postings can be easily placed below all this.
So, thats the "unique part" that I just can't get on yahoogroups right now (more important than the categories).
Because though in yahoo you could tell a user, don't forget to include x in your post, I would like to have those fields, so the user is always prompted to include that info. (I mentioned signature.... but perhaps it could remember location all the time so those fields are filled in automatically... and the user can manually chane if want, but leave if want).
And then, like yahoo groups, the posting will be sent to everyones emails (or choice of read only on site).
Anyway.. I am looking for a simple site.. for a simple charity purpose.. so I don't have a large budget for this. I would look for it to be hosted on its own server if it has to (if programming would require it) or even better.. to be integrated right in with yahoo groups.. or to work, atleast, with a free webhosting site... (because ti will be charity and a non money making website...).
If you have an ideas.. or interest in such a project, please let me know. I would like to know experience (don't mind someone new.. just if you have related experience). Would like to know estimated time frame, if you will work this as a side job (after your day job) or this will be a full time or close to it project, and the estimate costs.
Thank you. Please write with more questions, since I know this was wordy. and possibly then confusing.