Just joined WPMU for the specific reason of creating a site with matching functionality.
We would like to have members join by registering their details on a form according to their specific group. So they can be teachers and students, where students would fill a different form to the one teachers would fill.
Both groups can have a free and a paid membership. The free membership is limited and the premium has all the perks.
Anyone can search and view by simple and advanced search functionality which can be customised, profiles (limited) but in order to communicate with said profile member they would have to register. The amount of communication would be limited as well. Registered users can send applications but not personal messages (only with premium membership)
Am aware of Buddypress but it has been a daunting experience trying to get info which actually leads to something tangible so I have tried to be as specific as I can on this post so I would appreciate being specific back.
How can I put this together ie a How to guide and what kind of plugins would I require?
If needed I would be happy to pay someone for their help in putting this together for me.
You help is greatly appreciated.