Which plugins should I use?

Hi,

I'm looking for some suitable plugins for my new website.

What I would like to do with the website is:

- Have a shout box that members could contribute to and that would show adverts submitted by members.
- Have a facility on the shout box that can enable users to restrict the view by certain criteria e.g. country, region, club or something like that.
- Have a feed from the shout box that other sites in the same niche can put on their websites.
- Have a market area where people can see equipment/products for sale by members and can complete the purchase of them on the website.
- Have a membership area where people can submit their shout box entries for free, their paid adverts for the shout box page and their equipment/products for sale in the market.
- Have a part of the membership area where members can complete their market transactions.

So, can anyone suggest which plugins I could use that do any of these functions and, perhaps, suggest how they could be installed to be able to work together seemlessly?

Debbie

  • Timothy Bowers
    • Chief Pigeon

    Hey ddfigg.

    Just so we are both on the same page, shoutbox to me is a kind of chat, but slower. Is this what you are looking for?

    If you are looking for social networking you could consider BuddyPress:

    http://buddypress.org/

    Users can create their own groups, have their own streams, etc.

    For offers and sales you could use our Classified Ads plugin:

    https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/classifieds

    The BuddyPress users get a special page in their profiles for viewing and posting Classifieds

    Our Membership plugin also has some features for use with BuddyPress.

    Or you could also use our Pro Sites plugin, which allows people to create their own websites with you and you could charge a fee for different levels, features and themes.:

    https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/pro-sites

    One of the features for BuddyPress is:

    Limit BuddyPress Features - Allows you to limit BuddyPress group creation and messaging to users of a Pro Site.

    Hope this helps. :slight_smile:

  • ddfigg
    • WPMU DEV Initiate

    Hi Tim,

    Thanks for your suggestions.

    Yes, it is a shout box that I'm after, rather than a full blown social site.

    The classified ads plugin looks OK. Is it possible to set it up such that the ads can be seen by anyone, but the submission of the ads can only be done by members, after they have logged in to the membership area?

    Is there also a plugin that can enable a market place type of environment where members can sell products to each other and make the payments to each other from within the membership site? Kind of how ebay works, but without the auctioning part.

    Debbie

  • Timothy Bowers
    • Chief Pigeon

    There are a number of shoutbox plugins out there, but I'm not sure they would be as advanced as you are requesting:

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/pierres-wordspew/screenshots/

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/lil-omi-shoutbox/screenshots/

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/search.php?q=shoutbox

    We also have a chat plugin here:

    https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/wordpress-chat-plugin

    Is there also a plugin that can enable a market place type of environment where members can sell products to each other and make the payments to each other from within the membership site? Kind of how ebay works, but without the auctioning part.

    Not sure if you saw our MarketPress plugin, this can be used in a multisite environment allow people to have their own shops and products. You can charge a set fee, or charge per transaction using Paypal Chained Payments.

    https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/e-commerce

    The classified ads plugin looks OK. Is it possible to set it up such that the ads can be seen by anyone, but the submission of the ads can only be done by members, after they have logged in to the membership area?

    I'm still getting use to the Membership plugin, so I'm not 100% sure on this one. I'll have a look now and see what options exist.

    I'll let you know shortly. :slight_smile:

    Take care.

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