I am a grey-haired professional programmer, quiet conversant in PHP, MySql, HTL, CSS which means I can tweak things or code plugins if need be, but I’d like something off the shelf as far as possible.
I am trying to create a social site for ex-pats to help them adjust to their new country. Preparing to get there, legal/visa issues, employment opportunities, accommodation, shopping, plus social stuff.
The demographic is mainly girls in their 20s, so a social angle is important. Integration of FaceBook, Flikr & the like might be nice. What I am thinking of is
- main content provided by me and a few moderators
- a Wiki to which everyone can contribute
- forums for discussions
- small ads/freebie
- user registration (which may limit access to certain parts of the site)
- groups of friends, with shared .. stuff (photos, discussion rooms, etc)
- per user blog
- per user photo album
- mailing lists
As I said, I was originally set on Drupal, which also has some pre-configured distros, but I didn’t find one yet that really matches my needs.
Do you have any suggestions?