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  • Hi all,

    I’m looking for some advice on a new project which I’m about to embark upon. The site is going to be a large information based site which lists and categorises products based on type, maker – that kind of thing and provides reviews, maintenance tips etc.

    The part I need advice on is a classifieds section. Visitors will be able to come along, look at a product and if they have one, create their own classified ad. Initially these will be free but in time we’ll start charging when there’s enough traffic. I really want to leverage the existing WordPress user account creation and handling to do this though rather than build something separate. So visitors would create and account – effectively a WordPress account and then be able to create and manage their classifieds. It’s important that their logged in area looks like the exterior site though and doesn’t look ‘WordPressy’ if you know what I mean.

    So if anyone has any experience of doing something similar and has experiences to share, that would be fab. Or any plugins which already exist? I’m a fairly experienced developer so I’m not against building my own plugin for this but I don’t want to duplicate someone elses work if it already exists. I did have a thought that maybe the ‘Members’ plugin by Justin Tadlock may have the basic starting features that I’m looking for and build from there, but I’m not 100% yet.

    Many thanks

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