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  • Hi all,

    I am just about to start a website for online teamplay for Pro Evolution Soccer and Fifa if it ever returns the gamemode for xbox one.

    I was wondering if anyone can help me on what theme is best for this.

    It will need to be able to do the following,

    *Place managers in a team and let them control results and input scores from there end,
    *have weekly fixtures
    *league tables
    *top scorers
    *players stats
    *trial centre
    *each persons profile should have their xbox gamertag and options to offer contract to the player

    I understand most of these details wont be included and some individual coding will be needed to get things exactly as I want but any idea on themes and plugins that will make all this easier would be appreciated.

    Thanks for your help

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  • Things I would suggest keeping in mind when choosing themes and/or plugins:
    0) Themes should be for styling and layout, plugins should be for functionality. Don’t pick themes based on functionality – pick them for their styling and layout options. Let plugins provide the functionality. This makes it super easy to swap out themes if you decide to change up your site’s look and feel without loosing your site functionality.
    1) The more simple/focused the plugin or theme is, the easier it is to maintain and extend it.
    2) Depending on your comfort level with WordPress theme development, you may consider building your own theme using the _s starter theme. This gives you amazing flexibility albeit at the cost of development time. But it does mean you don’t have to fight against the functionality and styling of some pre-made theme that you select. If you do select a pre-made theme, make sure to use child themes to build any layout and styling customizations.

    So back to theme recommendations – I would suggest setting up a dev/test environment and testing out a few themes that catch your eye on the theme repository:

    For plugins:
    1) Members for creating and managing custom roles (so move beyond standard WordPress roles).
    2) Pods for custom post types, taxonomies, and fields – you can also add custom fields to users and other data types inside WordPress with this.
    3) Advanced Custom Fields (or Custom Field Suite) for custom meta data fields.
    4) TablePress for advanced table functionality (uses jQuery DataTables plugin to provide some nice table features like searching and pagination inside a table).
    5) bbPress for forums
    6) No idea on shoutbox functionality – try and see what shows up.

    Hope this helps!

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