Hi everyone! This is my first post to the forums, so might as well hit the ground running. I am trying to build a website and was using a developer. However, I paid them to create a logo just to see how the relationship would work out and they basically did nothing but copy one from another site and add my name. I came up with a design myself in MS Paint, sent it over, and they made it look nice. I wanted to change some colors and they got all upset saying I was making too many changes and could only do 1 more thing. Because of this, I'm not too sure about throwing another $10k at them only to be bullied into a site that doesn't match my vision. So, I'm trying to do it myself. I need to know how it all works anyway because once it's done, I've gotta run it and I'm sure it would add up if I have to run to the developers every time I have an issue or want to make changes.
Basically, I want a site that charges a one-time membership fee. Members will set up storefronts, similar to eBay, but instead of currency, they will exchange credits. Their initial membership fee will be translated into credits. They will not be able to "cash out" their credits, so no worries there, but credits should transfer member to member and site to member in real time. Members should also be able to purchase additional credits from the site. Additionally, members will have access to a social network, be able to add friends, post to forums, and message other users. Member profiles need to be flexible as they revolve partly around goal setting and members will need to be able to update their profiles as they reach goal milestones as well as track how far they've come.
There is so much information out there that it's been confusing trying to figure out what to do. I thought it would be best to use MU, MarketPress, and PressBuddy, but after reading through some stuff on the forums and on-line, I'm not sure if they really work well together and I want everything to flow nicely and look cohesive. I'm at a loss and greatly appreciate any help. I'm a pretty fast learner and hope I can pick this stuff up, but so far, I'm overwhelmed. I have no set launch date, so that's a plus, but I'm hoping to have everything working right by August. Am I a crazy person or can this be done?
As of right now, all I've done is install XAMPP, set up the MySQL Super User and the XAMPP Directory user. I also downloaded WP through the bitnami stack. I'm afraid to go in and start trying stuff because I don't want to put in a lot of time only to have to un-do everything later.
I understand this is a lot of information and I certainly don't expect a step-by-step explanation as a response, but any help is appreciated. Thanks!