Programming help needed

Hi everyone; I was wondering if anyone may be able to help me.

I have been approached by a potential client who needs a site to incorporate the following things:

  1. PayPal integration
  2. Online course-booking system
  3. Social blog

I am a reasonably experienced user of FW5 and I think No. 1 won’t cause me to many problems but I need a programmer to help with the course-booking system (unless anyone can recommend another approach?)

Also I have not yet installed a blog and I maybe need a little nudge in that department. WordPress would seem a good choice and maybe b2evolution but another that I have been looking at is socialgo http://www.socialgo.com/ This option was presented to me by the client so I think it may be preferable but I have no experience of it.

How easy is it to install blog software and are there any other alternatives?

Thank you so much for any help you can give me. I have a meeting next week with the client and I would like to go armed with as much information as possible.

Many thanks

Mark


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Budget? Are you redesigning the main site at the same time? (If you
are, you have more latitude to use blogging software that you might
find more difficult to style in Freeway – you just make the public
site look more like one of the blog templates and you’re all set.)

What is the actual purpose for the blog part? Is the client going to
maintain it, or are you expected to?

There is Blogger integration in Freeway, and it’s pretty easy to style
a Blogger page to look precisely like the rest of the site, if that’s
your goal. That portion of the site would have to be hosted from the
blogger domain, and I’m not sure if there’s a way to use a CNAME to
point blog.yourdomain.com to yourblog.blogger.com and have everything
just work.

For the course booking part, some more details would be helpful. If
you need to track how many people have registered for a course, and
mark it as closed then a limit is hit, that’s an important question to
ask of any off-the-shelf booking system you look at, or to communicate
to a developer.

As a budgeting guide, you can expect to pay between $100 and $300 per
hour for an experienced Web Application programmer in the US (East
Coast, no idea about other parts). It’s usually true that the more
they charge, the more quickly they can finish a project and the more
they will bring to the project (in terms of experience and being able
to anticipate problems you haven’t thought of yet).

Walter

On Aug 18, 2010, at 9:36 AM, MarkSmith wrote:

Hi everyone; I was wondering if anyone may be able to help me.

I have been approached by a potential client who needs a site to
incorporate the following things:

  1. PayPal integration
  2. Online course-booking system
  3. Social blog

I am a reasonably experienced user of FW5 and I think No. 1 won’t
cause me to many problems but I need a programmer to help with the
course-booking system (unless anyone can recommend another approach?)

Also I have not yet installed a blog and I maybe need a little nudge
in that department. WordPress would seem a good choice and maybe
b2evolution but another that I have been looking at is socialgo http://www.socialgo.com/
This option was presented to me by the client so I think it may be
preferable but I have no experience of it.

How easy is it to install blog software and are there any other
alternatives?

Thank you so much for any help you can give me. I have a meeting
next week with the client and I would like to go armed with as much
information as possible.

Many thanks

Mark


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Thank you Walter. Details are a bit sketchy at the moment as I have yet to meet with the client (happening next week) but they have also asked for a CMS section so that they can update the home page so I guess they would also want to update the blog section themselves.

I am designing from scratch so getting a match on the style shouldn’t be too much problem however I have yet to find out if the company (newly formed) already have a color scheme/logos etc that they will want matching.

I guess I will be in a much better position next week.

Thank you for now and if things go well, I’ll post again next week

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I am looking for an answer to exactly the same issue, I need to add a course booking & payment facility to a site already designed in FW Pro 5.5. It would need to know the course capacity ie: 20 places and then mark the course as fully booked. Is there an off the peg application I can use to add this feature? Ideally the client would like to be able to edit the course dates etc… themselves?
Is this possible, I hope so!


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http://www.phpjabbers.com/
http://www.stivasoft.com/

Have not worked with them myself, but I’ve heard of others that they deliver. Not in the US, though, but Bulgaria (that’s Europe :wink: but what the heck, it’s a small world.


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There are loads of off the shelf scripts in many flavours out there.

Have a look at sites like http://www.hotscripts.com/ and http://www.scripts.com/ for a choice of free and paid for ones.

David


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