Hello everyone! Glad to be a member of this forum! Nice to meet everyone.
I am planning a dynamic website with Google Maps API integration, shopping cart, Blog, and user profiles. The website will allow users to add local real estate for sale.
Features for Users
Modular hompage; ability from user profile to add or subtract modules from home page. Example modules would be; Blogroll, Fav Real Estate listing, Quick Real Estate Search, Contact Agent etc
Features for Real Estate Agents
Modular homepage + favorate clients, Contact Client, newest properties listed etc.
Basically, I would a large Google map on homepage with a drop pin where every home/property is for sale. The site would have sitemail for both clients and agents, + customizeable homepage with modules for each client and agents.
I would like a welcome message saying " Welcome (x), " The homepage would be customizeable by client from backend.
I understand there is a large amount of programming and customization for this to happen. This is just the very basic top level idea.
What CMS programming system / backend would you use? What CMS system is scaleable, and in-expensive + used by many programmers.
I am also concerned about server load and bandwidth. I would like the final site to run fast and smooth.
I plan on using http://www.bluehost.com/
for hosting.. What is your opinion? I would like a powerfull server on a fast backbone. What is the standard in this industry for professional websites? or semi-pro websites?
Please adviese, Your knowledge and sugguestions are much appreciated.