My husband and I run www.starttherevolution.org and, after some fairly widespread success (2.5 million visits in one day at one point!) we decided that we needed to offer more people the chance to write for the site.
After a fair amount of researching, soul-searching and gnashing of teeth we decided upon a .ASP/SQL site.
Not realising exactly what we were getting involved in we then inadvertantly proceeded to design and create what transpired to be a pretty fabulous Content Management System!
This was not without merit as we really did not know the first thing about .ASP/SQL or CMS prior to doing this!
However, why are we telling you all this...
Well, the site got to the testing phase, all great apart from a couple of loose ends to tie up and it seemed that we were about ready to rock and roll.........
Then the disasters began!
Graphics that were there on the testing server, weren't there in the live site. Admin sections designed to let permitted writers add their own content to the site simply refused to update the database.
And so on, ad infinitum, aaarrrrggggghhhhhh!!!
One year has now passed and we have asked in various areas and worked with various web designers to try and get this thing working, but to no avail.
People seem to come into the project with all the enthusiasm in the world and then just get bored or too busy with paid work or, well, you get the picture.
With this in mind we took some advice. There appeared to be two common themes to this advice:
Convert the new site and backroom from .ASP/SQL to .PHP/MySQL
Actually pay somebody some money to do the work!
Not having actually had any money (let alone to put into the project) had definitely been holding us back but, without a magic money tree that situation was pretty much fixed.
We have come into a LITTLE bit of money...
Does somebody here wish to earn it by helping us to migrate an almost finished site from .ASP/SQL to .PHP/MySQL in the Very near future?!
We don't have thousands of bucks to spend and with three children and a web site that all generate costs and no sales, we need to ensure that the little we have tucked away lasts us as long as possible.
That said, we are willing to pay a fair price for a fair job.
Please PM us if you are interested and we will get back to you asap.
We changed our hosting server back from Windows to Linux so the test version cannot be viewed online although a basic .html version (our original mock--up) is available here...
...although it is minus the menus and header (for some unknown reason!)