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Website Builder Site Suggestions Needed

 
 
Reply Mon 18 Jan, 2010 11:11 am
I have crazily volunteered to organize our 30 year class reunion which will take place next year. I need to create a website that has the following pages, functions, and capabilities:

Home Page (obviously)
Discussion Forum
Calendar
Photo Gallery - Admin approval before appearing
Member Registration that includes e-mail, address, phone
Member Registration - auto send password, password protected
Ability to set up polls
Ability to create forms
Ability to export member registration info to Excel
E-Commerce w/Paypal (tickets/class merchandise-Under 10 items)
Maps
Ability to send E-Blasts to members

Finally, I have to be able to have my own domain name without a host extension. So, no www.mydomain.eventhost.com.

I'm asking for a plug -n- play site builder where mostly all I have to do is click "Add Page or Feature" rather than having to write or find code.

Is there such a place?
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sozobe
 
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Reply Mon 18 Jan, 2010 11:23 am
@squinney,
I absolutely adore Sitekreator.

www.sitekreator.com

You would have to buy a domain on GoDaddy or something for the non-SiteKreator domain (as in, not www.sitecreator.com/squinneysreunion), but that's not expensive.

I'm not certain about polls, but it has all the other stuff you list. And is incredibly easy/ intuitive.

I can help you on specifics if you decide to go with it.

I learned about it here -- Vivien I believe? -- and have used it ever since. So great.
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squinney
 
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Reply Mon 18 Jan, 2010 11:48 am
Thanks, Soz.

I don't see a commerce capability on SiteKreator. Am I missing it?
sozobe
 
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Reply Mon 18 Jan, 2010 12:22 pm
@squinney,
It's kind of deep in. They allow html snippets, which is all you need to set up Paypal (I've done it). You can set up other payment methods too, and carts, and all that.
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squinney
 
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Reply Mon 18 Jan, 2010 06:07 pm
Okay. I'll give it a try.

Thank you so much.
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Mon 18 Jan, 2010 06:16 pm
@squinney,
squinney wrote:
I'm asking for a plug -n- play site builder where mostly all I have to do is click "Add Page or Feature" rather than having to write or find code.

Is there such a place?


That fully meets your feature list and all at a point and click? I think you may need to compromise. Sozobe's suggestion gets you a lot of the way there but you may need to go beyond a click to get some of it and some of your features you may need to drop altogether. I also think it won't flow as well as some other possible solutions like ning (lets you create your own social network, and you can use your own domain etc) and the ning apps. I think they may be lacking in the
sozobe
 
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Reply Mon 18 Jan, 2010 06:25 pm
@Robert Gentel,
...sentence-finishing department.
sozobe
 
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Reply Mon 18 Jan, 2010 06:28 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Just looked at ning, very promising!

It's true that to do some of the stuff on your list on SiteKreator it takes more than pointing and clicking. I started with the very basic stuff and then layered other bells and whistles knowledge on top of that, but if you're getting into all of it at once then it could be overwhelming.
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Mon 18 Jan, 2010 06:52 pm
@sozobe,
See this is why you shouldn't write multiple things at once. I always do that because I'm never just writing one thing at a time and I jump between multiple posts and emails and often leave sentence fragments that I neglect to finish or remove.

That dangler was supposed to come after the second sentence and was going to go over the features I think sitekreator might lack so I went to load up their feature list to be sure, then got distracted by a phone call and some email and when I returned to the post I wrote above the sentence fragment and forgot to remove it.

It sucks to have such bad concentration!
sozobe
 
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Reply Mon 18 Jan, 2010 07:13 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Oh piffle. It takes something closely resembling excellent concentration to rattle off the post to msolga about IE Firefox Chrome et al and the new thread about eating animals and the helpful stuff here and and and...
Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Mon 18 Jan, 2010 07:31 pm
@sozobe,
No I'm serious, it's debilitating to me. There are whole kinds of knowledge that require longer periods of immersion that I struggle to learn because I can't concentrate on the subject long enough and almost everything I write seems disjointed when I read it later on. If I focus enough to write it in one shot it's much clearer than coming back at it from different topics but I'm so hyper that I'm all over the place most of the time.

It's the struggle of my life, trying to focus. Drives me crazier.
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superjuly
 
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Reply Fri 26 Feb, 2010 10:49 am
You can also check www.wix.com
It's similar to sitekreator as sozobe has recommended, except that wix also offers its web designing tool for free. Premium services will give you some better options such as ads free, your own domain usage, etc. Ah, they don't offer e-mail services.
xoxo

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