I'm looking for someone to create a membership website for me. I have 1000's of images that I want members to be able to access, download and search. This is a creative project with artists/crafters as the target market so the website look needs to support that. I can create/supply all the graphics needed and am looking for someone who will work with me to achieve the aesthetic I am looking for.
Wish list - It needs to function well, backend capabilities idiot proof and as automated as possible (management of subscriptions, payments, newsletters) capacity for drip content, recommendation on hosting which has the capacity to hold the 1000's of images (50,000 + they don't have to all go on the site in the beginning. I can add them gradually as time goes on.) and allows for subcategories/subfolders etc, inexpensive solutions - hosting, ecommerce, plug-ins. Searchable content, members forum, I'm thinking some kind of combination of Joomla or Drupal, Paypal, Mail Chimp and customers simply right click and "save image as". Something like that. As for CMS or membership management I haven't got a clue. I don't think digital delivery is necessary but I'm open to suggestions. Ideally the site will be built in a way that has the least expensive ongoing/monthly fees. So in summary - it looks good, functions fantastically, is super easy to run/manage and is inexpensive to maintain on an ongoing basis. Of course SEO would be great too but if you can't I can hire someone else to do that.
Thanks for your consideration
Please note: I will not have content organized and ready for uploading until August. I do, however, have many samples and graphics available and can work with you on the overall design and functionality of the site prior to that.
Further Clarification of Project:
I will be using Paypal for the payment gateway.
Images will be hosted on the same server as the website not a 3rd party image host.
The memberships available will be monthly and yearly recurring. I would also like the option to offer free trials from time to time (1 week).
Image CD’s will also be available on the site and possibly other products. They will be produced and drop shipped from a 3rd party company. A shopping cart will be necessary.
I would like the person building the site to upload a number of photos to the site. I have probably around 50,000 of them. Initially I would like to put around 15,000 of them on the site to start then I will gradually upload the rest myself. I would also like the capacity to schedule uploading of photos so that the site has new content added to it regularly. (drip content). There are numerous categories and subcategories for the pictures.
A Mobile version is required.
*CORRECTION* the above was meant to read "I would like the person building the site to upload at least 5000 of the images to start" not 15,000. And I will gradually upload the rest.