I have been slowly bringing a live production site (*nix/Apache) to (XHTML) standards based compliance relying on server side includes (SSI) and XHTML. However now, instead of the patch-work approach at updating our site we need to consolidate the "Back-End" and fuse the programming into a cohesive unified solution. Basically, we are not looking for any major graphic redesign but rather a rebuild from the back-end out using the existing graphics and front-end presentation.
-CMS Solution - Install and customise to present site template so owner (owner has no html skills but I am currently proficient enough to learn and teach him how to use it.) can add/edit content site wide, while protecting the "site template".
-Membership System - based off E-commerce solution so when users pay for membership (12months duration) username and PW is generated that grants 10% discount on all products in "AIREO Store" and permits access to other member's only areas site wide.
-E-Commerce "Store" solution - (Presently have Merchant Account with Paymentech and using [url removed, login to view] Gateway through Miva Merchant Shopping Cart.) We are not married to existing Miva Merchant Shopping Cart necessarily. We are looking for security, ease of add/edit/delete products and categories, custom shipping values, inventory and vendor management, etc.
-Property Listings script - All visitors would see listings but only members can post properties. Modify existing "Active Classifieds Pro" script purchased from [url removed, login to view] We like the feature this script provides for each user to manage their listings but are open to other suggestions to replace existing (old school) script.
-Forum Script - Must retain "usenet-style" Threaded format of existing "Matt Wright BBS" script as seen at (PM me for link) or "MyLittleForum" script ([url removed, login to view]) as seen at (PM me for link) Preferred that user emails are not revealed as with "MyLittleForum" script. Would like to have spell-check preview before post, and admin functions to track and block IP's and prune/delete/archive forum. In the future we may add 'Members Only' forum area. For now it's a 'no register' or 'register optional' Forum.
-Security - Currently we are using a cron job that posts nightly to Home directory a log file of only "post" activity which we use to track down and block offending users with htaccess. Secure Form to mail solution for various contact points and sign-up forms.
This is very much a 'two man show' on a shoestring, all work has been done in-house (me) with open source/low dollar scripts and hosting etc. The trafiic is picking up and the site cannot continue to grow or begin to hopefully pay for itself without this infrastructural change. We are looking for the best bang we can get for the buck to programmatically consolidate the back end using the pieces we have, and hopefully in not too long of a turn around time. You tell me... what will it take?
We have a separate new hosting solution set up so the remake can be prepared and implemented on other domain names so that when the "remake" is ready to go live we just change the nameservers and thus avoid any noticeable downtime to the production site.
Who Should Bid?
1. Company/person/group of people with a Good understanding of the 'vision', have a website link so that I can find out more about you.
2. Company/person/group who may already have something developed that more or less fits the requirements that will allow less time 're-inventing the wheel' and thus be able to modify it to 'fit' in less time and be economical.
3. Company/person/group willing to detail the methodology to be used to develop the site and commit to a realistic time frame to complete project successfully and on time.
4. Friendly communicative company/person/group as I would like to develop a good working relationship for furture work.