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Hi all, got a potential project in the pipeline and could do with your advice. It is for a mentoring website aimed at people who want to learn permaculture reiki and other eco and new age things.


I have no idea of what frameworks would work best; magneto, Wordpress or Drupel or another? Any advice welcome.


Rough plan below:


Mentoring Website for the New Age and Eco Communities


Site Map


· Home


· About


· How it Works


· Sign Up (for both Mentors and Students)


· Profiles of Mentors Teachers


· Short Description, Long Description, Photos, Links, Booking Form with world clock, Costs per hour Courses, Testimonials, Documents, You Tube videos


· Payment system (possibly one that allows a percentage to go to another account besides the main one)


· Mailing List


· Contact


· Links




Client Area - Content Management Systems


Client area with calendar of bookings, costs, profile details


Mentor Area with calendar of bookings, costs, profile details and editing abilities


Web Designer Owner area with more power to adjust other areas of the site including removing profiles




Mail System


· Automated Mail Outs for periods of inactivity


· Allows for promotions


· Email lost passwords etc






Interview Mentors for YouTube videos, links to and from the relevant pages on the website


Testimonials from past students and clients


Possibly a free introduction lesson or overview of their field of expertise

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Hi...Looks like a School type of a website. Wordpress is ideal .....It is easy and works well.


User registration is built in...You can use Buddy Press to add more profile fields for teachers and students.


You can integrate Booking software for the courses. booking software comes with the payment gateway. Why do u need World Clock?


Testimonials u can use Wordpress Plugins but it is better to use Google reviews


Mail System - use Mail Chimp.

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Hi Prateeksha,

Thanks for the reply.

Well the world clock bit was just to indicate that the booking system would need to take into account the different time zones of mentors and students.

Regarding the testimonials, it would be cool to have testimonials for the different mentors on the website.

Can you recommend any wordpress themes etc that would be good starting points? Or libraries where I could browse them?

I've only really used Wordpress for standard 'brochure' type websites, and all the more complex ones have been bespoke and built from scratch, so any pointers welcome here.


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Advanced e-mentoring ventures have a tendency to depend on electronic solutions, especially if kids are included. Online programming permits both mentor and mentees to sign into a protected online environment where they can talk under supervision of arbitrators and organizers. It will be much better to consult with any web designing company before using it.

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