Need insight on developing a crowd funding website
I'd like to get some expert opinions on which technologies, platforms, and services you would recommend for building a crowd funding website.
Here is a general list of basic requirements:
- User registration area
- Payment system (paypal?, amazon?)
- Can be hosted on our server
- Supports multiple campaigns, one to start.
- Customizable (look and feel)
- Easy for a non-web person to update content
The first campaign is going to be a contest that will allow users to sign up and vote (pledge a certain dollar amount) for a particular basic trading area of the united states. The (undetermined number) of basic trading areas that have the most votes will win the right to host one of Redstone Technologies' first mobile gigabit networks - a new wireless technology capable of delivering ultra-fast gigabit speeds without the need for an ISP. (If you have never heard of Redstone, here is a link to a recent article venturebeat.com did on us:http://venturebeat.com/2013/12/19/if...et-everywhere/
Here is where it might get a bit tricky - on the home page, we need a way for supporters/users to easily track which basic trading areas are in the lead. We would really like it to be in the form of a color coded interactive map of the united states. We would also like it to update itself with every vote/pledge. Any ideas on building something like this?
This is very much a grassroots operation at the moment so I would greatly appreciate any ideas, suggestions, advice, and overall insight on how to go about putting this together. I am also in the early stages of assembling a team to build this so send me a message if you have any interest.
Thank you all for your help,
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Originally Posted by cholmes
As for me, there's just way too much there for me to consider trying to answer it all in a single forum post. My only suggestion is to do what you do with any software project: break it down into its component requirements, divide and conquer. The specific technologies you use are more likely to be driven by what your development team prefers to use than which one is the "best" solution.
Thank you for your valuable insight. You raise many points I had not considered and confirm some I had. It's a definitely learning process and you're reply has helped me to understand what steps I need to take next.
Thank you again.
Building a crowdfunding website like this would be quite custom. But I wanted to point out you can also utilize some white label software out there, this way you don't have to start from the ground up. The only holdback from the requirements is that you cannot host it on your server. I will tell you about Thrinacia, the crowdfunding engine. With Thrinacia you can quickly deploy a turn key site and then make further customization to meet your basic requirements. If you would like to learn more you can visit the website for more information.
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