First off, I'm pretty much a newbie - I took web development classes in school, but that was 15 years ago and I didn't get to practice much, so might as well say that I'm starting over from scratch. I'm planning to make a website and I would like to use the community's project management experience to figure out the order of priorities and the best approach for each item so that I can then study and implement each of those in order.
I want to build a site that's a combination of a community center and meeting site that has three distinguishing factors: a strongly focussed niche that isn't well served at the moment, a greater degree of specificity than what's usually found on any meeting site that I've tried, and a powerful search feature allowing you to sort by any combination of criteria with exact match and orders of priority. It is meant to be a financially viable, add-supported site that answers a real need as well as it possibly can, and my goal is to bring a MVP to market ASAP.
I'm thinking that there are three main things to focus on in order to make this a success:
-building interest prior to launch (coms and marketing)
-keeping people engaged once on the site (value creation)
-using the right technology for the job (including security)
So, who here has experience successfully launching projects with similar requirements, what do you think of the core objectives I'm setting, and what would you, from experience, say that I should be doing first to start building towards each of those objectives?
Wide questions, I know, but I'm specifically asking to start focussing down to-do lists and hoping to leverage your common experience to reduce waste so your input is highly appreciated.