Thank you for the “help me help you” approach, I’m more than willing to give any sort of input as long as someone is willing to share his/her knowledge.
Before answering your last question, I’ll post another one: If I understood correctly, there is always a db created when running a blog, a forum, etc. So, supposing I start with WP now, and along the way I realize that it wasn’t the best choice; Could I migrate to another platform at that time ?
Coming back to the “must have” list; What kind of features do I need to speak about ? I’ll start with the basic, and maybe we can detail it along the way.
BLOG (=front page, latest posts will be listed here)
FORUM (don’t know yet what engine.. I’d like XenForo type, but I can’t afford it for now)
MARKET (DOWNLOAD AREA) – ideally, just like an app market
- Registered users only will be able to use it
- Some items will be free, some items will cost
- People can rate and comment items
- NOTE: even if the market area will maybe not be useful at the beginning, I’d like to have it up as fast as possible, to be able to test and develop it gradually
And lastly, about investment
Time : most of my free time, so evenings and weekends. And there’s no limitation as “neah, I don’t feel like doing it”. I am willing to invest time and energy, to see things progress
Money: I don’t have a clear idea about how this could turn out, so I’ll say “keeping the initial investment at minimum, and invest when needed, along the way”.
Hope this is a good start. Thank you.