OK Ralph, you got my attention. I've just had a run over to EE and had a quick look. I found the Multiple Site Manager add-on and got highly excited. Then I found this in the FAQ's:
Can I use ExpressionEngine to create a blogging service or MySpace type site?
The major licensing restriction in ExpressionEngine is that it cannot be used as the basis of a hosted blogging venture such as Blogger.com or MySpace.com. If you are intending to offer blogs to the general public this is not allowed under the terms of our licensing, even if you are giving away the blogs for free.
License issues aside, ExpressionEngine does not currently have a management system in place that permits a user to sign up and receive a totally configured weblog. You’d have to manually set-up each weblog and assign it to a user. Templates have to be created, member groups have to be assigned, etc. While ExpressionEngine supports multiple weblogs, a blogging service requires a lot of extra backend functionality in order to permit easy management (or more appropriately, self management), which means ExpressionEngine is not a suitable fit for the task.
So the "blog" thing looks like it might be out for this kind of project - however, if she were willing to go with a forum, that looks possible. And personally, that's the way I'd go, but then, I happen to like forums. However, I think it would actually end up being the more economical way for her to go in this case. I'll obviously still be getting more info tomorrow morning at our meeting, of course.
On another note - the Multiple Site Manager looks really interesting. I've been thinking that whether my client wants a CMS or not (i.e., if not, and wanting me to do the updating of the site info/content), I'll be putting their site into a CMS. They don't have to know it's already in a CMS and if I'm the one updating, it will just be sooooo much easier and faster in the long run.
So I'm thinking I could, perhaps, put my own biz site into EE, then use that installation with the MSM to create my other sites (those that wish me to host their site, that is), and manage all from one online control panel.
Sounds like a dream. Am I barking up the wrong tree? Does this make business sense to anyone? :shifty: (Kind of a side topic, eh? LOL)
EDIT: OK, maybe I was wrong - you just have multiple bloggers, but on the same blog. I suppose you could set up categories that would pertain to each team, etc. Am I right? (It looks so exciting, this EE! )