I guess you sold me, now how about some TLC?

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I'm trying to decide between Concrete5 and WordPress/Thesis. As I am just starting CMS, I think that I'd like to grow with you guys/gals (you certainly do make your system sound appealing).
But, a friend just introduced me to the whole CMS thing through WordPress/Thesis, which he has been using skillfully for 2+ years.

http://trends.builtwith.com/cms....

I can't even think of a question to ask. Maybe to say that I envision a members-only forum, wherein I want posts to auto-archive quickly. I have a product to sell, and its purchase will include free membership (ongoing discussion of the products use, and associated topics), for a period of time, in the members-only forum. The product purchased will be the end of the commercial arrangement between me and my customers, giving me guilt-free autocracy in the forum. After their free-time expires, if they found the experience to be worthy, they can return on a month-to-month subscription.
Will this arrangement be difficult to build for an experienced software user (not programmer)?
Gracias,
Eric

ea1958
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frz replied on at Permalink Reply
frz
you can basically get this working without touching a line of code using concrete5, just use the Discussion Forums add-on and the eCommerce add-on.

The only part that will get tricky is the recurring payments. You'll likely want to just let paypal handle this which may take a little configuration from a developer. It's easy to put accounts into a group after purchase with eCommerce, and it's easy to have them expire from that group after a fixed amount of time.

concrete5 will also give you a good deal more flexibility to grow your site organically later

Best wishes,
-frz
ea1958 replied on at Permalink Reply
ea1958
-frz
Cool!
I can do the subscription thing in whatever way makes it easy to implement.
I look forward to the 'Concrete5 Beginner's Guide' that is scheduled to release on Amazon, but ideally, by the time that it does, I won't need it anymore.
OK, then there is getting the thread post-notification thingy to work...
I actually came across my own post here, again, by Googling 'Thesis for Concrete 5', which begs the other question bothering me right now:
Can I build-build-build now with your stock theme, and then apply an upscale theme later, when I have a better idea of what I'm doing, or is that a bad approach?
Gracias,
eric
12345j replied on at Permalink Best Answer Reply
12345j
thats probably the best way to do it, get your content in and then apply another theme. The built in theme is a pretty good base, there are a lot of ways you can modify it to make it look different and original. (much the same as thesis)
olacom replied on at Permalink Reply
olacom
Concrete5 all the way! ;-)
ea1958 replied on at Permalink Reply
ea1958
Ok, too late to save face, might as well stay in this thread...
(learning Trillian to chat... is that a dumb idea?)

HOSTING:
I started one of these CC5 trials the other day (http://ea1958.c5host.com/), but I haven't done anything with it yet.
I do have an ASmallOrange hosting account in place (www.sineofthetime.com, the URL that I intend to develop).
I was just now looking at BlueHost via your CC5 link (because they have your module ready to go), and I think someone there, in their chat window, accidentally mentioned that it was good for about 2000 visits/day??
And your hosting? Am I right in seeing that it starts at $45/month?
Still trying to get past step-0...
Thanks,
e
frz replied on at Permalink Reply
frz
the guys at the top of our page are great for budget hosting. DreamHost is awesome.

if you've got a business and want to have an ongoing relationship with the core team where you can pay us to work on your site when you need it, the business class hosting with us is a good option too.

I think this page explains it pretty well if you read all the copy:
http://concrete5.org/hosting
ea1958 replied on at Permalink Reply
ea1958
I will practice the budget route for now, installing C5, etc.
I like the hosting companies with the low starting price and scaled plans... hoping that they manage server resources the best, as you caution on your 'system requirements' page.
Gratzi!
e
ea1958 replied on at Permalink Reply
ea1958
RE: C5 Installation

This:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfm9RaLT8TI... (C5 install video),
and this:
http://www.concrete5.org/documentation/installation/installing_conc...

I have FileZilla hooked up to my sitehttp://www.sineofthetime.com (A Small Orange is my host),
but I'm spinning a little bit.
Will someone point me in the right direction?
Eric
ea1958 replied on at Permalink Reply
ea1958
I found the upload zip to cPanel instruction, and unzip there, using cPanel.
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