Tech Stack for getting started
I want to build a site to meet the needs of a certain type of engineer. These are people with their professional personas on, so more LinkedIn than Facebook 🙂
I want to be able to acquire information they give me, either directly or via site interaction. For example the Home page should be a particular page until they have signed up for free site membership, at which time they get a different home page. The offers they get should be conditional on one or more tags, so nobody gets hit for an offer they have already signed up for. A major part of the site with be a community forum, which I want to be able to support many different areas relevant to each of my offerings. There will ultimately be a paid courses section, as well as free courses
I am building this site from scratch, so I have no legacy data to enter and I am a bright eyed, bushy tailed newbie. I’m fairly IT savvy and have run a few PhP-based sites before, but I am not a coder, just a reader of the instruction book.
I am setting up a WP site with Cloudways (thanks David) and have signed up for Thrive Themes membership so I have that whole stack. But I have several pieces missing from my puzzle:
Where do I store the data on my users? The WP user accounts don’t seem sufficient. They will all be subscribers, but I want to be able to store a lot more than that.
Do I need a CRM system separate to my email automation plugin?
A Forum plugin will be essential, and I know this site runs on BuddyBoss. Totally happy to get that, but is it still the 2020 choice of forum software? And how does it interact with Thrive Leads and the rest of the Thrive ecosystem?
Do I need WP Fusion as well?
That’s probably enough for now, as you can see I need general directional help right now.
Thanks in advance,
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