I'm looking to create a site where people can leave reviews. It needs to be protected with a login, and needs to have a way to charge users a monthly fee. Anyone have any suggestions for the best platform? Wordpress with a couple plugins?
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I would go with WordPress, a directory theme and a combo of premium and free plugins to get any functionality you desire.
Being WordPress provides the option to require login, as does many directory themes to allow folks to leave a review, using a membership plugin would allow you to enhance the value of registering and becoming a "member" (special content, freebies, tools, etc.). You can then use your exclusive membership perks to use that as an up-sell to encourage reviews of all kinds.
Of course that depends on what you are asking folks to review!
Using a directory theme gives you the bones of the site where you can have listings by category. And most have review features built in. There are a bunch to choose from out there -- just be sure to review the demo with a fine-tooth comb to make sure the layout and features are what you want.
Thanks so much. I'll have to give this a try in the next couple weeks. I'm not quite at the point where I want to commit money towards it, too bad the plugins don't have 30 day trials. That would give me time to set them up and test the functionality.