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Any ideas on how I would go about setting up this website?

  • # June 4, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    I have a client who wants me to make a site that will be used to help visitors find quality builders, plumbers, etc.

    Heres how it works:

    - Visitor goes to website, navigates to required section(ie. Home & Garden -> Garden -> Landscape gardening) and fills in a form on that page
    - Lead is submitted to website owner as an email
    - Website owner then forwards the lead on to several respectable landscape gardeners
    - Landscape gardeners then follow up the lead

    They want the companies to pay in advance for each lead for which they will be awarded credits on the site. Each time a lead is sent to them, one credit is deducted.

    Does anyone have any ideas how would be the best way to go about this? Is there already a script out there that I could buy and customise? Does anyone know what this type of website would be called(if such a thing exists!)

    Thanks in advance for any advice!

    # June 9, 2010 at 11:06 am

    This wouldn’t be very hard at all on the development side of things. Just using a MVC like codeigniter would make it quite simple.

    An example from my area that is like this is haystackcolorado.com. Not sure what to call a site like this.

    # June 10, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Thanks for the reply!

    I’m not sure I understand what CodeIgniter does. It says it’s a framework, does that mean it is a selection of scripts thatyou edit to do what you want? Or it is more like a library so you can write PHP similar to the way you would jQuery.

    Also the Haystack website is pretty much what we want, only it will be the other way round, rather than companies paying to place an advert on the site. The customer fills in a form saying they want a specific service, and the companies that can provide that service pay for the customers details so that they can then get in touch.

    Really it should be easier than the Haystack website. The thing I am struggling to work out how to pull off is the ‘admin’ area, where the a record is kept of how much an advertiser has paid, and then each time a lead is sent to them, a certain amount of their balance is subtracted.

    Does any of that make sense?

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