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I’m not confidently saying anything in this post :) I am yet to dev in WordPress for this project, I’m just thinking through my options before I start coding, I don’t want to spend hours hacking WP to find I hit a wall, when I could have spent time learning an alternative (like Cake).

Here’s my thought process for WP.

1. I need a subscription based registration (can be done with a plug-in, easy).

2. I need to be able to limit the amount of searches a user can do based on their package (again, subscription
plugin should do this).

3. I need to make a fully custom backend for the users (not the standard WP backend)
– Each user should be able to fill out the ‘Start’ form. That information can then be sent to a scraper, and have the results return to the individual users dashboard with the results and some stats/charts etc. shown.
– Users should be able to edit their profiles/upgrade/downgrade etc. (again, plugin can be used for this).

My main concern in being able to display the correct search results back to each user. Plug-ins like S2 member get me part way in getting me there, but they’re made more for restricting posts and pages, not dynamic content that comes from outside WordPress itself. Which makes me think I need a custom solution built on another framework.