Can a Non-Developer make a solid, robust, 20,000 member Buddypress site?
I’m trying to build a social networking platform to link psychiatric survivors and engaged community to help people find personal resources outside of mental health care. This has the potential to take out much of big pharma’s inaccurate messages about mental health. I’m not a developer. I have posted 5 other wordpress sites but they are just basic blogs. I really like WordPress, so I turned to Buddypress first when I wanted to build something much bigger. What I have so far is on http://ConnectPower.org and I have the newest versions of Buddypress and WordPress.
However, I have seen threads with problems with Buddypress and I know I’ve run into a lot of those issues already like friend requests not working, forums not working, activation codes being requested twice, too much white space above the loop in all my pages, no way to join groups, etc. I’ve seen these issues on the help forums so I know I could probably work through them all bit by bit.
However, I’ve also been looking through all the galleries and haven’t yet seen a large community (over 300 members) with much activity showing.
My question is, Am I going to be able to develop a truly robust and professional looking product this way? Why is it the other big communities all work from scratch? Is it worth digging in and poking around and dealing with all these problems? Maybe the problems just have an initial barrier that will drop away. If Buddypress is supposed to be accessible to non-developers, maybe I just have a bit more learning curve to work through and then I’m home free? I’m pretty good at figuring out online stuff and I’m willing to take programming classes or go to Meetups or whatever would work.
Or should I write a business plan, find funding, and then hire programmers to build something for me, maybe from a different platform? It seems like all the reviews of all the platforms I’ve looked at have these same issues, so really the question is,
—->>> Can I do this myself or do I need to find some funding and get pros in on it for me?
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