It's difficult to know how to put this, without appearing to advertise. I'm not even sure if I'm posting in the correct part of the site. I am not after a review.
I have built a site which could be considered a political forum. It seemed obvious at the outset, that, although I could have built it just for my local county, as the same site would be appropriate for any county/country, I might as well design it for the world. Essentially then, I have a forum with about 25,000 categories/sub-categories with corresponding voting system. This was the reason I built it myself, rather than use a pre-built system(the number of categories). The way my site works is obviously different from the way most forums work. It does the same job but in a different way.
Having got this far, an obvious extension to the site is a 'county page', consisting of relevant info and capable of generating revenue streams.
I have researched other site building programs: forums; blogs; cms; and with all their plugins, pingbacks, trackbacks etc, I can see benefits in using them. What I cannot do is see a way to marry my site with one of these.
Can anybody possibly give me some direction.
Should I attempt to use a ready made system and try to incorporate my site, or should I carry on with what I have and learn the necessary code to do my own 'plugins'.
I have pondered on this for a month and can't get a grip on it. If you can see a way ahead, what should my first step be.
For those wishing to respond to this post, you can find my site here. I hope that doesn't constitute advertising.