Hi guys,

im new here and new to web development.

I want to build a marketplace for tutors where they can upload their profile and information.

Students who want to find a home tutor can go there and find a suitable one by submitting a home tuition request.

I want to create a site similar to http://www.tuitionbean.com

I've found and contacted a web developer through the internet.

He suggested using php instead of wordpress to create the website. I've read abit on CMS and im wondering if I can get any advise on the difference in choice of platform and how it will affect my website

Any helpful advise would greatly appreciated!

WordPress is written in PHP, so it sounds like he either has a CMS of his own (which is good), or he's trying to complicate things to get more money (if he builds one from scratch, which is bad).

I'd try to get a written statement from him what exactly he is offering.

wordpress, you will be able to take over admin and run the site after a bit of self education.
a custom php script, will pretty much tie you to this developer.

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That is a great situation for a developer, unreasonable for a customer.
The customer initially envisaged a 5 year span, and thought licensing would be cheaper than purchase

WordPress is free.