Website Idea(s).

June 7, 2010 at 14:33:38
Specs: Linux Mint 7
Alright, so I'm thinking of trying to maybe start a paid forum/and or website for tech support (virus removal, tune ups, drivers, etc), I was thinking of charging maybe like $9.99, and or $19.95 for support (where either I could connect to said PC with crossloop, or help them via forum posts like does) however, some things on the forum would NOT be paid such as drivers and or software links. My question is, would it be smart to charge a one time fee for help, or, should I do strictly advertising (Google Ad Words, etc) and help for free?. Another question I have is, would I do this all via a shopping cart like website or is there another way to do this?. (I'm not sure if it's even possible to using a shopping cart with forum software like PhpBB which is why I'm asking).

As silly as it is, I was also thinking of making premade AIM Pro accounts for users to log into via either the cilent itself, or via the web applet, and I could guide them and help them that way (I know it sounds silly, but, at least it's innovative).

One of my main goals is to figure out what type of advertising would be best/and if I should even have a pricing structure for services, (I've already looked at keywords from other sites using Google Adwords and have decided on which terms to use).

As for making the site, since I'm not that experienced with Java, Flash, and etc, would it be best to use or should I find another hosting provider?.

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June 9, 2010 at 02:17:49
Eh, pay-for forums suck...unless you plan on paying your posters.

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September 5, 2010 at 14:24:13
You could try seeing what traffic you get on the site with a free forum/site, and, if you have enough, create a section that charges users. To create a payment system, I don't know about any forums that have automated payment systems, but you could try adding people to a group after they pay, and only allow them to access the section of the forum that is not free. If you are looking for new WYSIWYG website hosts, I would suggest Google Sites or Weebly.

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