Specs for Directories Website
Synopsis: Need a simple website on which I will provide purchased information. Platform probably will be WordPress, and also needs a shopping cart and means to control who can access which info.
Purpose of the site:
The site will sell information listings. Originally I planned to sell downloadable CSV reports. However, as reports can be shared, or worse yet, uploaded to another website for sharing or resale, I would like to retain the information in an online database.
This will be a simple site with a home page and perhaps 25 subordinate pages, about 20 of which will be of the same format.
*Home page: There will be a banner across the top, with a central block of marketing text below forming the bulk of the page. At left, there will be navigation to each of the subordinate pages. At right there will be links to external sites, and possibly some clickable ads.
*Clicking a nav link at left takes the visitor to one of the 20 subordinate pages on which he can read some text about the listing for sale. If he wants to purchase the information, he can order and be passed to a shopping cart (more below).
*There will be a few other standard pages, such as Contact Us, About, etc. The nav to these could be at the top or bottom of the Home Page.
*Platform: I would like to use WordPress, which I already work with, but I am open to other solutions as long as the solution is easy and most routine maintenace can be done by me without tech involvement.
*Database: The data will exit in CSV files, with approximately 15 columns per file. Records will be grouped into approximately 20 reports/files (one for each subordinate page on the site). Total records across all 20 files could grow to 25,000 records, so the database needs to be scalable.
*Security: Access to the data needs to be controlled. A purchaser should be able to access only the file or files he has paid for. I may set an access time limit of one year, after which access will be closed. I am familiar with the WishlistMember WordPress plugin. I've also heard of PaidMembership Pro but know nothing about it. I want the cheapest and simplest solution possible. Would the WordPress Optimize Press 2.0 theme provide what I need? Note: I realize that no security will be foolproof. I just want the best security possible for a reasonable price. I will also also accept suggestions for measures such as watermarking, etc.
*Shopping cart: I need a solution that can accept credit cards and ideally PayPal as well, although PayPal is not a hard requirement. I probably am not going to need recurring or renewal billing functionality, just to process one-time payments. I may want to offer discounts, for example, Enter coupon code to receive 20% off. I have sold via Clickbank and they handle sales with a very low fee. Which other service(s) would you recommend?
*Design. While I know the general design and flow I want (simple), I will want help with making it all pretty, including design of an attractive banner, fonts, etc. Clean, simple, attractive, and nothing complex here. At most maybe we could discuss a photo slideshow.
*Mobile: I know that many sites are going mobile, but I do not envision any mobile requirements at this time. If we need to do something to leave the door open for future mobile users, fine.
*Redirects: I plan to obtain other domain names. I'll want these to redirect to the primary website and need instruction on how to do this.
Again, imagine a simple website on which to sell online reports. Visitors should be halfway sold before they arrive, so this will not be a long sales/landing page. Just a simple website presenting the information for sale.
Round 1: Understand the site requirements as detailed above and propose your solution. The best solution will meet the requirements while remaining as simple as possible. (I believe in the KISS prinicple.) Feel free to ask for additional information to better understand the design requirements. Solutions should be proposed by December 31st, 2015.
Round 2: Selected vendors will be asked to bid. A vendor will be selected by January 7th, 2016.
Note there will be additional work, on this project and others. Do a good job on this project and more work will follow.
Thank you for you interest in this project.