Website – Social Networking and Web Portal

Short description: Social networking and web portal for the marketing of goods and services by companies on the one hand and the valuation (reviewing) of these goods and services by their customers on the other hand.

Task: Sitex was given the task of developing a web portal with minimal effort, which operates as a social network at the interface between companies and their customers, companies can present themselves and their market offering, customers can find products and services, critically examine and evaluate. The focus is on the communication between suppliers and consumers.

Solution: Sitex used the free blog and networking CMS LiveStreet which provides certain basic functionality in blogging and active user communication. A plug-in for managing companies has been installed and followed up with significant modifications.
The Content Management System (CMS) from LiveStreet is built according to OOP standard (Object Oriented Programming), which facilitates the development needs. Sitex developed modular plug-ins which assist in the upgrade to newer versions of the open source engine.
Sitex has integrated the open source full-text search engine Sphinx for fast and user-friendly search. Now the site visitors use auto-completion of search and results are already shown when typing.
In the Company List, businesses are evaluated by ratings which are calculated based on the communication activities of the companies and on the basis of ratings by the customer.
Sitex added an marketplace where private and commercial customers can get quotes quickly and easily from enterprises like trades people, builders and service providers that have been rated by previous customers.

Tools and Technologies: PHP5 OOP, MySQL, Javascript, CMS Live Street, Sphinx

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