thanks for this - in some ways yes but at each local level I require the viewer to become a member of that region, so they would get a local newsletter, they would be able to search just the local site, and see local content. however when they are on the parent site that would see national content and extracts from the regions. They can join on the main page but it would then direct them to their local region.
There are three levels of joining:
Participants with their own updateable pages.
Viewers who can join in discussions and receive info.
Advertisers - who can place adverts on the site.
It is a totally new site.
I was considering using Joomla but am open to other suggestions.
Whatever I use I can’t figure out how to setup the structure to break it down and keep it both local and national.