Not sure what technology stack to use

I’m a so-so front-end developer. I can figure stuff out in time. However despite my spotty knowledge, go as in depth as you’d like with an explanation, and I’ll research the topic.

A summary of my project:

For the end user

  • Curated content
  • I aim to have users easily flip through curated content with the swipe of a finger
  • I’d like for it to be light and speedy
  • Some curated content is pulled from the web
  • Some curated content is provided by special users/roles. We’ll call them publishers
  • So the admin should differ on user roles

Publishers

  • Publishers will have access to their own admin page where they manage their published content
    • Delete, add, or deactivate content
    • Their published content will include uploaded video
    • Publishers will also upload digital goods (certain types of files)

Digital goods

  • Some digital goods will be free
  • Some will have an individual price
    • Sale of digital goods from publishers will be split between main company and publisher
  • Some will only be free through a subscription

SEO will be extremely important. Any suggestions on technologies I should consider?

Thanks in advance.

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Hi rpeg. Sounds like the main thing you’ll need is a CMS. Perhaps something like ExpressionEngine, Craft of Drupal? You’ll have to look at the features of each, and the available plugins for added functionality. Depending on how sophisticated the cart needs to be, you could go for some simple 3rd party one or a full-blown, self-hosted solution.

I used to be a big fan of Drupal but I don’t trust the direction it’s moving in and find that it’s harder to find developers who are comfortable with it. I’ll look into those other options however. See how the developer community is with that.

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Are there any other opinions?

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