Start-up needs advice with content management

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I need some advice with content managment.  I have some IT knowledge, understand the basics of databases but thats it. 
1) I want start a website to capture limited personal information prompted by a form, provided by the vistor(1)/member and then make it available to others, visitor (2)/member on a fee for referal basis. 
2) There would be a fee associated on both sides.  In addition I want the ability to allow visitor(1) to download a picture and also make that available on the other end.
3) Offer training with testing and the ability to print off a certificate.  Also want an Icon to show the training was successfully completed by visitor(1) and would be specific to that person and appear with their information.
4) The ability to have a newsletter and send out to everyone signed up on the website.
5. The ability to have recorded video that visitors can watch and listen.  
6.  I want the ability to possibly expand the website and allow for specific partners for a fee.
Lastly, I am limited on funds and depending on cost may need to put this together in steps. Any ideas?   Thank you Mary


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ASKED: November 20, 2011  10:49 PM
UPDATED: March 6, 2012  6:21 PM

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I would reccomend using the Drupal open source content management platform which can be found at http://drupal.org/. The Drupal system meets all of the requirements you mentioned and so much more. Drupal can be installed/hosted on Linux or Windows and is pretty easy to install and configure. There are plenty of Drupal books on the market and a ton of information on the Internet. I have personally set up multiple sites using Drupal including a department Intranet/Knowledge Base site. I hope that this information is helpful.

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