Questions about developing an online booking system for a directory site.
May 26, 2011 3:05 PM Subscribe
Howdy, We're in the early stages of developing an online directory site that will include online booking capabilities similar (if not exact) to something you might see on a vacation rental site. Due to my limited knowledge on the subject, I thought I might plead for some help answering a couple simple questions.
posted by ISeemToBeAVerb to Computers & Internet (3 answers total)
Despite my lack of web development knowledge, I've been handed the responsibility of collecting information about potential platforms for the website.
In the past, I've always used Wordpress as a kind of catch-all solution, and for the most part I've always been able to find extensions to handle whatever I need. In this instance, I have found some Wordpress solutions for online booking, but I'm not sure what limitations Wordpress might have for a site of this type.
I've also come across some third-party solutions, but my project manager does not want to rely on a third party system for bookings because it forces users to leave the site and we're also essentially at the mercy of their future development (or lack thereof).
So my questions are:
1. What programming language / platform would be suitable for a project of this type? Specifically to handle online booking/reservations, as well as payment and escrow (we'll be holding on to payments until the transaction has been confirmed by both parties).
2. Would it be crazy to consider Wordpress a viable platform?
Bonus points for anyone that might be able to give a top-of-the-head difficulty rating for building something like this.
Any information is greatly appreciated.