Our firm needs to have built a website that will do a few things. This will be a joint web and iPhone application if feasible. This is what we need for Phase I.
There will be two interfaces for this site. Think the real estate business. You have a broker interface to list properties for sale and a buyer/seller public interface to search for houses for sale .
1)A broker client will have a template on which he can enter a product for sale. The public cannot upload products. The broker must also be able to list all related specifications and data including documents relevant to the product such as brochures or tax invoices, inspection reports etc. Full scale photo and video hosting is needed to represent the product as well.
2)There needs to be a MLS-style system to search for products on the broker side. This MLS side needs to be repurposed for the public to view in classified ad-type format. Think local Real Estate multiple listing database, size, and scope. 150,000 plus entries.
3)There will be complete, absolute, and full detailed analytics of product and buyer traffic on the site.
4)There will be the ability for each vendor to have a small mini-website within the main site. There are approximately 4000 vendors that will need their own mini-site.
In Phase II, there will be many more features involving document management for the sale process, networking for vendors to work with to move more product, tools to identify which vendors buyers are communicating with and the ability for buyers to choose preferred vendors, ability for database of sold records to be kept and worked with, automatic reports to vendors of buyer and product traffic, and much more.
The first job will be to build the first basic site with 4 features listed above. This is a full scale enterprise site. We have funding. We need professional quotes. This is an absolutely no flash or glam site. Think [url removed, login to view] simple or Ebay simple. It has to be super-intuitive and easy-to-use. It has to load as fast as possible. No eye-wash. It needs to scale and adapt.
We want to stay away from Microsoft.net and licensed software. We have to utilize open source technologies for this build. We would hope to use Linux, MySQL, CSS3, HTML5, and the other up-to-date and relevant web technologies.