What type of scripts or programming languages would I need to make a site such as ebay.com or craigslist.com?

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Mainly a site that's interactive which allows visitors to submit things on the site and allows them to possibly message, communicate with each other and receive emails from the main site.

There are several ways to go about creating auction sites like eBay, or classified ads sites like craigslist:

1) Start from scratch

  • can use PHP & MySQL together with Zend Framework

2) Buy ready-made scripts (majority of scripts use PHP & MySQL)
  • modifications can be made if source code is provided

  • google "auction scripts"
  • google "classifieds scripts" or "classified ads scripts"

3) WordPress with

  • classified ads plugin
  • auctions plugin

4) Joomla with

  • classified ads extension
  • auctions extension

Both WordPress and Joomla, including their plugins/extensions are written in PHP & MySQL.

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