Project: Trading Post – A local, peer-to-peer, produce and handmade goods commerce networking platform

Hi all, we’ve been working on our next project. It is a platform to facilitate selling by local vendors via contactless pickup points. We’re calling it Project: Trading Post.

As of the design phase, in comparison to current products, it sits somewhere between Etsy and Craigslist.

You can check out the beta/development platform here:

A screenshot of the current phase of Project: Trading Post

We are working on the database structure now. It will be semi-curated – new vendors can’t autonomously join without being added by an admin. However, as the initial admin I don’t want it to be an extremely maintenance-intensive platform either, because I’ve got a lot on my plate as it is.

Our city (Farmington, NM) will be the first location to roll out, but we’re designing it to be scale-able although there will have to be a local admin for each location.

The plan is for this to eventually be ad-supported. We’ve got fixed costs for web hosting at the moment that should be able to handle it until the point where there are lots of locations. At that point, we’ll have to introduce ads to pay for a dedicated server because it will lean fairly heavily on MySQL not just for the WordPress implementation of the overall structure but for the product databases as well with the custom PHP code we’re going to use.

The domain name is still TBD at this point.

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