I've been playing with the idea of creating a community for some time and I was really happy when I discovered UNA.
Unfortunately, despite my enthusiasm, I know very little about web development. I've played a little bit with wordpress which I felt to be a bit confusing, and had a look at Joomla which I felt to have a more structured and clean back-end. The fact is that all my life my interests have been scattered around other places unrelated to PHP, MySQL, HTML, CSS, JS etc. When it comes to writing scripts, only a year ago I begun picking up on programming to make some data analysis algorithms using C, did some macros, and that's it.
With that said, I was wondering if there could be a gentle soul to give some advice on what to expect with UNA from the standpoint of an unexperienced user. I understand that UNA can do a lot (watch some videos), and that some custom functionality is possible but will naturally require some development.
What I would like to know is:
- how complicated it is to setup and admin a basic community for someone with little or no experience. From the process of instillation, to setting up the design/layout, to defining different types of memberships and to manage monetization, or any relevant aspect involved in running a community.
If you feel that substantial technical knowledge is required, please leave some ideas on where to start and a path to follow.
Many thanks for your help and suggestions.