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I Need To Make A Rideshare Website

Discussion in 'HTML & Website Design' started by cosmolito, Aug 15, 2011.

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    I want to make a rideshare website so people can share rides in the Yukon and save money on gas and have the convenience of travel if they don't have a vehicle.

    I want to model it after this simple site http://kootenayrideshare.com/rideshare/rides.php

    How can I go about doing this?

    What kind of script do I need or what web platform should I use or is there already something out there that I could use as a template?

    cosmolito, Aug 15, 2011 IP
  2. iftomkins

    iftomkins Peon

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    Hey Cosmolito! I was happy to read your post. I love rideshare, too, and I actually did a Craigslist rideshare 2 summers ago from Whitehorse, YK to Vancouver, BC.

    Short of building a rideshare website, there are several free, established rideshare services out there that you try to get everyone using. My favorite is Zimride (http://zimride.com)because it's super easy to use and provides for social verification through Facebook. Zimride is big at many US college campuses, and it's slowly growing all over the US and Canada, though it would take some promoting to get the whole Yukon using it. Also, it looks like eRideShare (http://erideshare.com) is good for setting up regular commuting rides, and it's a very established site, too.

    I don't have a suggestion to build a kooteneyrideshare.com-type site (have you contacted the site owner?), but I did build a rideshare website here in Oregon for people carpooling to Mt. Hood, http://mounthoodrideshare.com. I built it on a Wordpress platform with Buddypress + bbPress 2.0 plugins. It's been working well so far, and enables private messaging between users. If you are familiar with Wordpress, I'd be happy to share my code with you for modification. That said, I was in touch with the guys at Jayride (http://jayride.co.nz), an established rideshare site in New Zealand, and their tech guy wrote this to me: "Platforms like BuddyPress or WordPress would never give you the level of customization or controls to build web products like Jayride or Zimride." To achieve the Jayride/Zimride/eRideshare level, I would agree.

    Hope this helps,
    iftomkins, Mar 4, 2012 IP