is a popular site management system; it can run on top of PHP
which are probably the most common hosted environments (the "LAMP" stack.)
Other options include Ruby-on-Rails
, or ASP.NET on Azure
, if you have to stay on Windows.
If your site is small, you can run it on a shared hosting account, such as Dreamhost
If/when your site grows bigger, you can move it to a VPS or a cloud instance of your choice; anything from interserver.net
$6 VPS slice, to the Amazon Cloud
A few things of note:
- That site looks like it's been around for a while, and has had a bit of effort put into it. You can't clone something like that in depth quickly, because the content will be missing.
- The speed by which this can be done varies based on how specific you are on how things will look or work. If there exists a plug-in that does "kind of the right thing," that'll be easy to set up; if you need to tweak the defaults, it will take a lot of time.
- The actual chess game playing / UI is a real application, and developing that is unlikely to have a ready-made Wordpress plug-in. You could perhaps start from some open source project
- The cost of a contractor depends entirely on how much work you want them to do, and how good they are. "Off-shore" freelancers at $10/hour typically aren't very good, because if you're good, you can charge more.
- Setting up an empty shell for a site, with many features, is easy. Populating the site with interesting content, and getting users to show up, and building a community, is really hard work!
- I have tried each of the services I list above, except for the open source chess game, and found them to be a real thing, capable of delivering. There are many others; some of which are good; others of which aren't.
Edited by hplus0603, 24 March 2014 - 09:34 AM.