Web site building software for personal trainers?

  • UncleverName

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    Feb 29, 2008 8:42 PM GMT
    There seem to be a lot of people on here that do or know people that do personal training, and a fair number of IT people. So I thought I would ask if anyone here knows of any e-commerce type of software package for setting up a personal training website.
    Does anyone?

    I'm sort of thinking of something that is skinnable, but provides client appointment booking, maybe some kind of scheduling back end for the trainers, a training video area, web mail for the trainers, and maybe even forums.

    A personal trainer at the gym I work out at was mentioning something about redoing his website. This strikes me as something someone else has already thought of.

    Any ideas or suggestions would be much appreciated.
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    Feb 29, 2008 10:28 PM GMT
    Google on it.

    Depends what they want.
  • UncleverName

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    Feb 29, 2008 10:59 PM GMT
    Thanks for the reply.

    Next question: any suggestion for terms to search for? I spent an hour trying to a google search prior to posting here, and all I could find was Desktop side software, which isn't what I'm looking for.
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    Mar 01, 2008 12:49 AM GMT
    You're gonna have to turn of "sort of thinking" into concrete must-haves and would-like-to-haves. Then you can find packages and hosts that are good for you.

    The great thing about web design is it's inherently modular--you can have one set of software for your website, another sort of software to handle your webmail, another to host videos, and another for forums.

    Are you looking for free solutions (to which you'll have to dedicate considerable time, but if you're smart you'll be able to do) or paid solutions?
  • UncleverName

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    Mar 01, 2008 10:57 PM GMT
    Thanks for the reply!

    I'm actually just looking into this mainly out of curiosity.

    I have put together a blogging style of website with my partner before, and used freely available forum software to do the forums (phpbb, I think; the same as used on www.straightacting.com). I cobbled together some php and mysql stuff for posting articles as well. I know it's not that difficult, but it is time consuming, and I was wondering if there was a paid solution out there. If there isn't an all in one, do everything package, it's probably a potentially good product for someone to create.

    If I was going to put this together myself, I'd probably sketch out on paper what I wanted the software to do, functionally, and then contract someone else to do it. It's so much easier to get someone else to do the work, even if you know how to do it. Knowing how to do it allows you to have a clear idea of what you want, but not get bogged down in the details of how it gets implemented.

    If there is a package available, for purchase even, I was going to recommend it to the trainer that was asking me about his site. I suspect he won't want to use it anyways though, as he wanted someone to do the work for him for contra. I already have a great trainer, so I don't really want to do the work, and it's definitely not my forte.

    Just wondering if anyone knew of anything.
    At the end of the day, I'm thinking of something similar to the plethora of web site building packages available for online dating. A la http://www.grafxsoftware.com/product.php/G-Dating_-_Online_Dating_Site_Builder_19/24/
    But tailored to personal training companies.
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    Mar 01, 2008 11:31 PM GMT
    You could check out things like Drupal or Mooba. They should have a bunch of things you can add on and customize, hopefully being able to craete what you want.

    Or you could hire an amazing Web Designer/Developer like myself and get exactly what you want.

    http://www.milkdogdesign.com
  • NYCguy74

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    Mar 02, 2008 12:11 AM GMT
    I've done some basic web/php/mysql for myself, and set up a small billing / tracking thing for my friends dance school. I've heard of drupal, but mooba?
    i googled it, and this is what i came up with


    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=mooba
    N. "mooba" A homosexual act involving two men and a bamboo stick. One man bends over, while the other forces one end of the bamboo stick up his partners rectum
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    Mar 02, 2008 11:22 PM GMT
    Haha, I think by Mooba he meant Mambo.