So I want to start a private paid community for my industry & I want to make it very very user friendly so people can see what is written, it's easy to respond, you can read the entire thread (like here), etc. But also their profiles can also be kept private. So, everything is accessible, yet they have a lot of controls so they are kept private if they don't want anyone contacting them or they don't want to participate.
Yes I could go with VB. I love VB, but it's out of my budget right now & I already have 2 VB forums that no one mans & they are a MESS with spam & not a lot of people know how to man VB, plus it takes a lot of work to set it up so it looks great & easy to use. Even the design takes a lot to tweak it just so.
And no I don't want the PHP free version, it doesn't have all the features VB has & it looks very unprofessional IMO.
So I know WP has some membership type plugins, but those are usually for people to read articles, watch videos & stuff, not to also communicate with other members (unless I'm wrong) right?
Is there anything out there like what I described?
I also need to make it so it's secure & people can't just waltz in unless they paid or were invited.