new to WP – any advice on theme and plugins for my site?

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    Hi there –

    I am very new to WP and wondered if any of you could kindly offer me some advice.
    I am looking into getting my website re-made. I want a much cleaner design but the functionality to remain mostly the same with a few changes – Hosts sign up as paid members (they would have their own profile to then edit) and then Guests would also have to sign-in to look at the properties. Internal messaging between the two would be great though online booking is not a necessity.

    I know that a lot of customisation would have to happen (some I could do myself and other bits I’d get a professional – design-wise I’d like there to be hand drawn lines if this is possible) and if I had some idea of what themes and plugs-ins to use that would be a great start. The Hosts area has to have calendar etc. The property search has to be geographical AND by tick-box topic such as ‘by the sea’ and ‘grows own vegetables’.

    Any ideas please let me know – would be so grateful. Equally if you have any questions about the above please ask me – I may not have explained it all very clearly!

    Thanks so much for your help!



    Howdy! It looks like the URL you’ve provided points to a self-hosted site. This support forum is for blogs and sites hosted on, the free blogging service. You can read about the differences between and here:

    It sounds like you will need to use a self-hosted WordPress site to get the functionality and customizations you desire (plugins, payment system, messaging, etc.) You will have better luck posting in the support forums:

    Best of luck with your new site!

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