what my members really want is just a forum, to chat and get back to basics of what a forum involves.
however, many people in the local community want exactly the opposite. they don't care about chatting and forum business - they just want a website that they can go to, and click on "What's On" to see a calendar for upcoming events, click on "Shops" to see a list of local shops (with links to relevant websites, etc.), "Dating" to link to a dating section, "Eating" to link to a section with restaurants, takeaways, etc. (along with menus, contact details, and so forth), etc. etc. basically, a hub for their town, where they can instantly see the information they need, without wading through pages and pages of opinions, comments, posts, and pictures of grumpy cats.
i realise that this isn't a new idea, hence this post. i would really appreciate some recommendations for platforms to achieve the above, please. i was thinking wordpress, and i would just update it with posts about different events/shops/establishments/etc. as and when - but then i thought "surely there's a better solution, specifically for this kind of thing?" - so figured it was worth asking here.
this isn't intended to replace my forum, incidentally - that is still going strong. i would just like to strip that back to what a forum does best - discussion - and the above would be a separate-albeit-affiliated site.