I'm planning on putting together a "community" site for my family, and was hoping for suggestions on software/etc to accomplish this. Both free and paid solutions are fair game.
Here's the end goal for the site:
It would house accounts for each of the family members, in-laws, and if desired, out-laws.
They would have single-signon (preferably silent so they aren't asked more than once per visit) to the following capabilities:
E-Mail, including webmail and POP3/etc
Each of these capabilities would to be made avalialable on multiple levels, including individual, family, and global.
Some examples of the desired community aspects are:
Member1 can post to the global "news" blog, create and post to a personal blog, and create and post to various "family" blogs (eg: one for his household and one for his nearby relatives).
The whole clan should be able to view a single member's calendar, or even an entire family's, but only see the events that are marked as visible to the clan. At the same time, every member should be able to invite other members to their events, etc.
I'm hoping that these can be accomplished through a system like Joomla or PHPNuke via modules/add-ons, but any and all solutions possible on dreamhost are welcome.
It would be even nicer if the possible functionality included taking care of any DreamHost settings that may be involved. (eg: Create a new PHPNuke user, and a corresponding e-mail account is created automatically.)
I realize the chances of just finding a group of apps that all play nice together is pretty slim, but I am willing/able to make modifications to code where possible to further my goals, or accept the seperation if the added featureset is worth it.
So suggestions I would like include: The best Blog module for PHPNuke; The best Blog module for Joomla; The best open source Blog software period; The best closed source Blog software; etc.
Thanks for your help!