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Overview: Free Beer Buddy offers members a unique place to share information about beer specials, read articles about beer, enjoy beer podcasts, read and write comments, and even play arcade games.
Technical Details: This is a Joomla 1.0.12 site with all the basic Joomla capabilities plus:
- Beer Specials Directory - Members can list beer specials that they know about, and also search for beer specials.
- Membership Managment - Freebeer Buddy has a free membershp, but also sells paid memberships to advertisers. A membership management component was added to the site to allow membership purchases for sponsors.
- Arcade Games - Pacman, Beer Golf, Space Invaders and more are all available as a draw for people to visit the site.
- Podcasts - The site plays multiple beer podcasts in scrollable playlists.
- Multi-media Files - The site can display multi-media files. Videos of beer commercials are a favorite.
- Press Releases - Members can submit press releases for publication.
- Mini Sites - Commercial members can have mini-sites to help advertise, or in place of having a complete Web site.
- Blogs - Invited writers have their own blogs which are optimized for search engine friendliness. Each member blog also features own RSS feed.
- Event Listing - Members can list events such as festivals, sales, etc.
- eCommerce - Free Beer Buddy sells a wide variety of quality beer merchandise. Okay, and some kind of cheesey stuff as well. But in any case, the site has complete shopping cart capabilities.
Visit Free Beer Buddy to explore the site for yourself.