Is Elgg the right solution?

Hello All - I know very little about Elgg and have a minimal amount of coding experience. Basically, I took some classes in school, liked them and felt like I was pretty good at it but this was 10+ years ago.

I have an idea for a social network that would be similar in functionality to LinkedIn but for a niche group and have a few questions I hope you all could help me with:

1) Will Elgg allow me the flexibility to create user profiles, populate pages with RSS feeds and maintain a job board?

2) Is this something I can teach myself utilizing tutorials, etc? If so, are there any beginner guides that you all found particularly helpful to start with?

3) My intent right now is to utilize turnkey Elgg hosted on AWS. Is that the optimal solution to get up and running and produce a minimum viable product?

Thank you all for your help. Any and all suggestions would be appreciated.

  • 1) Will Elgg allow me the flexibility to create user profiles, populate pages with RSS feeds and maintain a job board?

    • User profiles, populate pages with RSS feeds - Yes, this is the default functionality of Elgg.
    • Job board - Elgg can be used to develop plugin that will easily fulfil any requirement.

    2) Is this something I can teach myself utilizing tutorials, etc? If so, are there any beginner guides that you all found particularly helpful to start with?

    http://learn.elgg.org/en/stable/

    3) My intent right now is to utilize turnkey Elgg hosted on AWS. Is that the optimal solution to get up and running and produce a minimum viable product?

    If you want to go with a minimum variable product, then you can start with any shared hosting if your user base in the begging is not very large. You can later move to AWS (or any cloud server) once you feel that you need to scale you server.

  • Rohit - Thank you so much for your responses they are very helpful.