I want to develop a site to highlight other websites and vendors and industry leaders with services and some of their products (mostly informational-based), blog articles, etc. The site would be part blog, part services, part reviews, part social community forum.
It would be a growing, interactive DIRECTORY of aforementioned vendors.
Vendors can ADVERTISE, buy ad space on the site, provide expert content, etc. Ideally, each vendor will have a BIO/PROFILE and STORE PAGE (possibly combining the two onto one customer page dedicated for each vendor?) with their bio updates, blog contributions, product offers, community following details, customer reviews/ratings/comments, etc.
The site could potentially collect hundreds or thousands of vendors in the directory, therefore it would be critical to be able to manage and keep updated such a feature.
Researching the above points seems to suggest I need:
SEO optimization (okay, perhaps a no-brainer)
Schema ready/friendly (just learned what this is)
Affiliate marketing features (?)
Lightening fast loading
Social/community forum features
Review and rating features
Social sharing features
Social business directory
Inter-related user activity ability (ex: a user enters a review and the site automatically updates different elements, sections, pages, etc., using that information)
REHUB by Sizam: https://themeforest.net/item/rehub-directory-multi-vendor-shop-coupon-affiliate-theme/7646339
REHUB has the DIRECTORY, REVIEW, COMMUNITY, PROFILE features, but it seems heavily price comparison focused which is not my primary concern.
One particular REHUB/Sizam theme is http://rehub.wpsoul.com/ (Click on Extended Profiles, Vendor Store, PRO Profile, etc., to get a feel how these features can help me build a community, ratings, etc.)
OPTIMIZE by Mikado: https://themeforest.net/item/optimize-seo-digital-marketing-social-media-theme/14521258?s_rank=5.I don't know if has the features I need.
AVADA by ThemeFusion is the best-selling multi-purpose WP theme of all time, but maybe it's overkill and much slower. (?)
AUTHORITY by MyThemeShop looks amazing! I've heard great things about AUTHORITY, and the fact it's modeled after Matthew Woodward's "six figure blog" shows command of the market. I would like to learn if Authority can be customized by a non-professional/developer like myself to include directory, social community, ratings and reviews, vendor store/profile features, etc.