some quick background:
i work for a distributor and we represent several liquor suppliers. our job is basically to sell our products to stores, restaurants, and bars and come up with drinks, drink specials, and marketing ideas. i am new to the industry and sometimes get frustrated not knowing everything and having to ask so many questions. i thought of the idea to have a website for all employees to access where everyone can share marketing ideas, drink, menu ideas, feedback etc...
i would want to have different forums (<--- is forums the correct term here?) within the site, very similar to this site but on a smaller scale, with categories such as "vodkas" "rums" "whiskey's" "drink recipes" "menus" and so on.
my question is: should i go with one of those free sites like envision (i think thats what its called) where they may have templates set up for a site like i want or would it be possible to actually code from scratch a board like this, get a domain, and upload it? what are the pros and cons of each? again, one reason i am doing this is for the challenge and to learn so i am not scared to go the hard route, just want to know what would work best and look best i guess.
i have not worked in the tech field in quite some time but have done html, powerbuilder, VB, and limited java in the past so coding i could eventually figure out.
any feedback is appreciated