purpose of the website is to have directory search.
1- where visitors can search for a business in given town or postcode by category
2- enable users to fill out a form requesting to add their businesses to the website to be searched
3- data should be stored in an external database
4- should have side panels where adverts could be place
5- should be simple and easy to use
6- potentially unlimited number of pages
This is not an extensive list and I welcome suggested features that you think are standard in such websites.
I would like the site to be simple, attractive and easy to use. One site I came across that I think could be used as a reference is [url removed, login to view]
I would like the work to be done using Joomla.