I'm have this project of building up a daily deals website.
Layout : [url removed, login to view] - like website. It could be almost exactly alike.
Platform preferred : Wordpress. With themes like WP Local Deals. etc. Because it's easy to modify with Wordpress.
Website shouldn't look creative, becuae it won't be huge website.
But it need to look neat and web 2.0-style with some of JQuery/ Ajax functionalities.
Since there will be product update and tweaks by me after this work is finished, there should be comprehensive how-tos on content-adding. They will come very easy with wordpress though.