I’ll bet a Lot of you have had people open this discussion with you:
People like this don’t know about Drupal or osCommerce or any other software. They “probably” need someone to help them setup.
Personally, I don’t want to go into the hosting business for them either. They can’t pay me enough to deal with all of the little things that come up with FOSS:
- developer of some module won’t fix a bug
- CMS upgrades and modules no longer work
- you get asked for some feature and find that it’s been the #1 request on the FOSS forum … for 3 years
If FOSS eCommerce software wasn’t such a PITA, I would offer to host sites like this. I just don’t have the endless supply of hours to research and repair issues. Been there, done that, got the heck out of that non-profit business.
So I’m leaning toward recommending hosted solutions.
Perhaps some enterprising people here offer to maintain turnkey solutions for small businesses using one-click or custom-installed apps?
What recommendations might you folks make for commercial offerings? Here is a small set of options that I’ve already gathered:
Each of those and others have their pros and cons. I guess the real question is, where does someone who is not at all technical go to get a simple, stable, but fairly complete system for their small business needs?
Of course the common trailer to that is “oh yes, and free…” But in the real world very few things of any quality are truly free. We pay with cash or time. But people selling homemade widgets from their house obviously don’t have a lot of cash to spend on a website, so the operative word should be “affordable”.