I would love to re-focus this thread on a question that Vassil posed in his original post:
One thing that would help us is to frame what a small website is and what kind of features are required. If we can agree on those and the difference of opinion is not in terms of magnitude, I am sure that we can come up with a good proposition.
I haven't seen many replies to this. Our existing free version looked like this:
- Unlimited pages
- Unlimited users & roles
- Unlimited simultaneous editors
- Usable by commercial web sites
- All the modules that were provided in the paid version
- Usable on personal domains
- No versioning
- No workflow
That covers a lot of ground. In fact, it covers way too much ground. For Sitefinity to survive, we needed to make some edits to this list. So what do we change? Limit the CMS to 25 pages? Remove all of the modules? What does a small business (a business that is unable to invest $899 in their web site) require from their CMS?
As Vassil said, we want to be fair with our cost. However, in our minds, $899 is very very VERY fair. We've done a ton of research on this. For what we offer, it's difficult to find competing products that are priced under $10,000.
Regarding lowering the price to sell more software...we have an understanding of what it costs us (money, time, effort, people) to create a CMS and support our customers to the level we want to perform. Lowering the cost doesn't let us do the job we want to do. Each customer has associated cost, so it's not merely a question of volume.
So, I guess I'm left struggling to understand what feature set a $399 edition of Sitefinity would have. This edition needs to be limited enough to make other editions of Sitefinity viable (attractive!) as well as address the budget constraints of small businesses. Personally, I don't have a good answer to this. Rather than do something poorly, we had decided to concentrate on what we can do well. We're still open to suggestions though.
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