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    Question Feedback wanted on CMS business plan

    I would like feedback on the following business plan. I am developing
    a browser-based web site creation tool - typically referred to as
    a Content Management Systems (CMS). Based upon XML and XSLT templates,
    it allows an end-user to quickly build and easily maintain their
    web presence. In my world view of the web, there are three things
    that need to come together to have a good web site:
    1. web design
    2. web hosting
    3. content management

    My plan is to focus on providing the third edge of this triangle. I have
    been reviewing WHT forum postings as part of my research into the market
    for such a service. And this has strengthened my opinion that designers
    and hosting providers might be interested in different partnership
    scenarios. In a scenario with a designer, I would contract with the designer
    to produce one or more site templates. I'm talking about real templates
    - not the junk most template sites sell. I would pay perhaps $500 for the
    template to be created. The designer would maintain the copyright for
    the template. The end customer would create their web site from a template
    which they choose from our catalog. Typically there would be lots of
    customization work which would go to the designer. But the best part
    for the designer is that they would be due a monthly license fee
    for each customer who uses their template.

    In a scenario with a hosting company, my company would provide the hosted
    CMS service to their clients who would benefit from and be willing to pay
    for a high-quality (and with high-quality templates) browser-based web
    authoring add-on to their existing site hosting services. Again the partner,
    in this case the hosting company, gets their cut - between 20% and 40% of
    the monthly subscription paid by the end customer.

    In another scenario, all sides (design, hosting, CMS) work together and
    equitably share the revenue.

    I plan to begin offering the CMS service to local clients before the
    end of the year. To broaden its reach, I will need to find like-minded
    businesspeople with a track record of exceptional customer service
    and a desire to explore new territory. Again, I am interested in your
    critical and insighful feedback. I am also interested in your opinions
    about the key features of a hosted CMS.

  2. #2
    I'd say #1 and #3 are right, but in my opinion, where your hosted has almost nothing to do with a good website.

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    Originally posted by silock
    I'd say #1 and #3 are right, but in my opinion, where your hosted has almost nothing to do with a good website.
    But it has everything to do with a content customer. Very interesting proposition as well.
    Last edited by shad; 09-15-2002 at 09:20 PM.

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    That is an excellent idea. I'm sure many people would be interested in working with you

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    Excellent concept. Keep it up and give us feedback later.

    Good luck.
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    "Leader In E-Business Solution"

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    Originally posted by silock
    I'd say #1 and #3 are right, but in my opinion, where your hosted has almost nothing to do with a good website.
    Im sure clients would complain if the site was down a lot

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    Sounds likea good idea however its successdepends upon your partnerships with the right designer and the right host !

    Abhishek
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