Processes for setting up Online Web Services Business:
How to build a business website we recommend these development processes.
Managed Hosting Solution (cPanel Hosting)
Email Solution (cPanel Hosting) (POP3, IMAP, Webmail)
Dynamic Website Solution (Joomla CMS + Extensions/WordPress + Plugins)
Design Solution (Joomla CMS Free/Commercial Design Templates)
Store – eCommerce Solution (Store/Checkout)
Payment Gateway Solution (PayPal…etc.)
Note: What has to be understood is Joomla CMS and the Extensions are open source, the package pricing will be for installation, setup and configuration (Man Hours).
The pricing structure is based on labor only, the software is free. The software is subject to the open source licensing. You can use it and change it, but you can’t sell it. The only things that can be commercialized are 3rd party commercial extensions.
RSS feeds can be integrated into the website to provide fresh content and relevent information that can add to the experience to the site and added SEO content that can help your rankings.
Various feeds are avaialble to choose from, and your site can also provide RSS feeds to promote your website and business.
Q: Do you use open source programs, does the licensing agreement let you sell the website or the programs or both?
A: Yes, both Joomla CMS and cPanel are open source.
There are 2 main platforms, Windows and Unix/Linux.
The platform is open source Unix/Linux/LAMP, the business process is what is proprietary. This will be the case on whatever platform you choose. If you create a new extension in Joomla/PHP, that is your extension, you can sell it or donate it, you still do not own Joomla but you do own the new extension.
What does happen if your process uses free/commercial extensions and you customize them, you do not own those customizations, you can keep it for yourself or donate it back to the original developers. You can't sell it as yours.
It is a little different than using, as an example, Microsoft, you do not own the patents on Windows OS & Office, and you have to pay for a license to use them, but Microsoft does not own the work and the process you created on their platform. You can sell your work and process, and even the computer and software, but you can't resell the license on the software, over and over, you need to by a new one each time.
With open source you never need to sell the license, it is open for all to use, you only sell what work and process you created and the new extensions and even the computer. Since the software and license is free and open source, all the client needs to sell is the Project components and management for the open source platform. Concerning selling the Domain Name, website and hosting, you transfer them to the new owner, you never own them you only lease the rights or accounts, that is why you register a Domain Name, you buy the right to lease the name but you never own it outright, and this is why you have to renew your registration every year. This is the same for hosting. The website design and creation you own, if you use HTML...etc. you conform to a standard, but you and everybody else do not own the standard.
The above is the very concept of my business model, most of my packages are about Management and Maintenance and standardizing on a stable platform.
In conclusion, there is a paradigm shift in the technology that you are considering to develop on, the internet will take over most of the functions that were only available to main frames and personal computers, the process, functions and management will be important, not the platforms.
Joomla can be setup as a blog, or parts of it as one. Ot has this built into its core features. There are 2 extensions that can also be purchased to enhance your blog.
There is also an extension for Wordpress Blog integration: WordPress Blog for Joomla.
Check out our Blogs page for SEM (Search Engine Marketing) information. A Blog can be used as a tool for communicating your views and your marketing.
Q. What is a Blog?
A. From Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org): A blog (a contraction of the term "Web log") is a Web site, usually maintained by an individual , with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.
Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (artlog), photographs (photoblog), sketches (sketchblog), videos (vlog), music (MP3 blog), audio (podcasting), which are part of a wider network of social media. Micro-blogging is another type of blogging, one which consists of blogs with very short posts. As of December 2007, blog search engine Technorati was tracking more than 112 million blogs. With the advent of video blogging, the word blog has taken on an even looser meaning — that of any bit of media wherein the subject expresses his opinion or simply talks about something.