We started our online software business building the #1 rated install-able online membership site software Rapid Residual Pro
I was personally tired of trying to plugin, add-on, customize, tie together and manage multiple systems for myself and for my many clients - it was a nightmare just to create a simple membership website (a "Frankensite!"
I call them because you have to put the monsters together with duct-tape, glue a lot of virtual nuts and bolts and many 'pieces and parts!')!
I also didn't want to have any monthly fees (which is not even possible online because no matter what you still have monthly fees for hosting, Amazon, autoresponders or SOMETHING!) so, we created Rapid Residual Pro
Over the years, we've learned a LOT about software and the truth about creating, managing and updating install-able software - wow, what a journey it's been. Self-hosted software doesn't have any fees, true, but hosting can be very frustrating (finding hosts that allow you to install 3rd party software as robust as our application), the software has limitations in features and use because, guess what? Every host is different!
Some hosting companies won't allow the email programs to work, some won't let PHP programs be installed at all, others limit file permissions breaking the software or limiting it's functionality and worst of all.... when you have
a thousand websites using your software and you want to update them - EVERY WEBSITE NEEDS TO BE MANUALLY UPDATED BY SOMEONE! Plus, technology really put a lot of people out of the game before they ever get started, especially the templates, HTML, CSS and graphics needs for most websites when inexperienced users want to customize or create their own themes but have no idea how.
Sure, there are benefits to self-hosted solutions but in the end and through many years of experience, we've seen the light and understand that what users like you want is
a platform that automatically updates when new features or security updates happen. You want a system that
can be customized that has unlimited development potential to do pretty much anything you want creatively with your website. You want a platform that is
managed for you so you can focus on building your business and you want a program to build your sites with that is fast to create, secure, easy to learn, simple to manage, understand, use and afford.
In our experience, there are so many advantages to using hosted solutions like Rapid Member Pro
that far out-weigh the disadvantages people THINK exist, like the monthly fees. In the end, it's up to you which solution you prefer, we offer both, but personally, I'm now a believer in the hosted solution and I'll be using Rapid Member Pro
on more and more of my and my client's websites in the future.