This is in many ways one of the most painful blog posts I could write, because it is about a service that is the closest anyone has come in 4 years to the “software as a service platform” I would like to create.
The business model is totally different but the front end seems to have many of the features and attention to detail that I would require, and to be honest much of what I want to achieve on the backend & network effect isn’t necessary for many business users.
If what I want to create is a lion, Quansite is a tiger – different animals, different prey – both killers and could probably co-exist.
Quansite is a WordPress based blogging platform for business, but calling it that is really doing it a bit of a disservice.
It is the kind of system that will take a huge bite out of the business of high-priced website development shops targeting small business, because so much is done for you.
Quansite Marketing Pro
There are a couple of WordPress themes I know of which can claim drag and drop, but they are not designed for creating sales pages & one-time offers, or “touch of a button” squeeze page creation.
A lot of these features many might claim “I know a plugin that does that” but they are buggy or unsupported. Or you would have to pay for them, and purchased plugins you have to update by ftp etc.
If you like tinkering with things, fair enough, but it isn’t efficient use of your time as a business owner.
Quansite New Media
Quansite is by @coachdeb and @jpmicek – they know social media backwards – the real thing, and can teach it.
When everyone else anything to do with social media consulting was on a mass “follow everyone” drive, Coach Deb just kept on doing what she had always done, maintaining relationships.
Here is me, writing a blog post possibly about my most serious competitor, and I am doing it because of the relationship I have built with Coach Deb over the last year.
I don’t know the specifics of the modules, in some ways the video and audio “blasters” seem very similar to Traffic Geyser and could be some kind of white label – they are limited by credits for all but the highest level packages.
Trying to translate from “marketing speak” into more geeky terms, it seems like they might have a CDN integrated… looking at their own site this is through SimpleCDN, though I don’t know if it is their S3Plus service, or as a Highwinds reseller.
I can’t quite work out “server ring” – some kind of clustering maybe using memcached but don’t count on that.
Solid backups and security – I know geeks can do this stuff, but webdev shops charge small businesses $X’000 for this stuff.
I am not going to spy on my
competitors friend’s proprietary stuff, though to be honest it is so tempting just to abandon goals and get on with just using technology to make money – I could make a lot of money just using Quansite.
Take a look, they have for a limited time an introductory offer for all the main packages of just $9.97 for the first month
It is still shared hosting, even on their most expensive plans, but I doubt the servers will be oversold and all sites are using a CDN which makes a huge difference, especially if they are also doing some decent caching.
I am not going to review it in-depth for a number of reasons
- I haven’t seen anything that would stop me spending less than $10 to check it out for myself
- It wouldn’t be right for me to pay the $10 just to snoop with no intention of staying around – I still have my unfulfilled plans (who knows they may never happen)
- They have been running this platform for a while now under the brand i360 and I have never seen any critical reviews
- How could anyone say anything bad about @coachdeb? The training is probably worth more than she is charging for the whole package.
I have no idea if every aspect is as optimized as I might want it to be, but I am sure it fulfils the 80:20 rule
I am not sure what additional limitations that places on things like design.
Warning: This is a NO TECH solution – you don’t even get FTP access, they say there is no need.
For anyone who isn’t a geek, that is actually a good thing, they can concentrate on marketing and making money.
Disclosure: I should just tell you to read my disclosure policy but I have included affiliate links in this post.