Hello all, I am soliciting comments, suggestions and criticism for a web based CMS for some time and am trying to determine whether or not it would fly as a commercial product. The product is provisionally called VStreet and is in a "pre-beta" state (not alpha, but not quite beta yet). Here is some information to help understand what VStreet is and does: - a "lightweight" CMS (this version) - "pure" HTML browser-based management console - Server based - HTML client only on front-end. - Template driven (xHTML and WebMacro scripting) - Powerful Servlet/Session based/RDBMS back-end - No programming necessary for basic sites - Fine grained authorization model for administration - Fully (actively) supports dynamic web pages as well as statically generated ones (or a mix) I am currently targeting small to medium sized web design/services/production businesses ("web producers"). I believe they will be interested because: - They can provide their customers with a low-cost, user friendly way to keep content updated on their web sites. - The Web Producers can use it "in-house" to manage a customers web site when that customer isn't inclined to do so. - There are no look and feel restrictions on the websites created and maintained within the system. - They can brand the product easily. - They can run it on their servers, or mine. - Low-cost (pricing to be determined) - There is plenty of opportunity for extending/customizing the feature set. - There will be a compelling upgrade path as the product matures adding many sophisticated content management features (while maintaining simple design and low-cost). I am currently identifying a small number of web producers who would serve as beta customers. Once I have established that there MAY be a market for this product, and finalized the beta features (with the beta participants) sites could be deployed in about ~4 weeks. (well with the holidays etc a little later :) ). Folks interested in finding more about VStreet or providing constructive comments/criticisms are invited to contact me via the list or directly via e-mail. Oh and by the way - I currently have two sites up and running using the software (and have been up for months) - they are www.vstreet.us and www.berkeleyska.org (Caveats - the url redirecting thing is currently annoying and is NOT related to VStreet. I am NOT an HTML jockey/Webxpert/Graphical Design person so problems with the look and feel of the sites are entirely my fault - not VStreet's. The sites will probably not look the way they were designed to look if you don't use IE - again me, not the software - well there are more caveats but you get the idea). Thanks for taking the time to read this e-mail. Regards, Dan "The most important thing is to always remember the most important thing"