Thank you everyone for your comments on this subject.
Not being a computer engineer and as bright as all the wonderful people who write these programs that I truly enjoy and use, I have some input that I think is extremely valuable as a paying customer.
I am in a niche business which does not always do business ( and that is ok with me). And having to pay for digital downloads on a monthly basis when in fact we don’t even cover our monthly costs for for our site is not cost-efficient for us. We just celebrated our 20th year on the web with our webpage.
I’m one of those old-fashioned guys that likes “what you see is what you get” programs and it works just fine for me and I’m quite happy with programs that work that way.
And a monthly fee are not affordable for me or anyone else like me. I don’t have a rich uncle or have a trust fund to take care of our finances. I’m a simple man, with a the Peacock farm and a music teacher in a very low-paying school district.
So now, here’s my point, I think there is a need for a supported self-hosted digital delivery program for some brilliant engineer to design. There are many people like me out there who can’t afford to or not willing to pay a monthly fee. The Cliché of saying its the price of doing business does not work with me. It never used to be that way and for some reason people have decided it’s too much work to do all the coding to keep these wonderful programs going.
Please do not be offended, I am about to say something controversial. It seems to me there are so many stacks that everybody’s putting all their energies into that, forgetting about e-commerce.
If I had the knowledge and the time I would design a program for people like myself. However that’s never going to happen in my lifetime.
Please do not be offended by my comments or statements. But I feel that this is an important thing to be said and read by so many brilliant software engineers that are participating in this forum. I respect all of you and your wisdom and your brilliance of designing these fantastic programs. But please, don’t forget the simplicity of the pass…making things more complex does not necessarily make things better.
Thank you all…