As anyone can tell who reads my posts, I am a complete novice at RapidWeaver. For this particular reason my input to this question may be useful.
I now own Foundry, Foundation and Platform. I really couldn’t care less what the price is for any of these solutions because the real cost is my investment of time and energy to integrate this into my business ecosystem.
As near as I can tell, all three of these frameworks are feature rich. What I look for is how economic the training is. I want a training system that does not ping me around like a pinball machine. I want chapter based information with clear (and retrievable) syllabus.
What drew me to RapidWeaver in the first place is that the add-ons were relatively expensive. This means that the developer is making money and is going to have an incentive to keep the application relevant & viable over time. I have already been jettisoned by Apple iWeb and Adobe Muse because they could not make a business case for continuing with the software.
Getting a newbie like me to embrace your product is kind of like getting me to pick a Canon camera over a Nikon. I flipped a coin and went for Canon so now own a half dozen Canon lenses. It is not likely my next camera will be anything but a Canon.
The subscription based website platforms offer simplicity for an end user like myself and make a good case for hosting my website but I haven’t found any yet that don’t also want to own the intellectual property and copyright to anything I might post onto that site. In the small print user agreement they even go so far as to say they can sell that property to anybody they want.
In exchange for that right they offer me the ability to infect anybody who might come to my website with a cookie so I can learn every possible thing about their search behavior. This seems predatory to me and makes me think these companies really would sell my intellectual property if they could.
RapidWeaver is GDPR compliant. I like that.
To the developers I would say: Make your training really easy. Take the time to hunt down all your old obsolete training videos on YouTube and delete them. Don’t turn training into an easter egg hunt.