People love Josh Clark. He wrote the Big Medium CMS (AMS?), and we did an interview with him a while back. Read the comments on that post — as I said, people love Josh Clark like Germans love David Hasslehoff. And here’s a page that may demonstrate why:
[CMSs] vary widely in price, features, ease of use and technical depth. Alas, in this sea of choices, there’s no single system that can solve every need.
Big Medium is no different. This page describes what Big Medium is good at, what it’s not so good at, and provides links to alternative products for comparison.
This may not seem like much, but, in this page, Josh explains a multitude of reasons why you shouldn’t use Big Medium. Provided you’re still reading at the bottom, then I suppose you’re a customer.
This page is commendable as all get-out. Too many commercial products try to pretend they’re something they’re not, and that they can be all things to all people. Big Medium, on the other hand, seems to be all about knowing your limitations. How many other commercial software packages have you seen with a “marketing” page like this?
Here are some scenarios for which Josh freely admits Big Medium isn’t the right solution, and then he goes on to recommend better ones:
- “I don’t know a thing about websites, and I don’t have access to a web server.”
- “My site needs to allow visitors to add and submit content.”
- “I want an engine to build my own content management system.”
- “I just want a blog.”
Speaking of the blog, a lot of the value of Big Medium can be wrapped up in this post:
Jeff Croft links to Ellington, a new content management system that he helped to create for newspapers and entertainment sites. The price tag is $15,000 for news sites, and $10,000 for entertainment sites. Compare to Big Medium at $129.
Software pricing is a strange and mysterious universe. Jeff is a great designer, Django is a capable platform, and Ellington certainly has more features than Big Medium. But wow… do you think over 100 times as many?