How to better reach the community?
Hi fellow users and devs,
to not bore you with long text I will cut it short.
Big commercial and proprietary control panels/management suites are by nature backed by a (large) company investing in marketing to reach their potential customers and sell the product.
cPanel/WHM and Parallels are big players making big bucks with the licenses for products not even superior to ISPConfig 3.
Open-Source does not need to hide from proprietary software. It needs to compete with it.
Therefore I wish for ISPConfig to be more approachable.
The community is very important for an open-source project and I think a little marketing might help expanding the reach and maybe help increase contributions.
I have a little free time coming my way and I would love to invest it in ISPConfig.
What are your plans for the future? Interested in me helping out?
thank you for your thougts to improve ISPConfig. Many of them are already underway as we are currently working on new websites and ISPConfig 3.0.5 which is one of the biggest releases of ISPConfig. Here a few answers to your questions and remarks:
1-3) Thats already in the works and will get published soon.
4) We have a email announcement list, you can subscribe on ispconfig.org. Beside that, all announcements are available via Twitter, Facebook and RSS feed. Regardong development, we have the dev forum here. Personally I'am not a fan of mailing lists.
5) Weare already present at twitter and Facebook. I agree thatw e should do more on these channels and the redesign is already underway.
6) I totally agree that we should do more community building :)
I guess you underestimate the size of the ispconfig project a bit, ISPConfig has about 30 - 40 thousand downloads each month and thats since quite some time, so I guess that we range already in the upper region of Hosting Control panels :)
I'am glad for everyone who likes to help us to improve the ISPConfig project :)
I knew ISPConfig is pretty successful but you find it only if you dig deep for control panels. It is just not a brand you see referenced on hosting sites. That is what I would like to see changed.
If you can use my help in any regard do not hesitate to ask.
One tip: try not to create double content by using both ispconfig.org and ispconfig.com for the English version of the site.
We are open for ideas. :)
to establish the brand "ISPConfig" you need to be (1.) found by the right keywords by the Google and Bing Search, (2.) reviews and articles on big sites people are turning for help on finding open-source software and/or control panels + (3.) word of mouth.
Again a lot from me. Sorry :)
I think one more way to get ISPConfig more popular is to get server providers (like hetzner, myLoc, 1&1 etc.) to provide ISPConfig as a panel in their default server images like they offer plesk, confixx (and often cpanel/WHM).
I tried to introduce ISPC to a server provider few days ago but the reply was "this panel is not requested by our customers, so providing it as default image is too much work for us". They said they might do it later, as confixx will be discontinued at the end of this year.
I'll try to bother the server provider again from time to time ;) maybe it helps.
What I think would help to reduce inhibition threshold would be a completely unattended setup.
Currently there are some questions you have to answer even during basic install. Maybe the setup script could be extended for unattended call with mandatory parameters on shell - using all the default values without having to press enter, like:
php install.php --unattended --dbhost="localhost" --dbuser="root" --dbpass="rootpass"
Update: I just got a reply from a provider basically saying: "it is on our agenda, but do not expect it short-term"
To reply to the off-topic of unattended install:
maybe it is possible to provide a "xml-kind" of file with all needed parameters for installation. You can edit the parameters (with comments) and let the install run like a windows unattended installation
I've planned to add a ini style file for presets of the installer in one of the nextreleases to allow unattended updates and installs.
Interesting suggestions! :)
We could need help with Twitter/Facebook as well as we are no big social networkers either...
Thanks to the nature of bloggers and authors in the IT scene and the continuing success of the concept of open-source getting in contact with "big" names is not as hard as it was in the past.
Get in contact in an informal way via email and outline the success of the past and the roadmap and concepts for the future. I for myself hate the way press statements are sounding, too.
Twitter and Facebook is manageable with a few volunteers and a good tool like HootSuite (a few bucks are needed for this but it is worth it and is no longterm commitment). Twitter for example is a good way to solve little problems and get a conversation started.
open an account on Amazon.de/.com as a Partner and provide the link on the site for contributors.
Tell people: We need your support but we dont want you to donate. Just give us the commission from Amazon and contribute to the cause for free
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