Would you like a website as functonal as one of the top drupal newspaper sites. Would you like that for Free and deployed in 2 minutes.. Wouldn't it be nice if you could just click a button and have a full site installed .. that works.
This is what the Simple Idea makes possible
The current installation and configuration process for Drupal is a significant barrier to entry for:
- Not For Profits
Currently Drupal and other CMS are difficult to set up for end users - ie not developers.
Some systems are getting better at deploying functional sites:
- e.g. wordpress - 1 click new site setup
- Drupal - Installation Profiles - but these have not been taken up and are "monolithic"
Our solution "The Simple Idea"
- web based system that enables easy installation of a site
- the site would be available at any stage - clean install, configured, content.
- functional recipes.. could be installed and selected - eg "a shop", a rated directory, a social group site, etc.
- modules, themes can easily be added
- new open source applications and drupal versions can be included.
The system would run on elastic secure hosting, and mean that 1000s+ of companies could have fully functional sites. The real dream of Open Source.
An example - I would like a site.. just like groups.drupal.org
Currently .. I could download the modules, if I knew what they were... but there was a lot of work in tying them together, etc.. Net result.. I don't have a site.. this functional.. Or the other great site.. DrupalSN - I'd love one like that for my local club.. again.. I can't do it easily.
=>The Simple Idea - the answer would allow for a site developed on The Simple Idea to be "template" and redeployed to another domain "instantly". These can then be further developed, before being retemplated, etc.. This makes it an ideal development tool, and also an ideal learning tool.
Current Opportunities to develop and where Proposal would help
- Hosting - correct set up - and scalability planning - already in discussion with major hosting companies in US and UK, one with significant experience of Drupal, but more is required
- Hosting - possible seed funding to ensure available - expecting that at 1000 live sites at £100/yr - the system would be self funding
- Upgrade automation - ideally system of "safe versions" with automatic upgrade would be possible - tie into Aquia etc.. - individual sites could choose to depart if they wanted
- Legal - ensuring clear lines of 1 - liability, 2 - licences
- Legal - setup of Ongoing sustainable structure to run the hosting, etc.. and make it "freely available"
We are already discussing demo'ing the prototype at the UK Drupal Camp, and will also be offering full installations of all their workshops for people to trial - ie you will be able to have a domain - point it at the Simple Idea, and have any workshop site installed onto it, fully functional. You will be able to get access with ftp, etc.. so an ideal learning aid.
The system has been successfully used to deploy - www.theweddingvine.com - www.bestbabystuff.co.uk - www.nintendodsioffers.co.uk - www.salesgrowthcoach.com - www.bespokeshirtslondon.co.uk - www.stampclubs.co.uk - www.taichiteachers.co.uk => All started by a non technical users who had less than 30minutes of training. (they are running drupal 5.x and drupal 6)
The Simple Idea is already up and running in principle, but this proposal, will allow us to take it on to the next level and make it robust before giving it back to the community..
Our overall result will be a step change in the number and quality and effectiveness of websites to disseminate useful information and help people, while at the same time reducing the barriers to entry.
If we review the goals of KDI - we see clear synergies
To enable more people to enter the digital conversation by lowering the technical barriers to entry. => completely aligned
To provide powerful tools for digital publication, free and open to all. => that is the intention, we provide distribution for the recipes (the tools)
To encourage people to improve their communities by supporting the free exchange of information and ideas. =>the "repositry" aspect makes this very possible, and a further add on would be to have integrated apis for sharing information between sites build into the recipe sites, being deployed.
Anyone wanting a website will have a far reduced barrier to entry. Any individual or organization with limited technical resources may benefit from the project.
Designers who don't have technical skills will be able to deploy and design functional sites, improving the breadth of themes and take up of drupal - again benefitting the end individuals.
Developers will have a more robust route to publish their sites, and for making their community work more widely available.
Training and Education groups will have an easy method of sharing their recipes and best practices.
We believe we can get a stable phase one live within 6 months. This would take our beta version and make it available.
1 - Define security and hosting requirements (1 month).
1 - Recruit beta testers and collate "recipes"
1 - Spread intial message via drupal.org, etc..
1 - Set up project framework
2 - Test hosting scenarios and stress test (2 months).
2 - Arrange legal support and framework
2 - Develop UI for webaccess
3 - Release live beta to Drupal community (3months+)
4 - Incorporate feedback into UI
4 - Monitor hosting enviroment
4 - Stress Test
5 - Publicise avalability and make available to Drupal Developers - limited avaiability
5 - Make available to charities - limited availability
5 - Build press / launch awareness
6 - Release v1.0 of The Simple Idea to public
Incorporate feedback into revised proposal and publish security standard (2 weeks).
Release first beta of secure file module (3 weeks).
Document module usage (1 week).
Create simpletests for module (1 week).
Incorporate bug testing and feedback from community (2 weeks).
Publish documentation (final step)
Release 1.0 of securefile module (final step)
Total: 12 week project (10 weeks plus 2 weeks for overage).
We would be working with
- Simon Hedley - Psi Pi - Overall Ideas, and Process Expert - non technical
- Paul Conolloy - IP Products
- The Simple Idea - this would be formed to hold the IP, etc..
- Hosting companies - Rackspace, WorkHabit, OnTapDataHost
- Legal - still to be finalised
- Finance - PK Group
- Branding - stefanie and Taniemedia® www.Taniemedia.com
Marketing - www.WebMarketingGurus.co.uk and Sales Growth Coach, Client Getter, Design Illustrated, www.Taniemedia.com
=> launch of www.OpenSourceMadeEasy.com will help get exposure in press, and will work with Packt, Oreilly etc..
=> Connections with major corporates via Psi Pi will enable greater exposure
Drupal Development - the community, Bright Plum, IP Products,
- Drupal Theming - www.ProDrupalThemes.co.uk , and others
The current intention is to "soft launch" over beta phase working with increasing numbers of 1 - testers, 2 - developers, 3 - end clients, this will build up case studies, and live examples.
We would be able and happy to give access to any 3rd party looking to develop drupal sites during testing (we already have a list of several people interested).
Phase 1 Release would be via Drupal Cons, Drupal Camps etc.. with which we have already made initial contact.
$30,000 for hosting - tbc - but to cover growing number drupal sites, and scope of hosting for the future state - initial hosting costs may be lower, current quotes range from $500/month => $8,000 month at full capacity
$60,000 for 2 programmers for 100 hours at $100 / hour.
$20,000 for a project manager and architect to work 200 hours at $100 / hour.
$5,000 - legal + finance to ensure sustainable
$10,000 - Travel and Meeting costs - virtual working where possible will be followed.
$10,000 - Development Space Rental -
$10,000 - Design and Marketing to ensure successful launch.
Private Funding is also available. Minimum available $50,000 provided by www.PsiPi.com
Psi Pi has also offered to provide ex-gratis consultancy, and UK workshop space. As well as free project accounting.
Many of the parties involved are willing to discount, or work for gratis initially.
Once proof of concept delivered and "clients" can be taken on - on donation or payment basis expect funding to come from that provision. Also clear opportunities for sponsorship and 3rd party funding revenue. (Books, Training)
Total $145,000 total request.