A taxonomy of ProsePoint products and services

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  • strict warning: Declaration of date_api_filter_handler::value_validate() should be compatible with views_handler_filter::value_validate($form, &$form_state) in /home/prosepoint.org/bzr/public_html/profiles/prosepoint/modules/date/includes/date_api_filter_handler.inc on line 0.
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  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_validate() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_validate(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/prosepoint.org/bzr/public_html/profiles/prosepoint/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 0.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_submit() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_submit(&$form, &$form_state) in /home/prosepoint.org/bzr/public_html/profiles/prosepoint/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 0.

With the release of ProsePoint Express, there are now a number of products and services, past and present, offered by us. Here's some information about them to try and clear up any potential confusion.

ProsePoint

The first and original product is ProsePoint, a newspaper website CMS (content management system) (which is also a Drupal derivative distribution). ProsePoint is free and open source software that runs on top of a web server. In order to use it, it must be downloaded and installed onto a server computer.

ProsePoint provides a solid platform for managing a newspaper website. It is very flexible, extensible and configurable (through leveraging Drupal underneath). However, this flexibility also means a steep learning curve for most new users. Users who already knew how to use Drupal, were willing to spend time learning Drupal, or could afford commercial support, were able to use ProsePoint comparatively easily.

For the majority of casual users, the steep learning curve is still ... well, steep. (See The state of ProsePoint; The new ProsePoint Express for some back story about this.)

Commercial ProsePoint Themes

For a period of time, commercial themes for ProsePoint were available here. However, this hasn't worked out for a number of reasons so we have discontinued it indefinitely.

The ProsePoint Factory

ProsePoint is software that needs to be downloaded, installed, and hosted on a server somewhere on the Internet. The ProsePoint Factory is our add-on service that provides this. It is a custom-built ProsePoint hosting platform with extra features to make deploying and managing a ProsePoint site easier.

We provide expert level support (above and beyond what is available at the ProsePoint community forums) to sites on The ProsePoint Factory, with commercial consultations and customisations as an option.

ProsePoint Express

ProsePoint Express is our next generation product for publishing newspaper and magazine websites. Whilst ProsePoint has been a great success and powers many websites around the world, there is a learning curve which puts it beyond some casual users. ProsePoint Express is our answer to this.

(See The state of ProsePoint; The new ProsePoint Express for some back story.)

ProsePoint Express is a completely new product, written from the ground up with the requirements of casual users foremost in mind. It does away with many unnecessary configuration and features rarely used by the general public, resulting in a sleeker, simpler, easier to use software.

We have also taken what we have learnt from developing ProsePoint, and improved upon it in ProsePoint Express. Hence, even though it does not have all the features and extensibility of the original, ProsePoint Express can be considered as the next step forward.

Comparisons

If you want to publish a newspaper or magazine website, which do you use, ProsePoint or ProsePoint Express? Here are some comparisons to help you decide (Only comparative differences are shown).

ProsePointProsePoint Express
Software that is downloaded and installed onto a server. No need to download or install anything. Just sign up and create your website.
Operate it on your own server which you can tune yourself. Hosting is part of the service
Perform software upgrades and website maintenance yourself. Software upgrades and website maintenance all done for you.
Highly flexible, configurable, and extensible through Drupal modules. Requires that you know what you're doing. No complex configuration. Only relevant settings need to be configured.
Stories are organised into channels, and can be further organised into editions for scheduling and layout purposes. Multi column layouts required using editions. Stories are organised into channels, but there is no editions functionality needed. Multi column layout available on all pages.
  Features a next generation layout manager with a resizable 3x3 or 4x4 grid format.
Published stories are automatically routed to appear in the correct places on the site.
More suited to the sophisticated user who wants to tinker or extend ProsePoint. Best results are achieved by some customisation or themeing. More suited to the casual user who wants something that just works and looks great. Lightweight and more intuitive to use.

You may also like to compare the ProsePoint demo site with the ProsePoint Express demo site.

For most users, we would suggest that ProsePoint Express is the more suitable choice. It represents the next step forward: There is no setup required, easier to use, looks better, and less overwhelming to the new user.

For sophisticated or power users, ProsePoint may be more suitable because it is more extensible. However, to achieve the best results, you'll need to customise it yourself, or get a developer to support you.

Consulting and customisations

Finally, we also provide commercial consulting and customisations for ProsePoint (and other Drupal-related) sites. If you need a feature added to your ProsePoint (or ProsePoint Express) site, please contact us to discuss.

If you have a Drupal (ie. non-ProsePoint) site, you may also want to contact us. We can re-implement any feature you see on ProsePoint or ProsePoint Express onto your site.