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Hey there! Yoozon was made to be simple and offer a great experience to anyone who needs to publish websites, in a way so you don't need to mess with DNS and email setups, FTP settings, Databases and so on. We founded Yoozon on the way back from a Startup Weekend. All the 3 founders have always worked for quite a long time in web agencies or as professional web developers, freelancing every now and then. The idea came from the speed we needed to publish our web projects during a Startup Weekend. We thought if we have this need, maybe other people also have it. Yoozon Open Beta launched a few weeks ago and so far we got some great feedback and made changes to both our product and business model. We would love to hear any feedbacks you guys have. :)
That is so awesome.
@ryantholmes Thanks, man! Glad you liked it :)
Great concept @dmmd and something I would definitely use, but the pricing is just too high. I can get shared hosting with cpanel, etc. for $5/mo and host unlimited sites. But you're asking $9 for just 1 website. My suggest would be to make it $7-9 for unlimited websites.
Hi @chad_fullerton, Co-founder here :) Glad you liked our product! I see your point, but Yoozon aims to make everything easier for the web developer, from buying a domain to publishing the website. Sometimes cPanel isn't enough as it has a lot of "ghost" features that clutter the view and it does still need a some time for someone to fully understand what they are doing. Some people "just want the job done" instead of going through all the mechanics need to have a website online. That's something Dropbox nailed, it is very user friendly, and almost anyone knows how to use it already. We want to leverage that knowledge and make it easier to publish websites.
@chad_fullerton I agree with chad, super awesome but the pricing is a no go.
@chad_fullerton @ryantholmes On top of offering a great, fast and friendly solution, we also focus on providing a great support and convenient ways for people to do everything via a "one click magical button". That's how we differentiate from the conventional cheap hosting companies (apart from having an interface people can look at without twitching their eyes). Of course you can go there and signup for a $5 hosting and be happy with your unlimited sites. There are people who still like the way conventional hosting works and we don't plan to make them leave. At least not all of them. Instead, we focus on those who don't want all the hassle that is to setup everything by hand. It is a tedious and repetitive task. Even on convetional hosts. People (including myself) are willing to pay more for the convenience and speed. At least that's what our current customers pay for and we hope more people will do as well. What do you think?
@dmmd It's completely possible that you're perfectly correct in your pricing. In my humble opinion, it appears that the winners of the SAAS game are the one's that provide their service at cost or free to people with small accounts and focus their efforts on perfecting the new sign up to enterprise sales flow. IE DropBox, Digital Ocean, Mailgun etc Do you provide more value than DropBox? With whom I've had a 16gb free account with for years now and is valued at 10 billion dollars. Correct me if I'm wrong. This seems especially applicable to you because you don't appear to have any major scaling costs letting Dropbox do most of the work (discluding the database storage if that's not stored in Dropbox). My recommendation is make everything that you can free to get a massive user base and charge twice as much for enterprise. This could be THE way people setup every small landing page and quick site. That's extremely powerful. But right now it's a cool app I'm never gonna use because dealing with some extra nonsense on Namecheap isn't worth 100/year.
@ryantholmes I see your point. And it's a strong one. We are already working on a freemium model and it should be released in about a month. From my perspective the difference is the access to capital. We aren't funded by any of the big guys yet, and that makes things difficult as we still have to pay for the server (the files are hosted on our servers, we use Dropbox as the middle man), all our operations and so on. Getting early traction is a tricky job but we are getting there. I think the fundamental point is to learn how the successful startups did it. But not only "how", also "why" they did it. It is quite possible that in the near future we will be running a similar business model as the companies you mentioned. It does make a lot more sense to go that way. Free for the masses, paid for enterprises. At the end, the only thing that matters is our growth rate. Thanks for the words.
Cybersecurity is important for websites today. I don't understand what benefits Dropbox has for cybersecurity compared to, say, MediaTemple.
@therpgfanatic the websites themselves aren't hosted in Dropbox. We actually use our servers to serve the files. Does that make sense?