10 Reasons Why Start-Ups Should Choose WordPress over HubSpot

As with any industry, in the world of online marketing there are myriad ways to spend your money – some of which are more effective than others. For example, if you’re a start-up company and need to get a jump on your new industry, you can immediately start finding companies and causes eager to take the money you haven’t yet earned with the promise of returning a greater income as a result. From cost-per-click advertising to e-books to consultancy to marketing firms and beyond, you can easily find your new company deep underwater before you’ve even brought in your first customer. Possibly one of the worst offenders of this is marketing automation super-giant HubSpot. If you’re not yet familiar with the company, basically they charge companies of varying sizes to provide them a large range of marketing and content management services. If you’re like most budding entrepreneurs, you’re either thinking: Why would I pay for that when I can use WordPress? or Sounds great! Sign me up! Before you consider blowing thousands on CMS software, let’s run down your choices a bit. 1. Cost/Value Let’s start with what most of us already are thinking: HubSpot is expensive and WordPress is free. The rest of this list will primarily break down the value of HubSpot as a paid alternative to WordPress, but let’s get specific so you know where they stand financially. HubSpot’s pricing system starts at a mere $200/month for basic users. For the lucky start-ups out there, that may not sound like much, but it’s just the start. From there, you pay $.10 per email list contact you’ll bring plus annually generated new leads, to be paid per thousand contacts. So you’re starting small and that’s still not a big expense, right? Next up is the required “Inbound Success Training,” for which you’ll doll out another $2,000. And if that’s not too much for you yet, your monthly charge is compiled annually for your convenience, so your $200/month plan will rack up a minimum of $4,400 in one fell swoop. Compare that with WordPress: zero dollars and you get your website running immediately. If you want learning materials, Google can get you all the success training you might need. 2. HubSpot Is the Devil Building off of the idea of pricing, one of the major draws of WordPress isn’t just that it doesn’t cost anything, but that it’s free – subtle, but important distinction. HubSpot is a product of capitalistic enterprise, aiming to profit from creating a paid answer to problems that can be solved for free on the internet; they have merely consolidated the answers/services. WordPress is a an open-source system, meaning that we all have equal rights to it and we’re all trying to help each other use it more effectively. People are constantly solving problems by developing new plug-ins and contributing to forums, so whatever your WP problem might be, someone is working to help out whether you know it or not. To promote it and contribute to it is to contribute to a community of users in the same situation you are in as opposed to closing yourself off through a paid private service like HubSpot. This may not be an important value for you as an entrepreneur, but it’s an important value to the vast online business community that’s growing daily. 3. Utilizing Your Resources If you’re just starting out with your online business, you need to economize as much as possible. There is, to be sure, a certain value to being able to allocate the tedium like web development, marketing and online...

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WP Hive Needs a New Owner (Found)

April 26th 2013 UPDATE: Thank you for reading the blog section on WP HIVE. This is just an update to let you know that in early 2013 WP HIVE found a new owner. It’s exciting to take over  a product you once used yourself and I feel very humble every time I think about the good vibe and community spirit that oozed from these pages only a couple of years ago. However, not all is lost – the legacy WP Hive plugin is no longer a necessity for multiple blog owners, and in the interim a lot of us had moved on anyway. But there is no need to let go of the community and the positive attitude that kept us going and innovating a few years ago. We are going to re-launch WP HIVE as Hybrid Integration for Value Extraction – a WordPress plugin that allows site owners to run affordable marketing automation in addition to their WP-based websites. You’re welcome to subscribe to our announcement list and watch this space – our official launch is only weeks away. Thank you for your continuous support! Enter your name and email address to subscribe Name: Email: Register for updates   ORIGINAL ENTRY: The time has come for me to say goodbye to the WP Hive project. As of February 1, 2011, I will no longer be supporting WP Hive. Why Goodbye? First and foremost is my time. I’ve been finding more and more lately that I just don’t have time to commit to supporting and building WP Hive the way it should be. I have also taken a great job at one of the best companies in the world which is is an excellent opportunity for me and I intend to put my best effort into it. Essentially, I am streamlining my focus to my [real] job and to my family. What does this mean for WP Hive? I would love for someone to take over WP Hive. It could be a great asset to an individual or company who is already providing WordPress Services. The website represents a superb medium to communicate and do business with a community of passionate WordPress administrators and users from around the world. If taking on the the WP Hive project is of interest to you, here are some recent statistics about the website that might excite you as well: 2200+ monthly visits by 1600+ unique visitors from 85 countries 3+ pageviews average per visitor 4+ minutes average visit time 420+ forum members 200+ opt-in email list Multiple paid subscribers Regular hot leads for WordPress development work Edit: I’ve posted this website on Flippa.com to facilitate the transfer. Click on the following badge for more details: What does this mean for PRO Subscribers? If an owner for this project cannot be found then: New subscriptions will not be offered after December 31, 2010. Existing subscriptions will not be auto-renewed after January 31, 2010. If you have an existing annual or lifetime subsciption and feel you deserve some credit, you may contact me via email for a pro-rated refund. However, if a suitable owner comes forward, then we would endeavor to transfer all the PRO Subscriptions as appropriate. How do I move my sites to WordPress Multisite? The WordPress codex contains a tutorial for migrating multiple sites into WordPress Multisite. One could also check out the articles that come up in the Google search. In Closing This project started as a simple idea for my own use and blossomed into something that has proved to be useful to countless WordPress users. I have been...

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Sub-Directories and Single Sign-On

And now for some great news. Alex at Neatorama.com enlisted my help to customize and install WP Hive so that he can provide some niche and specialty blogs in addition to his main site. So, I created a new version of WP Hive that features fully-functioning Subdirectory Sites and Single-Sign-On across the sites in the Hive – read about it here. Neatorama’s first site using WP Hive is the Neatorama Spotlight, which quite frankly looks awesome. So, now I’m busy packaging up these new WP Hive features and merging in a a few more items currently being worked on. I’ll be releasing all of this as the next version of WP Hive, coming out in the near future. As previously mentioned, WP Hive’s licensing model will change with the next release.  Stay tuned to see how you can get in on the ground-floor and receive 50% off WP Hive Pro for life and help to fund this release, all future releases, support services, new add-ons, and much much...

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Away for a week

Just a quick note that I am going to be away and unavailable for one week, until November 8th. Hopefully nothing will blow up while I am gone. I will respond to any inquiries upon my return.

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v0.5.1 Release

Version 0.5.1 has been released and is now available from the download page. This version fixes a few issues that came up after the 0.5 release. Changelog: * Resolve php4 compatability * Resolve plugin activation issues * Ignore orphaned db.php There is still a known issue with links within wp-admin for subdirectory sites. This issue is being worked on and will be resolved in a future version of WP Hive. Enjoy!

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Looking for a Web Design Partnership

I am looking for someone to help me out with Web Design and Front-End work for WordPress. Please read the post on my other website for more information.

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