Software as a service (SaaS) is the go-to model for most online applications. One place for all of your team to log in, and get things done. Every client receives the same user experience, and the same set of tools to get things done. Most services run between $200 and $900 a month, with very little wiggle room on price because of the built in overhead.
Servers and Security
With a team of server specialists that includes a security team and several engineers, a SaaS application seems like a safe bet. Unfortunately, any system can be targeted and hacked, ensuring that no data on the internet is really 100% safe.Running a SaaS business model requires expensive servers and an expensive staff to maintain daily business operations. Even so, it feels like a new service starts up every day for any given user niche. One service may have some of what your organization needs, while another has other appealing services. This creates a situation where an organization is paying for two services with inevitable service overlap.
A content management system (CMS) is an extremely popular way to create and maintain a website, growing in popularity every year. When you can create a professional, clean user experience that can be maintained by the website owner – this is a really big deal. As a dominant contender in the CMS realm, WordPress is by far the most popular. As the most popular, WordPress is supported by the biggest community of open-source developers.
Servers and Security
As the “hands down” leader in CMS marketshare, WordPress is repeatedly tested by hackers, and any exploits are quickly fixed by the large community of supporting developers. Just as with any server, the reality is that any system can be targeted and hacked. The way one can decrease the likelihood of being hacked is to make sure all software is updated with the latest patches the moment they are available. Daily database backups are another nice way to mitigate any issues that may arise.
Another powerful aspect of a CMS is the ability to add functionality to a website using plugins. Plugins can turn your site into a store, an auction house, or a magazine. A plugin can also give your site any of the tools that a typical SaaS business model can offer. Some advantages to the “plugin” concept are a-la carte application tools, and a price point that is not tied to expensive overhead. The software is licensed, all software is auto updated, and the site’s database is backed up daily. Your tools aren’t on multiple servers, you don’t have to remember or secure multiple passwords, and no “for profit” organization has access to your database.
Nonprofix WordPress Plugin
- Security without the overhead of staff
- Provides only the tools needed by the client
- Supported by Nonprofix
- Choice of new tools throughout the year – free of charge
- Flexible, fixed pricing due to lower overhead
Typical SaaS Business
- Security of data?
- Provides some needed tools, and other tools that customers may not use
- Supported by software provider
- Choice of new tools throughout the year with nominal “add-on” fees
- Fixed pricing that grows with your productivity
One of these models clearly works best for most nonprofit organizations that would like to reduce costs and complexity. The same model ensures that a smaller nonprofit doesn’t get “priced out” of tools they need to grow and pursue their mission. That tool is Nonprofix.