In the old days among the old ways, publishers needed to make massive capital investments in a large printing plant, including all associated equipment. In addition, the publisher needed pockets deep enough to set up a widespread distribution system, including a fleet of trucks and, possibly, a system of decentralized printing plants.
Half of that challenge changed 20 years ago with the advent of desktop publishing software. Easy to use low cost programs allowed the user to design and print newsletters, small newspapers and magazines. There was a time when so-called Zines were mailed to folks around the world. There was a widely known catalogue of Zines called: Fact Sheet 5.
The high costs of mailing and very small audiences limited desktop publishing. A special low cost distribution system was needed. The evolution of the Internet made the distribution of newsletters, newspapers and magazines a very low cost enterprise.
All became websites known as blogs, short for web logs. The lowest cost blogs are available from Google, Microsoft and Earthlink. All offer the ability to set up a relatively static website based on a selection of templates, at no cost or low cost. This would seem to satisfy the needs of your occasional blogger.
The static HTML driven nature of such websites make loading and linking new articles and essays tedious and time consuming. As a result, 60% of static websites haven’t been updated or changed in 6 months.
Those who intend to publish productively will need an easily changed (dynamic) website capable of wading any number of articles in a day. The limit is set only by the number of folks entering data in English. Such website software is generically known as Content Management Systems (CMS). CMS software uses high level programming languages and a data base. CMS software costs between %50,000 and $250,000.
RadioHogan LLC spent four years developing a website publishing system called WebReporter. Think of it as Word-Processing on the Internet. Rather than sell you high priced software, Radio Hogan LLC leases WebReporter.
A WebReporter powered website costs $50 per month or $600 per year. WebReporter is a total solution that goes well beyond the use of proprietary software to include all the challenges a website user must step up to:
- The use of WebReporter software to power a website configured to your requirements.
- Systems engineering support for WebReporter by those who developed the product.
- Ongoing upgrades by those who developed WebReporter. Upgrades are driven by user requests and feedback.
- Webhost support devoted to WebReporter clients. After 3 years of searching for a reliable webhost, RadioHogan LLC configured and implemented our own dedicated server.
- Server software administration.
RadioHogna.com is a prototype of a website magazine that is designed to examine the history of ideas as seen through the prism of the social sciences. It is yet another implementation of the WebReporter proprietary software. WebReporter is the engine powering this different design.
Add Audio & Video to Your Publishing Operation
WebReporter is also configured with the ability to load Podcasts (Audio Clips) and Video Clips at the press of a single button. Those who operate static websites require a coder to program a link to each and every audio or video clip.
A so-called RSS feed makes a WebReporter powered website the ideal Podcast and Vlogcast platform. A publishing and broadcasting operation driven by WebReporter does not require you to employ computer specialist or coder.