Web software for publishing, Drupal hosting?
One of the current questions i need answering is: what is the best web software for publishing?
For small volunteer groups, a situation most academic journals are in, running Drupal would be an overkill. Free, or cheap, hosting would possibly be a viable option (still, who’s going to install plugins and admin it is questionable), but i couldn’t find any on the web. There’s a long list of Drupal hosting companies at http://drupal.org/hosting , but first couple that i checked were in $100/months region, which is useless for what we need. It’s more like £10-30/month cost that i’m looking for, with shell access to install plugins, or an easy automated way to do so through a web interface. The list is huge, so it’s most likely there are some who do it in budget affordable for our target group.
Gandi documents how to do it manually, but that’s an overkill for average academic journal. A much better, and a viable option, would be to have Drupal installation as a module that anyone can (few clicks) add to their virtual server. Good news is that Drupal is on the list of Gandi’s currently developed modules. The question is, when will it be ready? I emailed support, will update here when they respond.
Recent news post points out that main stream publishers are switching to Drupal and saving costs by doing so.
More on hosting: here’s a Drupal offer that offers plenty for £25, including Drupal and plugin installation via web. I chated with their online sales: they give 30 day money back unconditionaly for hosting packages, but no free trial options to test how easy is administration of Drupal and plugin installation and config. Here’s some feedback on their services.