Self hosted on the web or your own hardware

The ZPD Difference

A liberating alternative to SaaS solutions and long-term contracts!

Small Business Web Development for Small Businesses

People first focus. Contracted to provide measurable results.

I have the benefit of being the sole-designer, developer, and support structure for all of the applications I create. This equates to a custom-tailored experience and direct one-on-one support from the source. I don't like gimmicks and I appreciate value as much as you do! This page serves to help you weigh the custom development services I provide over going with some big-name software as a service (SaaS) provider. I am a small business owner myself, and I hope you will allow me to have the opportunity to impress you and your customers.

Certified Information Security and Technology Professional

I take my work seriously and I maintain accreditation in the following areas. I continue to hone my skills as a secure web application developer with every new project I take on.

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The ZPD Mission

Design and develop modern, compelling, and customer-focused web solutions that drive results. Deploy all in one products that integrate with the client's brand and infrastructure. Disrupt current software as a service models by giving control back to clients through MIT licensed code, maintained and distributed as the client sees fit. Provide consultation and training for small businesses to grow their brand and online presence. Maintain a simple, affordable and competitive pricing model that is flexible to the customer's particular budget and needs.

The Web as an Operational Platform

What you can accomplish with a self-hosted application is only limited by your imagination. The demand for companies to carve out a profitable space online continues to grow. Website and web applications provide a truly cross-platform solution unrestrained by location and OS.

Web Applications are truly Cross Platform solutions
  • Scheduling and Appointments
  • Online Training Delivery
  • File Sharing
  • Secure Messaging and Communication
  • Statistics and Reporting
  • Business Analytics and Market Research
  • Project and Asset Management
  • E-commerce and Product Sales

Who can benefit from online applications

I think the better question to ask, is who doesn't! Medical Offices, Charities, Freelancers, Small-Business Owners, Vehicle Dealerships, Government Applications, Schools and Universities, and Restaurants to name just a few.

What I provide

I help you get your idea online and retain ownership. You pay a one-time cost for the development but you remain in control. You don't pay recurring fees, and you get the code which gives you flexibility to scale in the future!

Service that endures

You get bombarded with ads daily for services like Webflow, Weebly, Squarespace, and AWS, among others.
So, why not just go with one of them? Here are a couple of reasons why:

Once price. One owner: You!

Squarespace will cost you between $588-$780 per year in perpetuity, not including domain fees - and you are still renting that space. You expect your business to stick around right? That price tag comes with a commitment to limitation and constraint under the guise of "ease of use."

Dependence leads to unreliability over time.

While some online WSYIWIG web design services might actually seem like a bargain up front, that's all it is: a graphical design with one or two built in tools to help with e-commerce; Your business will need more. Don't fall for the "no-code" hype.

For that same price, I could get you up and running with a custom site, coded how you need it from the start. Need content authoring tools baked in a la Wordpress, without the Wordpress? No problem! And guess what, you will own it, it will integrate how you need it to, and you can easily move it wherever you want!

Business Impact

Today's web applications have substantial business impact on the way companies and consumers do business

Web applications will:

  • Reach and service millions of consumers and businesses
  • Generate substantial, multi-layer / multi-category income from consumers, businesses and advertisers
  • Easily build business goodwill and assets based on audience reach, popularity, technology and potential growth

Good reasons to build web applications:

  • You want to streamline your internal departments and functions, operations, sales and project management, etc.
  • You want to take advantage of a web based application's flexibility and versatility, by moving away from the traditional desktop application platform to a web application platform
  • You want to gain more clients or better service your current clients by offering convenient services and solutions online
  • You want to build new web applications to offer innovative services or solutions to online users and businesses

Web-based Advantages:

  • There are opportunities to gain the upper hand and bypass the traditional brick and mortar companies when this type of opportunity was rarely possible or existed before the explosion of the web
  • The new web created a global business environment which challenges the way in which traditional companies do business
  • Companies need to reinvent and evolve in order to compete in today's trends, online business and global marketplace
  • Businesses and consumers have more options and resources to research and easily compare and shop around for the best deals
  • Information and resources are immense and available to everyone who seeks it
  • Businesses or companies who used to profit from consulting or advice, that can now be easily acquired online are struggling, and will need to take a new business direction if they want to stay solvent.

Operational Costs

Because at the end of the day, it always comes back to money. Here are some serious considerations you should be aware of when comparing a SaaS solution with my custom-built solutions.

Recurring Payments

Software as a service (SaaS) is by definition: software you are licensed to use that some company serves up for you either online or locally using some licensing mechanism. The word service denotes something provided "over time." This equates to recurring payments and no right of ownership - more on that later.

Limited Resources

Since someone is hosting the software and provides it to a large population of users just like you, there is always a limit on the amount of resources offered to you. if you want more, you got to pay up - every month. Up time and resource packages are regulated by the company you're paying.

Limited Support

A part of the SaaS model involves supporting the software being provided. Unfortunately, support is limited to the functionality of the application, what is beneficial to the large-scale development process, and the vision of the providing entity a.k.a them, not you. This also leads to integration and data control issues.

Lack of Integration

Speaking into support, you should also consider that customization is not usually possible in most SaaS applications. So, if it doesn't do what you need, you either have to find another solution, or buy into another service for that aspect of your business. This equates to more recurring payments and multiple systems on someone else's platform.

No Data Access or Control

Who owns your data? I hope you read that long EULA! Regardless of whether you did or not, your company's data is sitting on someone else's servers, and should you need access to it for integration into other systems, most SaaS solutions respond with "I'm sorry this is not possible and doesn't meet the terms of service", leaving you stuck and frustrated.

High Cost Coupled with Impermanence

The bottom line is that you could end up investing thousands of dollars for an impermanent solution that is at the mercy of the market. At the end of the day you will walk away without the data and kick yourself for not doing what the big names do, and do it yourself. Think it costs a lot? Think again.

I Leverage Free Tech to give you that Competitive Edge!

The web runs on opensource and internationally recognized, standards-based, technologies. In all of the projects I build that boils down to this: no license or support fees to maintain or implement a solid, future-proof solution for you!

Client Side Scripting

The type of code that is executed or interpreted by browsers and generally viewable by any visitor to a site. I try to minimize the application of visitor-viewable code to a minimum and rely on it mainly for interface wiring and asynchronous actions such as front and back end communication and synchronization.

Client Side Tools I am Proficient with:

  • HTML HyperText Markup Language
  • CSS Cascading Style Sheets
  • JavaScript ECMAScript built in the browser

Server Side Scripting

Code that is executed or interpreted by a web server such as Apache or Nginx and which is not generally viewable or accessible by visitors or the general public. These are the "wizards" behind the curtain so to speak. Things happen, but visitors don't get to see it in action and that's good for security.

Server Side Tools I am Proficient with:

  • PHP Pre-Hypertext Processor - Linux / Unix based
  • Python General purpose high-level programming language
  • Java General purpose high-level programming language

In addition to the above proficiencies, I am also highly experienced in the full stack of GNU/Linux tools and utilities and web server software such as Apache, Dovecot, and Postfix. I am a Linux+ certified developer and use the wide array of available opensource tools to create solutions that integrate multiple disparate systems into a unified and cohesive stack.

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