John - I understand your point of view:
Here is the simple point. If you are an end user purchasing a managed product - let’s say its a CMS that has some customized code, plugins, additional content etc - when you place an order you DO NOT want to have to install it - you simply put - want it to work. That is why you ordered this product vs. another.
the installation is fairly simple yes.
what we are missing is how to do the hook piece.
We have our own customized TYPO3 install - in fact - we have had it in place now for 5 years in the cpanel world.
When TYPO3 updates - we simply update the installer.
We have done this with thousands of sites - SO - if we are going to migrate those sites over to Interworx - AND - if we plan on continuing to market to this niche market - then we need this capability - and thus the reason I am willing to pay to make it happen.
We also have this for WordPress and Drupal - both being used to serve niche markets.
Let’s pretend your a hair dresser.
You know how to make someone pretty - how to add tint to their hair, how to cut it to make it look like Bieber - etc BUT you have no clue on how to setup your hair salon’s website, how to install a plugin to work for scheduling, etc
and some company can do that all for you - all you need is to enter your credit card…
Would you not take advantage of that offer - ? Especially if you noticed a bunch of others using their service and it worked out of the box ?
What I need is the ability to install specific installers and have them pull from specific databases
TYPO3 can be told to use a specific Database along with some content to name the site, add an address, phone number etc to the “WEC Constants” fields.
WordPress can be told after install to inject a specific XML file to pull in data
Drupal can be told to use a specific KickStart package when installed
SO - keeping the updates “up-to-date” is something we expect to have to do - but getting the project off the ground is where we need help
We, in the cpanel world used http://docs.cpanel.net/twiki/bin/view/AllDocumentation/WHMDocs/ManagecPAddons In short we need the same ability here.