How does Green Maps compare with Word Press, Drupal, Ghost, and all of the other web site builders out there?
There are many web site builders. That is how the Green Party is run. Here we have this web site. Here we have that web site. Here we have an email server. There we have a spreadsheet. Over here we have another spreadsheet. Everyone gets the tools they need for the job at hand, but at the end of the day, we have a gazillion islands of automation, which do not talk to each other. The data never gets updated, so many different versions of the data, all out of date and inconsistent. It is a classic problem in large decentralized organizations.
A different approach is needed. Green Maps is not just an application. Already it is multiple applications. At its core, it is a data model of the Green Party. It understands national, state and local parties, candidates, party officers, voters, geographic regions, and the relationships between them. So it is easy to build any application needed. Already it supports a national map, state maps, instant web sites for candidates, Green Parties, recommended voting lists, uncensored news, email newsletters, and two discord bots. Very soon it will support multi-lingual web sites, and fund raising newsletters. Whatever application is needed, can be very quickly built on top of Green Maps. Meaning it is continuing to evolve very fast.
So there are many web site builders, but there is only one domain model of the US Green Party. Often people ask why use the Instant Web sites feature instead of a separate web site builder? You could use a separate web site builder, but then you have two copies of the data to enter and maintain, one for the maps, and one for your new web server, and in general the Green Party has difficulty even maintaining one copy of the data.
They talk about all of the volunteers who could do something. Where are they?
There is also the issue of functionality. The Green Maps application supports so much functionality, and the new functionality is being rolled out at a faster and faster rate.
The Green Maps security model is perfect for a large distributed organization. In particular if you are a state-wide candidate, you do not only need a website for your campaign, but you need to make sure that each and every local party in your state has their own website also. Green Maps already does that.
The Democrats spend hundreds of millions of dollars on software, if we want to compete with them on a shoe string budget, we better be using the most productive technologies available. "There is a cost to not taking risks."
Of course Green Maps does not do everything. i recommend Ghost.org for the things which Green Maps does not do. CiviCRM also does some things which Green Maps does not do, but sadly CiviCRM is way way too cmplex. It has 500 tables, and requires a developer to configure, whereas Ghost.org is quite useable by an end user.
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GreenMaps is a volunteer effort, separate from The Green Party of United States.