The idea of having an all in one solution came with the efficiency of time. I got my idea for a member site and I wanted to get it up and running as quickly as possible. With Subhub, the only time it would take would be to get the content together. Then I started looking at that business model and how I would be at the mercy of Subhub success for my site. Also, the modules that are already there can be a drawback as well, they can offer several things, but as you stated, what about in the future? I would be stuck. Then I started realizing that I could probably put this thing together myself and then just add whatever modules I needed.
As I started putting it all together, I use Joomla 1.5 and have added a few different extensions. Probably the spot where I started to worry was when I was spending my day only setting up the technical backend stuff and I began to wonder when I would get the time to make the content part that will sell to members. I don`t need a lovely site that can do all these things, but where I don`t have time to update the content- the reason the visitors become members. I`ve also been using Google Adwords and aweber to develop a list why it`s under construction. It a crude one page html telling them to sign up if they would like to be informed when the site is up and running. I`ve gotten a fairly decent response, but google adwords isn`t free, but I think it`s helping me in two ways: one I should have a list of people interested from day one, and two, knowing that they are interested is driving me to complete it as soon as I can. This also builds pressure probably.
As far as the technical aspects. I have Joomla 1.5 and I went with Joomsuite Member. I researched amember and I liked it, but it`s not native to Joomla, it just has a plugin to work with it and I was concerned that it wouldn`t do as well as something made just for Joomla. I also tried looking at AEC, but that isn`t free anymore and you have to pay even before you test it out, so I wasn`t a fan of that.
The more I`ve talked through this, but happier I am with going on my own with it. That`s probably why this site is so awesome. Anytime I asked my friends these questions, I got a glazed over look from them wondering what language I was speaking. It`s great to talk with others who have had to go through a similar decision process for their budding business.
Thanks for that.