StackOverflow like alternative Q & A system



In order to build a Question & Answer system like StackOverflow, for my website Conceptworld, I was looking for various alternatives.

The reasons behind building a Q&A website for our products were:

  1. SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
  2. Minimizing Support
  3. Provide customers with quick answers to frequent questions

Since year 2000 when we founded Conceptworld, we have received several thousand support queries. I wanted to put the best, frequently asked support queries into this Q&A website.

I found a long list on this stack exchange page but I wanted something that can be setup easily on my Windows based server (IIS). I am using shared hosting from Lunarpages.

Finally I found a fantastic Q&A system called Question2Answer. It is a PHP based free and open source platform which works so well. I have successfully set it up on our Conceptworld support page.

Question2Answer is as easy as setting up wordpress on any server. It has a huge community around it. Plus there are several plugins available to tweak the product to your needs.

If you are looking for a free Q2A platform that will work on Windows IIS based server, then I strongly recommend Question2Answer.

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Do you want a cheap & reliable SSL certificate?



I needed to renew the SSL certificate on our Notezilla.Net web app. Last year, I used Godaddy’s SSL certificate. It spent about $70.00 for it. When comparing other similar SSL certificates & reading their reviews, to my surprise, I found that there were certificates available at much lower price of equal quality. The cheapest I found was PositiveSSL SSL Certificate from NameCheap.com for only $7.95/year. This one is from Comodo whom I trusted as we use code signing certificate from the same company.

It is surprising to see such vast difference in the prices between different resellers. Eg: PositiveSSL.com sells the same certificate for $49.95/year. We normally doubt the quality of the cheapest reseller when the product description is exactly same as the other more expensive resellers.

Since it was only $7.95, I thought of taking the risk. The complete experience from NameCheap.com was very pleasant. I have successfully installed the certificate on my Windows Azure server. It is working. I am not affiliated to NameCheap.com. I am just impressed.

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ASP chooses a sensible name



The Association of Shareware Professionals has renamed itself to the Association of Software Professionals (ASP).


Association of Software Professionals

Details of the name change can be found here.

I have been a member of ASP for many years now. If you are running a software company then I strongly suggest that you join the ASP. The members’ discussion group (newsgroup) will give you valuable tips for marketing your software, SEO, software registration, protection, new product development, product ideas, website feedback, product review etc.

Moreover, members of the ASP offer their products at discount price to other co-members. I take this benefit each year and save hundreds of dollars.
Thanks.

The Association of Shareware Professionals has renamed itself today to the Association of Software Professionals.