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Agreed. Craft is so nice
Craft looks nice, but that is a pretty hefty price. It'd be nice to see an option that is more welcoming to agencies that do large numbers of small budget projects.
There's a free version as long as you don't need multiple users or localisation. If you do then a few hundred $ is beyond reasonable.
Hey Jansen, Brandon from Craft CMS here. Thanks for the feedback! Even if Craft were significantly cheaper or free, it would probably not be the right choice for most small budget projects. Its feature set is optimized for bespoke web design/dev projects, which tend to have a high enough budget that a $300 CMS licensing fee doesn’t make a huge dent. (And when it does, but Craft is still the right choice, we’re happy to offer a discount.)
Maybe in the future it will make sense for us to make a version of Craft that targets lower-budget projects, but that will be more about feature optimization than price. It seems like that end of the market is already well-served by WordPress and Squarespace though, so there’s not much motivation to take it that direction right now. We’ll see!
We hand-code all of our sites as one-off custom WordPress themes - over 1000 and counting. In our business landscape the average project of this variety is in the $1-3 thousand range.
We could go with a more boxed solution like a pre-built theme or squarespace, but that has never worked for us or our clients in the past. Most projects end up outgrowing that box and that is where we make our money in the long term.