Vraag & Antwoord

Hieronder vind je een aantal vragen en antwoorden over Wings. Staat je vraag er niet bij? Laat het gerust weten via info@bolster.digital of @wingscms op Twitter!

Hoeveel kost de ontwikkeling van een Wings-website?

De eenmalige opstartkosten van Wings bedragen (vanaf) € 0. Voor dat bedrag kunnen we een volledig toegeruste website maken met je eigen logo en huisstijl. Indien gewenst is het mogelijk om tegen een meerprijs een afwijkend uiterlijk of speciale functionaliteiten te laten ontwikkelen, of om te zorgen voor een integratie met een bepaald e-mail- of CRM-systeem.

Wat kost Wings per maand?

Een Wings-abonnement kost vanaf € 195 per maand voor één of twee websites. Daarin zit gebruik, bandbreedte, ondersteuning, onderhoud en doorontwikkeling inbegrepen. Let op: het is ook mogelijk om grote aantallen (zelfs honderden) identieke of gelijksoortige websites te ontwikkelen, bijvoorbeeld voor lokale afdelingen of individuele kandidaten van een organisatie, tegen kwantumkorting.

Ik heb z.s.m. een campagnesite nodig, hoe snel kun je er een leveren?

Stuur een bericht aan info@bolster.digital, binnen een werkdag zouden we je moeten kunnen helpen.

Hoe kan ik een account aanmaken / Wings uitproberen?

Het aanmaken van nieuwe projecten & accounts is nog niet volledig geautomatiseerd, maar we kunnen in enkele minuten een volledig werkend demo-project aanmaken. Stuur een bericht aan info@bolster.digital en we helpen je gauw op weg.

Kan ik zelf een Wings-site hosten?

Although the CMS service is centralized, the web applications can run on any domain and are typically hosted on Netlify. For clients who want a large number of similar looking websites or who want more control over their own setup, it is possible to host your own websites on Netlify or possibly elsewhere. You can own your own frontend repository which pulls our open-source Hummingbird frontend repo (and use 'shadowing' to override only the default settings you want to change), or even develop an entirely different frontend, using Wings' GraphQL API interface to pull the JSON-formatted content from your Wings project in the headless CMS.

Does Wings offer multilingual support?

Yes, Wings has multilingual support out of the box. We currently support English, German and Dutch; we need to translate microcopy into other languages before they can become available in production. Contact us at info@bolster.digital if you're interested; you can also contribute translation suggestions to our open-source project.

Can Wings integrate with other CRM / email / campaigning platforms?

We currently offer premium support for Mailchimp; you can also download .CSV files with lists of confirmed constituents from our web interface. We are working on expanding integrations with various campaigning and email platforms. For custom projects, we can create custom integrations with any service that offers a robust API that Wings can talk to. For additional inquiries, feel free to contact info@bolster.digital.

Is Wings a partisan or 'bi-partisan' vendor?

Wings is software for progressive organizations, founded by Bolster, an agency that also works for progressive organizations. Our founding philosphy is that we want to use technology to promote equality, democracy, justice and a sustainable future for all. This means we exclude organizations that have conflicting goals, such as right wing political parties, conservative think tanks, big corporate entities, et cetera.

If we would use Wings, how dependent would we become on it?

Wings is CRM-agnostic, meaning that you can use Wings alongside email and CRM systems that connect to eachother over APIs. This allows you to create a modular tech infrastructure, which allows you to more easily change vendors for a single part of your stack (CRM, email, design, website CMS, etc), instead of placing all of your eggs into one basket (by using an all-in-one solution for your CMS, organizing, voter outreach, etc.) Although a good all-in-one solution is great in theory, in practice it is often very expensive and complex, requiring a large investment of time, effort and resources to benefit from it, while it often lacks the versatility, speed, ease of use and design quality of Wings websites.

As for Wings itself: the frontend is completely open-source, which you could host yourself. You can also take more control over the frontend experience by creating your own 'theme' or a totally different framework. You could also pull in your Wings content into a different environment, such as a mobile application. Wings has a flexible and efficient GraphQL API that lets you pull out structured data easily and quickly.

As for the CMS service: all content is stored in a light-weight JSON format that is easily extracted over an API; we can also provide you with an export of your content at any time, which would allow you to migrate your content into a different system if you would so desire.

As for your constituents: every campaign (signup, fundraiser, event, signup) you create offers a simple CSV download button, which immediately prompts a .csv download button with the data of all constituents for that campaign, including all information they entered into any custom fields you may have added, their optin status, et cetera.

Can Wings handle heavy traffic?

Large amounts of users are not a problem. Wings websites are 'static' web applications, meaning all pages are fully rendered and distributed over CDN; there is no connection to a centralized database or webserver to dynamically serve up pages. Get linked to by major news outlets, become trending on Twitter, or reach the front page of Reddit: your website is going to be OK.