What is the difference between Flex and Go Open Source?
This table illustrates the essential differences between Sharetribe Flex and Sharetribe Go Open Source.
|Monthly price of the software||Starting at $329||Starting at $160*|
|Customer support||✓||Not available|
|Tutorials, guides, and documentation||✓||Not available|
|Back-end hosting||✓||Not included|
|Front-end hosting||Not included||Not included|
|Free sandbox environment for testing and development||✓||Not included|
|Software updates||✓||Not included|
|Legal/regulatory compliance||✓||Not included|
|Designed to be customized and extended**||✓||✕|
|Booking & scheduling||✓||✓|
|Third-party integrations||✓||Not included|
|Customizable transaction process||✓||Not included|
|Possibility to build a mobile app||✓||Not included|
|Renting products, vehicles, or spaces||✓||✓|
|Selling tickets to events||✓||✓|
|Selling physical products||✕||✓|
|Free sharing of goods and services||✓||✓|
|Included SaaS services|
|Image CDN||✓||Not included|
|Email notifications||✓||Not included|
|Server monitoring||✓||Not included|
|Server logging||✓||Not included|
|Error reporting||✓||Not included|
* The software itself is free, but there will be mandatory costs for hosting and running your own platform. $160 is an estimated base-level running cost calculated by Dan Moore.
** Sharetribe Flex is specifically built to be adapted. First of all, it comes with a complete website template that is easily customizable, so front-end changes are quick and cost-effective to make.
Secondly, the back end is built for flexibility from the ground up. For example, the transaction processes have been designed so that it is very quick and easy to adjust them. You can even create a completely new transaction process without coding anything.
With Go Open Source, every change needs to be coded from scratch. Furthermore, you'll have to do a lot of refactoring to develop efficiently. This results in much more developer work needed and a worse developer experience.