A goldmine of online publishing and marketing tools, that is. And yes, that’s even if your hosting is the really cheap budget kind, especially if you’re with one of the more mainstream providers.
Web hosting services today (versus the ones I first started with, which was way back in the 90s) are very competitive. And as is the case with many of these battles, they duked it out with price wars. But at some point — and they hit that point a long time ago — they really can’t lower the prices any further. So, obviously, they expand the benefits and features. For the same $$$, you get more, that sort of thing.
Well, one of those additional benefits and features for the same $$$ is — ta da! — tons of Web applications. You know, software you can run on your website for you and your visitors to use. Software like self-hosted WordPress.
But Web hosting services don’t just make all this software available — they implement very easy-to-use installers to make it way simpler to select, install and configure any of the Web applications you want to use.
Take WordPress again as an example. I just select it from a menu of choices, enter a few requested specs in a form, click Install and — voila! — my site is now running WordPress.
One of the hosts I use has implemented a very popular Web application library and installer called Softaculous. It’s what I often use to easily install WordPress on any of my sites. And you betcha it isn’t the only Web app it provides.
No space for me to list down all the Web apps Softaculous provides. But here are the various categories of commercial and open source Web applications it can easily and quickly install for youL
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Cool huh? And you could already have Softaculous or something like it (since Web hosting services often like to “private label” these kinds of services, or even roll out a custom one of their very own) on your Web hosting account, you just didn’t know it.
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