Friday, August 12, 2011

Managed Web Application Hosting

You’d like to make good use of popular web applications for your own business needs, but the idea of running your own hosting, downloading the software and keeping it updated and trying to make everything work is more than you really want to deal with. That’s especially true if you don’t have an in-house IT department. Are you out of luck?

Make life easier with managed Web applications...Not at all. What you may want to consider is managed web applications. The idea behind managed services is that someone with the right expertise and resources takes over the burden of hardware and software operations so you don’t have to worry about it. In effect, they act as your IT department. It’s an idea very much akin to the cloud. Somewhere, out there, it’s all being handled and all you have to do is pay as you go.

Managed Web Applications are a specialty of This is a web hosting company that offers all the usual hosting services plus some others that you may not be able to find elsewhere. One such group of services are managed Web applications for business.

What type of applications are available? WordPress is a popular application for high performance blogs. It’s an open source content management system that lets you create unique blog designs and even entire websites. A wealth of plug-ins add features that would be costly for you to develop yourself.

A competing content management system is Joomla. It is widely used for website creation and even corporate Intranets. Like WordPress, Joomla is open source, which ensures extensive worldwide support.

Have you heard of Moodle? It’s an acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment. Moodle is open source software designed for education. It can be called a course management system, learning management system or virtual learning environment. If you have a need for in-house training or want to offer online courses, Moodle can be the framework that makes it possible. Moodle lets you interact with tutors and other students, participate in online discussions and access resources such as libraries and digital reading rooms.

How about a bundle of applications? offers a Community Hosting Bundle that includes Mediawiki, Wordpress, Joomla and phpBB, an Internet forum or message board application.

What you get with Managed Web Applications is an all-in-one package that includes the hosting with your applications all set up and ready to run. No worrying about how to download and configure software. That’s taken care of for you. You simply signup and your application is ready to go.

Upgrades are handled automatically, too. You know how easy it is to get out of date with patches and upgrades. Procrastination alone almost guarantees that you’ll never keep up with the changes. With a managed solution, you don’t have to. Updates are automatic, although you can decide when it’s appropriate to apply them.

Support is another big advantage of Managed Web Applications. Sure, you can get a lot of open source software free. Then buy your hosting and make them work together... if you can. If not, who is going to help you? You have large communities of users on forums and you can spend endless hours getting exactly the help you need. With a managed solution, help is as close as the phone, email or chat anytime you wish.

Are you interested in expanding your use of Web applications but don’t have the resources to get set up and running in-house? Take a close look at the cost effectiveness and simplicity of Fully Managed Web Applications from

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