Should I Pay for a Hosted Website Solution?

By September 4, 2013Web Development
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If you’re looking for a web development company or freelancer to get your website going, you need to make a few decisions before starting your project. One decision is whether you should go with a hosted solution or use a pre-packaged software solution. Today we’ll go over the difference between these two options.

Hosted Website Solution

If you know very little about websites, but want to be able to make small changes such as upload images or change text, this is probably your cup of tea. With a hosted solution, you don’t have to worry about messing with any back-end code. All the tools to build and change your website are provided for you in your browser and very easy to use. Typically, the templates you are given are pretty easy to modify and change. Most hosted-solution providers do not give you access to the back-end code because you could break it if you try to modify it. But if you don’t know much about websites, this isn’t much of a problem.

Pre-Packaged Software Solution

If you’re somewhat tech-savvy or know your away around code, you’ll probably want to do some customization and tweak your site’s look, feel, and functionality more than what a hosted solution would allow. If so, the pre-packaged software solution is your option of choice. Unlike a hosted solution that doesn’t provide access to the core code and functionality, a pre-packaged software solution allows you to modify whatever you’d like. However, if you get too antsy and go a little crazy without knowing what you are doing, you’re on your own when it comes to fixing any issues.

As you’ve read, both of these solutions have their positives and negatives. You just have to choose which option best fits your technical skill set.

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