Platform as a service (PaaS) is a cloud computing model in which a third-party provider delivers hardware and software tools — usually those needed for application development — to users over the internet. A PaaS provider hosts the hardware and software on its own infrastructure. As a result, PaaS frees users from having to install in-house hardware and software to develop or run a new application.
Anyone who designs, develops, or maintains websites is familiar with web hosting and the vendors that provide it. Pricing runs from dirt cheap (one gets what one pays for!) to really expensive.
If you sign up with a web host, you might gain access to a “control panel” that often looks rather dated and has hundreds of options that many of us neither understand nor are likely to need. With these web hosts, you have the ability to install WordPress (most have scripts that facilitate the process to some degree) after which you will be wholly responsible for your WordPress site. They don’t update your site, upgrade your site, or help fix your site when it isn’t working. Your WordPress installation in this environment is on shared servers unless you choose to pay more for your own “virtual private server” (VPS) at which point you’ll be given access to a Linux command line.
We offer none of those things. We provide WordPress. Installed, turned, and ready for you to start customizing and adding content.
We think of it as “platform-as-a-service” (versus “Software-as-a-Service) because we “deliver hardware and software tools … for [website] development — to users over the internet,” on our own cloud infrastructure.
We’re here for those of you who don’t care what kind of server your site runs on or how much memory it has. You don’t have to be a Linux guru or an armchair database administrator. You came to build a website using the world’s most popular tool for site creation, and you want it to always be there, always be fast, and always be up to date.
Go forth and market. Sell. Communicate. Impress.
Leave the nerd stuff to us.