Are you thinking of building a website? Just like most people, you definitely do not want to start everything from scratch. Fortunately, there are lots of options available to help you make the right decision. However, there are 2 top important choices for website platforms that you need to put into consideration before you move forward, and this are hosted and self-hosted platforms.

Basically, if you go for a hosted platform, you will be limiting a few things that you can get with a self hosted platform. Hosted websites tend to come with limitations, But, with the opposite, you get the free reign to customize just about anything you want.

Hosted platforms tend to have limitations for what you can change while self-hosted platforms give you free reign on changing just about anything. Before you jump to any conclusions, consider these questions about your situation:

Confidentiality and Security

One of the most important factors to consider when using shared hosting is that all your information will be stored in an external server. This might be a big security concern for your visitors, especially if you’re handling sensitive details. Financial transactions done through your website can be compromised or leaked and this makes customers not to do transactions through your site because they feel that you’re not in control of your own hosting.

It’s really difficult for customers to trust you when there’s no security and safety measure provided by you, the owner of the site. In case of a security breach, obtaining logs and other related info may prove to be difficult. This may end up making your customers repel from visiting your website.

Customization

When a website is hosted externally, it doesn’t have the flexibility and customization capabilities similar to those that are self-hosted. This simply implies that you’re locked into the layouts or themes that the hosting company provides.  Despite the fact that the hosting company may have different layouts, you’ll still be limited to something that’s ready-made, which might not have been customized for your business niche. While this might not be a major concern for some businesses, it can be a limiting factor for large business that are constantly expanding.

Upgrading of your templates and themes is also controlled by the hosting provider and can’t be stopped. If you prevent them from doing this, then you end up risking a broken portal.

Price

Although most self-hosted platforms are freely available, most of them are a standard edition, and hence they don’t have advanced features for large businesses. However, they have hidden costs that would end up being more expensive than what you would have paid if you had done everything in-house.

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