Go Daddy developed its Hosting Connection for customers to install apps like WordPress easily. The Go Daddy Hosting Connection features more than 50 applications.
While many hosting providers use auto installers like Softaculous to offer customers one-click WordPress installs, as well as about 260 other scripts. At the beginning of April, web hosting provider A Small Orange began offering the Softaculous auto installer to its customers.
A post a year ago in the Go Daddy support forum says that it doesn’t support Softaculous in its shared environment and to run Softaculous customers would need a virtual or dedicated server. It also identifies the Go Daddy Hosting Connection as a substitute for the popular app installer.
A report by Pingdom on Wednesday found that WordPress is used by 48 percent of the top 100 blogs in the world. Three years ago, WordPress was used by 32 percent of the top 100 blogs. In total, WordPress powers about 73 million websites, and hosts about half of them.
Despite its popularity, WordPress can provide some challenges in terms of security, as third-party add-ons can be a major malware threat. For example, the WordPress plug-in TimThumb was vulnerable to local file intrusion and infected 1.2 million websites.
Applications installed with Hosting Connection are backed by Go Daddy’s 4GH web hosting, which enables customers to automatically scale resources, as well as its 24/7 customer support. Hosting Connection notifies customers when an update to the program they are using is available.
Hosting Connection has installed 3.8 million apps and counting, Go Daddy says. Aside from WordPress, Hosting Connection installs Joomla!, Drupal, and Zen Cart, among others.
“Go Daddy created Hosting Connection in response to customers who were looking to quickly and easily install Web applications,” Go Daddy senior director of hosting Scott Brown said in a statement. “The goal of Hosting Connection is to make the installation of WordPress easier and faster for our customers and judging by the 2 million installs, we think it’s a solution customers wanted.”
Go Daddy currently hosts more than five million websites on 35,000 servers, according to a report Tuesday on Data Center Knowledge.
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