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WP.land Launches to Help Users Create WordPress Websites in Minutes

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Following 9 months in stealth mode, Houston-based WP.land has officially launched to provide a platform for creating scalable websites based on WordPress. The company said its proprietary custom platform eliminates the technical aspect of setting up a website.

WP.land CEO and web hosting industry veteran Rodney Giles says that after 16 years in various parts of the industry, he is “still shocked with how complicated it is for a typical consumer to actually get a simple website setup, WP.land solves this problem in a big way.”

Giles earned his web hosting stripes building and eventually selling Eleven2.com. He also previously served as president of NetDepot.com.

Read more: Is Managed WordPress Hosting Right For You?

The WP.land platform is offered for $5 or $20 a month for 3-year plans. Both plans include one WordPress website, unlimited data transfer, online support, and a 60-day guarantee. The company is currently offering the first four months of each for free. The difference is the 40 GB of storage (rather than 10) and phone support included in the “Advanced” package.

“We have very strong expectations in terms of the number of users we expect to gain in the next 12 months, our technology and automation is unique in that the product is simple and works. If someone needs a website, they literally can be setup in 5 minutes without experiencing technical terms like SSH, FTP, or MySQL,” Giles told The WHIR in an email.

WordPress now powers a quarter of the Internet, and Giles sees the hosting landscape evolving. “We believe the traditional hosting model is at the end of its life and a more complete packaged solution that we have developed is clearly where things are headed,” he said.

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Chris Burt is a WHIR contributor and writer of both fiction and non-fiction. He can be found on Twitter @afakechrisburt.

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