I have numerous blog entries about how competitive I am when it comes to web hosting. I hate to lose! Losing means a new customer didn’t choose our hosting when presented with all the options, or any existing customer left because they weren’t satisfied. I want our users to stay and I try and make the experience as good as it can be so they won’t even think of leaving.
Something we have done to try and make our hosting as “sticky” as possible is to launch a new service called SimpleScripts.com. This service is simply fantastic. It is a “one click” auto-installer for many of the most popular free scripts on the internet. Some examples are WordPress, PHP BB 3, Drupal, Joomla, and many more. We have tightly integrated it so that our users don’t have to do anything but click the SimpleScripts icon from the control panel to get started.
Although this service originally launched on Bluehost and Hostmonster, it is not exclusive to our hosting service only (Although it is as at the time of this writing). SimpleScripts itself is a hosted application so web hosting companies can license it and integrate into their own control panels for the benefit of their users. It isn’t even tied to Cpanel only. It will work with VPS and dedicated servers, as well as other control panels such as Plesk.
Installing and upgrading scripts is one of the most frustrating and taxing (April 15th is just 4 days away!!) experiences for our users. We have tried to take away that pain. Its not only great for our users but good for our company as well. Tech support is greatly reduced for script related questions and our users are happier customers.
For Bluehost and Hostmonster users it is best if you click to SimpleScripts within the control panel as it won’t require you to create an additional account, but for those that are not yet customers you can try it out by going directly to the URL at -
Matt Heaton / President Bluehost.com