For most websites, having dynamic web applications in an absolute necessity. They allow you to easily update your website and provide the capability for user participation. With social media now such an important part of the web user experience, dynamic websites are gold. The best way to setup a dynamic website is to use server-side scripting languages such as PHP or Perl.
Many web hosts offer a select number of server-side scripts for free installation. This functionality is often integrated with the host’s web-based control panel. With the click of a button, users can have instant web applications such as WordPress, Joomla, Magento, MediaWiki, and many others.
The biggest advantage to this hosting feature is that the user does not have to worry about setting up and configuring the scripts correctly. Even the easiest scripts require some degree of server knowledge, uploading, and installation steps. In the worst cases, they may require special permissions to be set or even shell access for advanced configuration. With automatically installed scripts, the host handles all of this.
Another advantage is security. Since the web hosting provider installs the script, it usually knows the server better and makes sure the script is secured correctly. Moreover, many automatic install solutions also provide updates. In some cases, you can simply click “update” and your control panel will download the updates and install them. This ensures that the server stays secure and is not put at risk by vulnerabilities in out-of-date scripts.
Automatic script installation is an integral part of the new face of web hosting automation, and it is one of the first things you should look for when finding a host. Almost all hosts will offer features like good space and high bandwidth, but a host that offers good script installation and management is something special.