After reading about it in today’s papers about blog hosting by a local web hosting provider, I simply couldn’t resist checking out the details.
The U-Blog page looks really good, especially the screenshots, and makes everything look so inviting to anyone wanting a simple-to-use blog solution. I think it’s also nice that they’ve made an effort to spruce things up by pre-packaging some of the best themes available for WordPress, as well as some really functional plugins.
Perhaps the day will soon come when local web hosting providers start marketing and pre-packaging more open source solutions to further differentiate their services. After all, pricing alone isn’t enough to attract more customers for this type of services: most potential customers really need to be convinced why exactly they ought to be paying for their own webhosting when there’re lots of brand-name free services abound. Telling them “You have one-click install option for WordPress, Coppermine and Mambo” will only evoke blank “Huh?”s. USonyx’s efforts are in my opinion definitely a step in the right direction.