The ability to host a website using Office 365’s SharePoint service has never been a core reason for buying the service. Microsoft seem to have realised this with their recent announcement the Public Website service is shutting down.

Office 365 customers with active Public Websites have two years to migrate any websites built using SharePoint Online templates to another hosting company, so there’s no immediate rush, and new Office 365 customers won’t be able to create public websites at all.

Office 365 customers are free to choose any third-party provider for their business web hosting. Our GenX service delivers a superior business web hosting environment including one-click install for popular web technologies like WordPress.