Hosted Learning Management System

Understanding The Types of Hosted Learning Management Systems

A hosted learning management system enables easy delivery of eLearning content through a software platform that saves you time and energy. Utilizing a learning management system platform centralizes training and makes it more accessible and user-friendly to employees.

Did you know that there are two types of hosted learning management systems that can affect how your eLearning is maintained and delivered?

How do you decide which one is right for your business?

The Two Types

Locally Hosted

A locally hosted software is similar to licensing a product: once you buy it, it is completely yours (with a small annual fee). You are responsible for the management, maintenance, and oversight of the software and training.

The Advantages:

A hosted learning management system that is owned or “local” is highly customizable, as you are able to control every aspect of creation, deliverance, setup, and maintenance.

A locally hosted LMS could also be an appropriate solution for businesses with sensitive training material or data. Locally hosted learning management systems are stored on your own servers, which means you can control the amount of security you set in place.

The Disadvantages:

Locally hosted LMS is known for its lengthy setup time. It can take a lot of hours and energy for installation and employee training sessions with the new program.

Since the LMS is held on your own servers, you require your own technical expert or IT person to manage the software on a consistent basis. This can create a significant expense in time, money, and resources. 

Software as a Service (SaaS)

Software as a Service, or web-based software, is a form of hosted learning management software held “in the cloud.” Training courses, reporting, and data are performed and stored on the vendor’s servers.

The Advantages:

In opposition to the locally hosted learning management system, the SaaS hosted is quick to set up and get started. Often, it only takes a few minutes to get the program up and running!

The software company manages delivering, tracking, reporting, and storing, so you have to put in very little IT effort. You do not need an experienced staff member to maintain and control the system, and you don’t need to pay for external servers or hardware.

Because the software company is doing the work, you are left with more time, resources, and manpower available. You save time that you would have spent on managing the training system, so you have more availability to develop training programs and implement new education and development initiatives.

Some companies, like eLeaP, even offer eCommerce Learning Management System solutions. This is a great update that can be done in real-time through web-based hosting.

The Disadvantages:

Saas hosted learning management systems are often considered less customizable than a locally hosted LMS because the data is held remotely. However, many companies now offer the ability to customize and even put your brand on the training portal!


With customization features, 24/7 web-based LMS, and easy-to-create training courses, eLeaP is a great way to get all the advantages of both types of hosting platforms! If you think a web-hosted learning management system is the right solution for your company, eLeaP is here to help.

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