To publish maps and data in the internet, you need hardware, server software and clients. For instance a mobile WebGIS, a PostGIS2 database and a OGC compatible server. All this requires installation and administration. QGIS Cloud spares you this effort. Simply create an account and you'll have all necessary components of a spatial data infrastructure (SDI) at your disposal straight away.
Create complex maps with QGIS desktop, using any of the styling possibilities offered by QGIS desktop. Just as you have always done with QGIS desktop. Then simply publish data and maps with the QGIS Cloud pluign. All this in just a few minutes, it's as simple as it gets.
QGIS Cloud gives you a full-featured PostgreSQL 9 databases, extended with PostGIS 2. Create new databases directly from the QGIS Cloud plugin with just a click. Manage your databases with any compatible management tool, such as pgAdmin3, the QGIS Browser or the QGIS DB-Manager. You have full access to all features of a PostgreSQL/PostGIS database.
Share your maps and data over OCG compliant web services. Display your maps via WMS, or download the data via WFS. With WFS-T, you can edit your data directly over the web service. Or use the QGIS Cloud WebGIS and Mobile Client integrated in QGIS Cloud.
If your information and data should not be publicly accessible, QGIS Cloud pro allows you to restrict access by protecting the resources with a password.
Offer high quality maps via WMS for printing. Just create as many print compositions as you please with QGIS Desktop, with all the options it offers to you. Compose maps for arbitrary paper formats, with printing resolution up to 1200 dpi.
The data is stored in the cloud in PostgreSQL databases. Access to the databases is protected with a password, and accessed through SSH.
If you want to share your services only to a restricted group of people, then you can limit access to the resources. For this, you'll need QGIS Cloud Pro. With QGIS Cloud Free, all QGIS Cloud services are openly accessible.
A Web Map Service (WMS) is an interface to request portions of a map over the internet. Clients typically use WMS to render large background layers, such as world maps.
A Web Feature Service (WFS) provides internet based access to spatial data within a distributed GIS. WFS is limited to vector data.
The Transaction WFS supports all functionalities of the Web Feature Service (WFS). It additionally supports write access to the data.