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BigPond DIY web site a snap for digital photo storage

  • 21 August, 2003 15:56

<p>21 August 2003 241 / 2003</p>
<p>BigPond DIY web site a snap for digital photo storage</p>
<p>BigPond has identified a strong new business opportunity with mass-market appeal with its new do-it-yourself (DIY) web sites for consumers.</p>
<p>BigPond Managing Director, Mr Justin Milne, said BigPond customers could pay a minimal fee on top of their monthly Internet bill for a web site that publishes their growing online digital photo files for access by families, friends and business colleagues.</p>
<p>“We’re talking about a web hosting solution that doubles as a web site or online photo-album. We think it will be an extremely handy application for consumers who want a ready-made personal web site at prices that start from just $2.95 each month,” he said.</p>
<p>“Web hosting has been seen as quite ‘technical’ and needs some impetus to really take off in the mass market. BigPond plans to do this with entry-level solutions that could help a large number of BigPond customers to bolt a basic web hosting service on to their monthly Internet plan.”</p>
<p>BigPond is aiming to add thousands of low cost web-hosting customers by the end of year with cut-and-paste ‘wizard’ template plans that start from $2.95 per month. Mr Milne said customers don’t have to be web experts to make their own sites.</p>
<p>“It’s as easy as downloading a small wizard that helps our customers to construct a simple site with just a few clicks. Customers then drag and drop photos from their hard disk and they’re instantly published on the web. Apart from the convenience factor, users can be confident that their pictures are safe as they’re stored on servers, which are backed up. If the user’s hard disk crashes the photos will not be lost,” he said.</p>
<p>The basic hosting plans are central to BigPond’s strategy to win a larger slice of the shared web hosting market. The plans will be promoted to BigPond’s customer base of 1.4 million customers in its monthly dial-up Internet and broadband Ponderings newsletter.</p>
<p>BigPond’s push into the web hosting market came in June with hosting products for SMEs starting from $38 a month. The number of small businesses with a web site rose over the past year from 34 per cent to 36 per cent. A further 20 per cent said they intended to develop a web site in the next 12 months.</p>
<p>Web hosting is the business of housing, serving and maintaining web site files, with servers backing up customers’ information on a daily basis. Small to medium enterprises are forecast to spend A$8 billion on IT (systems, communications and services) by 2005. BigPond Hosting information can be found at http://www.[yourwebsite]</p>
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